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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I have a seemingly simple problem, however no solution. Maybe someone out there has experienced the same.

I have a '98 Intruder 1400. I would like to pull the plugs, but the channels are so narrow that I can't seem to fit a socket over the plug.

Is there a special 18mm thin wall plug wrench out there that will work? Have checked everywhere online and can't find a thing. The Suzuki dealer doesn't sell tools (they want the $$$ for doing the job). I refuse to pay a mechanic to perform this simple task.

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I use a Craftsman 18mm deepwell.

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Use a thin wall deep socket. Not sure of size for your particular bike. My VL800 is 19. U have to use a universal joint. First drop the socket on the plugs and move it left or right with ur fingers till u know its set well and wont move. Then put on the universal join. Then a ratchet handle. Loosen the plugs then move the plug with ur fingers , hand till u can pull the spark plug out. Its annoying, i know that but dont give up


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Maybe one of these.....

Motion Pro , 08-0175 Thin Wall Spark Plug Socket - 18mm

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Get a 6in 3/8 gas line to remve and install the plugs it is a lot ez the your hand
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next time you change plug wires on a small car, take the end or a piece of wire with the boot on it and use it to start and thread your plugs. Then go in with your socket, etc. Makes the job quick and easy.

If you don't want to do that, the dealership has a "special tool" for about $30 that does the same thing.
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Thanks for the advice gang.

I can't believe something so simple could be such a pain. I tried a deep 18mm socket, but it wouldn't fit in the channel. And, on the left side, there is some cable contraption right next to the well that limits the space even more.

I don't even know what that cable does. Doesn't seem to move with the throttle or choke??????

I've got a Clymers manual, but unfortunately need the "Manual for Dummies."

I'm a better rider than mechanic, but limited funds require me to be both

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Make sure it is a thin wall socket as well .
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