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zx 10 plugs - May 21, 2012, 09:41 AM

I have a friends bike in my garage and we are gonna be changing the plugs on it, I found this link:
Changing spark plugs on 2004/2005 10r (Gen 1) - Kawasaki ZX-10R.net
and am pretty sure I can do it, just have a question about the "spark plug tool" pictured in this thread, is this something different than a plug socket? if so, is it 100% necessary, and whats it cost?

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May 21, 2012, 11:13 AM

the spark plug tool is a skinny deep socket that you can get at any auto parts store, granted you tell them what size your sparkplug is. I strongly suggest getting one (10 bucks?), it will make your life easier.

What they don't say in that "guide" is that you want to shoot some compressed air in the spark plug housing BEFORE you remove the old ones, to get any debris (that might damage the thread on the head when you install the new ones) out of the way. Also, when installing new plugs, tighten them all the way, then unscrew them a little bit and re-tighten them back down, to ensure proper seating: the seal needs to be seated and often it doesn't do a perfect job the first time you compress it.


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the spark plug tool is a skinny deep socket that you can get at any auto parts store, granted you tell them what size your sparkplug is. I strongly suggest getting one (10 bucks?), it will make your life easier.

What they don't say in that "guide" is that you want to shoot some compressed air in the spark plug housing BEFORE you remove the old ones, to get any debris (that might damage the thread on the head when you install the new ones) out of the way. Also, when installing new plugs, tighten them all the way, then unscrew them a little bit and re-tighten them back down, to ensure proper seating: the seal needs to be seated and often it doesn't do a perfect job the first time you compress it.
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May 21, 2012, 12:01 PM

FYI - my tool kit had one of the sockets in it from the factory. Might be worth checking. I also had to remove my two upper engine mounts to get access to everything I needed when I checked the valves and changed the plugs.


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I did this the hard way on mines back then....hardest bike in the world to change the plugs...droping the engine is Cray...lol


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And use anti-sieze on the threads. Also if you cannot find the tool you can use a rubber hose to retrieve the plug and start a new one in. But you still need a socket. Or you can use tape across the socket to hold the plug.


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May 21, 2012, 03:15 PM

job done, I just used a regular plug socket, 2 2 inch extensions, and a swivel in between them to get the plugs out
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