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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-28-2009, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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What a difference... NGK Iridium Plugs

I really didn't think there would be that much difference in how quickly the bike starts. As you may have guessed I finally forked out the $$ and bought the iridium plugs. I put them in last night. The bike had been sitting for 2 days and I barely had the starter button completely pushed in and she fired right up. It has NEVER started that easily.

I said all of that to ask this. Since I'm pretty new to this whole maintaining my own vehicle stuff, I wanted to post a pic of the plugs I took out to see if anyone noticed anything abnormal about them. So, does anyone see anything other than old plugs here? I have no idea how long they've been in there. I've put almost 8k on them and the bike has just over 16k. They weren't wet or have any other weird residue on them. Take a look and tell me what you think...



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do you remember the part number for the iridium plugs?where did you get them? most of the auto shop here dont have it

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do you remember the part number for the iridium plugs?where did you get them? most of the auto shop here dont have it
NGK 7803 OR NGK DPR7EIX-9

Advance Auto had them listed in the computer for 6.99 each, but they couldn't get them for some reason?

The guy at Autozone didn't even show them in their system.

I ended up getting them at KOI autoparts. Might be regional since KOI is for Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana. They were just shy of $9 each.

I didn't try Napa. Don't care for the people there so they were last on the list.

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OReileys had them for less than $5 each when I bought mine.

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OReileys had them for less than $5 each when I bought mine.
!*&#*$&@#@!!!! Wish I'd known that Monday. There's an OReileys about 10 minutes away in the next town. About the same time it took me to drive to the other side of town to the KOI.

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From what I can see, they look normal. The key is the tips and it's kind of hard to see exactly what they look like. Normal wear would make the tips a tan color. Black tips usually means you're running rich or have been burning oil. Whitened tips means running lean--hot. From what I can tell, they look pretty good. Lots of times, just changing plugs, even the same type, can make a stunning difference in how the bike starts. I believe the iridiums are worth the money though, as they last a long, long time.

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btw those old plugs look pretty good looks like your bike is running just bout right... i did the look all over town for those plugs myself and i ended up gettin mine online i'm not exactly sure of the site but got them all for about $28 shipped... didnt have to even leave my house... im becoming more of a fan of online shoppin tend to find what i need and its usually less of a headache then dealin with stupid parts guys



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Fergy and seebree,

Thanks for the comments on the plug condition. The tips are a darker tan color but definitely not black, so hopefully all is well and she'll keep purring for a long time to come.

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I just ordered four NGK DPR7EIX-9 Iridium plugs from Amozon.com for $7.40 each with free shipping. Total cost $29.60 to my door.

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