ok folks I finally got it all sorted. I installed the new pickup coil but it didn't fix it. however the old one tests different than the new one. so I bought another CDI. this time from Rick's motorsport electrics. the cheap $13 cdi from ebay was a dud. who would've guessed haha.
so I tested the old pickup and got no spark. so I still had 2 things bad.
thanks to all of you who took time to help. you guys have a great forum.
my buddy will be happy. we still need a carb. if any of you know where I can get the bracket for the throttle cables. that's all we need I think. I never opened the carb up yet.
let me know if you know where I can get one of those brackets. honda doesn't sell them seperate from the carb. so far he's got $450 invested. would suck to need to spend $350 for a carb too.
this is going to be his learning bike. so I need to make sure it's running perfect and in great mechanical shape.