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Hi All,

I have an 2010 everything but air bag. I'm just back from a 6000 + ride. The bike ran great up until the last 800 miles. Then started to bog down in the lower gears, like running out of gas, no power. Decided to change plugs and air filter. Got plugs change and shut off lights to see if arcing. Didn't see any, Grab boots one at a time to make sure they were seated. Got to front one on the right side and got bit. So assuming plug wire bad. Can any one tell me how to change plug wires? I have to change air filter so do I need to go any further then that? Any help would be very much appreciated.


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It's kinda like going to the Doctor. You need a different specialist for that. You have to remove the lower cowl and the upper cowl. Spark plug cover. You can do it by fishing it around. If you have abs, then that makes it harder, or you can go by the book and pull the tank and the air box. There are others that will tell you that is the only way. Not fun either way.

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Non-ABS model
- remove lower center cowl
- remove upper center cowl
- remove both lower valve covers
- remove both ignition wire guides
- remove both cable clamps
- unplug 6 plug wires from spark plugs
- remove purge control solenoid bracket
- un-plug 3 coils
- unbolt coil stay
- replace spark plugs too
 

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I didn't say this, but if that bad plug wire shows damage from anything other than age, I would only change the bad one. If it shows a scrape or wear from a rub then I think you will get away with just changing the one. I know a lot of us tend to replace them all while we're in there, but in this situation I have come to believe that most of it is just extra money. If you decide to go in from the top, then for sure change them all, but if you're using a short cut, change just the one unless the wires are old and brittle. Oh, and I do know that you can change that wire from the front even if it is ABS.

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Thank you very much for the replies. I do have ABS, I have everything but the air bag. When I changed plugs, I had a problem putting the boot on the front right plug. Had to shorten the boot to get it to seat. Then I started the bike to see if there was any arcing. Didn't see any, so started pushing on the boots to make sure they were seated while it was running. And when I got to the front one I got 12 volts shooting up the arm. Didn't happen to any of the others. So assuming it's just the one. But seeing I'm changing air filter and got to be there anyway, might just as well change them all.

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ABS model - bummer, your labor time quadrupled. It is best to have a 1/4 tank of fuel or less.
- remove lower center cowl
- remove upper center cowl
- remove both lower valve covers
- remove both ignition wire guides
- remove both cable clamps
- unplug 6 plug wires from spark plugs
- remove shelter
- remove fuel tank
- remove air box
- replace spark plugs too
 

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If you can't see the spark but feel it on a boot you trimmed I'd try to replace the boot before tearing down the front of your bike. I replaced my coils and that was no fun but had one bad tired coil in the group that had to go. Wires require a bit more. I'd suspect the boot first replace it and retest. Unless you've three time and money for new wires.

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Or put a boot on it...
 

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I retired June 1st so time I have, And wires will be here Thursday. I think there's damage where the top of the boot is, seems a little flimsy, almost like you can feel a break in the line. That's kind of a tight bend right there. When I took out the old plugs that one was different from the others. It was all white like it hadn't been firing. Like I said, Doing air filter, so I'll get down that far and see what I see.

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Sweet nice to have free time and the cash to put into it. I to find the front spark plug boys a bit short on room and wire. Good luck with that.

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Be sure to order and get you wires first. I keep hearing #5 has been on back ordered for months.
 

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First, tighten the boot, it is a twist on affair. Or get a new boot. Like Richard says, changing the wires from coil to plugs is a royal PIA. If you do that, take care to keep them in order, replace one at a time. Pull boots with boot puller or pliers on boot, never the wire.

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Thanks for the reply guys. It's a done deal. She gets up and goes now. Air filter, plugs, plug wires. Tell ya one thing though. I'd pull the front wheel and forks if I had to do it again. Be nice to get two hands in there.

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Coils are easy compared to wires. Be sure to be working from both ends ... front and rear.
 
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