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post #3531 of 3628 Old 09-08-2019, 01:06 PM
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Plugs at 7300? Was there an issue or just wanted the Irridium?

No issues. Runs great and gets about 50 mpg. Page 7.4 of my owners manual states to R (replace) plugs at 7500 miles. I was in that deep for the air cleaner so...

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Iridium spark plugs should last 5x longer what the owners manual says. Did they look fouled? How was the gap?

I'd use them if you don't want to change/check them ever.

My Jeep had original iridium spark plugs in at 151,000 miles. Gap was wayy over spec though (96k miles is Jeep's recommendation). No codes, didn't miss fire though.

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Iridium spark plugs should last 5x longer what the owners manual says. Did they look fouled? How was the gap?

I'd use them if you don't want to change/check them ever.

My Jeep had original iridium spark plugs in at 151,000 miles. Gap was wayy over spec though (96k miles is Jeep's recommendation). No codes, didn't miss fire though.
Old plugs looked just slightly darker than the perfect light grey/straw color they should be. Not black or fowled but darker. Gaps were .028" to .030".

The new plugs came set at .030" and I installed as such.

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Removed another couple bolts! I had about 30 minutes to work on the motor; at least I got *something* accomplished! :-)

How do u you replace a bent output shaft? One bolt at a time...

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Tires and chain set

2013 650 with 20,570 miles. Put on Michelin Road 5s and DID chain and sprockets. One thing that was unexpected was the front sprocket didn't have much torque-maybe 30-40 lbs. I believe the chain and sprockets were original.

The DID chain tool worked well, but I was surprised how much force was required to peen the master link pins.

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I took the side fairings off for the first time. I was installing 12V, dual USB and digital voltmeter units. I didn't have or want a shelf of any kind. I have my GPS (with music) installed on the left with the RAM mirror mount (that also acts as an extender). I have the GoPro on the right with the same RAM setup. I put the electrical doodads in the side "dash" panels (inner fairing) with the 12V outlet on the left for the GPS. I can just see it between the GPS unit and the speedometer. I put the DVM and USB outlet on the right "dash" panel. I picked their spots so I could see the DVM reading between the throttle cables and stainless brake lines without moving my head.

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Installed Barkbusters (2-point mount) + Storm plastics on my 2007 DL1000 last weekend.

Installation was pretty easy. Tools needed were a 5mm hex key, 10mm socket/wrench, and Philips screwdriver, and Loctite.

Barkbusters are a significant upgrade from the factory "knuckle guard."

I'm now in the middle of a water pump rebuild. Having a shop do the bearing & seals swap, as it required specialized tools.

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A few more toys from Adventuretech showed up with the mail. He should probably just sell a kit that has all his common parts in it then I wouldn't be ordering them a couple at a time over 2 months
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Put on a new Battlewing BW502 on the rear last night.

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Removed side fairings and pulled the tank for the first time. Pretty straight forward.

Inspected the air filter, installed a BP, and located the accessory plug and ran an EB cable to the front for aux lighting.

Today I installed highway legs. Harder than I expected!
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