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Old 08-06-2007, 05:27 PM
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NGK Iridium IX spark plugs too much stress on engine?

i have a buddy of mine that works in a european car shop and he told me that NGK IX Iridium spark plugs might be too much stress for the engine in my '96 328is. can anyone please elaborate on this?
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:04 PM
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He's lieing to you, tell your buddy we need some proof. Can he back that up with some documentation?
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Your friend is incorrect. These plugs are the same as the standard plugs, only made with far superior materials. It's like saying premium gas is going to overstress the engine.

Even if the plugs were the wrong heat, the worst that could happen is they would foul fast, or wear fast. Many of us have been running these in our cars for many, many miles and have had zero adverse effects.

P.S. Where abouts in Ct are you from? I'm from Bristol......
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Your friend is incorrect. These plugs are the same as the standard plugs, only made with far superior materials. It's like saying premium gas is going to overstress the engine.
Even if the plugs were the wrong heat, the worst that could happen is they would foul fast, or wear fast. Many of us have been running these in our cars for many, many miles and have had zero adverse effects.

P.S. Where abouts in Ct are you from? I'm from Bristol......
Very true. I dont belive him.


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If this is the case Pirate then I want you to remove my NGK's immediately as I will not have you stressing out my poor baby

Your friend Buddy was misinformed - possibly a case of 'chinese whispers'
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Ugh, I hate when people like this make REALLY inaccurate statements!

You should tell your buddy to actually read about things, instead of quoting overheard conversation!

I swear, some of the apprentices that come through here and spout off their BS from "my friend" as a valid source....*sigh*
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jason im from fairfield two towns before norwalk. i confronted my friend and he took back what he said and then told me they were less likely to fire meaning less hp?
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jason im from fairfield two towns before norwalk. i confronted my friend and he took back what he said and then told me they were less likely to fire meaning less hp?
Can only speak from experience and the exact opposite is the case IMO. I feel my car performs BETTER thus giving [possibly the impression of] more bhp.

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jason im from fairfield two towns before norwalk. i confronted my friend and he took back what he said and then told me they were less likely to fire meaning less hp?
Sorry but WRONG!!!

The fire perfectly every time and as Iridium has a massive melting point (unlike platinum) the gap stays constant no matter what the engine temp is

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i2agoza, it sound like your friend has no idea of what a spark plug is.

The only difference between an iridium spark plug and any other is the material it is made of. As Pirate quite rightly points out the core in the NGK's are made of iridium which has an extremely high melting point. Other than that there is no difference. They do not give extra horsepower or create a higher temperature.

Iridiums are better for two reason, the gap remains constant giving a consistent even burn, and then do not build up a carbon residue thus reducing the efficiency of the plug.
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i2agoza, it sound like your friend has no idea of what a spark plug is.

The only difference between an iridium spark plug and any other is the material it is made of. As Pirate quite rightly points out the core in the NGK's are made of iridium which has an extremely high melting point. Other than that there is no difference. They do not give extra horsepower or create a higher temperature.

Iridiums are better for two reason, the gap remains constant giving a consistent even burn, and then do not build up a carbon residue thus reducing the efficiency of the plug.
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jason im from fairfield two towns before norwalk. i confronted my friend and he took back what he said and then told me they were less likely to fire meaning less hp?
Cool, not too far. If your ever in need of help doing work on your car, please do not hesitate to send me a PM. I tear mine apart all the time, just for fun!
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My take is that they guy wants to do the spark plug change for you and wants to throw some 5 dollar plugs in it and tell you he put the 4 prong NGK or Bosch in it...

Go to EBay and get 6 of them for 40 bucks delivered. I went with normal single prong NGKs for an emergency plug change after a hesitation I had got real bad. They worked, but now that I have gotten the Iridiums in it there was a pretty good pick up of fuel milage, especially on the highway...There is no way this plug is too hard on the engine. Now the Champions he wants to put in it for you...that would be hard on your engine.
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i have a buddy of mine that works in a european car shop and he told me that NGK IX Iridium spark plugs might be too much stress for the engine in my '96 328is. can anyone please elaborate on this?
I'm a little late. But....

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