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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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by sabel View Post
    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.
    Last edited by HowMuch; 02-05-2013 at 11:03 PM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowtie View Post
    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.

    Jeff...
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 05nwl View Post
    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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    Or just put a set of NGK Iridium spark plugs in there and don't fret changing them for the next several years. I aint going to change mine until they have 100K on them.

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    Ask yourself, do you change spark plugs in any Vehicle you own at 16k miles? I highly doubt it.


    "" I ""change mine in the Wings at around 70-75k. Same thing in our Autos!! The thing that is overlooked as far as Spark Plugs on the Wings is the Spark Plug Wires! They are the item that can and does get weak with heat, breakdown etc etc. Think about that one.

    Notice! The above "" I "" you do what you feel is right for your Wing! My new Disclosure! LOL !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabel View Post
    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
    I change mine at 16k intervals and notice a difference for sure. I use the stock ngk plug recommended in book


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowtie View Post
    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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    Something for all you guys comparing auto change interval to the wing,ALL new cars use platinum plugs,stock goldwing plugs are not platinum,BIG DIFFERENCE IN USEFUL LIFE BETWEEN THE TWO.ole yeller mbg pa
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    I usually change every 30k with OEM plugs. I would go longer but I had to change plugs during a trip one time with my '83 wing in a parking lot. So I am alittle more cautious now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magenta View Post
    Something for all you guys comparing auto change interval to the wing,ALL new cars use platinum plugs,stock goldwing plugs are not platinum,BIG DIFFERENCE IN USEFUL LIFE BETWEEN THE TWO.ole yeller mbg pa
    My car came with Iridium plugs which have a longer life then Platinum plugs, good for a 100,000 miles.

    I now run Iridium plugs on my Wing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sur48 View Post
    I change mine at 16k intervals and notice a difference for sure. I use the stock ngk plug recommended in book
    More than once?
    If so, you have a problem somewhere damaging the plugs.

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    Remember when comparing to a car.
    It is engine revs (normally one rev = one spark) not miles that need to be compared.

    UPDATE:
    No one spotted the mistake?

    Two revs = 1 spark unless its a 2T or no distributor/single coil.
    Last edited by HowMuch; 02-07-2013 at 02:59 AM.

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    Wow...the GW manual says 16K miles? Who knew? Guess I better read that thing better.

    I wouldn't have even thought about it for at least 30K and that's about 3 times as often as any other vehicle I have. I mean, I never change them in my diesel truck. (that last part is a joke...figured I better say so before people start helping me understand how a diesel engine works)
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    how much are Iridium plugs
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    Quote Originally Posted by fun42 View Post
    how much are Iridium plugs

    I think I paid $6.95 each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fun42 View Post
    how much are Iridium plugs
    Quote Originally Posted by Wing One View Post
    I think I paid $6.95 each.
    Are the numbers the same?
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    How often do you change the plugs in your 4 wheeler? I have 94K on my truck and 45K on the car both with the original plugs. Why would the Wing require any different. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 30K + on my '06 Wing... original plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldWingrGreg View Post
    In the Operator's Manual is a maintance schedule and Honda recommends new plugs every 16k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fun42 View Post
    how much are Iridium plugs
    Quote Originally Posted by Wing One View Post
    I think I paid $6.95 each.
    Quote Originally Posted by Biker John View Post
    Are the numbers the same?

    John, I don't know exactly what you mean but here is exactly what I paid, just looked up my previous orders on Amazon.com.

    Actually little less then what I thought I had paid.

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    I've got some special magic plugs with Unobtanium tips. They cost $179 each and I had to wait 23 weeks for them to come from Shangri-La where they are made by Monks who only produce 100 of them per year.

    They not only make my bike faster, but it now gets 83 MPG and should come pretty close to breaking the sound barrier while doing it. They also make my bike run cooler and keep brake dust off the wheels at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GA_Rainman View Post
    I've got some special magic plugs with Unobtanium tips. They cost $179 each and I had to wait 23 weeks for them to come from Shangri-La where they are made by Monks who only produce 100 of them per year.

    They not only make my bike faster, but it now gets 83 MPG and should come pretty close to breaking the sound barrier while doing it. They also make my bike run cooler and keep brake dust off the wheels at the same time.
    I want to purchase 6 please. I hope you accept Monopoly funny money

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    Default plugs & filter.

    I have a 2009 with original plugs and filter at 18000 miles it started to run better. I was getting 36-38 mpg after 20,000 I get 40-42 average and runs perfect so I have trouble thinking about changing plugs and filter. If it ran any better it would be dangerous. I have 42,000 smiles now.
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