Removing front sparkplug shortcut

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Mon Oct 12 09:39:08 PDT 2009

Just undo the rad bolts and remove the horn. Pull the radiator toward 
the front and right ( No need to drain it) Stick the folding plug 
wrench from the toolkit in the sparkplug well and use a 14 mm wrench to 
loosen the plug, and turn it out by hand. I have removed dozens of 
front plugs without removing rad hoses. The folding plug wrench from 
the kit has a rubber gasket in it that holds the plugs. It is the best 
spark plug socket I own.

On Oct 12, 2009, at 9:30 AM, Thumper Ray wrote:

> After following the directions in the ^&*$%() factory manual, 
> requiring a repair and much driving to find a shop that could do the 
> work and the correct tap, I found the shortcut to removing the front 
> plug:
> remove horn mount, remove all three rad mounting bolts, remove the 
> left (the bike's left) hose from the rad, and simply move the rad out 
> of the way to the right leaving the other hose and all wires and fan 
> connected.  You'll want to have gloves, a bucket or two, and lots of 
> rags on hand.
> I also found that a wad of duct tape in the socket helps in both 
> removing and replacing the plug.
> Ray-Bob

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