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Spark plugs #682648
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side gapping spark plugs... yes no or other ???

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Re: Spark plugs [Re: T160red] #682649
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This is similar to a race tip I picked up years ago, except it was to file the end of the side strap to half way across the centre electrode. It certainly worked no worse !

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Just buy projected tip variety of your spark plug. So if you use B7ES buy BP7ES for NGK.


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Originally Posted By kommando
Just buy projected tip variety of your spark plug. So if you use B7ES buy BP7ES for NGK.



I have used extended tip plugs in Triumphs and it seemed to make a slight improvement...
CAUTION,if it's a Triumph and has aftermarket cams and a .060 oversize intake valve, the intake valve may foul the extended plug tip... Ask me how I know that...
US drag racers run equipment at the point of failure to win..They used to or still do cut off most of the ground electrode to gain two HP....They also use extreme energy ignitions systems...


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Yes. Agree.

Projected tip plugs are very good and I have used them in my Norton 500 twin race bike for many years. NGK BP9ES

But you must check for clearance from piston and valves. Gordon Jennings was a fan of projected tip plugs

Re: Spark plugs [Re: T160red] #682732
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From the side-gap website:

"the flame created will now be able to spread faster resulting in a more efficient burn before the exhaust valve opens"

I was under the impression that if flame-propagation occurs too quickly, you could end up with detonation issues. Is that correct?

Inquiring minds,

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Re: Spark plugs [Re: JubeePrince] #682738
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Originally Posted By JubeePrince
From the side-gap website:

"the flame created will now be able to spread faster resulting in a more efficient burn before the exhaust valve opens"

I was under the impression that if flame-propagation occurs too quickly, you could end up with detonation issues. Is that correct?

Inquiring minds,

Steve


If the flame front really does travel faster, then less igition advance is probably appropriate.


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: triton thrasher] #682743
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Now, this is getting interesting. Re my earlier post, I understood at the time, that the modification optimised what was available from the ignition system in use.
The thing was to elimate the sharp edges on the earth electrode into the combustion chamber ( I used a points file for this ) but it was important to leave a sharp edge around the periphery of the centre electrode. The reasoning I was given at the time, was that sharp edges required less voltage for the spark to jump.
Now, admittedly, I used this in petrol engines.
In another life in my high comp BSA ZB 33, on dope, I used a Champion ( forget type ) retracted gap plug !

Re: Spark plugs [Re: Triless] #682872
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Originally Posted By Triless
Now, this is getting interesting. Re my earlier post, I understood at the time, that the modification optimised what was available from the ignition system in use.
The thing was to elimate the sharp edges on the earth electrode into the combustion chamber ( I used a points file for this ) but it was important to leave a sharp edge around the periphery of the centre electrode. The reasoning I was given at the time, was that sharp edges required less voltage for the spark to jump.
Now, admittedly, I used this in petrol engines.
In another life in my high comp BSA ZB 33, on dope, I used a Champion ( forget type ) retracted gap plug !


If (if!) the centre electrode needs a sharp edge, then so does the earth electrode.


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: triton thrasher] #682877
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Yes, I kept that on the inside of the earth electrode, but rounded off the combustion area edges .

Re: Spark plugs [Re: T160red] #682956
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Would indexing the plugs go a long way to achieve the same end or something similar?

I definitely see signs of shrouding on the center insulator under the ground strap. Indexing would at least put you (the spark?) in the best possible place with unmodified straps. I use BP7ES in my A65 with no issues. I haven't gone to the trouble of indexing. For my riding, I'm sure it isn't going to make a huge difference.

An interesting 'advertisement' if you care to take a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZy0Op0JvC0

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Re: Spark plugs [Re: T160red] #683874
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So, what happened to "Hot U", "Splitfire" and the rest of the "revolutionary" new plug technology? I've even seen some Bosch plugs with four outer electrodes. Ad hype?
I do have some B7EVX, fine wire, plugs installed at the moment. They work well, but only time will tell if they're any better or worse than N4s. Time will also tell if I'll be able to buy them again when I need a new set.
According to theory conduction happens more easily from hot electrode to cooler. If they paid attention to theory spark plug engines would all have reverted to positive earth. They have not.


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: DavidP] #683887
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Originally Posted By DavidP
So, what happened to "Hot U", "Splitfire" and the rest of the "revolutionary" new plug technology? I've even seen some Bosch plugs with four outer electrodes. Ad hype?


Yes, sales talk.

Quote:

According to theory conduction happens more easily from hot electrode to cooler. If they paid attention to theory spark plug engines would all have reverted to positive earth. They have not.


