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post #1 of 15 Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 6:00 pm Thread Starter
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Where to get spark plug socket?

Getting everything together for my 24k service which is still 8k off. In going over the parts (which is a very good idea to do beforehand ), found that the Bosch spark plugs are a funky 11/16" size. Haven't been able to find an appropriate socket either locally or on the interweb. I have looked at an 18mm spark plug socket, but that fits fairly loose.

Am I missing something here, or will I need to order a spark plug socket from a BMW dealer? Alternatively, I am amenable to a different brand of spark plugs if that is easier.

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post #2 of 15 Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 7:00 pm
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Not really a "funky" size at all. 5/8", 11/16" pretty common. If you don't have a shallow wall deep 11/16" socket, then Sears got one for ya, and if you just "have to have" it, Sears will have a Spark Plug socket also.

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Getting everything together for my 24k service which is still 8k off. In going over the parts (which is a very good idea to do beforehand ), found that the Bosch spark plugs are a funky 11/16" size. Haven't been able to find an appropriate socket either locally or on the interweb. I have looked at an 18mm spark plug socket, but that fits fairly loose.

Am I missing something here, or will I need to order a spark plug socket from a BMW dealer? Alternatively, I am amenable to a different brand of spark plugs if that is easier.

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Well, Sears doesn't have an 11/16" spark plug socket, and neither does Snap On, Matco, etc. I could go for a deep 11/16" normal socket, just don't want the plug to get damaged using it. I can find the 18mm locally in stock however.

Is there something I'm missing in this equation?

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Did you check in your tool bag that came with the m/c.????

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Yeah, post -03 or so all they include are some spare fuses, fuse puller, multi-screwdriver, and helmet cord lock.

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Yep you are right for sure. The only 11/16 spark plug socket is like 60 something bucks

I have always used sockets so I learned something.

I do know that just switching brands may get you to the 5/8 common. I think it was Champion and NGK on the Harley changed you over.
No reason you should damage them using a deep socket. Like I said I have really never used a spark plug socket.

I have taped a deep socket onto a long extension, and then used pieces of tape inside to hold the plug in, big loop, sticky side toward the socket sides, and got it done. Every 10,000 on my GT Cruiser. I am about due again.

Haven't had the pleasure on the LT but think you will be fine with a socket.

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Well, Sears doesn't have an 11/16" spark plug socket, and neither does Snap On, Matco, etc. I could go for a deep 11/16" normal socket, just don't want the plug to get damaged using it. I can find the 18mm locally in stock however.

Is there something I'm missing in this equation?

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Would an 18mm spark plug socket work? It is off by 0.6mm you can pick them up cheap.

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If you pm me your address, I will send you an 11/16 spark plug socket. You can keep it till your done and then send it back when your done, if that will help... Or I can send you the sparkplug wrench that came in the tool kit, I wont be needing it for awhile, because I installed NGK's.

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The 18mm is very loose, so very last ditch effort. Rounded off spark plugs is not something I like to think about .

Seems like switching brands might be the easier solution.

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Thanks, but want one to keep in my toolkit. This isn't a pressing concern, as I'm 8k off, but is something I want to prep for. The BMW plug wrench (part #71112303416) is listed for $10, which is cheap for anything related to an LT . So that is another route.

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Any parts store should have it.
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With regards the 11/16" socket, that has not been my experience.

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**Update**

Pep boys had an exceptionally deep 11/16" socket that is working perfectly.

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**Update**
Pep boys had an exceptionally deep 11/16" socket that is working perfectly.
Pep Boys is where I found the fuel line clamps.

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Spark Plug Socket

I changed out my plugs on Thursday. I removed the originals (Bosch), using my LT tool kit socket, then I re-installed new NGK using 5/8" deep socket. No problems whatsoever. I noticed that the Bosch use a double electrode vs. NGK single. Both were Eridium.

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