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Test spark without getting shocked

Is there a way to test spark plug wires w/o getting shocked? I pulled off the boot and it lit my hands up. Didn't hurt all that bad but was horribly annoying.

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Yeah, if I thought my wires were bad I wouldn't be touching them when the bikes running. If you take the wire off when it's running it's going to look for the nearest ground, you. One way I've checked wires is to have the bike in a dark location and spray around the wires with a water bottle with the bike running. You'll see fairly easily if it's arcing. Wires cheap enough and easy to replace. If it's cracked or something why not?

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I was just curious. I recently replaced the wires and this was before that. I've no need to do it now.

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Is there a way to test spark plug wires w/o getting shocked? I pulled off the boot and it lit my hands up. Didn't hurt all that bad but was horribly annoying.
I've seen non-conductible pliers for this purpose.


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Ask someone else to hold it...

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I usually just pull the wire off, stick in an extra plug, and lay it on the engine. If it sparks when the engine is turned over, the wires are good. If you can't find a good ground within reach of the plug wire (painted engine) I have used car jumper cables to ground the plug. They also help hold it in place.

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I put a long nail in the end and stick it to my tounge.i kill two stones with one Bird that way.i test the wire and get the electroshock treatment my doctors seem to think I need

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Ask someone else to hold it...
I was so tempted to call one of my kids over....but that would be evil. I think the worst shock i'm willing to inflict on them is to trick them into licking a 9 volt.

Now if any of my siblings were around...i'd have done that in a heart beat.

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Watching the electricity arc everwhere was kinda cool though...felt like I was the emperor from star wars or something.

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If its arcing that bad, you need new wires!

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