Spark plugs 2003 GW


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Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby canon » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:50 pm



How often do you change yours? The manual states each 16k but do you change them that often? Have 68k on my 2003 wing and changed them twice since new.



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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby gareva1 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:20 pm

bought my bike with 29k from a dealer who claims the service intervals were met (I do believe them as I feel the dealer is an honest chap); I've put 20k miles on it since then and have yet to change the plugs, but I likely will within the next 5k miles...not because I notice a difference, but its one of the few maintenance things I haven't gotten around to doing.

Its super easy to do, takes me longer because of the highway bars being in the way of the valve covers, but still not a big job in any way.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:30 pm

I Gareval !!!!

Myself I also bought my 2003 GoldWing User has 18,706 kilometers on the odometer.

For spark plugs, I installed NGK Iridium 1X.
I have over 10,000 miles of fact, and power is always!
I have examined has 10,000 miles and they are like new.
NGK Iridium1X BKR6EIX-11, If you go to the website of NGK you just do a search for your bike is easy.

Excuse my English, I translated with software



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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:06 pm

not sure if anyone had any issue with removing the plugs as I have gone through a few different plug wrenches and none seem to fit the super tight hole surrounding the plugs. I even bought the wrench from the dealer and it does not fit. Any suggestions?

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:32 pm

I joshellison

Nothing has changed complicate the spark plug on a GoldWing 1800, na you need a ratchet and socket for 5/8 spack plug, and you warm up the engine a bit to expension aluminiun and you install them.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:00 pm

Will the expansion from the warm engine be enough to make the hole bigger to allow the socket to fit? I will try this method. I have never had so much trouble changing plugs. It just seems the hole is slightly big than the plug, almost like there is not enough room between the hole wall and plug hex.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby gareva1 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:00 pm

I've never had a problem swapping plugs (I've done it a few times since my last post in this thread), so you may just not have a socket long enough...I had a plug socket in one of the ratchet sets I have, and it had a little rubber insert in it---I remove the insert when I did the first swap...dunno if you have it in there, but it may help...also, as you can see from flyboy's pics, the plugs are at a slight angle...

I cannot recommend warming the engine up to assist with the process...it has been said by many people smarter than I that with aluminum heads, warming the engine is a no-no as the head is aluminum and the plug threads are steel, and problems can ensue with expansion rates of the threads in the head vs the plugs. I think the honda service manual also cautions against replacing plugs without the engine being cold...I'm sure someone will come along and cite the page number if they've got it. I've always done it after the bike sat overnight and never had a problem removing them.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:49 pm

My issue is not the length of the plug socket, the issue is getting a socket the will fit in the socket hole where the plug is located. I tried the Honda plug socket and a few different ones. I have a 2002 GL1800A. Can someone post the exact type of plug and the type of socket they use?

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:40 am

I joshellison


Here is a picture of the tools you need to change your spark plugs, and I use the same for the change on my bike.

It is a 3 / 8 inch ratchet with an extension socket 5 / 8 inch

If you have other questions to ask them back.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:19 pm

Thanks for the replies and pics but I am still stuck. Hopefully this is not something stupid that I am doing or not doing. I have tried a few different plug sockets/wrenches and either they do not fit inside the hole surrounding the plug or they do not fit over the plug if it does fit. If you look at the pics I have added you can see there is little room for a socket to fit around the plug and also inside the plug hole. I have gone through the Honda wrenches and a few other types, nothing works. I am at a loss for now.




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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby gareva1 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:26 pm

Can't tell from the picture, but is the socket you are using actually hex shaped on its outside as well? The sockets I have used are rounded on their outside...mine is made by kobalt, but I've used craftsmas and snap-on as well with no trouble.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:03 pm

You are correct on the hex shapped socket in the picture. I have tried round and hex. The hex is actually the Honda part.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby gareva1 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:23 pm

I've never been too impressed with the tools that come in the honda tool pack...I wonder if the plug is not in there straight/crossthreaded...does the socket work for any of the plugs?

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:29 pm

I joshellison

Well you have to be clever, you'll buy a socket 5 / 8 inch, you grind the wall socket for it is slim, and its going to pass.

Try this if you do not understand my explanation, tell me.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby joshellison » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:07 pm

I will look into grinding down a socket to make it fit as an option. My only thing is and I have not actually spoken to a Honda mechanic is what tool are they using. Maybe there is a special 5/8 inch socket trimmed down model made for Honda that the parts department does not know about. I will try calling the mechanics tomorrow to see if they can provide the exact type of tool used for this. It should not be this difficult.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby dragon2000 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:40 pm

FlyBoy2121 wrote:I Gareval !!!!

Myself I also bought my 2003 GoldWing User has 18,706 kilometers on the odometer.

For spark plugs, I installed NGK Iridium 1X.
I have over 10,000 miles of fact, and power is always!
I have examined has 10,000 miles and they are like new.
NGK Iridium1X BKR6EIX-11, If you go to the website of NGK you just do a search for your bike is easy.

Excuse my English, I translated with software



FlyBoy2121 Qc. Canada I am retired mechanics


If you are going thru the trouble of changing your spark plugs, I would suggest going with the NGK Iridium plug above. I installed them into my Valkyrie which has the old Gold Wing 1520 Cc engine. The only thing is, for Canadian owners pick them up from the U.S. as they are double the price here in Canada. The site below is the link for NGK.

http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/part_finder/motorcycles/step4.asp?id=1199&type=ir

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:21 am

I dragon2000

For Canada, you just go hat this adress, and the price is right.

http://www.clubplug.net/cgi-bin/manufac ... M&manu=ngk


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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby dragon2000 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:56 pm

FlyBoy2121 wrote:I dragon2000

For Canada, you just go hat this adress, and the price is right.

http://www.clubplug.net/cgi-bin/manufac ... M&manu=ngk


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Thanks for the info FlyBoy. I definitely will.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby dragon2000 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:47 pm

FlyBoy2121 wrote:I dragon2000

For Canada, you just go hat this adress, and the price is right.

http://www.clubplug.net/cgi-bin/manufac ... M&manu=ngk


FlyBoy2121 :)


I ordered mine and rec'd them in 4 days. It took me about 1/2 hour to install all six.

If you use the spark plug socket and wrench in the GW tool kit it is very easy. As some have mentioned the area is tight however with these tools there is no problem.

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Re: Spark plugs 2003 GW

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:37 am

I Dragon 2000 :D

I find that compagny , by chance on the web, have wondered, as nearly double the price at the dealer of auto parts and motorcycle,for Iridium spark plugs. The service is fast and spark plugs are delivered at home.

Good Job.

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