Removing front sparkplug shortcut

Jim Stewart js at
Mon Oct 12 12:25:42 PDT 2009

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.

Not knowing any better, I've always just removed the radiator.

> I also found that a wad of duct tape in the socket helps in both
> removing and replacing the plug.

You can get spark plug sockets with rubber inserts that grip the 


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