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Old 10-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #16
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Afraid I can't help you with the wiring.

But, you are making me jealous. I picked up a complete, including stock exhaust, 75 model years ago, for only $250, and it was stored in various places for something like 8 years, untouched. I finally sold it, for $400, to some guys who were going to restore it. I was tired of looking at it, dirty and greasy and in need of help, and didn't see when I'd get to it. I regret that decision.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:41 AM   #17
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I found the problem:



I was also able to find a US model CB400F wiring diagram which matches the bike. I think I've fixed all the electrical issues.

I see projects like this (just buckets of parts) for sale on Craigslist all the time and I always wonder what type of person would buy something like that. I would never get into something like this unless there were something really special attached to the deal. So I've got to admit I've been sandbagging a bit. I'll have pics soon...
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #18
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Got the body panels on. The previous owner wasn't much of a mechanic, but he's pretty damn good with fiberglass and paint.







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Old 10-18-2012, 06:47 AM   #19
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Wow Pablo, you are making some great progress! Looks like you have Napolean bar end mirrors.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #20
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Wow Pablo, you are making some great progress! Looks like you have Napolean bar end mirrors.
They look like Napolean's, but don't work as well. I'm not sure who makes them.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:29 AM   #21
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need some tutelage

I need a better understanding of how ignition systems work. I know the either the CDI or the condensers store up a charge that is released to the coils and transformed into a high voltage charge that will jump the spark plug gap, but I need to know how to determine when a resistor cap is needed and how to tell if the caps I have are resistor type or not. Can anyone explain this or better, point me to a link or book with an in-depth explanation of ignition systems?

BTW, if anyone has a lead on where I can get a cheap 2,3 coil for this bike I would sure appreciate it.
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