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post #1 of 19 Old 03-18-2015, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Spark Plug Change Tips

Hi all. Did a search.

I have done a lot of work on bikes and cars over the years. Enough to know that once I finished a job I knew enough to do it in half the time for someone else!

So, at the risk of sounding daft, any tips on this?

I have the OEM tool kit tool
Take tank off
All should be easily accessible from there?

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You don't have to take the tank off at all. Loosen the bolt under the set and slide it back. The front will lift up. Put a 2x4 under it on top of the frame. There's a small cable that stops you from lifting too high. Easy job when you have the plug tool.

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If you only have 8K miles, my advice is to wait til 16K and change them at the same time you do the valve clearance checks, when they are really easy to get to. The OEM plugs will last 16K miles without breaking a sweat.

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Thanks. Always good to hear about no surprises. Has 13-14K on it. With riding season here going to check valves next winter (I like winter projects). So plugs will likely be run until 24K if I don't change now.

In my search I also found that most feel the stock wires are perfectly acceptable.

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It's time to change. Since the bike is new to you and 12 years old, you may not really know if anyone has looked at or changed them before.
My 2002 bike manual says to change the plugs at 8000 miles. I cleaned mine about then and changed them at ~ 11,000 miles. They needed it and IMO the bike has run better since then. OEM plugs are a favorite and work well.
Changing plugs is not hard but you do need to loosen and move the radiator out of the way. Also moving the coils out of the way helps. Make sure you mark what goes where.
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This one has been on my mind as well, but I don't have the plug tool. Will a standard wobble work?

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This one has been on my mind as well, but I don't have the plug tool. Will a standard wobble work?
No. Get the plug tool, it's cheap.

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No. Get the plug tool, it's cheap.
+1 The tool from the kit is worth it's weight in gold.

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+1 on ordering a stock Honda plug tool.

Buy your plugs at an auto parts store. They will be roughly half of what a
motorcycle shop charges.
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No. Get the plug tool, it's cheap.
Quick shopping search doesnt turn up much; where do you find these at?

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It is possible with a wobble and the right size extension. I did fine with my socket set.

Clean spark plugs? They are cheap enough to just replace them IMO.

Just make sure the clearance in in spec on the new ones. If you don't have them buy feeler gauges

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It is possible with a wobble and the right size extension. I did fine with my socket set.

Clean spark plugs? They are cheap enough to just replace them IMO.

Just make sure the clearance in in spec on the new ones. If you don't have them buy feeler gauges
I've had a collection of cheap wobbly extensions for years, some combination of 1/2", 2", 4", and 8" was able to get it done without much fuss.

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Quick shopping search doesnt turn up much; where do you find these at?
You buy them just like any OEM part. Just look under the heading "Tool Kit". The Spanner Wrench is also handy if you ever want to adjust the shock preload.

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I got my 919 without the stock tool kit. I know a lot of people make fun of them - and I certainly carry other tools when I tour, but most stock tool kits have value to me. And EVERY inline 4 bike I have ever worked on benefited GREATLY from the stock plug wrench. (All kaws and hondas)

After striking out on Ebay most the Fall, went to the local honda shop this winter. I think I paid under $60 brand new OEM tool kit. Added bonus is the rear axle nut wrench. Chain adjust anywhere as needed. So when sport riding, any size wrench needed to reach most side of the road jobs all under one's seat. What's not to love.

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Per Honda:
WRENCH, PLUG (16.5)
89216-MAT-000

MSRP is $13.40. Buy/order it wherever you buy your Honda parts.

If you want the entire toolkit, it is:
TOOL SET
89010-MCZ-000
MSRP is $52.58.

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Buy your plugs at an auto parts store. They will be roughly half of what a
motorcycle shop charges.
Please elaborate. Are they marked the same part number? Is it a different number part? Exact fit? Company? Any info appreciated.

Otherwise, I would just go buy NGK. R's btw...

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Please elaborate. Are they marked the same part number? Is it a different number part? Exact fit? Company? Any info appreciated.

Otherwise, I would just go buy NGK. R's btw...
NGKs of the correct part number are available at many auto parts stores. Marked the same, they just don't come in a Honda box.

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Here they are at Advance Auto

NGK Nickel Spark Plug (CR8EH-9) 5666: Advance Auto Parts

Order online for pickup in your local store. Use coupon code P20 and they are $5.27 each.

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Got it. I am lucky to have a great indy racer type shop around here, and their prices are great. I thought you were meaning same plug / different branding or whatever.

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