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When I realized the starter didn't work, I tried rolling it down the driveway and it didn't want to turn over at all....sounded like no fire. So I figured the plugs were bad, well I went to change them and I pulled off all the boots and all but three of them were disconnected from the wires. No wonder it wasn't getting any fire!! Looks like I'm going to need new wires...

It also appears te plugs are different than the ones I bought. MY 5/8's plug socket doesn't fit so I think it's an 18mm.:baffled: Also, the top of the plugs are skinny and threaded while the champion plugs I got have the traditional fatter bullet shape...Any thoughts on that?
 

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You will need the screw threads on the end of the plugs. Your new plugs may allow the fatter auto style ends to be unscrewed, then you will have the threads.
As for the plug wire, if you look at the connector, you will see a screw with a point on the end. Just press the connector onto the wire and screw it back on. You may need to cut off about 1/4 inch for it to screw down snug, but not tight.
 

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johnmac wrote:
You will need the screw threads on the end of the plugs. Your new plugs may allow the fatter auto style ends to be unscrewed, then you will have the threads.
As for the plug wire, if you look at the connector, you will see a screw with a point on the end. Just press the connector onto the wire and screw it back on. You may need to cut off about 1/4 inch for it to screw down snug, but not tight.
Johnmac is right but if the caps have been forced over the bullet tips on the plugs, they might not fit tightly on the bare threaded studs that the spark plugs should have. Make sure the caps fit properly on the new plugs, they should be held by the plug clip not just the rubber seal. You may as well get a set of the proper plugs for your bike and gap them to the specified setting. Your best bet when working over a bike in this condition is to fix the things you find properly, not haywire them planning on coming back and doing it right. That will take twice a long, cost more in the long run and be highly frustrating.
 

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johnmac wrote:
As for the plug wire, if you look at the connector, you will see a screw with a point on the end. Just press the connector onto the wire and screw it back on. You may need to cut off about 1/4 inch for it to screw down snug, but not tight.


I don't follow you...when you say connector, do you mean the plug boot? THe boot screws on to the wire and I can cut off a bit of the wire and re-do it? Is that what you're saying?
 

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rOmiLaYu wrote:
johnmac wrote:
As for the plug wire, if you look at the connector, you will see a screw with a point on the end. Just press the connector onto the wire and screw it back on. You may need to cut off about 1/4 inch for it to screw down snug, but not tight.
I don't follow you...when you say connector, do you mean the plug boot? THe boot screws on to the wire and I can cut off a bit of the wire and re-do it? Is that what you're saying?
That's what the man means. Cut off a bit of the sparkplug wire, squarely as you can, and push and screw it into the spark plug cap. If you look in there you'll see a pointy ended screw that goes into the center of the wire which makes contact with the conductor. Hint: a little WD40 on the wire will make it screw in easier.
 

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Thanks for clearing that up, exavid. I had to step out for a while.
 

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And yes, it is an 18mm spark plug socket. I bought a set of 4 new NGK plug boots with solid core wires attached from a guy here in Texas. Cost was around $28. Figured the 22 year old wire had served their purpose long enough.

Raymond
 

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ob1quixote wrote:
The best spark plug socket I have found, at least for the GL1000 and 1100's is the 18mm MotionPro socket. I bought mine initially for my dirt bike, and found it is the perfect length for the GW spark plugs as well. allows easy removal and no problems with it's moderately thin walls.

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/18mm_spark_plug_socket/
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The OEM NGK plugs are metric and the Champion equilivalentdoes havethe screw off bullet connector revealing the threads. I started running Champion plugs in the 80's and have never had a problem with them. dj
 

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Rudy wrote:
ob1quixote wrote:
The best spark plug socket I have found, at least for the GL1000 and 1100's is the 18mm MotionPro socket. I bought mine initially for my dirt bike, and found it is the perfect length for the GW spark plugs as well. allows easy removal and no problems with it's moderately thin walls.

http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/18mm_spark_plug_socket/
Welcome and thanks for the helpful first post. :clapper::clapper::clapper:
Thankya, thankya vera mush!
 

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I have a set of Champions in my 1500, the parts store didn't have the NGKs in stock last year so I got Champion equivalents. Work fine, starts quickly and runs fine, mileage around 40mpg.
 
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