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Tight plug gaps made easy with this new tool I got

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  1. PM-Performance

    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    For anyone that needs to run tight plug gaps, I suggest trying one of these things out.
    Soo much easier than the old tools I have and accidentally bending the tools or marring the straps
     
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    Only thing that would make that better was a scale on top showing how much rotation is equal to the delta in gap. Like every quarter turn is .025 or something. Would be easy if you knew the thread pitch.
     
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    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    true. I don’t think I have seen any like that though.
    You can see in the video the learning curve is pretty quick.
    I repeated the same process on probably 12 plugs pretty quickly and easily.
     
  4. Robert M

    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    I have used the MMR gap tool and found that it works well, but it does not have a thumb screw and requires an allen to turn it. The plug gets fully seated in the tool (it has a matching tapered seat), I place the correct gap feeler gauge between the ground strap and the electrode, and turn the allen screw until the gap is correct, then remove the gapped plug and on to the next one.

    MMR gap tool upper right in pix....

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    ^^^I no longer use the Snap-on gap gauge that is shown in the picture or the deep socket shown, I have found even better options for the actual plug install/removal.

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    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    For plug removal and install I have finally found something that does not require a separate socket and extension, or Black tape to hold them together or plug socket getting stuck in the hole......etc, etc.....

    The magnetic socket shown below releases from the plug with a small amount of effort, the extension is captured to the socket and comes way up out of the spark plug hole, and best of all, the extension swivels for work around the TB, so there is no changing extensions to clear the TB, etc. Also, the ratchet, it can angle at the head for the best position and the handle itself is bent/angled so things like shock towers, master cyl., battery, etc. don't get in the way....

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    ^^^It is a pretty cool set up for doing these DOHC plugs that are set down deep in the hole with S/C parts and surrounding items that get in the way with the normal spark plug changing tools.

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    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I like this one personally. ae5f96be2c2d190b1250067b73cbe914.jpg 58318e12ebf929f783ac816a3c57252e.jpg
     
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    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Yea the next thing is to find a good plug socket. I think I found a cool one form Ko-Ken to try with a clip to hold the plug in.
    The rubber boots constantly come out of my other ones.
     
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    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    Yes, and I have had a heck of a time getting some of the plug sockets to let go, that is why a long extension that swivels for position and a socket that lets go easily while being attached permanently to the extension helps. The magnetic socket holds well but also lets go well when you pull on it.

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    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    No issues with magnets breaking or chipping off? I think I read of people having issues with the magnets
     
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    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I have that same socket/extension set up. It's now my go to. Although the ball socket was a little tight at first. But now that it's broken in it works really well.
    Mine is probably 4 years old at this point and the magnet is still on point.
     
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    98 svt Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Who makes it
     
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    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    I'm not sure exactly what is inside of this socket, but it appears to be a sealed plastic coated magnet?

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    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    I got my stuff off of eBay................

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    01yellercobra AKA slo984now Established Member

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    I found mine at Autozone. It's not a brand name or anything.
     
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  16. me32

    me32 BEASTLY SHELBY GT500 TVS Moderator

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    Nice video PM, i may pick up both the 12mm and 14mm. Looks like on there official site there having a sale $29.99 each.
     
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    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Do they charge shipping on the site though? I think I saw that before I ordered and it came up to the same price as Amazon due to shipping vs no shipping. I could be wrong though.
    Thanks for watching and I am glad it provided some value to you.
     
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    PM-Performance Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Nice! Ill have to look for one like this then. When i hear magnets, I think of exposed magnets like my pickup tool and they annoy me sometimes with picking up small particles. I would hate for any small particles it picks up to rub off or drop into my cylinder. Thats the only reason i stayed away from those.
     
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    Robert M 800 HORSE FUN!! Established Member

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    Yes, I agree. I would not be into magnets coming apart or chipping either, and to be honest, I had not even thought of that!! When I first changed the plugs on my 2008, my first/main concern was not letting the gapped plug release from the socket and drop down in the deep hole........then I had issues with the rubber wanting to stay connected to the plug and the extension disconnecting leaving the socket on the plug wayyyy down in the hole stuck on the plug. Then I did the Black tape thing, taping the socket and extension together, but again it seemed like the rubber grip was stronger than the tape and the rubber plug retainer was still an issue. Then I started buying longer sockets to get the extension connection closer to the surface and with those longer sockets came one with a magnet and that worked Great and I have a nice long socket that comes all the way up and just above the hole, but then I still had to change extensions when working abound the S/C inlet and TB..........So now I am working with the tools I pictured above, and they seem to do the trick......But it was a long road of buying and trying.......

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    me32 BEASTLY SHELBY GT500 TVS Moderator

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    Yes they charge shipping, but when i put in my zip it was $5.00 shipping charge for both items and no tax. Amazon charges tax on all items for Ca residents.
     
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