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post #1 of 12 Old 09-04-2015, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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I know WBW and Motorcyclist Mag have touched on this strange spark plug needed by the DL. I've never heard of a plug replacement interval this short, but trying to follow the guidance of the manufacturer. I inspected at 7500, looked ok and now close to 9k and are showing some wear.

Since no one has these in stock, and the Suzuki part msrp is $42, I thought I would check with the manufacturer and here's what I heard back:

"Hello,
This plug is not available through Aftermarket, and can take as long as two to three years before the dealers no long have the rights to a specific plug.

So unfortunately, the Suzuki dealer is the place to purchase this plug.

Customer Service
NGK Spark Plugs USA
Aftermarket Division"

So, do I have this correct, this bike uses a proprietary spark plug?

I've never heard of this, my previous Japanese, German, and Italian bikes plugs were always available at the dealer and usually at PepBoys as well, and certainly not over $40 a pop.

Just felt like venting about this as I wait 7-10 business days for my overpriced spark plugs to arrive.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-04-2015, 06:35 PM
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this situation angered me as well.

BUT we are not stuck there.
"sparkplugs.com" have a perfectly viable alternative.
I got 4 LMAR8G's delivered in less time than that for a total of $43aus including pack and post.
same same just not iridium.

the DL is not the only bike like this either. I own a Huski TR650 Terra. not able to get the plug over the counter. Ya shittin me I said, but there it is.

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Just ordered a set of plugs (4) from Canada's motorcycle website for $85 Canadian $64 U.S. With free shipping in Canada . Not sure how much to ship to the USA.
Pretty decent prices on all oem parts

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Looks like Canada's Motorcycle has a great deal, but won't ship to Texas. I may have to ship them to my company office in NB have someone bring em down on their next trip for my next 7.5k service.

Tomrux, I looked at the LMAR8G at the dealer, but didn't seem to be the same length (i think the it was different from the hex bolt to the tip, but could be wrong). Are you using these plugs yet? NGK did not mention any alternative part when I asked. Anyway you could post a pic of the two?

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I just ordered these plugs from canadasmotorcycle, as mentioned this is a great deal.

I am curious if a dealer would charge $200 for the same parts?
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I sure am tempted to bring up the threads where I get told how expensive BMW's are to maintain. But I won't do that.
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I just ordered these plugs from canadasmotorcycle, as mentioned this is a great deal.

I am curious if a dealer would charge $200 for the same parts?
Just did the same yesterday. Coming up on the 42000km service but I am sure I will not be using them till about the 48000.
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$80 and change is still bloody exxy for 4 plugs.

Ill stick with the plain old vanilla ones at about a 10er each. and giggle all the way to the bank

LMAR8G is exactly the same in all the stats that actually matter

their going in this weekend, ill post up pics and a review ( not that I expect to be able to tell the difference other than the well worn " it feels like new" furphy.
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$80 and change is still bloody exxy for 4 plugs.

Ill stick with the plain old vanilla ones at about a 10er each. and giggle all the way to the bank

LMAR8G is exactly the same in all the stats that actually matter

their going in this weekend, ill post up pics and a review ( not that I expect to be able to tell the difference other than the well worn " it feels like new" furphy.
Tom R
My only concern is that I still have 2.5 years left on my Warranty, and am quite sure if I went with alternate plugs it "may" affect that if the motor blew up or something, but I haven't decided if I will take the bike in for it's 12k km service, or just do the work myself, which may also affect the Warranty.
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They would need to show that the plugs caused the damage.
And so long as you have some kind of proof of carrying out the service, warranty can not be denied just because you did the work yourself

Mostly I have found the only ways to guarantee the works is actually done is to watch over somebody else's shoulder or just do it yourself

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