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Old 01-07-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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Hi,

I lookin at changing my spark plugs as they are due a change and also change me leads as they havent bin replaced so may need changing??

Iv got a 1.8 MK1 focus with full exhaust/induction/cams etc if this makes any difference.

Are the OE parts worth using or are something like the NGK Platinum plugs and the bosch leads iv seen on ebay worth using. I emailed Burton power who suggested the NGK plugs and the 8mm magnecor leads?

Does it make much difference with which ones used? Im aware these dont increase power, but do they give better spark etc as the info about them says?

Any help appreciated

Thanks

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Old 02-07-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Use original ford, the zetecs do sometimes run a bit funny on aftermarket plugs. Think the plugs are only about £2-3 from ford anyway so probably cheaper than you could get them from halfords!
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I've got some magnecor leads and they seemed to make the car idle a bit smoother. That could have just been the old leads being dodgy though.
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I use ford-motorcraft copper core plugs, OEM ford leads and coil on my 500+whp zetec. How many miles/km on your car?
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for years on all zetec e fords (mostly 1.8 and 2l focus) i've used ngk platinum plugs, never found anything better!!! same as all plugs though make sure they're gapped to 1mm

leads wise i now use magnecore kv85 9red ones. blues will be fine too. runs smoother with them to old oe ford leads. mine btw is a 2l focus zetec with full zorst including 4-2-1, K&N pannel and uprated cold air feed and it makes 150 bhp with 104k on the clock 8)

edit: thats 104,000 miles btw
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I use ford-motorcraft copper core plugs, OEM ford leads and coil on my 500+whp zetec. How many miles/km on your car?
Jus done over 51k miles
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for years on all zetec e fords (mostly 1.8 and 2l focus) i've used ngk platinum plugs, never found anything better!!! same as all plugs though make sure they're gapped to 1mm

leads wise i now use magnecore kv85 9red ones. blues will be fine too. runs smoother with them to old oe ford leads. mine btw is a 2l focus zetec with full zorst including 4-2-1, K&N pannel and uprated cold air feed and it makes 150 bhp with 104k on the clock 8)

edit: thats 104,000 miles btw
cheers for replies everyone. I may give the NGKs a try see wot i think as i can always go bak to OE parts after.

May give the magnecore leads a try as well

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do it make any difference using the kv85 leads on road car with full exhaust/induction/cams etc as seen some at good price?
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nope, but they sure look better
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do it make any difference using the kv85 leads on road car with full exhaust/induction/cams etc as seen some at good price?
mines not even got cams and only standard map but she definately runs smoother with the kv85's but the ford leads were prob the originals and past it, pluss ford ones are very dear so may aswell get the magnecore leads
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exactly - ride gets smoother if you had old cables... I changed from quite new NGK leads and didn't really feel any change, apart from better looks of course
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Aftermarket ones are just cheaper and of a lesser quality
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Sorted the plugs, its just the leads i need now. The ford ones are £65. and herd bosch ones are gud quality at fraction of price??
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