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Old 06-02-2019, 07:35 PM   #21
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Well, darn. The things are alive and well I guess. I haven't had a 2-smoke bike in a long time Michael, but I do remember cleaning those plugs occasionally. I also remember learning one should always keep a fresh plug and wrench on the bike.

My only oil burners are tools, which run fairly lean and usually under high rpm/heavy load, so they burn decently clean. Never clean the plugs and rarely need replacements.
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:34 AM   #22
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You really know your stuff don't you.
When you've had a car jump timing just as you close the hood, you've seen everything.
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:42 AM   #23
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As for cleaning plugs, who in the world uses, much less needs, an abrasive grit blaster for spark plugs anymore? I thought those things vaporized with the 20th century. Back in the day yeah, when the leaded gas and rich mixtures started fouling your V8 plugs after 10k and it was economical to clean them, sure. And agree, using a metallic brush was only good for temporary use, but was actually effective when you needed to get the lawn mowed now. Can't tell you how many times I brushed the plug and ran a strip of 400 grit paper through the points on my old Bobcat to easily do a days work.

But with 21st century materials and construction, I can't imagine cleaning plugs on a regular basis. Lawn mower, weed whacker, or chain saw, I would do it if needed, with a brush, just to get me through a task, especially if a new one wasn't 15 minutes away at the auto parts store. Otherwise, and this would be with any of my ICE's, I'll just get new plug(s). They are cheap, and typically last a long time (relative to that 1985 crap).

Do you actually use one?
One employer and three managers ago, we were talking about sandblasting spark plugs.
The manager said "I'll bet you had one".
I opened my tool box and pulled it out.

I think I used it once in the last 15 years on a none auto/motorcycle application.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:54 PM   #24
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When you've had a car jump timing just as you close the hood, you've seen everything.
I have no idea what you just said.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:14 PM   #25
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Just put new belts (2) on my Troy built 2446. I also have a sump gasket leak that drops oil on the exhaust pipe cover - I have to remove the engine to replace, I think I will just top off before each use.

I also changed the fuel filter, lines and spark plugs.

The belts were remarkably easy to replace.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:05 PM   #26
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One employer and three managers ago, we were talking about sandblasting spark plugs.
The manager said "I'll bet you had one".
I opened my tool box and pulled it out.

I think I used it once in the last 15 years on a none auto/motorcycle application.
Yes sir, I do recall having and using one back in the day. Mine was electric with battery terminal clips. Mostly used it for two-stroke dirt bikes.

As for "jumped timing", I remember my old Challenger with 440. It was running fine, but backfired when I shut it off. No more start. Luckily this 16 year old kid had a friend that was an experienced mechanic. I had no clue. The 440 Magnum not only got new steel gears and a double roller chain, but a nice Crane cam with a bit more lift/duration. You know, because a 16 year old needed moah powah!
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