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post #1 of 16 Old 06-23-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped sparkplug hole, thoughts

So I have a KVF 360 kawi quad and it was running poor today after I put a E3 plug in it. So when I got home from riding I went to check the plug since it ran great before the switch. When I put the plug wrench on it I noticed it was loose, I guess I found my problem, sorta..... When I tighten it up I noticed it wouldn't go all the way in so I took it out and it was very tight to take out and when it finally came out I noticed the plug and cylinder was stripped? I have no Idea how since it is a new bike and when I put the plug in I got it almost all the way in with my fingers before I had to givver with the wrench. So now my question is do I have to remove the head to tap the spark plug hole? My friend says I don't but I figure the shavings will go into the motor.

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So I have a KVF 360 kawi quad and it was running poor today after I put a E3 plug in it. So when I got home from riding I went to check the plug since it ran great before the switch. When I put the plug wrench on it I noticed it was loose, I guess I found my problem, sorta..... When I tighten it up I noticed it wouldn't go all the way in so I took it out and it was very tight to take out and when it finally came out I noticed the plug and cylinder was stripped? I have no Idea how since it is a new bike and when I put the plug in I got it almost all the way in with my fingers before I had to givver with the wrench. So now my question is do I have to remove the head to tap the spark plug hole? My friend says I don't but I figure the shavings will go into the motor.

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I had to fix a spark plug in our mini-van. Napa auto parts had a kit with a tap, inserts and a tool to install the insert. Put heavy grease on the tap and go slow. Pull the tap every so often and clean off the shavings and grease. Re-grease and continue. The key is going slow.

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Thanks for the info. I will look into this kit



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Forgot to mention that the tap is fluted and the grease will hold the shavings in the flutes.

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All done. It worked great. Just to be safe I'm going to dump so oil down er and do an oil change. Works great. Thanks for the info



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All done. It worked great. Just to be safe I'm going to dump so oil down er and do an oil change. Works great. Thanks for the info



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Excellent! I like happy endings!

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Ok so here is the risk. I had an E3 plug in the bike that stripped. It almost looks like the threads are melted on the plug. I have the stock plug back in and the bike tops out at 65kpm. When I had the E3 in yesturday the bike was dam near hitting 80kph. So do I risk buying a new E3 or play it safe with the old NGK. I didn't know a plug could make such a difference.



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Ok so here is the risk. I had an E3 plug in the bike that stripped. It almost looks like the threads are melted on the plug. I have the stock plug back in and the bike tops out at 65kpm. When I had the E3 in yesturday the bike was dam near hitting 80kph. So do I risk buying a new E3 or play it safe with the old NGK. I didn't know a plug could make such a difference.



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Is the E3 plug significantly longer than the stock NGK?

Plugs come in heat ranges hotter plugs are longer, shorter cooler. Sounds like the E3 is too hot, more intense spark maybe if it's not longer?

Personally I would run the stock plug. A too hot plug is going to melt stuff!

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I would play it safe and enjoy a ride at 65 the one that runs 80 for a short stint and then you end up walking to the nearest garage....

Glad it worked...another device I have to buy for on my shelf....
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