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Old May 24th 2018, 03:01 PM   #11
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Old May 24th 2018, 03:40 PM   #12
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Do you know what's the measurement of the socket for the plug? (MM and length)

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The imbecile that wrote that hypothesized that you could get it out. He certainly did not. You will break the plug wire off if you try and then the socket will NOT fit.

BUT...NOLA to the rescue.

So I sat there for a while looking at it and the stupid access hole. AND I documented this with photos so I could show them later. Told the Master Ducati tech's in my area and they had never even thought of this.

Take the fairings off, drain the radiator fluid from the lower drain hole. Take upper radiator hoses off, unbolt the upper radiator from the plastic main holder, and if you tilt it backwards and pull it down out of the little plastic tabs at the top, and shove it straight up (CAREFUL of the fins, they have millimeters of clearance to a little metal part on the interior of the radiator (non wheel side), you will totally open up enough space at the access port to pull the plug wire out and then slide an AutoZone thin walled socket into the hole and get the plug out. Turns 1.5 hours into 35 min and you don't have to disassemble any of the front end, wheel, or mufflers.

When you slide the radiator up look at the top there are two little tab guides that you can pull the top out of and slide the radiator up (once released from the tabs) and it gives you clearance on the front to get the plug out.

Simple. I'll try and find photos of me doing it, but it works. I shoulda made a write up when I did it for a "sticky" on here.

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Old May 25th 2018, 05:01 PM   #13
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I only have one or two sockets thats arent my usual brand. So i am 99% that this is the one I used.

AutoZone part 72-376

Its a 14mm spark plug socket.

https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...ket/750016_0_0

If I recall correctly I had a long extension and a shorter stubby one. Put the long one on it to get the socket down the hole and then with it halfway down, attached the shorter stubby one. That gives you enough length to get it started and not have to take the wheel off. Then you can put the shorter extension on it to give it the full length down to the plug. If you have an extendable magnet you might need it to go down the hole and pull the plug up if it falls off the socket. It didnt for me, but I am covering everything I can think of.

Trust me, this will turn 1.5 hours and whole lower dissassembly, to 30 min and just move the radiator a bit up and change the plug.

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Old May 25th 2018, 06:14 PM   #14
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Ive never had to take the wheel off to change the plugs, also there is a spark plug socket in the toolkit.
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Old May 25th 2018, 06:34 PM   #15
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Neither have I, hence the long a$$ post below.

Cool. Fit that underseat spark plug tool in the access port and tell us all how that works for ya.

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Old May 25th 2018, 10:14 PM   #16
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With your method it doesn't work?

From memory I unbolted the rad shroud at the top, got the supplied tool in from left side.
Wasn't half hour
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Old May 25th 2018, 11:10 PM   #17
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As previously mentioned, the radiator does not have to be removed, nor do the hoses. Separate the radiator mounting bracket/holder from the upper and lower radiators and remove the holder. Only the small hose leading to the coolant expansion reservoir on the holder has to be disconnected. Position the hose upright while removing the holder and there will be no coolant loss. With the holder removed you can easily service the horizontal plug.

A small piece of electrical tape applied over the end of the socket will prevent the plug from dropping out during installation and removal.

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