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Old 02-04-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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BMW spark plug coil removal tool

Well, my '08 GS has gone off warranty, and as is the case with all my other bikes, I will do all the maintenance I can. I can see the only time I'll take the bike to the dealer is when computer diagnostics are needed.
So I bought BMW service tool # D258164, spark plug coil removal tool. This thing pulls the coil off the plug to gain access to the spark plug. My initial impression is that this thing is a POS, perhaps a one use tool. I'm wondering if there's another tool out there that is of a higher quality? I thought I had built up the tools [torx head everything] for this 1200 to be able to do at least basic work on it should I be someplace close to nowhere. I thought wrong with this stupid thing.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Plug_Tool.htm (Marc Parness)
http://stores.promachdualtool.com/-s...val/Detail.bok (ProMach)
http://www.advdesigns.com/bmwspplcapre.html (Adventure Designs)

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90. looking for a spark plug coil remover tool. What are my options?

100 THREADS all GS/GSA owners should read.
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17. WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO WORK ON MY BIKE?
http://www.r1200gs.info/misc/toolkit.html

Lots of other threads with suggestions for tools, like:
http://jimvonbaden.com/Tool_Kit.html

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Old 02-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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I have the Marc Parnes and while it works, I've still managed to break the lip mostly off my coil sticks.
So far, the best method I've seen is to pull the valve covers with the coil stick on... it pulls it off with the cover and then they come right out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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yeh mine does as well,
just be careful when pulling the stick coil

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Old 02-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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What's the latest on the new sourced BMW stick coil? Are they any better than the old item? At the prices BMW charges for the thing, they (BMW) should be ashamed of the poor service life for these things.

I like hackeymoto's mod...junk the BMW junk and install a Ford COP coil.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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So far, the best method I've seen is to pull the valve covers with the coil stick on... it pulls it off with the cover and then they come right out.
+1. This is what I've done on mine a few times.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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Figures I can't find it now. I thought that at one time I saw a tool for the stick coils, the oil fill cap ans was an axle tool. Now all I can find is this one at adventure designs

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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I just ordered one from Promach tools. Does front axle, spark cap, and oil cap. A bit pricey but eliminates the goofy oil cap removal tool. I used to just use a piece of rope on my 2006, but messed up the cap on my 2012 GSA using the same method so decide to buy a tool.

http://stores.promachdualtool.com/StoreFront.bok
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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I use the stock tool

a finger through the loop in the tool and brace my thumb against the valve cover and slowly and carefully power the coil out. helps to hold the edges of the tool in the grooves on the coils.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:54 PM   #10
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2 screwdrivers is easiest method..pops right out, every time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:50 AM   #11
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2 screwdrivers is easiest method..pops right out, every time.
+1. I've used two wide bladed screwdrivers (gently) many, many times with no issues and see no need for a special tool.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:00 AM   #12
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What's the latest on the new sourced BMW stick coil? Are they any better than the old item? At the prices BMW charges for the thing, they (BMW) should be ashamed of the poor service life for these things.

I like hackeymoto's mod...junk the BMW junk and install a Ford COP coil.
It seems hit and miss, more miss to me. I have owned three R1200 series bikes with a combined total of 120K miles, not including my current one, with never a stick coil failure.

I can't figure out how a few people have had multiple failures with some actually meling down the coil!

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:03 AM   #13
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2 screwdrivers is easiest method..pops right out, every time.
I just use one!



I find this easiest.

The Marc Parnes tool works well, though you have to do it correctly.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:47 AM   #14
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These work well too,
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I forgot who sent me this pic, but it looks well made and will prolly work well.




OTOH, I just use a crows foot prybar, though a screwdriver will work just as well.



Its all a moot point anyway, the plugs will generally last at least 50k.
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