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post #1 of 11 Old 10-07-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I've discovered a performance enhancement secret.......

That’s right….I discovered a performance enhancement that really smoothes out the Strom and now I’m a-gonna tell ya’ll the secret too. And it only cost ~$6 and you can do this in less than 15 minutes while using your Strom issued tools bag kit.





Change your spark plugs.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-07-2009, 02:20 AM
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I bought new spark plugs when doing the 15k valve check...at 21k.

Valve clearance was within spec (barely), shimmed them open one size. The plugs were black inside
the socket, but the insulator was a lovely tan and gapped correctly. I put the new ones in anyway.

No difference. Sounds the same, still starts easy, idles smooth, and runs as fast and hard as ever.
Those plugs were probably good for another 25K+.

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Changed mine - no difference whatsoever. Perfect before, perfect afterwards.

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Changed mine - no difference whatsoever. Perfect before, perfect afterwards.
Same here, but in my Honda Element after 80,ooo miles I noticed a significant increase in low-end torque.

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Spark plugs? Are they by the 710 thingy?

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That’s right….I discovered a performance enhancement

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I'm surprised that bikes go through them so quickly. I guess it's just the nature of the V-twin? The ones in my truck are good for 100k miles.

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I'm surprised that bikes go through them so quickly. I guess it's just the nature of the V-twin? The ones in my truck are good for 100k miles.
They don't. I changed my factory plugs out at 65k miles. My previous bike still had the stockers in at 40k miles when I sold her.

That said, I really won't go much past about 60k miles on the plugs. Mine were starting to show a bit of wear, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be. But the guys that change them out every 10k miles... Heck if I know. All I know is that I'd much rather be riding instead of changing out spark plugs 3 times a year.

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It does work if your old plugs are worn. After 18k the electrodes on mine were pretty eroded. Swapping the plugs out was a huge improvement.

So I'll agree in the case where the old plugs are actually worn. Same could be said for a lot of things though. If your air filter is full of sand, putting a new one in would work wonders too.

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if you ride a lot in winter, below freezing, your starter will thank you for changing plugs



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