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Old 06-08-2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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Airhead old style plug wires for electronic /7

Anyone have an idea on how to replace the 5k ohm spark plug cap/wires with the old school /6 style? Those are 1k ohm as far as I know and understand it will do bad things to my Boyer electronic ignition. Can I make up the difference with spark plugs or does anyone make the /6 ones with 5k ohm wires? I just like the looks better and think it will add to my old school look.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:33 AM   #2
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I'm short on useful details, but I got some nice plug wires for my /5 from a seller on ebay. IIRC, he could make them 5k. If you can't find the guy on ebay, PM me and I'll dig through my history and find an email address.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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I was wondering if it could be done with 4k wires and attached to the /6 plug cap, which is 1k ohm. Not having ever had one I don't know if the cap separates or is molded to the wires like my /7s.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:14 AM   #4
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Where's the problem?

The wires on R100GS (for example) with electronic ignition look just like the "old style" wires. The rest of the motor's the same, so you can count on the wires being the same, i.e. 5K ohms, too.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:57 AM   #5
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ah, didn't know that, thanks Chris. I'm not up on the GSes. I thought I was weird for preferring that look.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:05 AM   #6
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Where's the problem?

The wires on R100GS (for example) with electronic ignition look just like the "old style" wires. The rest of the motor's the same, so you can count on the wires being the same, i.e. 5K ohms, too.
You're right lkchris, but unfortunately he has the /7, the wires from the GS G/S etcetera are a little shorter. they fit, but are stretched a little tight on install.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:18 PM   #7
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If you get a length of ignition wire from a bulk roll (Some hot rod shops sell it by the foot.) all you'll need to do is install a set of resistor caps and you're done.

I like to use Accel, High Temp, Superstock, 8mm Silicone Wires along with a set of NGK resistor caps. The Accel wire comes in several different
colors and the stuff is super high quality. I installed a set of those wires on my R-90 back in 1990 and while they're on their third or forth set of caps, I'm still running them on my 82RS today. Thats 20+ years and they're still as flexible as the day I bought em and they show no electrical faults. I just wipe the road dirt off using a rag sprayed with WD-40 and they look brand new. Thats pretty amazing!

PS: I bought a set of dual plug wires from that Ebay guy and it looks as if hes selling the same wires and caps on his sets, so I'd have no fear in purchasing from him.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:34 PM   #8
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I like to use Accel, High Temp, Superstock, 8mm Silicone Wires along with a set of NGK resistor caps.
I have good wires, I just want the /6 look.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:56 PM   #9
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This really shouldn't be a problem. The /6 spark plug caps are 5K ohms and look just like /5. You will need new wires to make the connection from coil to plug. I'd be surprised if the old wirwerker coudn't hook you up.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:30 AM   #10
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FWIW, Here is the guy on ebay who sells spark plug wires:
http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/bmwires/
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:43 PM   #11
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Hey
I just found this thread.. Sorry to jump in but here's my deal.

I just changed my spark plug wires. Short story is, I have a colleague who is into muscle cars. I was working out what I thought was electrical bugs On my 77 R100S (was really fuel delivery) He came over and used the Ohm meter to test the wires (not stock as I had NGK boots on the plug side) He saw the 5K ohm resistence and said "wow thats high"
He is a distributor for Fire Core 50 wires (for Muscle cars..- http://www.firecore50.com/ )
He figured Id be better off with wires that had the least resistence. So I got a pair off of him and installed them. I have only ran the bike for around 5 minutes since. I havent tested the resistance but it should be minimal (they say 50 ohm) I have Boyer electrics.. If I keep them in place will I trash the electronic ignition?
Could I leave the wires in place and use the NGK caps?
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Hey
I just found this thread.. Sorry to jump in but here's my deal.

I just changed my spark plug wires. Short story is, I have a colleague who is into muscle cars. I was working out what I thought was electrical bugs On my 77 R100S (was really fuel delivery) He came over and used the Ohm meter to test the wires (not stock as I had NGK boots on the plug side) He saw the 5K ohm resistence and said "wow thats high"
He is a distributor for Fire Core 50 wires (for Muscle cars..- http://www.firecore50.com/ )
He figured Id be better off with wires that had the least resistence. So I got a pair off of him and installed them. I have only ran the bike for around 5 minutes since. I havent tested the resistance but it should be minimal (they say 50 ohm) I have Boyer electrics.. If I keep them in place will I trash the electronic ignition?
Could I leave the wires in place and use the NGK caps?
Get rid of those things.
Run the solid core wire with the 5K caps.
Just trust me.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:24 PM   #13
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Get rid of those things.
Run the solid core wire with the 5K caps.
Just trust me.
Rv
Damn, whats the thinking behind having the resistance at 5k ohms if you dont mind me asking?
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:59 PM   #14
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Damn, whats the thinking behind having the resistance at 5k ohms if you dont mind me asking?
OK
Im up to speed. Just had an hour to burn and read up 'bout the 5k ohm resistance. Im gonna pop my old NGK wires back on and order a proper set...
Hope no damage from riding with the no resistance wires though..
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Get rid of those things.
Run the solid core wire with the 5K caps.
Just trust me.
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