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Monday, September 04, 2006
I wonder if my wiring is correct...
I'm a little discouraged right now. I haven't had much time to work on the Vespa over the last several days. I grab a minute here and a minute there. I'm hoping that I have the wiring set up right. Why do I not know if it works? Keep reading...

Best I can tell, this is correct. The "black" wire coming from the stator (which isn't really black) should go to the black wire of my harness. The "blue" wire (which appears to be violet) should connect to the blue wire of my harness. The green wire you see coming from the CDI to the green wire in the harness, is the kill engine wire.

This is a broader view. You can see the wires coming from the stator to the CDI. I have the wires running into the corresponding slots on the CDI unit. I have the ground wire from the CDI connected to the engine case.

Here is the reason that I can't test the electrical. The kick start lever is old. I noticed that the "teeth" were kind of stripped and the bolt used to hold the lever on was the Home Depot variety. Well, I put it on and tightened it as best I could. I then tried to turn the engine over -- not to start it, but to see if I got any spark. The teeth stripped completely. I couldn't kick it anymore. Now I've got to wait until I can get a new one before I can make any progress.

Errrr. I didn't expect to get something like this.

Have you tried running and popping the clutch in second or third gear?

I would have thought that when you bought your engine it would have come with a kick start lever.

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