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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Sparkplug Wrench Advice

OK dumb question. I get that! My bike won't start and I think the plugs are fouled up. I have new plugs but no matter what I did I couldn't find a plug wrench or any socket for that matter that would go down the hole and undo the plug. The new plugs are 18 mm. Will an 18mm socket fit down into the hole and pull the freiken things out?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 08:18 AM
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The absolute best tool is the stock honda spark plug tool. It will fit w/o a problem. If you dont have it, you can order it from bikebandit.com, etc.

I understand, that a thin wall socket may work also.


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http://www.collegebikeshop.com/

also has the stock honda s/plug tool and tool kit...and stock parts ..

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 09:16 AM
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A Sears Craftsman 12 point will work. But as 98ACE750 said the Honda socket actually does the best job. It looks cheap but works well. Most of the time, the whole set is very close to the cost of the plug wrench, but in your case, it sells for around $60. Looks like you have a couple of special tools in there. Might be worth considering since they might be needed to work on the bike.
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If all you're ever going to do with the factory tools is change the plugs or once in a while adjust your shocks, then they'll suffice.

If you're going to actually wrench on your scoot, buy some real tools. A Craftsman 18mm 12 point is a good place to start.

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I forgot to mention that you may have to grind the open end outside diameter of the Craftsman (the first 1/2") to get into the spark plug pocket on some bikes. My 03' Sabre 1100 has one place I couldn't get to without a little grinding.
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Craftsman 18mm 12 point works just fine on my 96 VT1100C2 no grinding needed

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Real tools!!!! I have real tools! Just nothing to get into that spark plug. I wrench on everything I own. Just don't have a good 3/8 18 mm deep well. I have tons of 1/2 inch but it's too fat! I'll try an 18mm socket and then buy the factory one if it doesn't work!

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I too have real tools (not including craftsman) and I would still recommend the factory spark plug tool. That is what it's designed for. No grinding necessary.


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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-26-2009, 08:58 AM
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My Plug size...?

I know... I ought to know. My bike is an 86 Vt 700, can anyone tell me what size the plug is? I havent had to change it yet but I have figured out that the sockets I have wont get down to it. I'm gonna order one from BikeBandit and maybe a couple of plugs too.
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