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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2010, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Access spark plug on Sportsman 800 efi

How do you access the left hand spark plug on this machine? Removing the panel on the right side gives access to that plug but something else has got to come apart to get to the left side and it's not obvious to me. Help!!
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Its a pain to get to I used a spark plug socket and then a stubby racthing wrench to turn on the top of it (thats why theres a 6 point bolt pattern on the top of the socket) Your other option is to take off the front end and front fenders , which takes about 15 20 min to get off,


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Ya its a bitch to get to
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2010, 06:29 PM
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Mine is a 600, but much the same as far as bad access goes. I go in from the right, push a spark plug socket down on plug, then use a 3/8 swivel. The swivel gives just enough clearance to move a ratchet, plus provides the angle needed to not crack the plug insulator on install and removal. I don't have much feeling in my fingers, so when starting the new plug, I slip a 1/4 hose over plug, set plug in head and turn it in, then seat it. Works for me, good luck.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 06:42 AM
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I had all the plastic off a few weeks ago on my 600 and should have changed my plugs then. I can access the plugs with everything on, but what I found when I removed the right side plug wire spooked me into not changing it with all the plastic on. After pulling the right side wire, I had a hard time getting my plug wrench to bite---I took a mirror and looked down the plug well hole only to find it was caked full of dirt. Nice! No way in hell I'm going to pull the plug with all of the dirt just waiting to fall into the motor as soon as the plug is removed. I used a shop vac and a piece of coat hanger to clean up as much as I could, but I still don't feel comfortable enough to pull the plugs. It's hard to get the shop vac close enough to get every thing out even with small attachments. So, I'll take all the plastic off and remove the fuel tank so I have full access to the plugs and make sure I can get the plug well as clean as possible before pulling the plug. What a PITA.

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Just so I'm understanding this, you don't need to pull the gas tank to access the plugs but do need to pull the side panel and the front? Thanks for any input as I want to get this done before the serious riding begins
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I'm almost positive I took the gas tank off also when I changed
my plugs. It's a pain in the arse. I think it was one of those things
where it made it easier with the effort to remove everything then to
keep trying to weasel around stuff.

I remember trying to get the one spark plug boot back on
the one side was even more trouble. For me that is.

The only thing good is, the more you take it apart, the easier it gets
putting it back together. Plus when you take the body parts off, you get
a good look at other stuff that sometimes takes your attention away from
what you originally set out to do

PS. I too was afraid of dirt falling in the plug hole. I just used my
compressor to blow out around the plug first & hoped I got it all.

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Originally Posted by hayfarmer View Post
How do you access the left hand spark plugs on this machine? Removing the panel on the right side gives access to that plug but something else has got to come apart to get to the left side and it's not obvious to me. Help!!
Its really a pain in the ass to deal with the spark plugs. I used a wrench on mine when I had to remove the spark plug because there's something blocking it. There's no easy access.
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if i can remember right all i did was take off left side cover and seat poped the buttons out of the fender and floor board and took out the 2 bolts that hold down the plastic on the tank.then u can wiggle out the belt intake snorkel and there it is.i dont remember having 2 much problem.i have an 08 800 and changed the plugs the first week i had it.

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