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Question LT Spark Plugs

OK, this ought to ignite a few sparks in some of you.

Which spark plug have you found to work the best in the LT's?

Maybe which is best for earlier models 99-2004 and then 2005 on ?

There are so many to chose from. How about for mileage ?
engine temp? Power?

So knowing that opinions are like throttle cables, everybody has their own set, what do you guys think?

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The first time I changed the plugs I bought two head gaskets and two plugs--force of habit.
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this kind of depends on how much you want to spend.

No Good Kind are usually the least expensive.

Bosch is factory recommended.

Platinum tipped triple points most money.

Kind of like oil use what you want or can find.

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The best I have used so far are the Splitfires suggested by David Shealy some time ago. I have tried others but like these the best. Thanks again David.

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Split Fire

Well,

I'm not a troll (except in appearance ).

I bought the triple Platinum Split Fire plugs. I've been running them for a 4 or 5 months. I bought them cause I'm hoping them to be the last set I'll need.

Since I don't have a dyno (although it's on my wish list) I really can't say how much more "like a raped ape" my LT performs.

I've never had a problem with temperature and still don't. My mpg's are more a function of my right wrist than my plugs.

My advice is to get something that should be 100K. Platinum tipped.

Unless of course, 100K is something like 100 years

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The best I have used so far are the Splitfires suggested by David Shealy some time ago. I have tried others but like these the best. Thanks again David.
So why do you like them? What difference did they make in your bike? The cost really doesn't matter since there are only 4.

Also, how often have you guys changed your plugs?

The dealer put XR7's in mine a year ago at my 12K service. I was thinking of putting some of the higher end ones in, put thought I would ask the professors here at the BMW Institute of Higher Learning.

Plus, I'm tired of the oil wars and thought this would be a fresh one to start.

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IIRC the Splitfires cost less than OEM. My MPGs have always been good except during the time my fuel line was leaking - 48 -51. The main change I noticed was the much stronger pull, especially in 4th (for some reason) from 2000 to 6000 rpm +++. This is just seat of the pants feel. I have absolutely no test data of any kind to back it up.

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Dead Sexy eh???

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The best I have used so far are the Splitfires suggested by David Shealy some time ago. I have tried others but like these the best. Thanks again David.
Yup, me too! I put my first set in at about 8,000 miles...I got bored and replaced them at 35,000...just to see what was up! They were nice and dusty brown and I tossed 'em...I put in new Splitfires.

I won't make that mistake again, these babies will go the distance.

Benefits you ask? Other than extraordinary life, I do believe the bike runs a bit smoother and my mileage did increase over OEM plugs. YMMV.

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Dead Sexy eh???
No.. just heard you and the picture were anatomically identical.

Just a rumor though.

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Put in Iridiums at 12K, now at @ 40K without issue.

I only changed out the O.E.M. plugs because of factory recomendations, original plugs at 12K showed little to no wear at all. O'well.

Likely the Iridiums will be in the holes for MANY more miles

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I am, NGK's. They seem to work just fine and did cost less than OEM's.
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So what splitfire plug number do you use? Sounds like the way I will go. thanks for the info.

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So what splitfire plug number do you use? Sounds like the way I will go. thanks for the info.

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Try

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...ire+spark+plug

Definitely get the "triple Platinum" (TP)


Mine took forever to get delivered.

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I'm with Averill on this one. On Red Rover I switched to Splitfire's at around 42K miles. They were still in the bike when I totaled it in September at 124K. No wear and just a nice brown dusting. Avg MPG 42-46.

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Ordered my Splitfires from www.sparkplugs.com and got them within a week. Around $33 for 4 plugs with shipping.

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Definitely get the "triple Platinum" (TP)
Mine took forever to get delivered.Good luck.
So, I read the other thread. Now my question for you Splitfire Gurus, did you have to adjust the gap as stated in that thread? And..if so.to what?

Thanks for the info.

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So, I read the other thread. Now my question for you Splitfire Gurus, did you have to adjust the gap as stated in that thread? And..if so.to what?

Thanks for the info.

Bill

Bill,

From my research, the plug really can't be gapped. The concern was over the platinum cracking (or some such risk).

I just used the plug gapped from the box. It works fine.

Go for it !!

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Talking Ditto on Sparkplugs.com!

Like Ray, I just ordered from them, and four of the TP416D plugs ran me $32 and change which includes UPS ground shipping!

I had tried to locate them locally at several Auto Parts stores, and it seems as if no one carries them anymore, so this was the only way up here.

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Ordered my Splitfires from www.sparkplugs.com and got them within a week. Around $33 for 4 plugs with shipping.

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They come gapped correctly. Don't try to change it.

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