Hi guys, Like Crobox am new to this, also have an '86 Xl600 which i bought as a project. Stripped and painted blah blah etc. Didnt do anything to engine other than carb clean and gaskets. Tried to start it using the many techniques written about here and elsewhere and had all the dificulties everyone else had. It finally started and seeme to run well .After a few minutes i stopped it cos i wanted to check oil and it wouldnt go again. Decided to listen and took off the stator cover to check the stator. It looked abit blackish and three of the coils can be moved radially about 1/2mm so suspect the insulation my be damaged due to vibration. Ordered new Rickysator today!! Couldnt get any resistance readings other than 1/2ohm on ign coil to ground. Weird or what!
Really great site for info, am amazed at the number of posts about ths old thumper. Hope this fixes my problem, Cant wait to get on the beast
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