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upgrading the ignition

Currently my 5 hp briggs has points sytem, I would like to upgrade to an electronic ignition, can I just buy the magneto? I didnt want to deal with that little module thing? I would also love to change to a float carb instead of the pulsa jet but that is another story,,,,,,
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I have never done a conversion. Political conversations aside, have you heard about the $99 212cc engines at Harbor Freight?

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if my man GRUNT decides to grace us with an appearance here. he is one that knows those TECUMSAPART engines better than any one.:coo l:

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if my man GRUNT decides to grace us with an appearance here. he is one that knows those TECUMSAPART engines better than any one.:coo l:
I don't think knowledge of Tecumseh engines has anything to do with knowing what will work on a Briggs. Ok, so maybe they are very similar.

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yes...

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All you need is a late model coil. These can generally be found for nothing on 3 - 3.5hp Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engines people throw out in the spring and fall. The curve where the armature fits around the flywheel is slightly different, but they will work. You can also use an early Magnatron module from an '82 Briggs & Stratton and keep the original coil.
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Currently my 5 hp briggs has points sytem, I would like to upgrade to an electronic ignition, can I just buy the magneto? I didnt want to deal with that little module thing? I would also love to change to a float carb instead of the pulsa jet but that is another story,,,,,,
it's a lot easier to just buy the Nova II module and wire it in, you can use your existing magneto/coil and the module works with no matter how the magnets are polarized on the flywheel. mine worked by just connecting it to the kill switch wire and letting the old points inside the flywheel just as a test. but later I did pull the flywheel and remove the points/condenser.

it's also a lot cheaper

to convert a Briggs from points to Magnetron costs around $100 last time I checked, and if your flywheel has the wrong polarization, you have to pay shipping both ways to have Briggs repolarize it.

the Nova II is only $10 and to repolarize all you do is switch the positive and negative wires around.

saying you don't want to use the module, is like having a winning lottery ticket and saying you don't want to cash it in, and take the prize pot. why ?




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I have never done a conversion. Political conversations aside, have you heard about the $99 212cc engines at Harbor Freight?
how long will those last ? the problem with those cheap engines is metallurgy and balance. eventually they will self destruct, and when you go to repair them, all the bolt heads are soft and will strip easily.

they won't last 50 years and still be rebuildable like a Briggs or Tecumseh. the metallurgy of the old USA made parts is unmatched today in small engines.




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thank you ...

Thank you GW-B things to Ponder now as well as just getting new points etc , I can see why folks would buy the predator though its economics, they get a complete new engine for the price of a pulsajet carb and a new magneto lol... the chinese metals can be fine, they know how but they save where they can, I mean there is enough chicom ak47 and 74s to go from here to the moon, and they last and funny enough are reliable but I know what your saying
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