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Old 04-05-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Need some help Guys!!

I changed the spark plugs on my R6 this weekend and when I rode it afterwards I noticed a grand difference. The bike had much more power and sounded much better.
I only got to ride it for a few minutes since I had more stuff to do around the house that day and I didnt get to ride yesterday since it was raining in the morning.
So today I took her to work with me this morning and I noticed that at the lights she was idling a little high, around 1800-2000. And on the way home at first she was ok but after about 15-20 minutes on the highway I finally hit a stop light, The idle jumped way up to 2500. Whoa. I stopped to fuel up and let her rest for a little while and figured I should head straight home. At the last light before I got home she was idling almost at 3000 and she seemed to rev all on her own.
So my question is, could I have done something wrong when changing the spark plugs to cuase this? Can I fix it? Or do I need to take her to someone?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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Did you gap the spark plugs to correct size? Not sure if that would cause the bike to idle high.
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Adjust your idle cable. might help.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:44 PM   #4
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Did you gap the spark plugs to correct size? Not sure if that would cause the bike to idle high.
The spark plugs I got had the double prongs on them, I didnt think I had to gap them, or how.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:48 PM   #5
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Adjust your idle cable. might help.
That might help also.

Sometimes plugs these days come pre gapped and you don't have to mess with them. But usually you have to gap them. You need a tool. You can get the gapping tool at any autoparts store. Check your owners manual also about the plugs. It will tell you what the gap should be. For example the gap might be .065-.071. This is just an example but you should see numbers like that in your manual. The tool looks like a feeler gauge and will have different sizes.
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Don't think it's spark plugs.

It's either your throttle cable is sticking, or the slides in your carbs are sticking.

Check the the routing of your throttle cable and make sure you didn't pull or pinch it when you were messing with the spark plugs.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #7
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Adjust your idle cable. might help.
I will check in my service manual and see if this is something I can do on my own. Thanks.
I hope I can get her ready before tomorrows meet.
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The spark plugs I got had the double prongs on them, I didnt think I had to gap them, or how.
not hard at all, the owners manual should state that info.
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Don't think it's spark plugs.

It's either your throttle cable is sticking, or the slides in your carbs are sticking.

Check the the routing of your throttle cable and make sure you didn't pull or pinch it when you were messing with the spark plugs.
I guess I hadnt really put one and one together but I did notice that when I let my hand off the throttle it doesnt snap back all on its own. I have to roll it back. The bike has always done this since I got it so thats why I didnt associate it but would that have something to do with it?
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Don't think it's spark plugs.

It's either your throttle cable is sticking, or the slides in your carbs are sticking.

Check the the routing of your throttle cable and make sure you didn't pull or pinch it when you were messing with the spark plugs.
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I guess I hadnt really put one and one together but I did notice that when I let my hand off the throttle it doesnt snap back all on its own. I have to roll it back. The bike has always done this since I got it so thats why I didnt associate it but would that have something to do with it?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:59 PM   #12
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I guess I hadnt really put one and one together but I did notice that when I let my hand off the throttle it doesnt snap back all on its own. I have to roll it back. The bike has always done this since I got it so thats why I didnt associate it but would that have something to do with it?
Absolutely if you're throttle isn't snapping back. Make sure the spring is on and working against your pull, then make sure the cable is running smooth through the tube
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Absolutely if you're throttle isn't snapping back. Make sure the spring is on and working against your pull, then make sure the cable is running smooth through the tube
The wierd thing is that when the bike is stopped and I turn the throttle it snaps back just fine, its only when im on the road that it doest snap

But I will check the cable and the spring anyways, thanks
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The wierd thing is that when the bike is stopped and I turn the throttle it snaps back just fine, its only when im on the road that it doest snap

But I will check the cable and the spring anyways, thanks
What year R6 do you have? I have an extra throttle cable for an 03-05r6 or 06-09r6s! Lemme know if you want it
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I have an 02. but thanks anyways.
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The wierd thing is that when the bike is stopped and I turn the throttle it snaps back just fine, its only when im on the road that it doest snap

But I will check the cable and the spring anyways, thanks
If the spring is working well and the cable moves smooth in and out of the tube, ALL the time EVERY time, then it could possibly be your slides sticking in the carbs which is a whole 'nother animal.
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you should always double check the gaps on new pugs. just to make sure they are correct. just throwin that out there
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+1. Doubt that's your prob, but he's right. Always gap to spec.
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Well I adjusted the idle, and I also loosened the bar end a little bit. (I recently changed them and I think they were a little too tight) The bike seems to be doing better, when I took her around the block. Now I just gotta take her on a longer ride and see if she does okay then.
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