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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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About this darn spark plug!

Been doing a little reading on the forum here, and I think I have at least figured out the problem. Problem is, I'm not quite sure how to fix it.

I just bought my 2002 Vulcan 750. My only other bike before this was a 2004 Suzuki Intruder Volusia. I love this bike in comparison to that one.

I went to change the spark plugs, and the one that is deeply recessed, I'm having trouble getting out. It "feels" like my socket is grabbing it, but no matter how many times I turn the socket, I don't think the plug even moves.

Doing my reading here, I think I've figured out that my socket is too "thick" where it's supposed to grab the plug. I've bought a few, now, but seem to keep having the same problem.

My question is, is there a KNOWN 18mm socket that is ideal for getting the recessed plugs out?

Also, since I'm new here, if I've posted this in the wrong place, feel free to point me in the right direction.
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I use a craftmans socket and have no problem with any of the plugs. If I need to I can give you the model number on it tomorrow.

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That would be awesome, unless you're saying that I can just go to Sears and get whatever they are selling in that brand? I've been going to the O'Reilly's and the Auto Zones, and I figure (hide your shock!) I've just been buying crap tools.

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Need to know the part number to a confirmed 18mm Deep Well socket bit to change your VN750's spark plugs?

Craftsman Part Number 50728
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What you need is Craftsman Part #44435 18mm Deepwell Socket. I believe that is considered a thin wall socket also. The part number will get you the correct tool. This is from Wib714's bottom signature line. Let us know how you make out.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
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but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Thank you! I certainly will. I'm not typically a do it yourself type of guy, but I don't like the "down time" (and costs) of taking my bike in to a mechanic, so I'll be a regular here, you can guarantee. Gonna take myself down to Sears tomorrow and see if I can't find that part.

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Need to know the part number to a confirmed 18mm Deep Well socket bit to change your VN750's spark plugs?

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I got a Husky one that worked as well. Standard deep socket metric set from Home Depot.


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If you have the OEM tool kit that is hidden behind the passenger seat, there is a spark plug tool that works just fine!
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actually the key here is to get a thin wall deep socket.

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Home depot didn't even cross my mind. May have to try that one first. The one that's hidden behind the seat....where would it be? If it's in that compartment, that's a no go. The door is missing off of that part of the bike.

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Need to know the part number to a confirmed 18mm Deep Well socket bit to change your VN750's spark plugs?

Craftsman Part Number 50728
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Home depot didn't even cross my mind. May have to try that one first. The one that's hidden behind the seat....where would it be? If it's in that compartment, that's a no go. The door is missing off of that part of the bike.
The Craftsman part number I gave above is a definite and has been suggested for as long as I have been on this forum. If you decide on something different that also works be sure to pass that information on here. Again good luck.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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