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spark plugs and headers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jonny-K5, May 29, 2004.

  1. Jonny-K5

    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    just put a set of thorleys on my K5. any tricks on getting sparkplugs tight? half of them i cant get a socket on. barely can get my fingers around them. should i try to use an open end wrench? im not even sure i can get that in but i dont know how else its possible.
     
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    Should try the shorty plugs,then slide the socket on, and use a wrench on the end of the socket. I dunno what to say about your current situation though.
     
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    never heard of shorty plugs, ill have to give them a try. thanks
     
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    I used the original (non shorty plugs never heard of them) took the rubber out of the spark plug socket, put socket on, use a wrench on the end of the socket.
     
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    Not to hi-jack the post or anything but what about plug wires? Any secret to not melting them?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Not to hi-jack the post or anything but what about plug wires? Any secret to not melting them?

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    Two words. "ZIP TIES" /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  8. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    Do you have straight, or angled plug heads? Im guessing straight. 90* wires work fine on my straight plug heads and thorleys. 45* and 90* wont.
     
  9. mrk5

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    Taylor wires are great. I had one that ended up laying on the header for a short road trip and the wire was fine. As for wire separators, MSD t-locks are the only thing I've found that can hold up to the heat.

    With my Thorleys I used three methods; open end wrench, spark plug socket with rachet, and spark plug socket with end wrench. One plug on the driver's side was easier to get from the bottom.
     
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    Mastiff 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I definitely use some of my 4-letter vocabulary when changing plugs, but it's not really THAT bad with a box wrench or open-ended. Just get in the mindset for a not-as-easy-as-it-should-be task and you'll get through it. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    I used an end wrench to tighten mine. In places that i coud use a socket i did. but that was prolly 2 outta the 8. So try the end wrench thats what i used, maybe that will help you out.
    Cory.
     

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