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Dandb7

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1979 Kawasaki Drifter 440
« on: March 03, 2017, 07:42:02 PM »
Just wondering what most of you are running for plugs on your 79 Drifter 440......with the engine TA440B-B201

Obviously the old NGK BR9-EV is very hard to find......and i was thinking after a couple hours of internet search  >:(......that maybe BR9-ES with the solid terminal would work best...

Any comments or experience with these plugs would help me on the right track... :-\

Thanks .... 
1982 Kawasaki Interceptor 550 #558
1979 Kawasaki Drifter 440
1989 Arctic Cat Pantera 440
2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo 50th Anniversary 2015 Arctic Cat Lynx 2000

rminier

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Re: 1979 Kawasaki Drifter 440
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 07:48:40 AM »
 The old BR9EV were the top of the line plugs from NGK.....They used a fine wire center electrode (gold Palladium, maybe?) that was extremely durable, and by it's design, resisted fouling better than standard plugs.
 Several years ago, all of the spark plug manufacturers started using iridium for the center electrodes in their premium plugs....iridium is even better then gold palladium.
 The NGK BR9EIX (iridium) is a perfect replacement for the BR9EV.
 The iridium plugs cost a bunch....I know you are in Canada, but the BR9EIX cost about $11 each in US dollars.
 2 other NGK plugs will work great:
 BR9ES.....pretty much a standard plug....only about $2.50 US
 BR9EYA....similar to BR9ES but a V-groove added to the center electrode, which helps resist fouling a bit more than the standard plug.....cost about $3.00 US,

 The iridium plugs are no doubt the "Premium" plug....In a car or truck you can install them and expect them to last 80,000 miles because the center electrode is nearly as hard as a diamond.
 Are they worth it in sleds??? Only you can decide. I change plugs in my sleds often enough that electrode wear is never a concern.

Both the BR9ES and the BR9EYA when new will perform exactly as well as the BR9EIX, I believe.....a spark is a spark.
 Will the iridium plug last longer and resist fouling better?.....yeah, probably.
 4 out of 5 of my sleds use this plug...I have used the BR9EYA plugs for awhile now, and they work great.
 If I buy a box of 10 of the iridium plugs, I almost have to go to a bank and take out a loan. ::) ;)
75 SnoJet Astro SS, 79 Kawasaki Invader 440 (two of them), 81 Scorpion Sidewinder, 82 Blizzard 9500, 83 Yamaha Vmax 540, 97 MXZ 670....and holding...for now.

Dandb7

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Re: 1979 Kawasaki Drifter 440
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 06:40:34 AM »
Thanks for the reply rminier.....i can really take a sound decision now !

I verified and you are right, the BR9EIX goes for a minimum of $12.00 cdn in Canada....quite expensive....!!

I'll have to call my bank.....   ;)

Take care
1982 Kawasaki Interceptor 550 #558
1979 Kawasaki Drifter 440
1989 Arctic Cat Pantera 440
2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo 50th Anniversary 2015 Arctic Cat Lynx 2000