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Old 07 October 2007, 10:08   #1
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Spark plugs

On my Johnson 2 stroke 115GL:

The recommended spark plugs are Champion QL78YC. I ordered these from Oakleys and they sent QL77JC4, only just found this out when I went to change them and looked up the correct gap etc. to find out the ones I have are slightly different.

Not clear on what the difference is - presumably heat range but anything else i.e. what does the JC4 bit mean?

I've been using the NGK equivalents to the QL78YC for a while (BPR6HS) but it is starting to develop a bit of a misfire when its been idling for a while (or rather it always has that and it is starting to get worse and taking longer to clear - so I figure its time for a new set of plugs). The NGK's aren't proper marine plugs so I figured I would put the "proper" ones in - and now find the ones I have are different (and there is no chance of getting the Champion marine ones here as I've already checked...)

I did a bit of Googling but most of the results which appeared to give info on the comparison between the two came up as "page not found" - what do people think regarding whether it is OK to use the 77's or not? My other option is to get another set of the NGK's which I know work OK as they have been in there for about a year I guess.

I have 3 sets of the QL77's so if they should be OK then I will use them but just thought I would canvass some opinions...

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Old 07 October 2007, 10:13   #2
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More on this:

Have just found a set of QL78's that came with the boat when I bought it, and the main difference (apart from probably the heat range) is that the centre electrode on the "right" ones protrudes quite a bit further from the end of the plug body - will the more recessed electrode on the QL77 mean that it is more likely to foul when idling, or less likely to foul? I'm guessing more likely but I suppose as I have them I might as well use them if they are OK, and see what happens.

Edited again to add:

Photo attached, on the left one of the NGK's I just removed, in the middle the "right" plug the QL78, and on the right, the QL77JC4.

One of the NGK's was rather wet (lower cylinder port side) which probably explains the misfire at idle, and all of them had much bigger gaps than they should have - about 40 thou (correct gap is 30-32 thou and i know they were right when fitted because I gapped them with the same feeler gauge) - is this sort of electrode wear normal for a set of plugs after about 70-80 hours? Other than the gap and the inevitable slight saltwater corrosion on the outside of the body, the old plugs are in pretty good nick.
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Old 07 October 2007, 18:34   #3
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Stephen I dont know if this applies to your engine but I know that on my old Johnson 90 V4 60degree looper there was only one sort of plug that should be used and it was the Champion QL78YC other plugs can cause problems.

I am not sure on the age of youre engine but this may not apply however its worth checking.

Speak to Lee at Fairweather Marine hes good on the older engines.

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Old 08 October 2007, 11:52   #4
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Ta - this engine was fitted out in 2000 but I think may be an older model year - its an OMC engine not one of the new ones. I found a set of new QL78YC plugs that I had forgotten about - came with the boat and now put those in for the moment - but if anybody else has any thoughts on whether it is safe to use the QL77s I'd be interested to know, as I remember they weren't cheap and I don't really want to dump them if they are OK to use!

I shall try and contact Oakleys and see what they say, could just have been a screw up I guess.
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Old 08 October 2007, 12:12   #5
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Hmm just been hunting around and found this

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does anyone know the correct plugs for a 1996 150hp johnson ocean runner. the manuel says QL78YC but the motor has QL82YC in it. its a used engine so i don't know which is right. thanks
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The QL78YC is the plug it came out with but I would run QL77JC4 in it and gap them at 40 it will idle better and run smoother.
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HEY WILLARD,, DIDN'T THEY COME OUT WITH QL77JC4
AND THEN IN 98 SWITCHED TO QL78YC ?? MIGHT WANT TO
DOUBLE CHECK YOUR RECORDS.


I guess the 150 is another version of my 115 (the workshop manual also covers a 150hp version)

What is the logic behind using the JC4 plug and increasing the gap by 30% (specified gap is 30-32 thou, but this guy is saying 40 thou)

I should know this, but what is the effect of using a plug with too big a gap?

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if the correct plugs are a protuding elctrode and the others are a flush electrode i would say its a completely different and wrong plug .
Iam not sure what the champion numbers mean but it also sounds like the heatrange is different .

it may just foul up easier or missfire , or at worst the electrode could overheat and break off or burn a piston .
if it was my engine I wouldn't risk the wrong plugs especially in a 2 stroke
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you might find these guys helpful . i have used them for unusual plugs before and they were very helpful . There is also an on line chart of superceded plugs and explanations of plug types etc .

www.spark-plugs.co.uk

Maybe some iridium plugs or wire centre electrode type would help with the oiling up
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On this site http://bbcboards.zeroforum.com/zeroforum?id=51 Seahorse says this:
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Heard back from Oakleys and the answer basically said "whoops"

Apparently the plug fits some other J 115hp but not my one and I now have a chart showing every plug for every type of Johnson O/B!

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Heard back from Oakleys and the answer basically said "whoops"

Apparently the plug fits some other J 115hp but not my one and I now have a chart showing every plug for every type of Johnson O/B!

Thanks for the help
Does this mean they are going to help out in any way
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