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Pamco ignition

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by newbie77, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. newbie77

    newbie77 Not new to bikes. Just new to an XS

    Ok. So I’ve read a bunch of posts on here and YES, I know that Pete has retired. My question is this, does anyone do any repairs on his boards? I picked up an ignition in a box of parts that I bought and the PO said he burnt one of the resistors or chips on the board. Was wondering if I can get it fixed? TIA
     
  2. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Junkie

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    Well
    Many things can be fixed and serviced
    When it comes to electronics it can be a 10 cent component and it can be a controller with a program in it .
    If you go with a mobile Phone here to someone he charges ca $ 30 for even start look at it .
    And leaving no guarantee it will ever work again aka Money down the drain.
    So not knowing what Pamco or how it looks sometimes one can spot a burnt component.
    So the general answer is it can be fixed but the price can be high.
    I believe that is why the entire boards are replaced in cars
    the fault finding is possible but it takes to long time and needs an experienced better educated service man
    It is simpler to connect a device reading out the error code and then replace the entire board.
     
  3. Bigfeet

    Bigfeet to many projects

    You'll have to look for it but someone had a post and maybe even a video about fixing a Pamco. I don't know the details and I'm not an electronics guy but I do remember seeing it.
     
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  4. newbie77

    newbie77 Not new to bikes. Just new to an XS

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    here’s my ignition. The PO told me this resistor or chip burnt out. Something about it not being grounded or something like that. Anyone have any options for me?
     
  5. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Junkie

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    Electrical fault finding.
    An art in itself but interesting
    I would check the black square ones with a screw holding them down
    Google transistor fault finding
    Perhaps there are numbers stamped on them.
    Do you have instruments and power supply
    Larger clearer picture ?

    Is it two identical branches ,,then comparison between them can be Possible
     
  6. ippytattoo

    ippytattoo Just another grumpy old hack.

    Newbie, quick question for ya. Do you have a rephrased motor in your bike?
     
  7. newbie77

    newbie77 Not new to bikes. Just new to an XS

    I don’t know for sure but I think that I don’t. It’s pretty rough. Doesn’t even have all of the components of the charging system installed. Ippy, why would that matter?
     
  8. ippytattoo

    ippytattoo Just another grumpy old hack.

    The pamco you have has 2 pick ups on it (meant for a rephased motor). A standard motor only needs 1 (it is a wasted spark ignition). If you know which one is good you can use that one (in the correct spot on the backing plate of course) and have a standard pamco electronics. You may need to find a standard pamco rotor though
     
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  9. newbie77

    newbie77 Not new to bikes. Just new to an XS

    Thanks. That’s a huge help. I will look for one
     
  10. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Junkie

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    Need to check the engine so both pistons are up at the same time
    ( Not rephased )
    And if it is 2 identical pick ups --- the fault finding strategy would be power it up and compare between them
     
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  11. newbie77

    newbie77 Not new to bikes. Just new to an XS

    118116FB-39A1-4A71-B681-9FC17E7481B7.jpeg 7D2EEFB2-FBDE-4E33-96BD-E6A3C496D1B5.jpeg Ok so it’s a stock engine. It’s not rephased. I know I’m a little sad too. Oh well. Piston and cylinder walls look good though. And I have a stock ignition as well. Points up top. I don’t have a rotor though. So can I put my Hughs Handbuilt PMA on this set up? A6119E96-124E-419E-BC44-B05F83726B77.jpeg
     
  12. Jan_P

    Jan_P XS650 Junkie

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    That thing there in the big picture is the rotor so perhaps the stator is missing
    Hughs has different setups but my guess is that it is usable. Made for it
     

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