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Old 04-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Spark plugs

What do you use. I have just about every upgrade aside from FI, and want some nice racing ones. Any input?
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Cash burning a hole in the wallet heh?

This will be an interesting post that I'll watch. Most have not reached the mileage level to have to replace yet; I only have 45K on my 2011.

Will be interested to see the responses.
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Not so much that, you can get some nice rated ones on amazon for around six bucks a pop. Besides, I work for uncle sam. No such thing as extra cash for us. I only have 16k miles on mine, but want to get some nice ones to optimize gas mileage and have better spark. Google is really helping on brands for this inquiry.
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I'd refrain from the "E3" types. I've read where they work great on small engines, such as lawn mowers, which is what they were originally designed to work for. I've also read that they really do not offer much in the way of MPG for their price, nor do they provide any power gains. I hear about them on those Saturday/Sunday car shows though; they sponser quite a few of them.

But that's just what I've read about; I have no actual experience with them. When I do replace plugs, I like the platinum tips; they seem to wear longer.
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Never heard of them... So far I'm looking at NGK iridium racing ones for six bucks a pop, but a lot of tuners use them. Bosch also makes a mix one between iridium and platinum... I wanna know what's best for a moderately modified Pony...
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You're not gaining anything. The only reason not to run stock plugs is to change heat range for various reasons. Anything else is a waste, you're gaining nothing.
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I'm not looking for HP gains, just more fuel efficient and ones designed for the V6 pony...
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Listen to Sanguin

Your not going to get any better performance or Miles to a gallon changing your spark plugs. It just is a big waste of $$$$ unless you change a bunch of other stuff on your engine. Even then you might just want to use the standard plugs. All the things do is ignite the fuel mixture. If it ignites properly with the standard plugs, Other plugs ain't gonna do any better. (NO MATTER WHAT THE ADVERTISEMENTS TELL YOU)

Buy fancy goofy plugs and get the wrong heat range and you could destroy a piston or two.

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http://www.howrah.org/spark-plug.html


This isn't an advertisement. Simply information, which simply got me thinking. No need to get all uppity and upset, bro. I was asking for opinions if anyone found some they like, so I could research it more.
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Sorry Puma

I sure wasn't getting uppity, I was just stating the facts. You asked for opinions and I gave you one.

You also need to know that some of the snake oil spark plugs will cause problems with the coils on these engines.

This is one time I would suggest that you stick to the standard plugs.

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You're not gaining anything. The only reason not to run stock plugs is to change heat range for various reasons. Anything else is a waste, you're gaining nothing.
Very good advice from someone who knows.

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Alright. My bad. Just saw a bunch of CAPS and talking down. I only have 16k miles so I definitely don't need to change them. I was just curious if there was a brand outside of FMC that might work better. I was asking because I know Ford skimped out on some stuff in the 11+ Pony's (driveshaft mainly) and was wondering if spark plugs were also one. They really are an understated but very vital part of the engine.
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Waste of money. Changing out coil packs and spark plugs for performance and economy is a bogus idea. Your mainly paying for the material used ie: copper, platinum, and iridium which have a longer operating duty depending which you pick. At 16k I wouldn't be thinking about this for maintenance.
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At what mileage would that be a good idea to start thinking about it as maintenance?
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They say 100,000 miles

Not me, I'm going to replace them at about 60,000 to 75,000 miles with the same ones I have in it now. They are probably good to 100,000 but That is with ideal conditions and always great gas. For what they cost I think around 60,000 is a good time.

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Okay. I'll probably do the same, maybe earlier because we have winter nine months out of the year here in Germany. Can't possibly be considered good driving conditions.
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Where are you in Germany?

I was stationed in Heidelberg back in the 60's.

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Oh, nice. Heidelberg has closed down, but it's still a nice place. Been there a few times. Most fun is just cruising the Pony all over Europe. Especially in countries Americans aren't stationed. It's like driving a unicorn. Most Europeans have never even seen one before.
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An independent study that compared all kinds of funky gadget spark plugs to standard ones, they found one thing: Every spark plug performed the same, the only difference was gaining power by putting in new ones. It didn't matter what new ones, just any kind.

That said: iridium lasts longer than double platinum, which lasts longer than platinum, which lasts longer than copper. The factory plugs probably won't even show wear until 60k, still serviceable until 100k. You can spend money all you want on fancy designs (I do like NGKs btw), but you're just throwing money away until you put some more miles on your car.
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Okay. Thanks for the information. I might still replace at 50k just because Germany has got to be the worst country to drive in other than Siberia, Russia... But with all being said above, I'll probably go ahead and just stick with FMC. I'm assuming they have iridium?
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Changed coil packs and New NGK plugs seemed to get better mpg
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Its will help but jot noticeably. You could regap them but I wouldn't suggest it unless you have a dyno or know what you are doing. Never use e3 though they will melt, iridium is good.
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Gapping plugs is easy...
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Right on
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I'm not looking for HP gains, just more fuel efficient and ones designed for the V6 pony...
I thought you get 42mpg on the auto baun now ?
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Yea but knowing what to set them to and to see the difference because you won't really feel it
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