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Old 13-Jan-2005, 04:02 PM
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torquing spark plugs

what should you torque spark plugs to when installing them. In the manual it says 156 in-lbs so im not sure what that is in foot pounds?
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12 inches in 1 foot

therefore 156/12 is 13 ft-lbs.

however, most ft-lb torque wrenches go from 20-200 ft-lbs, so you'll have to buy the small torque wrench. that's what i had to do too. :\

just hand-tighten usign the extension, but no ratchet. then, carefully give it 1/8 to 1/4 turn. you'll feel the washer "give" and that is all. don't forget antiseize.
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i just got a torque wrench for $50 and it goes from 10-150.

if i overtightened them before should i get some new plugs? yup antiseize is a give in.
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1st of all, be really careful with torque wrenches. I've broken more bolts with torque wrenches than tightening blindly with a rachet. the length of it takes away the refined FEEL which is really important. As for new plugs... I've said it before, I don't reuse old spark plugs. I don't see the sense in it considering how cheap plugs are. However, they do work fine, so ... your call
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Old 13-Jan-2005, 05:56 PM
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well these are the ones i put in like a month or wutever ago i just took em out to gap them properly cause i had a feeling the ones the honda guy gave me werent gapped to .044 and they werent so i adjusted them

torqued em to 13 ft-lbs with some anti-seize, should be good until i get some 7 heat range plugs
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20 ft lbs is aroudn what you want, but you can feel when the crush washer crushes if your good like myself and you have a feel for it. Either way torque it down to spec
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