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 Post subject: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 10:27 pm 
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Did my XB spark plugs today....oh my! :o

Actually changing the plugs was not too difficult (except I wouldn't trust the torque wrench on the front plug at that silly angle), but removing and refitting the leads was an ordeal. Getting them off the plugs is hard enough, but how do you push them on? :? These were new leads fitted by Maz 5K ago (not that I'm asking him now) :lol:

Off the bike the leads engage the plug tops with a reassuring click, but once in the frame you struggle to see, feel, or hear anything as the leads are so soft and rubbery (and the noise of the rain on the garage roof didn't help). Had to resort to pulling the end ring out of the boot to convince myself they had engaged the plug top then push the boot over the plug after. Swore I would buy or make up something longer and firmer (said the bishop...) to make insertion easier next time! :roll:

Any ideas, alternative brands? ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 5:16 am 
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I use a little bit of o-ring grease to lube the inside of the boots, which not only makes them move easier but also prevent them from sticking at the plug over time. Many people also recommend the use of this clever tool http://www.autoteile-stephan.de/ebay/ar ... 7500_2.jpg although I never tried myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 6:36 am 
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I recommend these:

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or something similar from your local car accessory shop...

You can find a tube of silicon grease on EBay for about a fiver.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:18 pm 
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Thanks Pash & Gunter. I just love buying new tools. I'm going to have to make up a 'SHADOW BOARD' for the Buell on the garage wall. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:07 pm 
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So far, it looks like you need something longer and firmer, a bit of lubrication and a new toy. :shock:

But seriously, dielectric grease is best on that electical tip, just as on lamps and battery leads.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing XB plugs
PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Cheers Motorrad, as luck had it, I found an old tube of Castrol dielectric grease. ;)


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