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post #1 of 10 Old 06-07-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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What a pain in the A$$!

Am I the only one here who wishes you didn't need to remove half the bodywork and gas tank just to change a sparkplug? What on some machines is a 2 minute operation is roughly 2 hrs on this thing. There should be an easier way..

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-07-2019, 08:40 PM
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@PaddyD - Donít ever buy a Goldwing if you think the KLR plug is a pain. Itís 6 times more painful on a Wing. Youíll get better with experience. Plugs actually last a long time. Like oil we tend to change them sooner than we need to.
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Yes normally, spark plugs in good running engines last a very long time and this one wasn't worn at all, just got carbon fouled from leaving the enrichener on too long after starting. When it is under 80 degrees here it just won't idle without it on when starting from a cold engine. It's been that way since brand new. Once warm it idles fine at about 1400rpm. I guess I'll just need to be wary of how long I leave it on. Started noticing it was getting hard to start. At first I thought tight valves, but that starts manifesting itself with hard starting when hot and my issue was with cold starts. Now with the new plug it starts easily.
It's still a huge pain in the a$$ to change such a simple part though.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-10-2019, 10:44 AM
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Yeah it's a bit of a pain but as was mentioned, luckily you don't need to change them very often - I still have the original in my 2000


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Yeah it's a bit of a pain but as was mentioned, luckily you don't need to change them very often - I still have the original in my 2000


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Well Dave, at your LOW mileage on those 2 N.O.S. bikes, that does not surprise me.
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Well Dave, at your LOW mileage on those 2 N.O.S. bikes, that does not surprise me.
Haha; it's true that the 2000 has only 3000 miles on it but my 2001 is at 20,000 and though I changed my plug at 15,000 mi, it was working just fine at the time.

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Am I the only one here who wishes you didn't need to remove half the bodywork and gas tank just to change a sparkplug? What on some machines is a 2 minute operation is roughly 2 hrs on this thing. There should be an easier way..
Totally agree! Especially if you are attempting to do plug checks to determine the combustion efficiency after some subtle modifications. &#x1f92f;
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Am I the only one here who wishes you didn't need to remove half the bodywork and gas tank just to change a sparkplug? What on some machines is a 2 minute operation is roughly 2 hrs on this thing. There should be an easier way..
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Totally agree! Especially if you are attempting to do plug checks to determine the combustion efficiency after some subtle modifications. &#x1f92f;
I recon that you guys ought to purchase a Harley V-Rod. Engine designed by Porche.
Remove the engine from the frame to perform valve tappet inspection & adjustment. I've no idea about its spark plug replacement.

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Totally agree! Especially if you are attempting to do plug checks to determine the combustion efficiency after some subtle modifications. &#x1f92f;
plug checks are next to useless with all the crap in gasoline today....couple that with the chances of getting dirt into the combustion chamber every time you remove a plug and you can see why I leave mine alone unless absolutely necessary.

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I recon that you guys ought to purchase a Harley V-Rod. Engine designed by Porche.
Remove the engine from the frame to perform valve tappet inspection & adjustment. I've no idea about its spark plug replacement.
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