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On a related topic, Vech also argues that, once flooded, a spark plug should be replaced, not dried and reused. I'm sure that most of us have had this flooding happen, probably more than once. Do you scrap a plug after the first incident?
In the NGK number B9HS, does the H stand for short reach, eg 1/2"? I did a search for NGK 3626 and got some hits on Amazon and it said they were not discontinued. What's the difference a 3626 and 4551 plug? Still a B9HS-10 plug, right?
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2
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First off, the problem is that most of the companies have stopped making non-resistor spark plugs. They are rapidly becoming hard to find and the powersports/racing crowd still use them to some degree and they are re-marketing them at 3 times the price.
You do not want to use a resistor plug if at all possible. The standard is 5k resistance and if you are running the 1k plug caps that means 6k total which is a lot for the magneto ignition.
By the way, the -10 after B9HS-10 denotes the factory plug gap for the plug with higher numbers being larger gaps.
The standard for the R50/2 and R60/2 is B8HS, and the R69S people like to run the colder B9HS. Honestly I do not feel the colder plug is that required and if someone wants to disagree I would like to hear why. If you are riding it like you're on a race track the colder plug will help with the higher compression, but on the road I am not so sure. If you look at the cross-reference for both the B9HS and B8HS, many times they cross to the same plugs as they are very close in heat range.
So, what are the options available today (and again if someone has a plug they are using that works, please post it):
1/2" reach: Autolite 4092 (it crosses to both B8 and B9) (Ignore my suggestion of the L77JC4 please)
3/4" reach: Denso 4046 W27ES-U
I also found the B9ES, B8HS and B9HS available at: https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/prod ... er_NGKB9ES over in the UK if you want to pay for shipping.
I hope this helps.
Vice President, Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners
Long Island, New York
My 2 cents worth , I have a 1961 R69s with R69 lower compression pistons . I have been using NGK B 6HS plugs for the last 2 or 3 years with out any problems . These are short reach plugs . The bike is used on a freeway at speeds up to 100 Kilometers per hour or 60 MPH . The bike start first or second kick . I have had the odd time when I have flooded the bike but have always still kept using the same plugs .
Hope this is of some help .
the -10 after B9HS-10 denotes the factory plug gap for the plug with higher numbers being larger gaps.
Does that mean the factory spec for this plug gap is 1.0 mm or 0.03937008" or .040"
54 R51/3 55 R50/Velorex 560 sidecar 64 R27 68 R69US 75 R75/6
Looking for information on NGK plugs, I went to ngk.com, and there I read that the B9HS-10 (3626) was discontinued, with the recommendation of part number 4551 as an alternative. Relying on that advice, I ordered and received two of those from Amazon and when they arrived I realized that I had made two mistakes.
First, the 4551 plug is a BR9HS-10. Note the R. That is a resistor plug. It is not a straight replacement for the 3626.
Second, ngk.com is NOT the website for the NGK company. I missed the fine-print disclaimer on the very top of their home page. The correct URL for NGK is ngksparkplugs.com, where the information is no doubt more reliable.
Starting over, I have ordered two B9HS-10 (3626) plugs, and until they arrive, I am going to the woodshed.