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Old 03-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #21
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I Just changed my spark plugs in my '06 599. I made a video and I'll post it as soon as I edit it down.
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:05 PM   #22
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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.

what kind of truck and what year and engine do u have
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:50 PM   #23
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what kind of truck and what year and engine do u have
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:39 PM   #24
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Here ya go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWVge4ynLEc

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:20 PM   #25
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Dammit! Someone else with a front yoke stand that apparently has no problems with it. I'm going to get to the bottom of this sooner or later.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:07 PM   #26
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GREAT JOB ON THE VIDEO. But I had the shop change my plugs when they installed the DynoJet kit.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:33 PM   #27
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"Metal makes tedious tasks look fun"

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Old 03-27-2009, 06:42 AM   #28
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What's wrong with your stand?
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:45 AM   #29
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Oh and Billy, Why did you install a Jet kit? After market pipe?
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:20 PM   #30
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Oh and Billy, Why did you install a Jet kit? After market pipe?
I cut 3.5 inches off the Micron (it was just way to long) and wrapped the inside pipe with metal tape (just wanted it LOUD). I figured that I screwed up the factory tune and so to make sure I was not burining up my engine, I added the K&N and went for the DynoJet kit. Otherwise, I would have just kept it stock. But it starts much easier when cold and seems to have more touque at all rpms. So all and all it was a good move.... I guess ??
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #31
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So this afternoon I had decided that I was going to do a little housekeeping with the bike. I worked up the nerve to actually go into the more sensitive parts of my bike and replace the spark plugs.

I have to give big props to Evil Ed for saving my butt. I also had the problem of getting my spark plug nut and spacer caught in the bike in that infamous #2. I followed his instructions and everything worked out just fine. Phew! Thanks Evil Ed!

And thanks to Steve of course for giving me the courage and the knowledge to do this stuff. Without his videos, I definitely would never step anywhere near this kind of work. They're a big safety net.

These two pictures were taken by my girlfriend right when I realized what I had done.



Once I had put everything back together, I let my girlfriend take one more. That's relief in my face, not constipation.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #32
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Funny enough, I just did my spark plugs this evening too. I fought with it for a while before I found a winning socket combination. By using a 5/8th's (3/8" drive) spark plug socket attached to a universal joint (swivel thingy) attached to the shortest 3/8th's Craftsman extention, I was able to get spark plugs 2 and 3 out without a hitch. The entire job probably took an hour and a half because of all the fiddling I did initially. I'd wager it'd take about 30 minutes next time...
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:15 AM   #33
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took sparks out and inspected them as bike was difficult to start.. (eliminated battery & fuling first)

didnt have much of an issue especially as i had the Honda tool in my toolkit?

dont you guys have this also?
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:45 PM   #34
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yeah, I use the tool kit tool, it's just the right size for the job and has that hinge in the middle which makes it easy to get on the two middle plugs.

I haven't watched the videos, so I'm probably repeating a lot of info, but here is my plug replacing procedure:

1. At the short plastic tube that connects the left side carb to the engine block, loosen the metal band that tightens the tube onto the carb, and rotate the band down so that the tightening bolt and sharp ends of the band don't get in the way. If you don't do this, as you move the tank back the sharp corners of the band will chew up the fuel line where it connects to the petcock. This may be a problem specific to '04. You could also pull off the fuel line.

2. Remove the bolt securing the end of the fuel tank.

3. Pull the tank backwards, then lift up slightly to give you more room over the plugs. You don't need to remove it entirely, and you don't need to remove any hoses, unless you want to.

4. Pull the plug wires and remove the plugs with the toolkit tool and a small wrench. I like make sure the area is clean before unscrewing the plugs, so I don't accidentally brush crud into the cylinders. I also fill the holes with paper towels if it's windy out.

5. Replace plugs and apply 9 lb-ft of torque. That isn't much.

6. Look for the numbers on the spark plug wires and make sure they go back on right. You have to push them pretty hard to get them to pop on completely. When there isn't a gap between the rubber skirt and the metal below, they're on tight.


BTW, I recommend anyone who doesn't have the tool kit pick one up at bikebandit.com for $20. Especially if you do any long trips. The tools aren't very high quality, but they're designed just right for what they're needed for on the bike.

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Old 10-13-2009, 07:25 PM   #35
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How many bolts hold the tank on, and where? I managed to change 1, 2 (with a lot of patience) and 4 without moving the tank, there was no way in hell I was going to get to 3.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:33 PM   #36
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How many bolts hold the tank on, and where? I managed to change 1, 2 (with a lot of patience) and 4 without moving the tank, there was no way in hell I was going to get to 3.
I thought it was two, right where the tank meets the seat. Gotta take the seat off, natch.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:42 AM   #37
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After the side covers are off, there is just one bolt at the rear of the gas tank. The front of the tank has c-shaped brackets that slide onto rubber "plugs". Unbolt, and slide the tank back with a side-to-side motion until the brackets slide off the rubber, then you can set the tank with the c-brackets resting on top of the rubber. Watch out for your fuel line if you haven't removed it - I just replaced mine because I had scraped it up while moving the tank back.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:42 AM   #38
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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.
11K is impressivo even with conservative (proper) street riding. I bet you're looking forward to those PR 2's. I put on BT016 a few months back and I was surprised at how slippery they were before a quick scrub. The rear slipped several inches on a dry surface in the middle of a slow turn, so heads up.

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Old 10-19-2009, 05:47 AM   #39
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When changing the plugs on the 599, do I have to set the gap on the plug?
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It's a good idea to check it before you install them. They'll likely be within spec, but it takes 2 seconds to check them and it's the only way you can be completely positive.
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