Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
How annoying the progress of spark plugs
Many years ago, when you bought a spark plug you got that little screw cap to fit on the end if needed, or to throw away if not needed, or maybve to even hoard within a little glass screw topped bottle you would keep in the garage, for "just in case".
But not now.
Bought some new spark plugs from Motohansa last month, and they gave me four (4) NGK DPR7EA-9's instead of what I have been getting in the past, being Bosch Super XR 7 LDC.
So having a bit of spare time yesterday, instead of working the 12hrs I had to do on the Saturday, thought I would give Beryl a little TLC, as the annual pink slip is now due, and having just clocked over the 220,300kms.
So off with the side panel, out with plug #2, open NGK packet and notice that these plugs only come with the one earth electrode, not the normal two. hmmmmmm ok, will use anyway.
A bit of "never sieze" and in with plug #2, Out with plug #1, in with new NGK plug #1.
On with spark plug caps.
Hmmmmmmmm that dont feel right, feels a bit sloppy.
no flaming screw caps on the end of the spark plug. Now where did I put that glass screw top jar with all those spark plug screw caps in.............???......?????....??????? couldn't even use the ones form the old plugs as they are welded on....bugger.
Out with plug #1, out with plug #2, in with old wired brushed plug #1, well you know the rest...
On with side panels....mutter mutter.
Motohansa say they are not importing these dual earth electrode plugs, yes, these are the NGK direct equivilants, and yes sorry bout that, and will have four screw caps for you.
Sigh........you would think I shoulda known better....have got 35,000kms outta these existing plugs and would have no hassles about going the 40,000kms but heyyyy may as well change whilst I was getting brake pads etc.
Another annual thing I always seem to have to do before taking it to the garage for the pink slip is clean the rear brake light switch in fuel. Each year, I have to take off the switch, put in ultra sonic cleaner and leave for 15 minutes....another annoying thing.
Soooo next time you get some spark plugs look for the screw cap. Just a heads up.
19XX BSA 125cc "racing" Bantam
1950 Sunbeam 500cc S7 Combo
19XX Royal Enfield 500 J2 combo
19XX BSA 500cc single B33
1960 Triumph 650cc Tiger 110
1970 Honda 750cc four K1
1975 Triumph Trident 750 triple
1978 XS1100E 1100cc "The Tardis" (ret)
1999 K1200LT "Beryl Beemer"
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