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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Spark plugs, oil change, and air filter

11,500km oil change, filter, air filter and spark plugs. Yes all are early but I had the time today. Pictured is the tools I use to do plugs without removing the electrics and plug and air filter condition.

I use 2 knuckle joints on the ratchet, it let's you slide the socket in and out easily. Once the plugs are loose, shove a chunk of 3/8" fuel hose down on top of the plug and use it to turn them out and retrieve them. Use the hose to hand tighten new plug as well before final tighten. I suggest getting the PCV hose out of the way before doing the left plug. Good luck

Yes I'm pretty sure there is dog hair in my air filter! Haha
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Great job. I tried taking the spark plugs out but used the wrong socket extension and almost couldn't get it out.

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Those plugs don't look bad at all...can't say the same for that filter though.

How much of a performance boost did you notice after the tune-up?
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Those plugs don't look bad at all...can't say the same for that filter though.

How much of a performance boost did you notice after the tune-up?
Plugs were great, I change them cause they are cheap and it's nice to see how the bike is running. The first 1000 after plugs and air filter is always awesome, though likely placebo haha
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Great job. I tried taking the spark plugs out but used the wrong socket extension and almost couldn't get it out.
I fought with them really bad the first time then I came up with fuel hose trick and never looked back.
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that filter!?!? It looks that was on bike for more than 50000kms, mine was at 12000 like new.
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[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hondarebel3forum.com/forum/images/HondaRebel3Forum/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/IMG]that filter!?!? It looks that was on bike for more than 50000kms, mine was at 12000 like new.
It's the gravel roads and rain storms, that and seemingly all the dog hair pulled in off my pants haha
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CR - is your spark plug socket not magnetic? or is there not enough room to pull out the socket with the plug attached?
never really paid attention to the clearance yet since i haven't thought of doing those until the schedule comes up
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CR - is your spark plug socket not magnetic? or is there not enough room to pull out the socket with the plug attached?
never really paid attention to the clearance yet since i haven't thought of doing those until the schedule comes up
Socket isn't magnetic, it's the rubber holder style, but the plug definitely won't come up with the socket. Too much angle not enough room. But even with the extra step I save a huge amount of time by leaving the electrics and gas tank in place
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This is great news that people have been able to do this without removing the electronics under the tank! When I replaced the front brake line I had to remove the tank and all the electronics to reach the manifold. It was a horrible experience and I thought I was going to have to do it again when it was time to change the plugs. Thanks to this post, now I know it's going to be easier than I thought. Thank you!
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