On a twin cylinder wasted spark ignition (Boyer, Pazon, etc.) with a two-pole coil, or a twin cylinder magneto, the two plugs have opposite polarity.

On non-wasted spark systems, such as 6CA points on Triumphs, the designer can choose positive or negative earth high tension polarity, on a bike with positive or negative earth low tension circuit.

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Re: Spark plugs [Re: NickL] #684034
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Originally Posted By NickL
I'm smiling now........ someones' got to start with the 'plazma effect' next.


Those fools in the International Atomic Energy Agency banned my patented air ionising strontium-90 coated plugs!

The fools!


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: triton thrasher] #684036
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Originally Posted By triton thrasher
On a twin cylinder wasted spark ignition (Boyer, Pazon, etc.), .................the two plugs have opposite polarity.



Only if the system has a dual/double-ended coil.

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Originally Posted By L.A.B.
Originally Posted By triton thrasher
On a twin cylinder wasted spark ignition (Boyer, Pazon, etc.), .................the two plugs have opposite polarity.



Only if the system has a dual/double-ended coil.


Yes.


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: triton thrasher] #684043
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Originally Posted By triton thrasher
Originally Posted By DavidP
So, what happened to "Hot U", "Splitfire" and the rest of the "revolutionary" new plug technology? I've even seen some Bosch plugs with four outer electrodes. Ad hype?


Yes, sales talk.

Quote:

According to theory conduction happens more easily from hot electrode to cooler. If they paid attention to theory spark plug engines would all have reverted to positive earth. They have not.


On a twin cylinder wasted spark ignition (Boyer, Pazon, etc.) with a two-pole coil, or a twin cylinder magneto, the two plugs have opposite polarity.

On non-wasted spark systems, such as 6CA points on Triumphs, the designer can choose positive or negative earth high tension polarity, on a bike with positive or negative earth low tension circuit.


Does it make any real world difference?


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Re: Spark plugs [Re: Hillbilly bike] #684048
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Originally Posted By Hillbilly bike


Does it make any real world difference?


The engines run ok either way.


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Originally Posted By Hillbilly bike
Does it make any real world difference?



http://www.dragonfly75.com/moto/plugpolarity.html

https://www.ngk.com/glossary/8/spark-plug/W

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Originally Posted By L.A.B.
Originally Posted By Hillbilly bike
Does it make any real world difference?



http://www.dragonfly75.com/moto/plugpolarity.html

https://www.ngk.com/glossary/8/spark-plug/W


If true,I'm not talking about reversed coil polarity from a wiring error, why aren't all the users of waste spark ignitions not having problem?...Or are they having problems and don't know it...?


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Originally Posted By Hillbilly bike
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Does it make any real world difference?



http://www.dragonfly75.com/moto/plugpolarity.html

https://www.ngk.com/glossary/8/spark-plug/W


If true,I'm not talking about reversed coil polarity from a wiring error, why aren't all the users of waste spark ignitions not having problem?...Or are they having problems and don't know it...?


If plugs are replaced at the normal service interval then there shouldn't be a problem as it isn't something that's going to happen overnight.
As I mentioned previously if the system has two separate coils connected (correctly) in series then it doesn't apply.

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Originally Posted By Hillbilly bike

If true, I'm not talking about reversed coil polarity from a wiring error, why aren't all the users of waste spark ignitions not having problem?...Or are they having problems and don't know it...?


this is a dual plug head with a Boyer wasted-spark system, so the series secondary current goes lefty-righty, lefty-righty before it hits ground:



it works okay:



but i throw away plugs like kleenex. not that i need to, it's just what i do.



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Originally Posted By NickL
As i said the 'electron flow' discussion then 'heated anode/cathodes' disposition of metal etc.
'Indexed' spark plugs, BUT i still haven't seen the 'Plasma effect" mentioned. (other than TT's highly experimental Plutonium coated plugs)
.


Plutonium, being an alpha emitter, is useless on spark plugs, because any coating of carbon completely shields the emissions and stops the ionising of the air.

Firestone should have realised that, when they marketed radioactive plugs containing polonium-210.

https://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/consumer%20products/sparkplugs.htm




What do you want us to say about plasma ignition systems?

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Originally Posted By NickL
Reversing the spark polarity, indexing the plugs etc does 4/5 x The square root of bugger all, in terms of improvement to spark energy or engine running. What's being used to fire the plug in as much as the coil, ignition system etc, that's what makes the difference.


And millions of new cars and bikes have been sold with half of their plugs sparking in "the wrong direction." And they run perfectly, for a bloody long time.


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Yes! Right on, TT ! I read somewhere once, regarding Japanese fours, it was suggested that, if concerned, swap plugs at service intervals........to even electrode wear !!

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