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Old 11-01-2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Re: Checking/Changing Spark Plugs

Get proper plug spanner (hexagonal tube-type thing)

Don't attempt while engine is hot. (you'll burn yourself)

Pull leads off plug tops, unscrew plugs (anti-clockwise)

Inpsect. Should not be all black and oily. If they are go to bike shop.

Screw new plugs into holes. Ensure they're going in straight. They should be as easy to screw in as they were to screw out. If they get tight prematurely you might be cross-threading them (bad) Maybe add a little oil to threads to ease insertion. Don't over tighten. Read instructions on box. About 1/4 to 1/2 turn after the washer seats is good. Shove plug leads back on top. Go for ride.
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:06 AM   #2
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You have an aversion to bike manuals? Buying that manual will be the best motorcycle related $14.95 you could spend.
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:18 AM   #3
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step one: remove the old plug

step two: replace with new plug

step three: crack open a beer and celebrate your mechanical prowess.
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:56 AM   #4
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That's a very polite way to express what I was thinking. Thank you.
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:05 AM   #5
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"Not sure the best way to go about it just short of buying a bike manual."



I'd say that 50 buck manual will save you hundreds, if not thousands in maintenance and repair. I'd say the best way to go about it is to get the manual.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:07 AM   #6
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Sell it.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:59 AM   #7
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I am a firm believer in putting a dab of never-seize on the threads. Aluminum (most heads) and steel (most plugs) and heat can be a bad combination.
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:14 AM   #8
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Nix the oil on threads...use anti-seize. Always
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Old 11-02-2006, 06:29 AM   #9
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Use anti-seize on the threads. Don't over-tighten.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:05 AM   #10
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ditto



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