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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my 500 mile service and they replaced the plugs for some unknown reason. Anyway, has anyone gone to an iridium plug for longevity? The manual say 3k miles for plug change and i know iridiums will last 100k, well worth the investment.

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I'm more interested in finding out why they changed the plugs at 500 USMC. I too have a Vegas and am up for my 500. Did they (the service tech) say why or give you the old ones??

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They should last 5000 miles, I changed mine at 6000, didnt really need to. I buy them at auto parts store for $ 2.50 A piece.
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They should last 5000 miles...
That's what I thought. Wonder what gives.

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Maybe your bike was running rich and they thought they were fouled, I would have asked them.
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...Anyway, has anyone gone to an iridium plug for longevity? The manual say 3k miles for plug change and i know iridiums will last 100k, well worth the investment.
Changing plugs often forces you to keep an eye on them, which could save your engine in the long run, since the plugs always like to tell a story when they come out.

I like to collect old spark plus and label them with date and odometer reading when they came out. Well, I am most likely too anal and overprotective, but who cares? I'm happy with myself.

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I read the plugs also. I know there are some that think that's old fashion but I think it tells a story we should listen to.

Saved and labeled huh......obsessive compulsive with a touch of anal is what I'm seeing.

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Saved and labeled huh......obsessive compulsive with a touch of anal is what I'm seeing.
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Ok I called and asked why they changed them after only 500 miles. The service tech said they do that as a normal practice at every service, the reason being that they have to pull them to inspect them so it's just as easy to change them. I don't mind they only cost $3 apiece and I like the fact that they're thorough. This is a great shop where they're all certified Victory techs so I trust them. He also said don't bother with iridium plugs.

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Sounds like you got a good service department. Changing the plugs is always a good idea. The Iridium plugs - total waste of money. Listen to the service tech and you'll be on the bike for several, very happy, thousands of miles. Good luck to you.
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