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#365028 - 03/26/11 9:33 pm Spark plugs for A65'S??
Rusty Goose Offline
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Registered: 11/01/10
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I need plugs for my '66 A65L (twin carb 1970 head, using Sparx ignition). NGK's seem to be easily available to me. What # am I looking for. Or is there another brand I should consider?

I'm not trying to start anything as inflamitory as an oil thread here!

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#365054 - 03/27/11 1:00 am Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: ]
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Generally,
I like B8ES NGK's for my A10's and A65's.
For me, Champion's always foul out.

More'n a dozen years ago, I ran accross a bargain on ND plugs, W20ES-U, and W22ES-U, and I got several boxes at the time. They've been working fine for me all this time. I still have a few boxes left. Looks like I have plug stock for a few years yet...

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#365082 - 03/27/11 5:07 am Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
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I hate NGKs, they always foul. Only Champion for me, N3C, maybe N4C.

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#365095 - 03/27/11 9:33 am Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: leon bee]
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As a general rule modern "fuels" require one grade hotter than specified for real petrol.
The more time you spend running slowly or at idle the hotter plug you will need.
This is simply to prevent the heavy oilly gunk in the fuel condensing out on your plug causing it to foul.
On a club run I go 2 grades hotter while n long trips I usually go only 1 grade hotter which in the M20 means a BP5HS or BP6HS.
The actual equivalent plug would be 1/2 way between a B7 & B8.

Check if you can run the projecting electrodes without fouling on your piston by putting a lump of plasticine around .040" to .050" on the end of the plug & kicking the motor over.

Platinimum or any other "exotic" metal plugs will foul less than standard plugs as standard plugs were designed to burn stuff called "petrol" which sadly is no longer available.
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#365125 - 03/27/11 2:11 pm Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
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What spark plug caps should I use. I assume a resistor type with the EI. 3 ohm, 5 ohm??
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#365129 - 03/27/11 2:37 pm Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
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my A65 with Pazon and HD dual outlet coil....lucas bumblebee solid copper core wire..Champion 1960s style bakelite caps with resistor 'pill' removed...Champion N4C...but that's just me
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#365254 - 03/27/11 10:51 pm Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
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I use N4c in my '71, though I have also used B7ES. Zelda seems to like the Champions just a little bit better.
I also have the Sparx EI. I have used 5K resistor caps, but it gets a fatter spark with non-resistor caps. I currently use NGK model LZFH non-resistor caps with copper-core wires.

As I understand it, resistor caps are only needed with a digital EI or digital regulator (or if you listen to the radio while riding. laugh )
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#365279 - 03/28/11 1:52 am Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
Rusty Goose Offline
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Thanks DaveP, that's what I needed. I was wondering about interference with the ei. Good to know.

Is it bad taste to have Champion plugs with NGK caps?????
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#365384 - 03/28/11 6:11 pm Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
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I have some NGK caps on my dirty rat bike.

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#365576 - 03/29/11 6:23 pm Re: Spark plugs for A65'S?? [Re: Rusty Goose]
Porrick Offline
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NGK B8ES and resistor caps for my 66 A65L with sparks EI and HO alternator and dual output coil. Nice fat spark and no problems.
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