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Old 11-16-2010, 15:08   #1 (permalink)
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Question spark plug selection?

just wanting some advice on choosing what kind of spark plug to use... i just want something somewhat inexpensive, but that will also be a good set to put in (if a such thing exists).. i found some platinum plugs (NGK G Power Plugs), are these good plugs? or could i even maybe go a little cheaper possibly?. they're $2.59 each, which is somewhere in the middle as far as price goes.. what are the main things i should be looking at when buying spark plugs? theres just too many things to look at..
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Old 11-16-2010, 19:46   #2 (permalink)
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Buy the plugs that engine calls for. What is the problem ? Stay away from the NGK SHIT.
Also the ALL the bosch SHIT. Those plugs NEVER made it into the north amarican market
for CAR engines. They work good for chain saws, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. My
customer's NGKs lasted 3 days. Bosch was pretty good. Lasted 8 months.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:01   #3 (permalink)
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well its missing a little bit, and i got a free $50 card from advance auto cuz when i went in there to buy a starter the guy was drunk... so i figured it would be a good time to just get new plugs and wires.. so what kind of plugs should i get? its a 89 ranger 2.3L.. i found some platinum autolite plugs (AP104), are these any better? im not sure where to look to find out what kind of plugs i "should" use...
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We use Autolite or Motorcraft and have had good luck with them
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Old 11-17-2010, 18:39   #5 (permalink)
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Stay away from the NGK SHIT. Also the ALL the bosch SHIT.
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Old 12-23-2013, 16:25   #6 (permalink)
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We use Autolite or Motorcraft and have had good luck with them
Searching for wisedom on spark plugs for a 1998 ranger 3.0 and I found this thread I ran Autolite double platinums in some of our minivans (Freestars and Caravans) and I won't run them ever again. The reason? The platinum bits cam off. The last one I changed out had one bit missing from each plug and two of them had both bits missing. This is why i won't use Autolites anymore. I'll check the price on Motorcraft and see if we want to go this way for the Ranger, but if not, what would be the next step? Champions? Densos?
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Re: spark plug selection?

I made the mistake in using Bosche Platinum Plus, didn't fair so well in the %.0. Buddy of mine used them in a Firebird with a 301, had the same problems I had. I switched to Autolite XP's, haven't had a problem so far, but I've only got a couple of hundred miles on them. Local tracks seem to love them, though.
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I made the mistake in using Bosche Platinum Plus, didn't fair so well in the %.0. Buddy of mine used them in a Firebird with a 301, had the same problems I had. I switched to Autolite XP's, haven't had a problem so far, but I've only got a couple of hundred miles on them. Local tracks seem to love them, though.
What would be the expected life of double platinums?
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Not sure, but I've not seen where anyone's been happy with a platinum plug in a typical American street engine. The xp's I'm using are iridium and are supposed to be good for 100K
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Not sure, but I've not seen where anyone's been happy with a platinum plug in a typical American street engine. The xp's I'm using are iridium and are supposed to be good for 100K
Oh... that's good to know. So maybe the Platinums should have been changed out at 40,000 or so.
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