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V50ii Ignition - keep original Bosch or fit Silent Hektik?

Discussion in 'Small Block' started by Jetmeister, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Jetmeister

    Jetmeister Just got it firing!

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    Hi

    This is my first post here and probably not the last. I've recently purchased an part finished V50 cafe racer project which is in serious need of re-wiring. I'm going with the Moto Gadget mo.unit to simplify things.

    My question is, as I'll have the bike in pieces, is it worth replacing the 40 year old Bosch ignition with a Silent Hektik setup?

    I like that the Silent Hektik has more adjustability with multiple advance curves and the kit comes with new coils, but wondering if anyone else has done the same and seen the benefits.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    If I remember correctly, the V50 I and III used points and were reliable systems. The V50II electronic ignition was a bit problematic. I would go with a reliable system.
     
  3. Brian UK

    Brian UK GT Reference

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    The V50 and V50 II had the Bosch ignition. Points were introduced on the V50 III.
    The Bosch system had a bad press, my V50 II was fine, but maybe it sounded sluggish below 2500. But it had no power at those revs anyway. The important thing was to make sure both pickups were set correctly with identical air gaps.
    There is also the Sachs ignition, comparable to the Silent Hectic.
    But bear in mind the V50 is not a performance engine, so don't expect miracles.
     
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  4. Adamigo

    Adamigo Just got it firing!

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    As you may need to invest some cash in other depts of your basket case, I'd stay with Bosch for now, they weren't that bad, just this flat spot at the revs nobody really use. I had no issues with it for last ten years and 20kmiles. But, on the other hand, as there's so many unfinished projects for reasonable money on eBay, with plenty of expensive parts bought and never fitted, if you wish to end up like that...:) But seriously: go on with the rebuild and spend your money where you need it. I bet ignition is not the right dept!
     
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  5. Jetmeister

    Jetmeister Just got it firing!

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    Thanks Gents for your thoughts. Adamigo - you're right, there is a lot other things I need to spend cash on, so I think I'll try the Bosch setup for a while, and change it at a later stage if needed.
     
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