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Just spent all day on Sunday past teaching myself with the help of Haynes how to change an oil filter, oil, air filter, spark plugs, rear brake disk, rear brake pads, front brake pads :) well chuffed i did it all on my own :)...

You experienced guys may have done this hundreds of times by now but it was quite a learning experience for me... although the main stand is still stuck!!! :(

I fitted iridium spark plugs and the bike is running well! Will I notice a significant performance/efficiency improvement?

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David

O and by the way all my spares came from Wemoto ( fantastic site )
 

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Well done on your achievement.
I think iridium plugs are more suited to sports bikes than the Lazy v-twins of the XL series bikes, you may get away with having to change them less but I do not believe they are worth the extra cost.
 

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Well done on your achievement.
I think iridium plugs are more suited to sports bikes than the Lazy v-twins of the XL series bikes, you may get away with having to change them less but I do not believe they are worth the extra cost.

Agh ... I see. Well not too expensive seeing as there are only two of them :)
 

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good effort david, it took me most of the day to do my oil, filter & plugs. Plugs were easier than i expected on weestrom, just had to pivot the tank and unbolt radiator to get to all 4. Will be a lot quicker next time eh.
 

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yes , and the [2] you aint done are the real "bitches" especially the front one, fairing off and drop radiator to one side is the prefered route.

Also a piece of rubber tube fitted to the new plugs makes it easier fitting them -no crossed threads:( rear one is tank off and on right between frame, front is left side both recesed into head.

haynes should have pics, when you`ve done them you have every right to be prowed of your achievment.
 

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yes , and the [2] you aint done are the real "bitches" especially the front one, fairing off and drop radiator to one side is the prefered route.

Also a piece of rubber tube fitted to the new plugs makes it easier fitting them -no crossed threads:( rear one is tank off and on right between frame, front is left side both recesed into head.

haynes should have pics, when you`ve done them you have every right to be prowed of your achievment.
Bugger! i had the tank and fairing off to do the air filter and i reallly cant be arsed talking it all back off again grrrr.........
 

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I assume the old plugs are ok ? Put them back in and save the others for a time when you're feeling "eager" again. Well done for taking that first step though :thumbright:... I did a while back and try something new each time. The tip about the hose is what I could have done with yesterday...used a length of garden watering hose :toothy4: in the rear cyl r/h plug, and it went in a treat ... keep it up mate !
 

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Bugger! i had the tank and fairing off to do the air filter and i reallly cant be arsed talking it all back off again grrrr.........
You aren't the first to miss the extra spark plugs and you won't be the last I dare say :D.
 

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first time I had my 600 serviced up here, the shop, admittedly not a honda dealer, only charge me for 2 plugs & looked very blank when i asked about the other two...:thumbup:
 

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The first time I serviced mine I only had two spark plugs so I changed to two difficult ones and then when I got the other two changed the easy ones.
 

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yes , and the [2] you aint done are the real "bitches" especially the front one, fairing off and drop radiator to one side is the prefered route.
Two front ones are a 'challenge' :rolleyes: but I have always managed it without touching the rad....
 

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Two front ones are a 'challenge' :rolleyes: but I have always managed it without touching the rad....
Ditto. I never move the rad either. It fiddly and tight but doable.
I do find that removing the tank is the best way but the rest stays in place.
 

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I do find that removing the tank is the best way but the rest stays in place.
hmmm, never even tried with the tank and fairing in place. But, as I can get both off in about 10minutes it is worth it for the extra access and I would probably end up whacking the spanner into the side of the tank too. Putting it all back together takes just a few minutes longer. I find the screen the fiddliest bit.

Oh and I have never bothered replacing the plastic rad guards - couldn't see that they did anything other than window dressing.
 

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hmmm, never even tried with the tank and fairing in place. But, as I can get both off in about 10minutes it is worth it for the extra access and I would probably end up whacking the spanner into the side of the tank too. Putting it all back together takes just a few minutes longer. I find the screen the fiddliest bit.

Oh and I have never bothered replacing the plastic rad guards - couldn't see that they did anything other than window dressing.
I just remove the cockpit cover and the four screws witch hold the fairing in place then drop it forward slightly, no need to remove the screen.
 

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