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Woodruff Key

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:15 am
by sign216
Woodruff key. What size, and how do you keep it in place when mounting the points plate?

I have a 1965 Gilera 106 (USA). I'm missing the Woodruff key that lines up the crankshaft with the points plate. I filed one that appears to fit (2.5mm thick x 11mm long x 3mm high), but it's impossible to keep it in the slot while I mount the points plate. I expoxied it in, and tomorrow, after the glue sets, I'll try again.

What size is standard, and how do you keep it in place?

Re: Woodruff Key

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:21 pm
by Joachim
some news about the woodruff key?
I don't have an old Gilera, so no experience with that.
But aAs far as i remember a woodruf fkey is something which has the shape of half a circle.
The slot in the shaft als has this shape.
So there should be no problem with slipping away keys while mounting the ignition plate.
As you have told about height, width and lenght it may be that you have a simple square key.
This one should fit very tight to the slut in the shaft.
Otherwise it could fell off or slip away.
So maybe you should filea new one which fit only with some 'force' into the slut.
Or try to get something to buy.
The width is easy to measure with a gauge at the slut in the shaft.
The length should be somehow the same as your plate.
The height could be measured with the plat mounted on the shaft.
There should be some gap on the upper side between the key and the slut in the plate.
Maybe you should look after metrik keys instead of ANSI ones ;)
Gilera is a european brand, so no americna stuff ;)

Searching for 'DIN 6885 Passfedern Form B' maybe a point to start

ciao Joachim

<edit> uupss.... no 2,5mm x 3mm available?
Could it be a 'real' woodruff key?
2,5mm x 3,7mm x 9,66mm?
Scheibenfeder DIN 6888

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Re: Woodruff Key

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:04 pm
by sign216
It is in a half-moon or semi-circle shape. I couldn't get metric key that small, so i filed a larger one down to fit.

I was able to fit the points plate, but only after gluing the key in place. Fits great now, but the glue was necessary. It would not go together at all with a loose key.

Re: Woodruff Key

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:10 pm
by Joachim

ciao Joachim