Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the frequently asked questions about electronic ignition systems and NewTronic Contactless Optical Electronic Ignition Kits.
Q: How does the ignition system work?
The points are replaced by optical pick-ups/triggers which consist of an infra-red lamp and sensor, there could be one, two or three of these pick-ups per lamp set depending on the vehicle.
A plastic or metal rotor with a cut out blade is fitted on to the points cam/ATU or replaces the points cam/ignition drive shaft. As the rotor rotates, it blocks the infra-red light from the sensor until it reaches the cut-out, at this point a signal is sent to the switching unit/amplifier which fires your coil(s) depending on which pick-up has sent the signal.
One of the main benefits of this system is there are no contacting parts, so once it's set up and timed you can forget about it!
Q: What does the ignition kit contain?
All ignition kits contain the following:-
Extras: All necessary screws are supplied. Some kits also have different size spacers to raise or lower the height of the pick-ups if necessary.
Note: A small amount of Loctite or similar thread loc should be used on all screws.
Q: Is the ignition kit easy to fit?
Yes, the kits are easy to fit. If you are capable of replacing points and timing your bike/car then the kit should be no problem at all. As a guide it should take you between 1 to 2 hours start to finish, including timing!
Q: What type of ignition coils should I use with the kit?
The ignition system is designed to use the original coils for your vehicle, this significantly reduces the cost of converting to electronic ignition. Replacement coils should be not less than 3 Ohm primary resistance.
Q: My model is not listed, do you manufacture a kit for it?
NewTronic ignition kits are only currently available for road bikes with points and coils. (Aermacchi, Benelli, BMW, BSA, Ducati, Enfield, Honda, Jawa, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Moto Laverda, MV augusta, MZ, Norton, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha).
Contact us with your requirements and let us know what you are looking for.
Q: What should I do if I have a problem fitting the kit or if I suspect there is a fault?
Run through the fault finding chart included with the kit (printed in red), and if you are still having no luck, contact NewTronic technical support department by phone, fax or email. (Tel:+44 0207 403 4334, Fax:+44 0207 378 1270, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the unlikely event you have to return a kit for testing/repair, send as much back as possible, with a description of the symptoms and when they occur, including full make and model details for the vehicle and a contact number.
The manufacturer cannot be held responsible for returns that do not reach them because they are lost in the post, use registered post. If you are returning a unit from outside the U.K. you must state to your carrier that it is being returned as "WARRANTY RETURN - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" otherwise it may be refused because of customs duties..
Q: How do I time up my new ignition system?
Timing your new ignition system is the same as for points - consult your manual.
When timing the engine, you should be out of direct bright light, and when timed up, all covers need to be replaced on the engine before it is taken outside and run, or it will not run correctly. The triggers/pick-ups in the system use infra-red light, and an outside source of light will interfere with them.
When timing a two stroke that has the timing marks near where the triggers are located, the static method should be used, preferably with a dial gauge for accuracy. Using a strobe light can cause false readings, as the strobe will be shining on the triggers. A strobe light is only necessary for engines that have a mechanical advance and retard system and not for 2 strokes, which nearly always fire at the same point throughout the revs.
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