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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:46 am 
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One of my spark plug threads is stripped in my MK1 head. I am awaiting my spare head from the machine shop but wont have time or help to install it for a couple weeks.... I was thinking I could maybe JB weld the plug in for the time being. Will this possibly work or cause a bigger problem?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:22 am 
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Yeah... No...

Go out and buy a spark plug thread repair kit. Do it right or don't do it at all. Princess Auto sells em for $20 or so.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:20 pm 
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How does this ''repair kit'' work so that you don't get anything down on top of the piston?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:16 pm 
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91 ragtop wrote:
How does this ''repair kit'' work so that you don't get anything down on top of the piston?



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:38 pm 
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Are those kits reliable? Still seams like you would get all kinds of shavings in the block to me?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:24 pm 
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A lot of people have used them with great results.

I'm thinking the normal flow might carry most loose metal shavings out the exhaust pipe, especially at a higher rpm.

Have you asked a machinist, or son of one? They'd probably be the best source of info on the subject.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:53 pm 
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Use cutting oil on the thread cutter, and the cutter itself will hold onto 90+% of the shavings. You will do far more damage to your engine trying to epoxy the spark plug into place.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:33 pm 
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Helicoil Makes a top of the line spark plug repair kit, they work excellent.
Lordco sells them
As his head is already off should be no issue repairing the problem properly.
I would not use JB weld, do it right.

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JB weld is for rookies. Weld it :lol:

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