The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle General Discussion and Problems
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Sportster Motorcycle General Discussion and Problems For discussing problems about your Sportster motorcycle that don't fit anywhere else.

Active Threads
0 Current projects (2 of them anyway)
Last Post: brianbbs67
Posted On: 5 Minutes Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 872
0 1998 883 spits and sputters at around 3000 rpm
Last Post: Tommr
Posted On: 19 Minutes Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 2
0 Chinese S&S carbs
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 27 Minutes Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 3,010
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: trainman
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 20,118
Views: 2,050,944
0 HD Museum Video - 1968 IH Dragster by Tom Reiser
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 373
0 clutch issue
Last Post: zack2267
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 28
0 Sportster Fork Upgrade
Last Post: PetesPonies
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 16,109
0 2009 883
Last Post: rocketmangb
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 38
0 "S" model specific Q&A
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,008
Views: 406,386
0 Range With EFI 3.3 Gal Tank
Last Post: Counter Steer
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 63,620
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 17,545
Views: 1,016,099
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 6,987
Views: 992,540
0 My take on the world ~ Photo by Trace
Last Post: Nibelungen
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,082
Views: 154,846
0 Valve keepers won't come out
Last Post: Maxeffort
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 107
0 This week on Craig's list
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,704
Views: 622,161
0 Snippets
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 162
Views: 14,963
0 old style fender skirted
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 12,144
0 What's your road name? How did you get it.
Last Post: BKB
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 202
0 Sportsterpedia Progress
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 313
Views: 81,447
0 Pushrod o-rings gaskets question
Last Post: gravelman
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 5,884
0 Ground Up Beginner Build
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 400
0 Real Horse Power Difference in Head Treatments
Last Post: rocketmangb
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,211
0 ....1
Last Post: Highly-Dangerous
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,578
Views: 324,536
0 2020 east coast meet and greet.
Last Post: commando57
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 100
Views: 8,692
0 Turtle tank on '79 frame
Last Post: Ted Town
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 3,860
0 What brand synthetic oil do you use
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 500
Views: 125,283
0 If You Have An '04+ (Buell's too), Please Read (Oil Usage)
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 160
Views: 26,043
0 Coil polarity
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 378
0 Do you use a bike cover?
Last Post: bustert
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 7,031
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 47,763
Views: 7,653,983
More...
Members Birthdays
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 31st May 2020
wedge's Avatar
wedge wedge is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 11,591
Sportster/Buell Model: 1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2005
Other Motorcycle Model: 5 bikes and 1 quad
Reputation: 5733610
wedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I would avoid anti seize on plug threads. If you get sloppy it shorts out the plug. Standard 30 wt oil is what I have been using since the mid 60's when working for VW. That was the factory method for keeping the #3 plug from seizing in the head (last cylinder to get the air flow and that plug was well known for seizing.)
__________________
A Biker is not just any guy who rides... that's a motorist.
A guy that gets up and rides again after every crash... that's a Biker.

Whitworth Fork Brace: http://xlforum.net/forums/m...outme&simple=1
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 31st May 2020
RDHenley's Avatar
RDHenley RDHenley is offline
Flat Track Racer
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Eastern Colorado
Posts: 202
Sportster/Buell Model: XL883C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2005
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XL883C
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2002
Other Motorcycle Model: Street XG500
Other Motorcycle Year: 2015
Reputation: 592965
RDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond reputeRDHenley has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Wedge, that's a good idea.
__________________
*Silver '05 883C Miss Molly* *Purple '02 883C Robin Marie*
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 31st May 2020
Joe_jeep's Avatar
Joe_jeep Joe_jeep is offline
Harley Engineer
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 303
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200L
Sportster/Buell Year: 2010
Reputation: 267769
Joe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond reputeJoe_jeep has a reputation beyond repute
Default

i just put in a set of ngk dcpr7e plugs.
i set the gap to .040
the factory plugs were starting to rust a bit.
bike has almost 5k miles.
they will be replaced every 5k miles or so.
i did not feel any difference in performance.
i dont track mpg.
i did put a tiny bit of anti sieze on them.
next time i might try oil instead?
the old ones looked fine, i saved them for emergency spares.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 31st May 2020
wedge's Avatar
wedge wedge is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 11,591
Sportster/Buell Model: 1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2005
Other Motorcycle Model: 5 bikes and 1 quad
Reputation: 5733610
wedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe_jeep View Post
i just put in a set of ngk dcpr7e plugs.
i set the gap to .040
the factory plugs were starting to rust a bit.
bike has almost 5k miles.
they will be replaced every 5k miles or so.
i did not feel any difference in performance.
i dont track mpg.
i did put a tiny bit of anti sieze on them.
next time i might try oil instead?
the old ones looked fine, i saved them for emergency spares.
You won't use the old plugs, I swap mine at 5000 mile intervals too. NGK DCPR7E (or 8E if the engine needs them). No need for Iridium when you swap them out regularly.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 31st May 2020
Bryan1976's Avatar
Bryan1976 Bryan1976 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 361
Sportster/Buell Model: 1275 Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year: 2001
Other Motorcycle Model: Dyna Wide Glide
Other Motorcycle Year: 1998
Reputation: 331748
Bryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond reputeBryan1976 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wedge View Post
I would avoid anti seize on plug threads. If you get sloppy it shorts out the plug. Standard 30 wt oil is what I have been using since the mid 60's when working for VW. That was the factory method for keeping the #3 plug from seizing in the head (last cylinder to get the air flow and that plug was well known for seizing.)

Hear that loud and clear! Use the same method on my 72 super beetle. Only use oil on the bike spark plugs as well.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
Blue collar knuckle buster. Some call me slow Stroh. The people I work with call me G.S.D.S. They say if you want it done right , you better send G.S.D.S
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 1st June 2020
Tomcatt Tomcatt is offline
Dazed & Confused
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Never Never Land
Posts: 1,376
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2017
Other Motorcycle Model: BMW R9T
Other Motorcycle Year: 2015
Tomcatt has disabled reputation
Default

No point not using anti-seize when you have nice unobstructed access putting the plug(s) in. Plugs are plenty easy to replace on a Sportster without getting anti-seize on the center electrode or the insulator tip.
__________________
2017 XL1200C in Wisconsin, USA
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 1st June 2020
wedge's Avatar
wedge wedge is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 11,591
Sportster/Buell Model: 1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2005
Other Motorcycle Model: 5 bikes and 1 quad
Reputation: 5733610
wedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond reputewedge has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tomcatt View Post
No point not using anti-seize when you have nice unobstructed access putting the plug(s) in. Plugs are plenty easy to replace on a Sportster without getting anti-seize on the center electrode or the insulator tip.
I know someone who said that once.

He had plenty of time to rethink that approach as he sat by the side of the road. (Actually there were two or three of us and there were spare plugs in the group).

I also had a situation once where we replaced plugs on a Honda 4 cylinder bike, then realized that we forgot to check compression. Those plugs had all been turned in by hand almost to the bottom of the threads using anti seize. BUT, when we pulled them to do compression, one plug was galled into it's hole to the point that it removed threads as it came out. So I'm not a fan of anti seize at all.

I use it for brake sliders, contact points on backing plates, back of pads for anti squeal too, and on steel threads into steel, but I avoid it on aluminum threads.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:11.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC