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How to Change Spark Plugs - Easily!

Do you have trouble getting those pesky spark plugs out of hard to reach holes in your bike? Wish you had a simple and quick solution? 

 

Today I am going to talk about something super simple but important, changing your spark plugs. If you own a Honda Shadow 600 0r 750 they all have this hole in the cylinder in the back. Inside the hole is a spark plug! When you are trying to remove it, if you do not have the very special Honda tool, which is harder to find then the Hope Diamond for some reason. They use to come in a little tool box underneath the seat of Honda Shadows, but I have found that a lot of bikes have been pilfered of that. The previous owner kept it and threw it in their own tool box. If you don’t have the kit, you can find them on Ebay for $30-40.  Today I am going to show you how to get the spark plug out way easier, you do not need any of the tools from the kit. Of course if you have the kit, thats great! If you don’t I have a solution! 

 

First off you are going to need a an 18mm socket and a ratchet. Pretty simple stuff, all you are going to do is go to the spark plug and going to break the spark plug loose. Just until it is pretty loose, then pull it out. The reason you are going to have to pull it out is because you won’t be able to pull out the spark plug and the tool at the same time. If you do, the spark plug will just fall back in even if you have one of those spark plug sockets and I know a lot of you guys have. They have rubber inside the socket to grab onto the spark plug, the issue they are too fat to back out of the hole one you loose the spark plug.Here is the hot tip, you are going to go to your local auto zone and get a 3/8th inch fuel line. You are going to take it down over the edge of the spark plug and pull it out. Voila! This is the super easy way to take your spark plug out in the deep holes in the Honda Shadows. If you have the stock tool you can get rid of that, and get rid of the weight and put one of the rubber tubes inside your kit. You have now cut weight and if it ever breaks or gets lost its easily replaceable. 

 

Pro Tip: Make sure to label it so that it does not get thrown away as a scrap piece inside your too box. I labeled mine “SPARK PLUG” making it easy to find. For  reinstalling your spark plug, this tube makes it easy as well. Push the spark plug back into the tubing, thread it back inside. It’s like having really long fingers. You are going to finish tightening it with your socket. 

 

That is my solution! 

 

oday I am going to talk about something super simple but important, changing your spark plugs. If you own a Honda Shadow 600 0r 750 they all have this hole in the cylinder in the back. Inside the hole is a spark plug! When you are trying to remove it, if you do not have the very special Honda tool, which is harder to find then the Hope Diamond for some reason. They use to come in a little tool box underneath the seat of Honda Shadows, but I have found that a lot of bikes have been pilfered of that. The previous owner kept it and threw it in their own tool box. If you don’t have the kit, you can find them on Ebay for $30-40.  Today I am going to show you how to get the spark plug out way easier, you do not need any of the tools from the kit. Of course if you have the kit, thats great! If you don’t I have a solution! 

 

First off you are going to need a an 18mm socket and a ratchet. Pretty simple stuff, all you are going to do is go to the spark plug and going to break the spark plug loose. Just until it is pretty loose, then pull it out. The reason you are going to have to pull it out is because you won’t be able to pull out the spark plug and the tool at the same time. If you do, the spark plug will just fall back in even if you have one of those spark plug sockets and I know a lot of you guys have. They have rubber inside the socket to grab onto the spark plug, the issue they are too fat to back out of the hole one you loose the spark plug.Here is the hot tip, you are going to go to your local auto zone and get a 3/8th inch fuel line. You are going to take it down over the edge of the spark plug and pull it out. Voila! This is the super easy way to take your spark plug out in the deep holes in the Honda Shadows. If you have the stock tool you can get rid of that, and get rid of the weight and put one of the rubber tubes inside your kit. You have now cut weight and if it ever breaks or gets lost its easily replaceable. 

 

Pro Tip: Make sure to label it so that it does not get thrown away as a scrap piece inside your too box. I labeled mine “SPARK PLUG” making it easy to find. For  reinstalling your spark plug, this tube makes it easy as well. Push the spark plug back into the tubing, thread it back inside. It’s like having really long fingers. You are going to finish tightening it with your socket. 

 

That is my solution! 

 

Check out the video below of TJ demonstrating using his homemade tool! 

 

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