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What size socket to remove the spark plugs???

got the extension(DAMN that's tight in there!)......But what size socket is needed to actually remove the plugs? Thanks.
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Seems like a 5/8 socket, and I think I loosened it up, but how do you get them out???? Do you have to fish down there with grabbers or something??!?
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Seems like a 5/8 socket, and I think I loosened it up, but how do you get them out???? Do you have to fish down there with grabbers or something??!?
I always have an extendable magnet handy whenever I take something apart, even if it's non-magnetic.
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The tool in the Versys kit worked GREAT for one....LOL. The second one is totally loose but will not come out. Uggghhh......
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Are you using a spark plug socket? They usually make short work of pulling out plugs.
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I'm using the one that comes in the versys tool kit, which worked perfectly for one of them. The other one just seems "loose" and won't come up with the socket.
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It's 16mm (5/8"). A 5/8" spark plug socket works, or a good magnet.
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Oh, you can try picking it up by sticking the coil back in.
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FINALLY got it...after tightening it back in 50 times and pushing DOWN while loosening. Thanks guys. I even went down to AutoZone and bout a flexible extension with a magnet and also one of those 4-pronged flexible "grabbers".....As soon as I got home and tried one more time with the socket, it worked....LOL. Oh well, at least I have two new "tools" now....
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Unfortunately autoZone didn't have the plugs(NGK CR9EIA-9 6289 Iridium) though....So I have to try and track those down locally tomorrow
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Quick question....Since I'm this far down into the bike, at 18,000 miles, think I should attempt my first valve check/adjustment??? Never done it, but am game if you guys think it would be a good idea.....
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Original plugs after 18,000 miles....
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Good idea to apply dielectric grease to the the metal threads of the new plugs or not? Any other good tips before I put this thing all back together?
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Your valve clearances should be checked.

Do not apply anything to spark plug threads: http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/pdf/tb-...1antisieze.pdf

Your spark plug ground electrodes are worn down and rounded off, which is normal at your mileage. Kawasaki recommends replacing them at every 7,500 miles.

They look a bit dark. Was your air filter very dirty and/or over-oiled?

http://www.rockauto.com/dbphp/x,cata...0,partnum,6289
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Yes, it was very dirty, and I replaced it(air filter). Valve clearance check....Uggh. I'm scared. LOL
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Be sure you have a 1/4" torque wrench before you start (bolts holding the cams take about 100 inch-pounds torque, which is VERY LITTLE - about 9 '/#) and you'll break them easily by over-torquing. Search the threads - lots of us have posted about doing it, one lister with LOTS of pics, very recently. Here's one I started: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...read.php?t=902


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