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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Spark Plug Socket, European Edition

So I picked up my '91 VN750 (which is actually an american import, I believe) and did the same as I do with each new bike, which is give it a service, fix the problems (because it's cheaper to buy something half-broken and just fix it :P), and smooth the rough edges.

So the wiring has been tidied up (winding two wires together without so much as some electrical tape is not a good plan, previous tinkerer), the windshield securely attached (I'm sure my home made brackets give more support than the heavy gauge electrical wire that was previously used), and it's been given a good clean.

BUT I STILL CAN'T GET OUT THOSE GOD DAMNED RECESSED PLUGS!

Now, I have searched the forum and found that two versions of a craftsman 18mm are considered the go to socket, but they don't seem available outside the states. I grabbed a Teng Tools 1/2" drive 18mm deep wall, but it was too thick to grab the plug. I tried to get the 3/8" inch drive version, which saves me about 1.25mm of diameter, but those are just not in stock anywhere.

So since I'm going online for it anyway, I thought to ask, can anyone suggest a socket available in europe (Ireland specifically, though I imagine I can get it delivered from most eu suppliers) that is known to be able to get out those deep plugs?

TL;DR : Which socket should I get to remove the deep plugs, which is available in the EU. Craftsman/Sears won't ship to Ireland.

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was just going to suggest seeing if craftsman would ship to you, as they have the exact socket needed. then I seen they wont.

ok, you can remove the tubes the plugs are in, they just screw in. I dont know the size you need, but I hear the nut on the rear axle fits. once the tubes are out, a thicker socket fits ok

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Thanks for the tip! I'll give that a shot in the morning so, might save me buying another socket for the minute (though I still want one, as it will be going into the toolkit).

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Well, if I had two...I'd send you one. You can post your address and maybe some kind soul here will ship you the right socket....

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I couldn't find a bolt that easily fit the spark plug tube this morning.

However, I used a grind wheel to take down the diameter of the socket I had bought, and it worked just fine.

To be 100% clear, I used a Teng Tools 1/2" drive 18mm socket, ground down the diameter across the first inch of socket, and it fit.

I suspect that the Teng Tools 3/8" drive 18mm socket may fit without modification, as it's got a smaller diameter, but I was unable to source one to check.

Cheers for the help guys.

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