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Re: Magdyno shim...

I have a M21 where BSA machining tolerances were not very good. The bike died at 1200 miles from new as the magneto bearing insulating cups had disintegrated. They had machined the magneto platform too much and with the strap tight it put a big side load on the bearings as there was no gear clearance. There was absolutely no wear on the magdyno or platform due to the low mileage. It took a .016" shim to get the gear clearance OK.

I have seen many bikes (not just M20's) where the bottom of the magdyno and the platform are so worn out it required welding. No one ever seems to check the strap bolt. I have a Goldstar engine where they used epoxy to make sure the magdyno did not move. It was not easy to get apart.

Re: Magdyno shim...

Yes, in some cases welding is unavoidable though I try not to if possible...I've had wartime crankcase with an..err.. novel material mix that just could not be welded....Not only is it a moments work to check the strap bolt as part of general maintenance but the magdyno can clearly be seen moving about when the engine is running if the strap is loose and the chattering/whining of the poorly meshed gears is clearly audible...
I guess some people must have their minds on other things....:worried: Ian

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Re: Magdyno shim...

Just sayin'
I once saw an M20 with the magdyno so loose it was jumping up & down on its platform to the point I reckon it was in danger of jumping out of gear.

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