Compass Ignition for BMW 1970 - 1979

$396.00 inc GST Australia

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We are pleased to offer the Compass high-performance ignition to suit your 1970s BMW.

The Compass system replaces your points ignition delivering precise timing, easy starting, improved throttle response all in a maintenance free upgrade.  

We call this the Compass system because the triggering rotor has two points like a compass! The unique shape drives the timing accuracy you would expect from an electronic ignition.

The control box is designed with reliability in mind including high levels of voltage spike protection.

  • Reverse polarity protected
  • Spike protected to hundreds of volts
  • Continuous overvoltage protected
  • Pickup inputs protected

It is designed to take anything the bike can throw at it. 

One of our local customers, Mark, has been enjoying the improvements for a while now on his restored 1979 BMW R100R.  He was so impressed with the system that he replaced a 12-month-old Dyna III system with the Compass ignition to get the advantages like not using the old mechanical advance unit with all its related problems. Mark said "you can see the build quality and the thought that went into it" and "The quality fittings and robust wiring loom that exactly fits the application."  Mark found it quick to install with the easy-to-follow instructions.  Once installed, he found the bike "easier to start, idles beautifully and the motor is much stronger across the rev range". 

An ignition system for people who love to ride their BMW!

The pickup unit that replaces the points plate is made by us in South Australia using extreme temperature safe components. Materials like the 300-degree Celsius magnet rating, 200 C winding wire, machined aluminium frame and backing plate along with silicone lead wire gives this part the generous ratings it needs for a happy life inside the hot engine environment.

There is no need to replace your ignition coils if you have the original Bosch coils but if you want more spark energy and improved performance from your new ignition try our  Twin Output High Performance Coil.

The tiny control box (also made in South Australia) is easy to hide under the fuel tank and it is fully sealed against vibration and moisture. It uses a high-speed processor to generate the accurate timing required for coil saturation and the advance curve.

Improved reliability, maintenance free operation and better performance, all in an easy to install package - the Compass System for your BMW ticks all the boxes!

Note: This system suits 1970s era bikes manufactured BEFORE BMW started using the 'ignition in the can' or bean can style ignition units. If you have an "ignition can" on the front of your engine you will need to use our other Compass Ignition BMW kit for these later engines. Please contact us if you need further information about compatibility.

Available for twin plug cylinder head engines see Compass Ignition for BMW Twin Plug Heads 1970-1979


SKU CS-0060
Brand Tri-Spark
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.140m
Shipping Height 0.048m
Shipping Length 0.230m
Shipping Cubic 0.001546000m3

Restored 1979 BMW R100Rs

3 May 2021
I have a restored 1979 BMW R100Rs. I first heard that Tri Spark had produced an ignition system for BMW airheads from my friendly Ducati expert. Having contacted Steve, I decided to purchase a system to replace a Dyna III, which was just twelve months old. I was firstly impressed by the system when I learnt the guys had found a way around using the old mechanical advance system and all its related issues. I also believe there is no wasted spark with this system. Ordering was easy on line and delivery was within a couple of days. Instantly you can see the build quality and thought that has inspired this system, a robust wiring loom measured to exactly fit the application with high quality fittings. Simple to follow instruction, and accurate manufacturing tolerances made in install easy. Once installed the bike is easier to start, idles beautifully and across the rev range the motor feels stronger. Good work guys!! Happy I found your gear! Mark

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