I have been restoring my families boat thats been sitting in a garage for 17 years. Thankfully, I have it running, but haven't taken it to the lake yet. I have done all the maintenance and restoration to the fuel and electrical systems, and have replaced several parts including the rectifier and pulse pack with the new CDI models. I have read on this forum by many, including Joe Reeves, that is very important to have a good strong battery and voltage to this powerpack to eliminiate the posibility of damage. I happen to be checking voltages and discovered that with the battery connected and the key turned on, I have 13 volts to the red wire on the wiring block but only 9.5 on the purple wire terminal where the power pack connects. I disconnected the power pack and then have the full 13 volts. Is anyone familiar with something like this? I submitted a question to CDI and they suggested that I might have a loose connection in the control box, so I went through it and cleaned/polished each connection with no change. The motor starts and runs well, but with as much as these parts cost, I want to make sure everything is operating in top condition.
While testing it in the water tank the other day, I noticed that I randomly hear clicking/arcing for a brief moment. I havne't been able to determine where its happening, and was wondering if I should replace the spark plugs, as they are the originals? The distributer tower/cap and everything under the flywheel looks good.
Any advice, suggesting are welcome.