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    Hey guys, just got my bike on Tuesday and did my first oil change.
    BUTTT, Can I please get some help on how to remove, inspect and change the spark plugs. When I should change the spark plugs(how many miles), what type of spark plugs do you guys recommend and have been using?
    I'll be reading up in the service manual and owners manual to see if I can find it, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Especially if there is a tutorial.
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    I believe both the service manual and the owner's manual call for changing the spark plugs at 7,500 miles, which is completly nuts. I have 80,000 miles on my bike and have changed the plugs twice. Plenty of electrode left in both cases. Modern plugs and electronic ignition are to thank for that. When I did change plugs I stuck with the stock NGKs.

    Anyway, check or change the plugs at some time when you are doing a valve adjustment check, because you will have already done the dissasembly necessary for the plug change.

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    Thank you very much. I called up 2 dealerships about doing a valve adjustment, having the whole bike inspected and also a hydro flush(the front brakes squeak and also feel grabby at one point). Both places said "I don't need to really get it looked at because its only at 3k miles and the valves and plugs and everything should be taken care of later on like at 7.5k miles on it. But my dad is pretty worried about it and wants to get everything checked out to make sure its all sound and good.
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    3k on the bike? I wouldn't worry about the plugs or the valves. I haven't touched either on mine yet, got about 12k I think on the bike.
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    I'm not necessarily worried about them just because it has only a few miles on it but my dad is worried and wants to make sure everything is alright on the bike.
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    Wow only 3k and he is worried about the bike? That thing is almost brand new. Only things that should be checked is the chain and maybe change the oil. Everything else should be gravy. I have had my bike since April this year and put 10k on it and everything is great.
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    3K on a 5 yr old bike? yeah, i would change all the fluids at least, and check the battery; yes, and check chain slack. valve check/adjustment is scheduled at 24k miles.

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    The best way to convince yourself, your Dad, or anyone else that all the maintentance items are covered is to go to the maintenance schedule in your book, assume the prior owner did nothing, and do everything needed for a 5 year old bike (which is just about everything except for a valve adjustment). The bike may not have many miles on it but some things deteriorate with age. This will include all the fluids (oil, coolant, brake), hoses (brake hoses, radiator hoses, fuel line), rebuild master cylinders/calipers, check and adjust the chain, re-torque all bolts, lube and adjust all cables, replace air filter, etc.. Yes, the schedule calls for replacement of spark plugs and yours are probably just fine; but at ~$7 each they are cheap insurance. Your tires probably have plenty of wear left, but I'd replace 5yr old tires. You may need a new battery - check the voltage and monitor how long it holds a charge - they don't last forever. The service manual does a great job in explaining (with good pictures) how to perform all the maintenance items; and you can search this forum for info - most maintenance items have been covered well by now.

    Welcome to the club - have fun and ride safe!

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    i'm in the middle of traveling at the moment, but I believe I took pictures of when I checked my spark plugs.
    I'll take a look for them and post them during my layover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm View Post
    The best way to convince yourself, your Dad, or anyone else that all the maintentance items are covered is to go to the maintenance schedule in your book, assume the prior owner did nothing, and do everything needed for a 5 year old bike (which is just about everything except for a valve adjustment). The bike may not have many miles on it but some things deteriorate with age. This will include all the fluids (oil, coolant, brake), hoses (brake hoses, radiator hoses, fuel line), rebuild master cylinders/calipers, check and adjust the chain, re-torque all bolts, lube and adjust all cables, replace air filter, etc.. Yes, the schedule calls for replacement of spark plugs and yours are probably just fine; but at ~$7 each they are cheap insurance. Your tires probably have plenty of wear left, but I'd replace 5yr old tires. You may need a new battery - check the voltage and monitor how long it holds a charge - they don't last forever. The service manual does a great job in explaining (with good pictures) how to perform all the maintenance items; and you can search this forum for info - most maintenance items have been covered well by now.

    Welcome to the club - have fun and ride safe!
    oops, sorry i wasn't thorough enuff - LOLOL. agree with your suggestions, but y'think
    rebuild master cylinders/calipers
    too?

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    The plugs are iridium and do not need to be changed until you have a ton more miles.

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    I have 9500 miles on mine. So no worries about the spark plugs until when exactly? Owners manual says 7500 miles. "JustAJ" says "ton"s. Where is the line? Thank in advance (TIA)!

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    I just changed mine out, just shy of 50k. The originals looked fine. Only changed them cause I had new ones and was in there doing a valve adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suberizedwrx View Post
    I have 9500 miles on mine. So no worries about the spark plugs until when exactly? Owners manual says 7500 miles. "JustAJ" says "ton"s. Where is the line? Thank in advance (TIA)!
    Holy necro-thread! 18 months old and you dig this up? Wow!

    Modern spark plugs are probably good for 20,000 miles or more. I wouldn't even worry about them at 9,500 miles.

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