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Old 25 March 2008, 21:19   #21
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I'll get the Missus to drive it around locally this week and the weekend just to make sure.

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Old 26 March 2008, 15:06   #22
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Or NGK spark plugs....
Oh, that's what I bought 2 weeks ago too. Next thing to stop working I guess
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Or NGK spark plugs....
Matt thats really interesting you feel that way.

I've used only NGKs in all my Bikes, Cars and Outboards for years.

In the past I've had a Champion plug that gave up after just a couple of hours in one of my Hillman Imps, and another Champion plug that was dead straight out of the box for an old Chrysler outboard.
A full set of Bosch plugs I put in my Bike made it run really uneven, and swapping back to NGKs sorted it out with no other changes.

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Talking of plugs the best I have ever had were the Lodge plugs in my alfa - they didn't have a central electrode so no need to gap them and they lasted for over 100,000 miles!!! When I looked up Lodge they were originally British and they were the people who actually invented spark plugs. They were used on Merlins and RR racing motors.

Another thing I just learned was that Champion was French originally - see you learn something new every day!!!
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Talking of plugs the best I have ever had were the Lodge plugs in my alfa - they didn't have a central electrode so no need to gap them and they lasted for over 100,000 miles!!! When I looked up Lodge they were originally British and they were the people who actually invented spark plugs. They were used on Merlins and RR racing motors.

Surface Discharge plugs.
I had them in my Twin Turbo Legacy Estate. (NGKs by the way)
They reccomended changing them every 24K miles, and its a good job it was that long, as it was a bugger of a job to change them.
The plugs were recessed deep in the heads of the Boxer engine, and there was only a couple of inches clearance between the cam covers and the inner wings. That was after you'd removed the washer bottle on one side and the airbox and airflow meter on the other to get to them.

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Matt thats really interesting you feel that way.

I've used only NGKs in all my Bikes, Cars and Outboards for years.

In the past I've had a Champion plug that gave up after just a couple of hours in one of my Hillman Imps, and another Champion plug that was dead straight out of the box for an old Chrysler outboard.
A full set of Bosch plugs I put in my Bike made it run really uneven, and swapping back to NGKs sorted it out with no other changes.

Nasher.

I use them almost exclusively too and when they work they are great. When I used large volumes of them like I used to working in a bike shop, it was a regular occurence to find a dead plug from the box. If they worked when they went in they were fine for the normal life of a plug. When they didn't it was a PITA-specially if used on something like a TDR or an Exup where you couldn't start it til you put the bike back together.
Never had any problems with any other make. My favourite are the Bosch platinum tipped plugs with an electrode like a needle but it's not easy to find them anymore. I got a noticeable fuel saving,noticeably more power from them and they made the bike sound better too.

I've got a box of NGK surface discharge plugs sat here
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