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NormT
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performance spark plugs

Postby NormT » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:04 am



Im looking at some performance spark plug for my 97 wing. I have looked at these, http://www.magnumtuning.com/en/detail/p ... spark-plug has anyone heard of these or of a better plug?



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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby MikeB » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:30 am

Long ago I attempted to find the exact right performance plug for my '99 Wing. I went through several manufacturer's and different heat ranges and plug designs.

Long story short, I never found any plug better than another in any significant way. Instead of increasing mileage and horsepower, I decreased my bank roll and wasted a lot of time. Stick with stock NGK plugs and you can not go wrong.
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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby NormT » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:00 am

Thank you for the info. And my wallet will like you for life. :D

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby Dogsled » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:28 am

Ah......your wallet will only like you til the next idea comes....... :lol:
"Fight until hell freezes over, then fight on the ice"

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby NormT » Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:46 pm

So very true. It's already unhappy with the other upgrade I've got to do on bike. :lol:

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:20 pm

from the point of view of longevity, less power to fire, and a very slight betterment in overall performance, irridium plugs could be worth a look have used them in my 1200 aspy for years, as has a freind with a 1500 uses them with no issues.

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby NormT » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:28 pm

Thanks for the info. I will look at those.

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:30 am

There are racing/track mods that increase the firing power of a standard plug..cutting back the arm and finding plugs that when tighten down sit at the best location for the spark cap..read all about it here

http://www.randakksblog.com/spark-plug-tricks/
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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby Dogsled » Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:57 pm

Buy some NGK and go riding.....................................something else will break soon enough for you to work on.......
"Fight until hell freezes over, then fight on the ice"

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby MikeB » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:24 pm

Dogsled wrote:Buy some NGK and go riding.....................................something else will break soon enough for you to work on.......


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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby Johnrmont » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:31 pm

I wonder with all the press on the E-3 plugs if anyone has tried them?
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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby MikeB » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:38 pm

I didn't try them. I refused to pay the premium price when the normal plugs were fine.
Two of my riding partners tried them for a few thousand miles.
They are back to using the recommended NGK plugs.
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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby Johnrmont » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:46 pm

Thanks Mike ... I'm with you though I have thought about them in my boat 'cause it has fixed jets and if I tool around at low (just above Idle) speeds it would load up on me so I just give it a little more fuel and it clears up. Just thought the extra spark would help.
My wing works quite well on stock plugs too but just wondering. :)
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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby NormT » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:56 am

Thanks for all the comments. They have all been very helpful.

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Re: performance spark plugs

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:21 pm

Many years ago I tried putting some "performance" plugs in a vehicle I had while doing some other work on it. After I finished everything I just couldn't get it to run right. I never thought to blame the plugs. Took it to the dealership and the first thing they did was put in the specified NGK's and all was good. Since then I stick with what is specified. Honda's engineers gotta be getting paid for something.


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