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Is there a good way to test the ignition spark?

I know I can hook up a plug to the spark plug wire, ground the plug, then kick over the bike. However, it isn't easy to look at the plug while kicking. I have an ohm meter, but it too is hard to read while kicking.

I have an XL100 that barely ran, so I rebuilt the carb. Not it doesn't run at all. :applause:

I am trying to figure out if the ignition wires were shorted out when I pulled and replaced the tank.

I have an inductive timing light. Perhaps that would work. :applause:

MotionPro has this nice tool, but again, I have to look at it while kicking.

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/ignition_system_tester/

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Get a buddy to do the kicking for you while you check the spark. That's what I do. You'd be surprised how much kicking your buddy will do for a beer.

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I usually just push the kickstarter down with my hand and look at the plug, it works for me, mine takes a little to get it to go down, but i get it going hard enough to get a spark.

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Call one of the neighborhood kids over and say "hold this". :applause:

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Call one of the neighborhood kids over and say "hold this". :cry:

:applause: :applause: :lol:

I almost fell off my chair when I read this.

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Heres a cheap and effective alternative......

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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=4445

You plug it inline and just watch for the light when you kick.

I just ordered the one with the straight plug boot, it was $1.19.

Also, the 60 piece tap and die set for $20. I hope it is good quality. :applause:

Actually, if each one cleans up a couple threads it will be worth it.

And some wire brushes, thumbdrive for sockets, steel chisels, stainless coffee mugs? Why not. :applause:

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I just ordered the one with the straight plug boot, it was $1.19.

Also, the 60 piece tap and die set for $20. I hope it is good quality. :lol:

Actually, if each one cleans up a couple threads it will be worth it.

And some wire brushes, thumbdrive for sockets, steel chisels, stainless coffee mugs? Why not. :applause:

I hope you like it....if you don't you're only out $1.19.

But hey...at least you'll have a really cool stainless steel coffee mug!:applause:

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I hope you like it....if you don't you're only out $1.19.

But hey...at least you'll have a really cool stainless steel coffee mug!:applause:

It was over $50 by the time I stopped impulse buying. :applause:

If I don't like the mugs, I needed 2 new dog food scoops anyhow.

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