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John Deere E 1.5 Flywheel Timing


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Default John Deere E 1.5 Flywheel Timing

I just got my first engine and it is awesome. It runs great. That pop never gets old.

I have read many of the timing threads and read the old JD manuals. It says that the ignitor should trip when the SPARK line is at or just above the exhaust rod. Mine trips when the line on the flywheel is about 1.5" below the exhaust rod. I would think this would be advancing the spark and would make it have lots of kick back but it doesn't seem to. Again it seems to run great but I don't really have anything to compare it to. It starts easy enough, or as good as I would expect in a 40 degree garage, not right away but with in 5 or 6 trys. Any one else's set like mine?

In another note this is really fun. Buying the engines is fun not too bad compared to other hobby costs. But the problem is having to buy some acres and a shop to store all the new friends I want. Any ideas?
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Default Re: John Deere E 1.5 Flywheel Timing

Sounds like the magneto trip finger is a little out of adjustment on the push rod. It will move if you loosen up the 2 bolts that pinch it in place on the push rod. When I timed mine that I used to have, I just took the crankcase cover off of the engine so I could see when it was just before top dead center, and adjusted the trip finger to that setting. I don't recall what my other 3 h.p. is set at as for the mark on the flywheel. Welcome to the hobby, and good luck. As for the non expensive part, just wait, your tastes will get higher and you will see what some of the "I want it" engines are going for. Happens to all of us I think
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