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Old 01-01-2008, 08:29 PM   #1
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whats the easiest way to change the spark plugs on an 06 599 the owners manual says to take the radiator loose and that doesnt really help
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:17 PM   #2
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You'll have to raise or prop up the gas tank. If you look at my coolant hose video you can see how I did that. It's pretty simple, but you may have to remove a few more items as well to get at all the plugs.

When I change mine I'll for sure make a super sneaky video!
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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When I change mine I'll for sure make a super sneaky video!
That sounds good; that and a carb cleaning video would keep me busy for a couple of WE
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Decided i'm gonna do mine myself. Have you done yours yet Steve??
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:18 AM   #5
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Not yet but the plugs are easy to find. Can't miss em!
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whats the easiest way to change the spark plugs on an 06 599 the owners manual says to take the radiator loose and that doesnt really help
The manual says that, and to set down the rear of the gas tank. That really doesn't leave much room, as I found out today. I left the job for later, when I'll have more time. My next approach will be to prop up the gas tank, and that should do the trick.

Plus, I found a very good video on changing spark plugs, this one on a Honda CBR900RR.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE6MaMfhkSU
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:32 PM   #7
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4k mile inspection

Bike runs nice,any one see a need to check the plugs at the 4k mile interval?
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:13 PM   #8
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Does the manual say to do that at 4K?

Regardless, I think if it's running well, making good power, and getting mileage "in the accepted range" I wouldn't bother. There's plenty of spark plug fun to be had at 8K, and that'll be here before you know it, right?
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Yep, says to inspect, but it's running so good, I'm not going to do it yet.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:11 PM   #10
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I screwed up. I have 11,400. miles and never replaced the plugs. The bike runs great and has no signs of needing new plugs. Purchased a set of NKG Iridium IX CR9EHIX-9 and have to get them in sometime soon, I guess.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:28 AM   #11
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I generally wait till I have to do the valves. So 16K will be my first change.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:35 AM   #12
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My bike was in the shop for the "I got whacked by a van" repairs, and I already bought plugs before that so I threw them in and said "hey, while you're at it...?" I think I had 9200 or 9300 miles on it. There was no noticeable need to do it, but I thought I might as well.

But from what I've seen, you rock the fuel tank back and that should get you enough clearance to work the plugs out.

It might be a little easier if you can get enough torque with a 1/4" ratchet and some u-joints and extensions. I have an arsenal of various joints and bars from changing ignition coils in my truck (damn coil-over-plug design). You wanna talk about a nasty plug change job? That's almost $400 at the dealer. It's awful, but saves a lot of money.
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Thanks, for the info. Looks like I'll wait for a while!!
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I'm with Steve on this as I am lame enough to have the shop guys do anything to my bike besides add the damn gas, LOL. But I have 11,000 miles on my bike and it rides like it does when it had 2,500 miles and the only thing I've done is change the oil and tires. But at 16K I'll have the valves checked and the plugs changed. I'm contemplating using iridium plugs because the increased cost is pretty negligible.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:26 PM   #15
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But I have 11,000 miles on my bike and it rides like it does when it had 2,500 miles and the only thing I've done is change the oil and tires.
I have the original Michelin Road Pilots that are still in good shape with 11,400+ miles. Is that unusual ??

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:56 AM   #16
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I have the original Michelin Road Pilots that are still in good shape with 11,400+ miles. Is that unusual ??
I'm suprised. Im nearing 9k and my tires are close to about done, planning on replacing them the moment it warms up again...How deep are your treads??
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:16 PM   #17
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Getting 11K out of any tires is pretty unusual. Pilot Roads wear well but damn, that's a lot of miles out of a set of tires. If there's no wear bars showing keep riding! I have over 4K on my pilot road 2's and have plenty of tread, i figure I'll get about 9K out of them.
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I'm suprised. Im nearing 9k and my tires are close to about done, planning on replacing them the moment it warms up again...How deep are your treads??
They have not reached the wear indicators as of yet. I figure 2 to 3,000. miles left ??? .. maybe. I am not hard on the bike. Freeway speeds upwards of 80 or 90 mph but thatís it. Rarely go above 8,000 rpm and not much in the twisties. Sounds boring eh. I have a brand spanking new set of Michelin Pilot Road 2ís sitting in the garage ready to mount when the time comes. CycleGear had a 25% off sale at there store. Grabbed em.
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They have not reached the wear indicators as of yet. I figure 2 to 3,000. miles left ???
You should try leaning in the turns sometime. Really. It's fun.

Just kidding. My own chicken strips are w-i-d-e.

In all seriousness, tires do have a shelf life - I'd start riding like a banshee and wear the current set out so you can get the new ones on while still they have some stickiness.
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Here are some scans from the shop manual...sorry some of it is fuzzy, the darn thing is over an inch thick and hard to scan!

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