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Old 03-26-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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F800GS Spark Plugs

I give up, I got the airbox off.. where the *%^&$ is the spark plugs???

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Old 03-26-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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Oh yeh, and while I'm at it... anybody checked the valve clearance on theirs yet? what is the clearance and how do ya get to the valve train?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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You need to remove the battery also. And then You need a long spark plug socket because they are deeeeep down.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:28 PM   #4
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Battery was out, whole airbox off, where are the plugs?
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #5
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I don't wanna break nothing - how does them covers on top of the plugs come off? just pry them off? I'm skerred to try unless I know fer sure..

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Old 03-26-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
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I see they hid them pretty good... careful taking the caps off the plugs... they are long and PLASTIC.. could easly break one of the electrical tabs off trying to pull the caps out.

Also, if you have never pulled the complete airbox off - watch out at the rear of the airbox where the three small air hoses attach... the fittings are PLASTIC and you can snap one off without even trying... I did...

The one I broke was the middle one which brings filtered air into some gizmo below the box on the left side (I think it has somthing to do with the emissons system.. I just plugged it with a small car carb filter so it still gets filtered air...

Hey, it's a learning process...

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Old 03-26-2010, 11:55 PM   #7
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Ain't high tech great?? Why my hopelessly out date Royal Enfield Bullet takes me fifteen seconds to check the valve adjustment, and five seconds to swap spark plugs.

(forgive me, I couldn't help myself).

But seriously, the F800GS are supposed to be very good bikes. I have my eye on a used F800S.

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:30 AM   #8
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Ain't high tech great?? Why my hopelessly out date Royal Enfield Bullet takes me fifteen seconds to check the valve adjustment, and five seconds to swap spark plugs.

(forgive me, I couldn't help myself).

But seriously, the F800GS are supposed to be very good bikes. I have my eye on a used F800S.

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I'm not pickin' on you mate, just poking fun at the sentiment...

Your Enfield has valves that are easy to adjust because they frequently need adjusting. My grandfather had some kind of 1920s-vintage Scott, and it had little windows in the crankcase so that you could change big-end bearings by the side of the road. He frequently had to use this feature. That does not make the Scott's easy-access crankcase a desirable feature!
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:09 AM   #9
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I've had my F800GS for about 1.5 years now and have put 27,000 miles on her and nothing has went wrong except for the rear wheel bearings. HOWEVER - I am never comfortable with this bike because of it's HIGH TECH... I am a low tech person - I love my 53 chevy pickup because I can almost stand inside the engine compartment to work on the engine - and I love my DR650 because it is so damn simple and reliable... I understand it.

So let's just say when I want to go for a ride (everyday) I feel a whole lot better jumping on my DR then I do my Beemer

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Old 03-27-2010, 05:43 PM   #10
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There is a factory tool that makes removing the coils (plastic thing over the spark plugs) easier to remove. You could also use spark plug boot pliers, the ones that look like needlenose except they have a ring formed by the ends. And yes, I have broken an airbox nipple too...
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:30 PM   #11
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Thanks, I'm gonna order that tool - unless it costs an arm and leg like every other BMW part...

I epoxied (putty) a poly tube into the broken nipple, let her set fer a while and re-installed the airbox - worked perfect - runs like new.

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Old 03-28-2010, 06:31 AM   #12
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http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Plug_Tool.htm
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:19 AM   #13
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Those are "coil packs" Cowboy. Youll find them on most newer engines, including the KTM LC8.

Were your valves out of spec yet ?
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:35 AM   #14
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Two words: "Shop Manual"....a parts manual might be nice too.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:14 AM   #15
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Hey Cowboy...

it doesn't have sparkplugs or valves to adjust.

The dilithium crystals are housed in a sealed flux capacitor chamber. With dual teutonic phase coupling.

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