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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Points with Electronic Ignition

Just a lil something I have been mulling over lately...

I read in "Motorcycle Classics" magazine that one of the most beneficial upgrades is to replace the points ignition timing with electronic ignition. For the CB360 these kits were either unavailable or the manufacturer would list them as being developed. I found one Aussie website that sells them for the CB360:
http://www.motorcycle-ignition.com/default.htm

Has anyone made this upgrade? I was just wondering how much wrenching is involved for this upgrade and if it is worth the price ($175 American). Seems like all you do is remove the points, wire it up, and check timing to make sure its good...
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This might be apples to oranges, but I used to have a 65 Mustang that went through points like crazy. I'd carry spares with me. I used a kit like your looking at and never had a problem. As easy as changing the points and worth every penny.

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Alot of the Brit bike guys have switched to electronic ignition and the biggest improvement is that you don't need to do maintainence. It is an improvement in some ways, it certainly is reliable...but then again, an electronic ignition failure stops you cold. Whereas, with points and condensers if you carry spares (small & easy to carry...I recommend advance weight springs in your spares also if it's a Brit bike), you're pretty much covered and can roadside repair most failures. Well maintained point ignitions are usually just as reliable as electronic...but that's the rub, you gotta actually make sure the points are clean and gapped and the point cam is greased or felt oiler is lubed and that all conections and adjusters are clean & tight. I check mine at every oil change.
You're ahead of the game because Japanese point ignitions are even more reliable than Brit & Euro stuff and stand up to neglect better.
Keep in mind that point ignitions drove internal combustion transportation either with a magneto or battery for damn near 100 years before electronic ignition became available...it's record of reliability is pretty good. I still run points on my '67 Triumphs and my '73 BSA, '68 Greeves and '69 Yamaha MX bikes.
I'm not saying it's a bad choice to go electronic, just that since a kit is not available for your bike...don't fret it, a little maintainace will keep you rolling just fine.

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Wise words there OTB. I am still kinda mulling it over. I sent an email to the website to check out availability. I will probably hold off on it till my next paycheck.
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I change my point out on my 62 f-100 to electronic ignition. the easiest upgrade ever.

company says they do alot of changes on stuff like trucks, tractors and forklifts. never checked for bikes yet.

pertronix.com

might be worth the check

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they do harley's so why could they not do other bikes?

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Well, I will tell you that I used a lumination system back in the mid 70's on a 1970 240z

It was bullet proof, install once, nevr had to look at it again.

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