Ok I have moved the stator both ways. No luck. I do have spark but maybe not as strong as it should be. How do I cheak if it is the stator,coil or cdi? Never really done much with the electrical. I would like to ride her one more time before the snow goes. Please help
I do have gas on the plugs. That took about 100 pulls, and I am tired of pulling it over. I have had the stator all the way to the left and in the middle but still nothing. It is a '96 580 arctic cat carb. if anyone has any info please let me know.
what is your compression? are your plugs new? how about reeds? old or bad gas? it should run nomater where you have the stator plate mark but middle would be best untill you can get it timed properly. 
I did get it running. It does have abog but i think that it is the carbs. What is the difference between advanced and retarded? The rpm does not always want to advance from an idle. If you slowly get it up it is fine.
the best way to answer that question in short form is to take an average run of the mill engine 2 or 4 stroke. think like you have a firecracker with a fuse on it you light it and shortly after it goes bang! the spark on a spark plug ignites gas vapour and very shortly later it goes bang! the idea of ignition curcuits is to advance the spark by a little bit so the bang hits on top dead center of your piston travel so the most work or power can be created. if you advance your spark the bang will be too quick which will try to drive the piston backwards before it gets to the top (preignition) and if you retard your timing (make it later) your bang happens after the piston is allready on its way down. this makes for a lazy engine that wants to run hot. most engines like 10 crank degrees before top dead center at low speed and around 30 degrees at high speed.(very general) you should get somebody to time your engine to speck.hope this makes it all a little easier to understand.[^]
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