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any bets on how long it'll take me?? 1st plug swap

This is a discussion on any bets on how long it'll take me?? 1st plug swap within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Well i finally got the parts in. after 6k shake out miles it's time for my baby's possible first plug ...

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    any bets on how long it'll take me?? 1st plug swap

    Well i finally got the parts in. after 6k shake out miles it's time for my baby's possible first plug change. 41k miles. still has/had the brake clips all around. The engine bay is mainly stock, including egr/air, manifolds. I've read some boast plug changes in under 30 min with practice and others say the still can't beat 2 hrs on a simple change.

    So how long do you want to bet it takes me...?

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    first LS1 plug swap? 2 hours seems like a pretty good start. 1-7 in 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes for number 8.

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    5 and a half if you have big hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    first LS1 plug swap? 2 hours seems like a pretty good start. 1-7 in 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes for number 8.
    Thats pretty much it, it gets "a little" easier with headers

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkSS98 View Post
    5 and a half if you have big hands.
    I'll agree with him, at least that's how long it took me!!

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    1 hour for the drivers side and two for the passenger.

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    took just about 2 hours. i actually think the front 2 are more difficult that the rest, and that passenger rear? not too bad once u finally find where the heck your 1 1/4" extension is...

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    Any bloody knuckles or cuts?

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    nope, i wear latex gloves, and eventho they're so thin they actually prevent most knicks and cuts. although there definitely is some sharp stuff in those nice and easy to reach places...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goof4080 View Post
    nope, i wear latex gloves, and eventho they're so thin they actually prevent most knicks and cuts. although there definitely is some sharp stuff in those nice and easy to reach places...
    My hand slipped off the wrench-elbow-extension combo a few times with my first change. Painful punching some of those things.

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    hour and a half if you jack up the car

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    6 hours......and 3 cases of beer

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    I did mine last saturday for the first time. took 3 hours. Took a lot of "patience" breaks.
    Followed the install university guide by removing the air tubes and moving the passenger side coil rail.

    I think the hardest thing was getting the old plug wires off. Especially #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    first LS1 plug swap? 2 hours seems like a pretty good start. 1-7 in 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes for number 8.
    Very accurate, in addition to a pint of blood lost and 320 cuts/nicks and 783 curse words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    6 hours......and 3 cases of beer
    I don't think that helped your hand eye coordination any

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    but it sure helped me forget about the 6 hrs

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    Couple of quick tricks:

    1. Take the passenger side coil packs loose- your arms will thank you for this otherwise you'll cut yourself up.
    2. Get to #8 from underneath- don't even waste your time trying from the top- it ain't gonna happen.
    3. Get some dielctrode grease and put it in the wires to save you the next time.
    4. Get a 3" and a 1" extension and be careful trying to use universal joints on spark plug sockets- you'll crack the ceramic part of the plug because the u-joint shifts your leverage onto the ceramic.
    5. Beer- need I say more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bberretta View Post
    Couple of quick tricks:

    1. Take the passenger side coil packs loose- your arms will thank you for this otherwise you'll cut yourself up.
    2. Get to #8 from underneath- don't even waste your time trying from the top- it ain't gonna happen.
    3. Get some dielctrode grease and put it in the wires to save you the next time.
    4. Get a 3" and a 1" extension and be careful trying to use universal joints on spark plug sockets- you'll crack the ceramic part of the plug because the u-joint shifts your leverage onto the ceramic.
    5. Beer- need I say more?
    I have no problems getting #8 from the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I have no problems getting #8 from the top.
    With headers

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    With headers
    Yeppers

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