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Old 07-05-2010, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing spark plug wires?

It's about that time for me to replace the spark plug wires on my 08road king. I can't find any details in the owners manual about replacing the wires. Perhaps cause it should be a simple job. However, it looks to me that the only way to get to these wire is to remove or raise the fuel tank. What a pain in the a$$. It seems like overkill, just to replace spark plug wires. Any feedback on methods used is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I raised the tank on my 08 FLHX to do mine, it was easy and no worrying if I got them on far enough on he coil.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Two years on wires, hum, they should last ALOT longer than that. I would not waste my time.

Are you thinking because of the moisture? Just curious now that I give it more thought, even though, the wires themselves should not collect water in such a short period of time.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, why replace em?
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Two years on wires, hum, they should last ALOT longer than that. I would not waste my time.

Are you thinking because of the moisture? Just curious now that I give it more thought, even though, the wires themselves should not collect water in such a short period of time.
I just rolled over 20,000 miles. Just as I do with my cars, I always replace spark plugs and the wires at the same time. I am putting stock ones back in ($13 for the pair; cheap), so why not. This will rule out the wires in the future if I end up having any electrical/combustion issues.

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yeah, why replace em?
Why live in coonass country?
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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On 08's, couldn't be too much easier to remove the gas tank. Just disconnect the fuel valve (5 seconds), then unbolt and lift up. There's no crossover tube to complicate things like on the older bikes.
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No need to remove tank, just lift it up and put something under it to hold it while changing out the wires, at least that's how I did it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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A bike ain't like a car--I have been ridings H-Ds since the late 70's, & I have NEVER heard of a wire going bad,or a spark plug for that matter. I changed out wires on my bikes, but only 'cause I wanted pretty colored ones instead of boring black. If you don't mind black--keep 'em. They're OK
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On 08's, couldn't be too much easier to remove the gas tank. Just disconnect the fuel valve (5 seconds), then unbolt and lift up. There's no crossover tube to complicate things like on the older bikes.
Once the tank is raised is it pretty easy to access the clips that hold the wires to the frame?
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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ive had one wire go bad. but it was an aftermarket one. and i put 100,000 miles on it. it was a rev-tech. when it went bad, i put my stock take off ones back on and was good to go.

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Better than living in what will be know as Arizona Bay.
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I recently had a wire go bad. And yes, it was a PITA to replace- had to lift the tank a little and complain a lot. Now the engine runs great but it's throwing a code. Maybe because I used non-Harley wires?
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