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Spark plug gapping tool - where to get one????????!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' at netrider.net.au started by V4bloke, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. I've been trying to chase down a spark plug gapping tool. I want the ones with the different guage wires (NOT feeler guages) as I reckon they are the most accurate. I'm talking about the round ones with the different guage wires around the outside.

    But do you think I can find one! I can't find anyone who sells them anymore. People only sell feeler guages or ramp style (which I may be forced to go for)

    Can anyone tell me where I can get one?? I've seen a few overseas, but surely someone in Oz sells them.

    Any help appreciated :)


     
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  2. Try somewhere that sells parts for go-karts - people who race those tend to be very picky about minor things like plug gap (every extra little bit of hp helps when you're racing a control engine ;)). Aviation supply stores would probably have them to although might not be that cheap.
     
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  3. You will need to go to performance parts retailers..

    Your common Bursons, Repco, Supercheap etc i doubt very much would have such things.

    Do you have a performance shop near by ??

    If you get stuck i can try a couple in Melb i know of who i am sure would have what you want..

    Or if you want give Victorian Performance Warehouse in Epping, Victoria a call, i am sure they would have them..


    VPW Australia
    122 -128 Cooper St Epping 3076
    (03) 8405 9200
     
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  5. Thanks guys :) I've never even heard of Bursons :oops: but will give them a call tomorrow.

    If I don't have any luck there I'll see if I can find a perormance auto shop hereabouts :grin:
     
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  6. What the heck is wrong with quality feeler guages?
     
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  7. I use iridium plugs..don't have the problem.
     
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  8. No luck with Bursons - they don't stock them. Will try some performance shops on Monday.
     
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  9. I think the problem with feeler gauges is that when used for checking spark plug gap, inexperienced users can inadvertantly slide in a larger feeler and gap the plug further. The wire type ones are more difficult to do this.

    An experienced person should have no issue with using either.
     
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  10. In the days when plugs needed gapping, I always used my thumbnail and never had a problem .

    These days, plug gaps never seem to move between replacements and they always seem to be right straight from the box. :grin:
     
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  11. Calibration kit:
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  12. My set of about 20 has the size printed on each guage. :LOL:
     
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  13. Re: Spark plug gapping tool - where to get one????????!!!!!!


    Most accurate, huh?

    You have checked the tolerances on feeler gauges and they are not accurate? ;-) j/k

    It all comes down to the way you use the tool, but I have never succeeded in altering the gap of a spark plug just by inserting a feeler gauge - I always have to lever it open with a screw driver. You would have to be extremely brutal to get a bendy feeler gauge to open up a spark plug gap...

    On the other hand I just would not bother with wire gauges - since they are so small they will be easily "altered" through improper use, and will quickly become innacurate. Even "forcing" a feeler gauge through a tight tappet only leaves the slightest rub mark, not a change in thickness.

    And finally, having gapped plenty of car and motorcyle plugs from 24 to 40 thou I have yet to be able to see or feel any performance difference by changing the gap alone. There is a huge margin for error, even on those old Lucas magneto powered British bikes which are nominally set to 24 thou.

    Cheers

    Trevor G
     
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