NGK B8ES

Laverdas are being ridden, "classic" Ducatis (and MVs) are mostly static exhibits in living rooms or glass cases, many of which probably no longer have working engine internals! :rolleyes: The ratio of static 750SFCs to those that still roll under their own steam isn't much to be proud of either...

Maybe the parts supply needs to dry up before Lavs are considered classics.

piet

Yes I agree ...... but it was the terminology I had in mind ...... referring to Laverdas as Old Clunkers ........ that seems to be talking them down ........ To me they were ( and still are ) much more than that ....
 
As opposed to standing still and gathering dust, most of our bikes still manage to clunk around, some better, some worse...

piet
 
New set of sticky tyres and a fluid change, maybe a new ignition system and my SFC will see some track action next year.
Lucky I have a couple of sets of B9s on the shelf to keep it firing.

Dave, need to be careful when buying NGKs off ebay. lot of fakes out there
 
keeping these old clunkers is becoming much more difficult lately, NGK pulling the plug on caps and plugs, difficulty in sourcing correct head gaskets, my exhaust man who was brilliant having a stroke and closing down, now my Powder coater is also closing
Speedo drive parts running out as well as left/right hand crank webs, output shafts running out, glad Bourbon is still available
even my favorite bike transport mob who only live 3 klms from us have sold up, been using them since Jess was a pup as his Dad moved our bikes
FFS, getting way more difficult keeping these old clunkers on the road
All too true, Red. And on top of that, one of the best Laverda engine builders and machinists on the planet is getting close to retirement ... I believe they're called Redax Laverda :cool: None of us, bikes or owners are getting any younger - and the technology of said bikes has also aged with us ... fortunately we can think laterally and introduce some of the more recent techno developments into our bikes.
 
Hello Dave,

I just checked with NAPA and you must have most of what is left. I called the main warehouse in Fontana and they only had two B8ES plugs left and no more are coming.

Amazon did have some so I bought 20 of them.
 
Hello Dave,

I just checked with NAPA and you must have most of what is left. I called the main warehouse in Fontana and they only had two B8ES plugs left and no more are coming.

Amazon did have some so I bought 20 of them.
I'd be VERY wary of those from Amazon. Plenty of tales of endless woes when all along the prob was dodgy knock-off plugs. I'll change brands before I resort to buying NGK plugs from anywhere but a known and reputable source.
 
I got 3 B8es from the local Repco a couple of weeks back. I bought a box of them maybe 5 years back so I should try that again. It is really frustrating trying to buy stuff that was readily available 20 or 30 years ago but has now gone the way of the Dinosaur. I while back I was looking for some 38mm multi-adjustable clipons, I just got that look of The Loch Ness Monster, or Big Foot story. BTW it's now 2 days since I sent my email inquiring about Atlas Speedo Drive, looks like Nessy is not appearing again.
 
Extrapolating, given the only real concern from my perspective, is the contamination of the porcelane nose for plugs. only thing it could be when plugs fail to fire reliably.

Home plug cleaning may be our new methodology. Less than $50, worth a blast... yes i know its getting worse... puns are not what they used to be... wheres me air hose... just bought one plug cleaner for $36 delivered

My experience has been that once fouled on "modern unleaded" blasting does not bring them back. Happy to be proven wrong.
 
I have a very hazy memory of the local Petrol Station having a Plug-cleaning machine when I was a kid, it sand-blasted them. Probably 50 years ago. or a bit more. It was a Champion machine in an Ampol Gararge in Gladsville near my Gand parent's home.
 
I have a very hazy memory of the local Petrol Station having a Plug-cleaning machine when I was a kid, it sand-blasted them. Probably 50 years ago. or a bit more. It was a Champion machine in an Ampol Gararge in Gladsville near my Gand parent's home.
TAFE Kogarah had 10 stand alone spark plug cleaners, plus 6 distributor graphing machines in Automotive Engineering, alladins cave for me down there.

Bought a Chinese version on ebay Vince, yt vids show exact same working. May not retain the long life of new plugs, harsh way to treat porcelain nothing to lose, at $36 delivered. Have plenty to try out, cold crank start is the most prominent to show how good a plug is working. j
 
My experience has been that once fouled on "modern unleaded" blasting does not bring them back. Happy to be proven wrong.
You may be correct Greg, though not all plug issues centre on "poisoned" plugs. Still have my test jigs for testing plugs, fast and slow rise time HT up to 40KV, at 50m/m gap, yes 2" spark gap, makes a hell of a racket... j
 
No trouble sourcing them down Sth in Mexico. 😎 Supplier unaware of any doom n gloom……and he’s been in the game for a while 😉
Thats where i ordered a box of 10 from.... gives me about 15 new in stock, plus any that can be reclaimed. NSW will clean you out before you can say "Plenty of Stock".... a smile here. j
 
I've got 10-12 boxes of genuine NGK B8EV and B9EV, nabbed via eBay over quite a few years.
Should keep my two triples in plugs for the duration of my ownership 😏
 
What is it in a spark plug that makes a "fake" totally useless? There is not much to them, or are they dependent on rare earth minerals and magic? We see that triples seem to be super sensitive to spark plugs, one false start and it is new plug time.
 
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