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post #1 of 8 Old 07-19-2006, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Front spark plug access

Hello all,

I was attempting to replace both spark plugs, and while the rear one was very easily accessed once I had removed the fuel tank, the front one was completely inaccessable behind the radiator.

The Haynes manual told me to remove the lower mounting bolt, and pivot the radiator forward and that no hoses needed to be removed to access the front plug - but the radiator seemed to be restricted from rotating forward by the major hoses leading to and from the radiator.

I attempted to loosen the hoses enough to rotate the radiator forward and immediately coolant started to leak out, so I retightened everything.

Is there any way to access the front spark plug without having to remove the radiator entirely? I just want to get enough room to realistically remove and replace the front spark plug.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-19-2006, 09:22 AM
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Most people are able to use the toolkit plug wrench by loosening the radiator. The hose clamps may need to be tightened first.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-19-2006, 10:35 AM
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Take all of the radiator bolts out so it can move more, leave the hoses on. Use a spark plug socket on a 3" extension w/ a ratchet. Not a lot of room but it works.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-19-2006, 10:43 AM
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I didn't feel like trying to wiggle the wrench in and out, and contort my hand and body, just get get out the plug. I pulled off the main water pump to radiator hose, drained the coolant and swung the radiator forward. Coolant is cheap, and I didn't have any problem getting to the plug with the raditator out of the way. Depending on how many miles are on your bike...changing the coolant isn't such a bad idea anyways! :wink:
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-20-2006, 01:18 PM
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When I did mine I removed the radiator bolts and pushed the radiator forward. I cut the back of my hand on the cooling fins. Getting the plug wire off was the most difficult part.

Next time I'll dump the coolant and remove the radiator.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-15-2006, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for your suggestions.

I ended up draining the coolant out with the intention of removing the radiator, but somehow when i went to remove the radiator the whole fan switch/part behind the radiator came off with it and it was so tangled up in wires i couldnt pull it off

But it didnt matter, becuase when i disconnected the hoses i was able to swing the radiator out of the way enough to get to the front plug and replace it.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-16-2006, 12:43 AM
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The Strom is relatively roomy, if you want real fun, get something like a VFR or the new R6's.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-16-2006, 11:15 AM
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the first time i changed the plugs was a real pita because i didn't use the spark plug tool that came with the toolkit. i wound up draining the radiator and disconnecting the hoses to get enough room, but fishing out the front spark plug was hell.

the second time i used the spark plug tool. still a tight fit, but much easier. i like the suggestion of using a spark plug socket and 3 inch extender. that seems like the best option. i'll try that next time.
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