Setting the points on my 1975 Enduro -- Please help!
So I have a 1975 Honda XL100 that I got for my first bike going on two years ago now. It's been a great learning experience for sure! I'm trying to get the thing on the road, but problems have arose and I'm still green at this so I'm trying not to make things worse... But it's not running well at the moment. Starts up first kick which is nice, but I recently there was oil leaking out from behind the points and I had to replace the oil seal that sits behind the points and the spark advancer.
My Clymer manual describes the following abbreviated procedure of setting the points -- when the timing mark on the stator lines up with the notch, then the points shoud be "just starting to open". So they describe using a circuit test light that will dim when the points contact opens. Then once you get that, you set your maximum gap (not at the timing mark..) to 0.3 - 0.4mm .. with the same adjustment procedure as setting at the timing mark.
So I went to try this, and it didn't quite work out for me.
First time setting points and when I opened up the alternator cover to reveal the markings I found the seal to be .. So I ordered it and it came in. My brother in law, the guy I bought the bike from and has owned bikes for years came by the other night and I asked him to give me a hand setting it up.
The way he did it was lining up the timing mark, and setting the gap to the available feeler gauge wideth of 0.38mm. Seemed to run alright once he did that, rode it around the parking lot here but didn't get it out of first. After they left, I took it out the engine is missing at higher revs.
So then when I got back I tried to set the points like it has in the book but to no avail.... Now it's missing more than before.
Any pointers or direction you may have are welcomed!