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Check for spark. Get a spare plug and tape it so the threaded part or the outer electrode is touching a ground, like the fan shroud. Hook that plug up to a plug wire. Have a buddy crank the starter, and you should see a nice spark at the plug.

Check for fuel. Does the tailpipe smell like gasoline after you crank the starter for a while? You can also put the injectors from one side of the motor into some glass jars. Have a buddy crank the starter so you can look at the spray pattern while the engine is trying to start. It's probably best to unplug the coil so you can't get any sparks while doing this... And keep a fire extinguisher handy!

Check compression. Use a screw-in compression test gauge. Make sure the valves are in adjustment as well.

If it has spark, it has fuel, and it has air (or compression), then the problem is either with the timing of the spark or the amount of fuel going in.

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