DR350 CDI Ignitech ignition
Posted April 18, 2013 - 11:46 AM
I needed a new CDI as the previous owner had fitted one from a 1980s honda superdream 250, which resulted in awful perfomance & reliability. Before finding out that some DR350s have single pickup coils and some have two pickups I ordered the only CDI in the UK, which turned out to be the wrong one. After much googling I read about a Czech company called Ignitech who make various CDI units and also make programmable ones with a few useful features to suit any bike. I thought it might take a while to reach the UK but ordered one anyway figuring brand new would be safest bet.
Total price inc vat, shipping 168 Euros, which is £143 - It arrived from Czech in under 24hrs to the UK so actually quicker than many UK ebay buys.
The kit comes complete with software & manual on CD, and a nice little bonus is that it comes with terminated connectors on the CDI, and blank connectors + crimp on ends for your bike so you can alter the wiring if you want to use features such as 2 curves, tacho output etc. I was glad of the connectors as the PO butchered my wiring harness to connect the wrong CDI, now I have original fitting plug n play connections.
Really easy to program and connect, I set it to CKPS polarity: Self search, Base advance : 5 degrees. Advance at 4300 : 30 degrees, all the way to rev limit. Input 1 was wired to my ignition switch and kill switch, input 2 disabled. My bike is a kick start. It started fine and performs great. I'm sure anyone into gaining some extra HP could tweek it a bit but I went for stock timing. The main thing is it cured all the problems I'd had.
The software can also be used whilst the engine is running is you have a laptop or very long com cable, it has a few useful diagnostic tools and gives live readings of battery voltage, RPM, advance, input status, and you can make adjustments whilst it is running to smooth out idle timing.
If I have any problems I will update this thread but on first impressions I'd say it's well worth considering. This thread is just for re-assuring anyone thinking about it that it can be done easily and quickly and the price isn't bad.
Posted April 27, 2013 - 12:06 AM
Posted May 01, 2013 - 09:58 PM
Posted May 05, 2013 - 05:31 AM
i just spent $153 on a used one from ebay, I wish I had read this first. Ill never by a used one again
There is a possible down side to the CDI I have though, mine is totally dependent on a functioning battery, stator and regulator / rectifier where as the original only needs a working source & pickup coil.
Had a trouble free 200 mile trip yesterday though
Posted May 11, 2013 - 01:25 AM
In all fairness though, ignitech do warn of the fact their unit is battery dependent - so it just means that like most bikes these days you just need to take care of the battery and it'll be fine..
Posted May 19, 2013 - 03:06 PM
Edited by trailblazer13, May 19, 2013 - 03:08 PM.
Posted May 30, 2013 - 10:48 PM
I'm assuming that the client currently on eBay is yours? I'm collecting a non running 91
dr350 kicker tomorrow, apparently with no spark. I'll run the checks and go from there but I may need a cdi
I notice that ignitech offer a non programmable cdi. Would this work or is the programmable version required?
Posted May 31, 2013 - 03:33 AM