Mark ICT wrote:I put a Ducatti ign on my 2002 Tourist. It was a simple install. I did have problems seeing the pictures on the instruction sheets, they looked like a copy of a copy of a copy, very blurry. I also replaced some of the harware with stainless nuts and bolts. You will need a timing light.
My bike runs so much better, I no longer have strange low and high speed idle problems or the igniton cutting out.
Peter wrote:But you need to statically time it first in order to get it running.
There should be an LED or something.
If there isn't, you need a test light or multimeter to make sure that the circuit opens right at the timing mark or TDC (while turning the baseplate clockwise in the Ural, if I'm not mistaken) depending on the advance curve (not being able to look at the curve is a bummer, but the instructions should have some information).
If that information is not available start with opening just a few degrees before TDC.
It's generally better to err on the side of too little advance to avoid backfire. That'll put you in the ballpark to get it started.
Put a nice white mark on TDC and on the timing mark (offset them to not get confused). Then you take the timing light and bring the timing mark into the center at idle (timing light at zero). After that, confirm full advance by bringing the rpm up and adjusting the timing light advance until the TDC mark (not the timing mark!) is centered.
Read off full advance on the timing light and adjust the baseplate as necessary.
You need to be absolutely sure about the acceptable range of advance; 28-32 degrees before TDC sounds right but I would confirm that.
Don't worry if the timing mark is not perfectly centered at idle after adjusting full advance. As long as it idles ok it's fine. It is much more important to have full advance correct.
And yes, you need a timing light with adjustable delay because there is only this small opening in the case and no scale.
That's the general procedure I use for timing adjustments.
Works on anything, with minor variations.
I'd really like to see instructions specific to the Ducati ignition posted here.
I hope I have not muddied the water further. I thought I could write this in four or five sentences...
In any case it should only take a few minutes to do and it really is much simpler than it looks written down.
I would appreciate if my errors were pointed out.
Peter wrote:A serious discussion of the Ducati ignition and timing issues is found in the "WTF is this?" thread.
Don't ask ...