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Changing spark plugs.

Hey guys. I've been on here searching through the treads but can't seem to find any info on changing my spark plugs. I'm taking a long trip next month and i wanna replace the plugs before i leave. Where do i start? Any help would be appreciated, thanks..


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Hey guys. I've been on here searching through the treads but can't seem to find any info on changing my spark plugs. I'm taking a long trip next month and i wanna replace the plugs before i leave. Where do i start? Any help would be appreciated, thanks..
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Wow!!! For me.... 20 minute job, 1/2 beer.

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1. If you have a owners manual, plug changes are covered there.
2. Curious, how many miles do you have on the bike? I ask this because plugs are usually good for many more miles than the suggested replacement miles!
Remove the small black inserts from mounting bolts(2) in the chrome strip in the middle of the "valve covers"
Remove the small black inserts from the lower bolts(3) in the spark plug covers.
Remove the bolts(2)(small heads) in the middle chrome strip, lay strip on a towel to prevent scratching.
Remove the bolts(3) in the lower spark plug covers, lay aside on a towel to prevent scratching.
You should now see the plugs. I blow a little air around the plugs at this time to clear any dirt/debris that may be present.
I remove/replace 1 plug at a time, after disconnecting the plug wire, of course.
On the left side, this is a good time to allow the crankcase breather tube to drain(located on the lower front area). Has a plug in the end one removes to allow it to drain.
A dab of anti-seize is suggested by some on each plug. A little dab will do ya'.
Plug gap is 1.0-1.1mm and I use OEM plugs.
Thread spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading.
Tighten to 18N-m
Reinstall plug covers and chrome strip
Torque 10N-m
Reinstall black inserts.
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1. If you have a owners manual, plug changes are covered there.
2. Curious, how many miles do you have on the bike? I ask this because plugs are usually good for many more miles than the suggested replacement miles!
Remove the small black inserts from mounting bolts(2) in the chrome strip in the middle of the "valve covers"
Remove the small black inserts from the lower bolts(3) in the spark plug covers.
Remove the bolts(2)(small heads) in the middle chrome strip, lay strip on a towel to prevent scratching.
Remove the bolts(3) in the lower spark plug covers, lay aside on a towel to prevent scratching.
You should now see the plugs. I blow a lower air around the plugs at this time to clear any dirt/debris that may be present.
I remove/replace 1 plug at a time, after disconnect the plug wire, of course.
On the left side, this is a good time to allow the crankcase breather tube to drain(located on the lower front area). Has a plug in the end one removes to allow it to drain.
A dab of anti-seize is suggested by some on each plug. A little dab will do ya'.
Plug gap is 1.0-1.1mm and I use OEM plugs.
Thread spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading.
Tighten to 18N-m
Reinstall plug covers and chrome strip
Torque 10N-m
Reinstall black inserts.
Thanks for the help fellas.

@dptydawg, that's just the instructions i was looking for. My wing has about 48k and has never let me down. I usually pay my mechanic to do the work but this time i'm gonna tackle it. Why am i paying for something i could easily do myself, right? Thanks again for the tips..


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1. If you have a owners manual, plug changes are covered there.
2. Curious, how many miles do you have on the bike? I ask this because plugs are usually good for many more miles than the suggested replacement miles!
Remove the small black inserts from mounting bolts(2) in the chrome strip in the middle of the "valve covers"
Remove the small black inserts from the lower bolts(3) in the spark plug covers.
Remove the bolts(2)(small heads) in the middle chrome strip, lay strip on a towel to prevent scratching.
Remove the bolts(3) in the lower spark plug covers, lay aside on a towel to prevent scratching.
You should now see the plugs. I blow a lower air around the plugs at this time to clear any dirt/debris that may be present.
I remove/replace 1 plug at a time, after disconnect the plug wire, of course.
On the left side, this is a good time to allow the crankcase breather tube to drain(located on the lower front area). Has a plug in the end one removes to allow it to drain.
A dab of anti-seize is suggested by some on each plug. A little dab will do ya'.
Plug gap is 1.0-1.1mm and I use OEM plugs.
Thread spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading.
Tighten to 18N-m
Reinstall plug covers and chrome strip
Torque 10N-m
Reinstall black inserts.
That's the worst part of changing plugs in my book.

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1. If you have a owners manual, plug changes are covered there.
2. Curious, how many miles do you have on the bike? I ask this because plugs are usually good for many more miles than the suggested replacement miles!
Remove the small black inserts from mounting bolts(2) in the chrome strip in the middle of the "valve covers"
Remove the small black inserts from the lower bolts(3) in the spark plug covers.
Remove the bolts(2)(small heads) in the middle chrome strip, lay strip on a towel to prevent scratching.
Remove the bolts(3) in the lower spark plug covers, lay aside on a towel to prevent scratching.
You should now see the plugs. I blow a lower air around the plugs at this time to clear any dirt/debris that may be present.
I remove/replace 1 plug at a time, after disconnect the plug wire, of course.
On the left side, this is a good time to allow the crankcase breather tube to drain(located on the lower front area). Has a plug in the end one removes to allow it to drain.
A dab of anti-seize is suggested by some on each plug. A little dab will do ya'.
Plug gap is 1.0-1.1mm and I use OEM plugs.
Thread spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading.
Tighten to 18N-m
Reinstall plug covers and chrome strip
Torque 10N-m
Reinstall black inserts.
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Hey guys. I've been on here searching through the treads but can't seem to find any info on changing my spark plugs. I'm taking a long trip next month and i wanna replace the plugs before i leave. Where do i start? Any help would be appreciated, thanks..
The Internet is the fountain of misinformation. Do yourself a big favor and read your owners manual for information on installing NEW plugs. It is not the 13 FT/LBS or 18 NM posted here. That is only for plugs that are being maintained and have had their sealing washer seated. That torque on a new install can lead to serious damage if the plug loosens and it is not covered under warranty.
If you don't have an owners manual, go to the plug site of the manufacturer of the plug you are installing. You are looking for 14 MM non-tapered plugs installed in an aluminum head. If you don't have a torque wrench most manufactures show a rotation method after hand tight on NEW plugs. It is also shown on the back of the box for multi packaged plugs from some manufactures. When in doubt call the manufacturer. They have people that can explain the difference between installing a new plug and reinstalling a maintained (probably cleaned plug) or any other question you may have .

Note: Make sure your engine is like overnight cold before removing or installing plugs.



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