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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Spark plugs

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I was going over past maintenance records on my 2008 gl1800 and noticed that on the 16K bill it doesn't look like the Honda shop replaced the spark plugs. At least it doesn't look like they charged me for plugs. I currently have 26k on the bike and am wondering if there's any way to determine if they were actually replaced. If not, when should they be replaced?
I was planning on a visit to the shop soon.
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The manual says 16k, 26k is not really a problem. I would change them at the next opportunity. I change mine at 16k. Some go much longer!
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Need advice.
I was going over past maintenance records on my 2008 gl1800 and noticed that on the 16K bill it doesn't look like the Honda shop replaced the spark plugs. At least it doesn't look like they charged me for plugs. I currently have 26k on the bike and am wondering if there's any way to determine if they were actually replaced. If not, when should they be replaced?
I was planning on a visit to the shop soon.
Thanks
35k miles on mine I will most likely renew before 50k miles.
Plugs can be checked for wear and resistance.
Plugs can be perfect today and totally fail tomorrow.
Change them for peace of mind, however I have seen plugs last 100k miles and also seen plugs fail within 20 miles from new.

I can only imagine how many good plugs, filters, oil and so on are disposed of every year.
It makes good business to encourage buying a new one.
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In the Operator's Manual is a maintance schedule and Honda recommends new plugs every 16k.

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Honda must own stock in a spark plug factory because they still look like new at 16K miles. Do whatever you want but it's completely unnecessary IMHO to change them at that interval.
With todays electronic ignition on cars the interval is about 100,000 miles. Goldwing has the same system.
On the other hand it's cheap and easy to do. What else do you have to do an a rainy day.

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Honda must own stock in a spark plug factory because they still look like new at 16K miles. Do whatever you want but it's completely unnecessary IMHO to change them at that interval.
With todays electronic ignition on cars the interval is about 100,000 miles. Goldwing has the same system.
On the other hand it's cheap and easy to do. What else do you have to do an a rainy day.

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Wow, we learn something new every day around here. So, electronic ignition makes plugs last 100,000 miles? That's great news.
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Wow, we learn something new every day around here. So, electronic ignition makes plugs last 100,000 miles? That's great news.
Nope ... the idea with our Wings is to maintain them to keep them running perfect. For example, if after replacing the air filter better throttle response is notable, that means the air filter should have been replace long, long ago.

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my gmc van had 130,000 before changed plugs still looked good n fired ok when changed got 45,000 on wing n runs like a champ got new opnes to put in along with air cleaner n fluid changes again before spring only thing i change regularly is oil n filter

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I took the original set out of my 2006 at 45,000 miles, if I hadn't had new ones right there, I would have put them back in.

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