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Changing Spark plugs KB

Hi all,

Did a search already, the closest relevence was this:thread

However, the links within were 404ed. I have the service manual and they said move radiator, but then people were saying that approaching from the top made more sense.

I don't want to start a debate on which method is better, all I wanna know is if there are some solid instructions that go from the top.

I also did a search in the KB, and it came up empty.

So any help would be great, specifically if there's anything tricky to watch for. I already read the other warning thread about making sure head is cool, etc. That was good to know.

HOpefully I'll have answers by tomorrow when I tackle it?

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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

Only thing I can tell you is that I found it convenient to have several different rachet extension sizes. Also a universal swivel joint is handy too. It is a tight squeeze so these things help but are not necessary, just helpful and will save you time.

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If you have the OEM tool kit, use the spark plug tool it has. Works great. You might need some swivel rachet extensions if you plan on torquing the new plugs.
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Hi all,

Did a search already, the closest relevence was this:thread

However, the links within were 404ed. I have the service manual and they said move radiator, but then people were saying that approaching from the top made more sense.

I don't want to start a debate on which method is better, all I wanna know is if there are some solid instructions that go from the top.

I also did a search in the KB, and it came up empty.

So any help would be great, specifically if there's anything tricky to watch for. I already read the other warning thread about making sure head is cool, etc. That was good to know.

HOpefully I'll have answers by tomorrow when I tackle it?

haha you'd find out the hard way the first time you tried to change plugs on a hot head and I'm not talking the technical apsects of it.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

I tried to do it the way the service manual says, and it turned out to be a pain in the ass. I ended up stripping a radiator mount bolt

I've read that going from the top is way easier.
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

Going from the top is way easier. Just remember that there are 3 screws on each velocity stack. The screw in the middle is tricky. Remove the seat and the fairings. Remove the two front tank bolts. (catch the bushings as they will fall out). Loosen, but do not remove, the tank rear through bolt. Prop the front of the tank up. If you have a 954, there is a prop under the seat. Remove the screws securing the top of the air box. Remove the screws and the velocity stacks. There are a few hoses and two electrical connectors to be removed from the air box lower part. Note the orientation of the springs on each side of the flapper mounts for reinstallation. Using a screwdriver, remove the flapper end pieces. Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the bottom of the airbox securing the flapper cable to the airbox. Slide the cable ball end off the white flapper pivot and remove the airbox. Push down on the top clip of each ignition coil on each sparkplug, and remove the ignition coil electrical connector. Pull up on the ignition coil/plug wire on each sparkplug using a slight back and forth motion. Use the sparkplug wrench in the kit and remove each plug. Easy, no?
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

Good advise. I don't remove the flapper cable. You can just let it hang on the left side of the bike or set it on something next to the bike so it's not pulling on the cable.
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

I've done it both ways. The way I'm doing it now is to change the plugs every 16,000 miles rather than the 8,000 the manual recomends. Since the valve clearance needs to be inspected at 16k anyway, I always do the plug removal / instal from the top since I'm already in there.
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

When I changed my plugs I removed the radiator but believe me next time I'm goin in from the top
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Re: Changing Spark plugs KB

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Going from the top is way easier. Just remember that there are 3 screws on each velocity stack. The screw in the middle is tricky. Remove the seat and the fairings. Remove the two front tank bolts. (catch the bushings as they will fall out). Loosen, but do not remove, the tank rear through bolt. Prop the front of the tank up. If you have a 954, there is a prop under the seat. Remove the screws securing the top of the air box. Remove the screws and the velocity stacks. There are a few hoses and two electrical connectors to be removed from the air box lower part. Note the orientation of the springs on each side of the flapper mounts for reinstallation. Using a screwdriver, remove the flapper end pieces. Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the bottom of the airbox securing the flapper cable to the airbox. Slide the cable ball end off the white flapper pivot and remove the airbox. Push down on the top clip of each ignition coil on each sparkplug, and remove the ignition coil electrical connector. Pull up on the ignition coil/plug wire on each sparkplug using a slight back and forth motion. Use the sparkplug wrench in the kit and remove each plug. Easy, no?
Um, no. But those are good instructions to follow by. You need to write a good KB with pix. hahaha. Joking.

To everyone else: Thanks for your reply. It seems like from the top is the way to go.

Fanx again. Oh yeah, you can tell I didn't do it last weekend. Last minute plans gave me only enough time to do an oil change and adjust my chain.

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Um, no. But those are good instructions to follow by. You need to write a good KB with pix. hahaha. Joking.
I could have, but that's what I do for a living. I like to leave work at work. Probably a good reason not to marry a hooker, among other things.
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Probably a good reason not to marry a hooker, among other things.
I some times bring work home .....

but I think you might be right with this one
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