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Tools needed for Spark plug change

If this has been asked and answered before, I apologize and if possible point me to the thread.

I am a newbie, wannabe moto mech... I am approaching 7K on my 2013 V and I am planning to change my plugs. Can anyone who has done this tell me what tools I need to remove and replace them? Someone told me once to mind the "spacing" on the plug...????

Thanks in advance.
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The tools you need to change the plugs are in the owner's tool kit. Personally, I wouldn't change the plugs that soon. They are iridium and designed to go much longer than that. I use conventional plugs in other Kawasaki and run them at least 10,000 miles. When they come out they still look like they could go another 10,000 but I change them because I am already in there.

Probably not a bad idea to clean the airfilter.
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You need the spark plug socket (we all know that)along with the ratchet extension. I use two 3 inch extension instead of a longer one. For me it is easier that way . Like what mitty said my plugs still looked good at 10,000 miles. I took them into work and had the mechanics look at them they also thought the plugs looked good and were still usable. Also be careful not to break the fuel pump nipple if you don't remove the tank completely from the. bike

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Dont forget to inspect the coil pack for signs of water damage, and cracks in the side casings.

You should also have some copper slip / anti seize paste handy. put some on the treads of the spark plugs and smear a bit around the coil packs so they slide in and out again in 15k.
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If this has been asked and answered before, I apologize and if possible point me to the thread.

I am a newbie, wannabe moto mech... I am approaching 7K on my 2013 V and I am planning to change my plugs. Can anyone who has done this tell me what tools I need to remove and replace them? Someone told me once to mind the "spacing" on the plug...????

Thanks in advance.
You will need:
1. 4mm allen wrench to remove the side-panels;
2. 10mm socket to remove gas tank bolts;
3. small slot screwdriver to remove fuel line;
4. Philips screwdriver to remove air-filter, and squarish cover over fuel injectors; and
5. 5mm allen wrench to remove air-box (AND a magnet's a good idea!), and some rags to put into the injectors so bolts can't fall in. Then you need the spark-plug wrench from your V tool-kit for the plugs.

I BELIEVE that's about ALL...!

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Someone told me once to mind the "spacing" on the plug...????
Probably referring to the gap between the centre and the side electrodes. Old style spark plugs could be adjusted by bending the side electrode, but our V's plugs are Iridium, with a very tiny centre electrode, and I don't think adjustment is recommended. New plugs come with the correct gap, but I check anyway.

From the manual section 16-44:

•Measure the gap [D] with a wire-type thickness gauge.
Spark Plug Gap: 0.8 ∼ 0.9 mm (0.03 ∼ 0.04 in.)
If the gap is incorrect, replace the spark plug.
○Use the standard spark plug or its equivalent.
Spark Plug: CR9EIA-9

Download the shop manual from this site and use it for all maintenance.
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