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All the rubber is for (IMHO) is to "help" hold the plug tip in
the socket so that it don't fall out when removed ,or installing
in those hard to reach places where you can't first put the plug
in with yer fingers for the first few turns.
Totally unnecessary for a Harley, ifn ya ax me.
Make yer own if you feel you need it.
"xyz" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
How attached are you to your spark plugs? Try using a 5/8",
> but what I really need is a spark plug socket that has the
> little rubber grommet inside to grip the plug. I've been unable to find
> one by calling local stores, or by internet search. Any ideas?
Try again with the proper size, and you should be able to find
it almost anywhere (Sears, etc).
> Totally unnecessary for a Harley, ifn ya ax me.
UNLESS you happen to have an XL1200S. This is the Sporty with
the dual plug heads, and the "second" plugs are basically in that
little chamber right in the center of the head.
You can try it with a piece of rubber hose as well, to get
Was working on a Yamie sport bike last weekend and Wedge showed me a neat
little trick. Use a piece of gas hose and shove the spark plug in one
end....great extender until you get it started.
Waro, 95ci 99 FXD, SENS
Or an old plug wire boot off of a GM car. That makes a nice little
grip for a plug.
I've come to think the rubber's in there to cushion any contact the socket
could make with the porcelain .I recently traced a mysterious low speed miss to
a cracked plug insulator in an Autolite plug that I had installed . My deep
11/16 socket doesn't have the rubber either so from now on ill -borrow- the
rubber from my 5/8 socket when installing plugs.
I believe that would be true if the socket didn't fit properly
or wasn't square on the hexagonal flats it was loosening, or
But I was later told about the four plug heads where "easy
access" could be a factor.
If that is the case, or what you are seeing/saying below is the
case, making a "donut" to fit into the proper sized socket should
work just dandy if one can't be found.
Don't get me started big boy. That bike is back too.
I agree with Mr Boutros-- use a 5/8 socket and yer problems will go away.
thanks for stopping at:
I do indeed have an XL1200S. It has four
plugs, two of which are deep inside a hole
(through which my big hands won't fit).
I bought an 11/16 deep socket,
(no the 17mm is too small) and I will use
a piece of fuel line to raise the old plugs out
of the hole and lower the new ones back in.
Make certain you use an air hose or can of compressed air to blow the
debris out of the recess before you pull the plugs. Keeps your cylinders
The size IS 11/16" and if you think Mac, Snap-On or Matco even have it
listed in their catalog, it's because
you haven't checked.
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"Ryder Rick" <despam...@spamcop.net> wrote in message