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Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« on: January 14, 2013, 05:20:34 pm »
I have been doing a lot of reading about changing  my spark plugs and I must admit that some people have me nearly convinced that  I should let dealer do it at $ 85.00 an hour . I am 64 years of age and have been riding  bikes since 1965 . I have always changed my plugs without problem . Now on this bike they tell me it is very complicated and difficult to do .

Can someone give me some insight on how to do it and explain the complexities of getting to these plugs . Any and all help will be gratly appreciated .

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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 06:03:34 pm »
Why do you want to change the plugs?
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 06:09:53 pm »
Are these Iridium plugs?
If they are leave them alone.  They will go for 200 K Km.
I changed the plugs in my Accord @ 180000 and you could hardly tell the difference between those and the new ones.
Even if they aren't Iridium I can't imagine that a '12 could have enough miles to need new plugs,  especially when considering shop rate for some pumpkinhead to do all the plastics just to get at them, losing and stripping bolts along the way.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 08:04:43 pm »
I've got 50k+ miles on mine and I"m just now thinking about doing it having it done.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 07:04:51 am »
thanks for the answers. I believe the plugs that are  on the bike are regular plugs and the suggested replacement interval is 12000 km . After that time when replaced by iridium plugs the frequency is more  like 20 000 km . So I believe I was given wrong information and that my friends is why we have this forum . Thanks again for all your help ,if any one else has more info like how difficult is it to change I would be most grateful .


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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 07:09:40 am »
How many miles on your bike? Do you plan on the valve check at the suggested mileage?
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 09:03:15 am »
thanks for the answers. I believe the plugs that are  on the bike are regular plugs and the suggested replacement interval is 12000 km . After that time when replaced by iridium plugs the frequency is more  like 20 000 km . So I believe I was given wrong information and that my friends is why we have this forum . Thanks again for all your help ,if any one else has more info like how difficult is it to change I would be most grateful .


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I thought that the stockers were iridium?
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 11:00:16 am »
Me too.
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Parts manual for '08 lists: Spark Plug NGK CR9E 1A9
Standard resistor plug I think.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2013, 04:52:18 am »
The NGK-CR9EIA-9 is Iridium on my 08.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/984/18655/ITEM/NGK-CR9EIA-9---Iridium-Spark-Plug.aspx  Iridium

http://www.amazon.com/NGK-CR9EIA-9-Iridium-Spark-Plug/dp/B001RLOE4O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358337097&sr=8-1&keywords=ngk+cr9eia-9  Iridium

When doing a search on that plug through Google, all that comes up is that it's Iridium.  Come on folks, do a little research first.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 04:54:11 am »
thanks for the answers. I believe the plugs that are  on the bike are regular plugs and the suggested replacement interval is 12000 km . After that time when replaced by iridium plugs the frequency is more  like 20 000 km . So I believe I was given wrong information and that my friends is why we have this forum . Thanks again for all your help ,if any one else has more info like how difficult is it to change I would be most grateful .


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You're wrong.  They're iridium.  You know it's easy enough to search the Internet with Google or whatever and find the answers.  Where do people come up with this stuff?
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 04:55:19 am »
I thought that the stockers were iridium?

You think correctly.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 04:55:37 am »
IRIDIUM!
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 05:23:41 am »
Valve Clearance (Cold) Intake: 0.19-0.24mm (0.0075-0.0094 in.)
Exhaust: 0.12-0.17mm (0.0047-0.0067 in.)
— Adjustment Method Shim under bucket
Compression Pressure 189 psi
Fuel Min 95 Research/90 Avg. Oct. Unleaded OK
Spark Plug NGK CR9E 1A9
— Gap 0.8-0.9mm (0.031-0.035 in.)
Ignition Timing — Idle 10.6° BTDC at 1,100 rpm
Idle Speed 1000 ± 50 rpm
Engine Oil SAE 10W40 API SE, SF or SG (or SH, SJ OR SL with JASO MA)
— w/Filter Change 4.0 liter (4.7 qt.)
— No Filter Change 4.0 liter (4.2 qt.)
— Level On center stand, wait 5 min., middle of window
Coolant 50% distilled water / 50% ethylene glycol base antifreeze
— Capacity 3.4 liter (3.6 US qt.)
— Level Level with radiator filler neck

I did search. I looked for what the manual said. That's what I get for trusting the manual. If you'll notice it says CR9E 1A9. The 1 should be an I for Iridium.
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013, 05:32:26 am »
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Re: Changing spark plugs on a connie 14 2012
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 05:37:35 am »
Valve Clearance (Cold) Intake: 0.19-0.24mm (0.0075-0.0094 in.)
Exhaust: 0.12-0.17mm (0.0047-0.0067 in.)
— Adjustment Method Shim under bucket
Compression Pressure 189 psi
Fuel Min 95 Research/90 Avg. Oct. Unleaded OK
Spark Plug NGK CR9E 1A9
— Gap 0.8-0.9mm (0.031-0.035 in.)
Ignition Timing — Idle 10.6° BTDC at 1,100 rpm
Idle Speed 1000 ± 50 rpm
Engine Oil SAE 10W40 API SE, SF or SG (or SH, SJ OR SL with JASO MA)
— w/Filter Change 4.0 liter (4.7 qt.)
— No Filter Change 4.0 liter (4.2 qt.)
— Level On center stand, wait 5 min., middle of window
Coolant 50% distilled water / 50% ethylene glycol base antifreeze
— Capacity 3.4 liter (3.6 US qt.)
— Level Level with radiator filler neck

I did search. I looked for what the manual said. That's what I get for trusting the manual. If you'll notice it says CR9E 1A9. The 1 should be an I for Iridium.

Gary, my 08 user's manual on page 168 show's it as an i, not a 1.  I hate it when you can't be sure of that, however there is a 1 shown on the torque specs so that's how I differentiated it (by typeface).
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