CJ750 toolbox
Moving a 6V condenser to a more logical location
Normally, changing a condenser isn't that big a deal, but when you're doing it by the roadside, it can be a real pain in the patootie, especially if it's 105 in the shade, or pouring down rain. There's no real reason this task needs to take more than a minute or two... as opposed to the 15-20 minutes it might normally take, especially on a hot motor.
Here's why it's a dumb job. In order to get at the condenser, you need to pull the distributor. That means removing the cap and rotor, then disconnecting the coil. None of that should be necessary. With advance preparation, you can replace a condenser in a minute or two.
This is what I used to relocate the condenser. You can use any type of quick-disconnect terminals. I just happened to have this type on hand. The only one that really matters is the ring connector.
Many condensers come with a little bracket like this one. It was in the junk box. You can probably get one or something very similar to it at an auto parts store.
As you can see here, the condenser has been removed. Look at all the washers and stuff.
Once the condenser is out, everything else has to go back exactly as it was beforehand. Be sure to note how the insulator block and insulated washers were originally positioned. The terminal screw must be totally insulated from the housing, otherwise your bike won't run.
One place to mount your condenser bracket is where the stop screw for the spark advance protrudes from the distributor. What's this screw for, anyway? Visualize the innards of the distributor rotating counterclockwise as you pull the spark advance lever. This screw is what stops them from going beyond whatever point you deem appropriate.
The original screw is slotted so it can be adjusted, then locked in place by the nut and lock washer. I replaced it with a " screw. Personally, I want the innards to have a full range of travel. I keep things adjusted tight enough that the distributor stays in whatever position the lever is left in. Therefore, the stop is unnecessary, but a nice place to mount a condenser.
Here's the condenser with the wire clipped about an inch from the body.
And here's the male quick connector crimped in place. As I said earlier, you can use any type of connector that floats your boat.
That looks pretty good. Now we need to connect it.
This is roughly 3" of wire with a female quick connect on one end and a ring connector on the other.
And this is how it looks upon completion. To remove the condenser, you loosen the bracket screw, slide the condenser out and pull the wire apart at the quick disconnect.
Of course, the only way to reap the full benefit of this arrangement is to have a spare condenser that's been made up in advance. Carry one or two in your toolbox, and your next roadside condenser change will take all of two minutes.