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I'm in the process of changing my plugs. After reading the owners manual it looks like a bugger of a job from a plug access point of view. Am I better off removing the fuel tank and airbox rather than spending a few hours skinning my knuckles. Fuel tank renoval looks pretty straight forward although I am unsure about which part of the fuel line to disconnect. Immediately under the tank theres a connection with a blue retaining clip which I'm guessing if compressed will allow the fuel hose to slide off. Alternatively I could try and disconnect the line at the T point?

Any thoughts/comments appreciated.

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Tank removal is the only way. The front center spark plug is the biggest PITA. Need to remove the lower radiator bolts to get access too.

ONLY remove the fuel line at the fuel pump. Compress the blue retainer and it should separate the black connector with an o-ring seal.
 

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Tip.

To reduce the chance of damaging radiator fins tape some heavy carboard over the inside of the radiator.

Don't forget to take of off again ....

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Well I changed the plugs without removing the fuel tank to access the front plug. All the other plugs installed ok but the front plug was a bugger of a job. Whilst the owners manual was helpful I did find I had to remove a plastic bracket on the rhs under the lower section of the fairing to give sufficient flex to move the radiator forward. Access was still very limited and there was a risk of cross threading when installing the new plugs due to the depth of the plug hole and the fact that I was unable to turn the plugs with my fingers without using a plug socket.

I changed the coolant also, pretty straight forward job although access was a little limited but some improvising with a refill container and an extension hose's etc sorted that.

Oil and filter change is very straight forward.

Thanks for the tip regarding the tank removal I'm checking the air filter later today so that will be helpful.

This my first service of a half faired modern V twin. In the past I've owned older retro naked in line 4's which are a cinch to service in terms of access etc. Some aspects of diy servicing the v strom is going to be a bit of a challenge ( cant wait for the valve clearance check) but I'm up for it, after all one of the joys of motorcycling is doing your own maintenance I think.
 

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I would combine coolant, plugs and valve clearances. I see no reason to separate the jobs. Coolant and plugs do not need to be done that early.
 

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What Greywolf said! I do everything at 15K that's miles by the way. Plugs, air filter, coolant, valves.

That's the valve check interval, but everything else can wait till then unless you ride real dusty roads, then you will want to do the air filter sooner. Iridium plugs will last double that mileage. The only reason I do my coolant that soon, is because I have to take off the radiator for easier access to the front plug
 

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I would combine coolant, plugs and valve clearances. I see no reason to separate the jobs. Coolant and plugs do not need to be done that early.
Agreed Greywolf...plugs and coolant should not need replacing that early. My concern was maintaining my warranty and future resale so I've kept my receipts for the items purchased and as with my other motorcycles, a log of every piece maintenance work performed.
 

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I should also mention that in my opinion there are some absolute dicks out there in dealerships.

When I bought my changeover plugs I had to argue with the parts guy that I needed 4 not 2. Further more I queried why does suzuki insist on plug changes at 12000km? He said and I quote..."" not sure mate perhaps its a high tech engine. My HD's plugs need to be changed at 5000km cos it has so much torque""

FFS.
 

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I should also mention that in my opinion there are some absolute dicks out there in dealerships.

When I bought my changeover plugs I had to argue with the parts guy that I needed 4 not 2. Further more I queried why does suzuki insist on plug changes at 12000km? He said and I quote..."" not sure mate perhaps its a high tech engine. My HD's plugs need to be changed at 5000km cos it has so much torque""

FFS.
More torque mean less RPM so less spark per miles... so more miles per plugs...
 
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