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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Tempest Spark Plugs Reply with quote

Late to the party on this, but wanted to ask.

For the dual mag crowd like me... Is just using the fine wires on the
bottom six a matter of $$$ and most benefit? If so and the $$$ were not
an issue would you run on the top six also?

-Sean #40303 (Closing in on 200 hrs in N428RV)
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Bill Watson <mailto:Mauledriver(at)nc.rr.com>
August 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM


Thanks Tim!

I went back and read the plug info on your site. I'm thinking that my
best option may be to put (6) fine wires on the bottom and stay with
the Champions on top. I have enough to take me through another round
of changes. Rotation will be a bit different so will have to think
about that.

Generally speaking I've been very happy with dual mags, LOP running
and all. Having examined the plugs thru several cycles of rotation
and a replacement round, I've become even more aggressive leaning on
the ground, especially when in a conga line like the short one we had
at Triple Tree a few days ago. Keeping the RPMs over 1,000 at all
times seems to help as well. I clean and gap as required at every
annual as well. Having never flown with any electronic ignition, I'm
very satisfied in my ignorance.

A note for dual mag, massive electrode owners: I was doing everything
'on condition' up thru about 1200 hours. Then I exchanged the mags
for rebuilts and changed any remaining original plugs to new. Engine
ran noticeably smoother and probably put out more power. I'll be
doing more replacing and exchanging based on time going forward.

(OT) I read your 2015 Bahama trip - our first Bahama trip in 2012
involved the exact same itinerary! I did my first Bonefishing while
on Andros, always stop at Staniel for a 'burger, and incidentally
joined up with an AOPA group at Fernandez Bay. We had a 2 story
rental there that came with a resident cat(!) and a frog living in the
fresh air toilet. Been back several times to other islands since...
Love It All! Went to the Turks & Caicos and even the BVIs but there's
really no need to go beyond the Bahamas which is by far the most
accommodating to pilots.

Bill "always looking forward to the next out island bonefishing
experience" Watson


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject: Tempest Spark Plugs Reply with quote

Personally, if money weren't an issue, I'd run them on top and
bottom. In my case though I run auto plugs on top which are also
iridium plugs, so in effect I do have the same fine-wire effect
on both. You need to be careful of that electrode, but, the fine
wire plugs are easier to get clean from the gunk that builds up,
too.
Tim
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Late to the party on this, but wanted to ask.

For the dual mag crowd like me...  Is just using the fine wires on the
bottom six a matter of $$$ and most benefit?  If so and the $$$ were not
an issue would you run on the top six also?

-Sean #40303 (Closing in on 200 hrs in N428RV)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:02 am    Post subject: Tempest Spark Plugs Reply with quote

The difference of having them top and bottom is minimal. If someone gave me the fine wire plugs for the top, sure, I would run them.Is it worth the extra 54 bucks per plug? Well that is the heart of your question. Do you want fine wire plugs or an Ipad?

-sent from the I-droid implanted in my forearm

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 6:12 AM, Sean Stephens <sean(at)stephensville.com (sean(at)stephensville.com)> wrote:
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--> RV10-List message posted by: Sean Stephens <sean(at)stephensville.com (sean(at)stephensville.com)>

Late to the party on this, but wanted to ask.

For the dual mag crowd like me...  Is just using the fine wires on the bottom six a matter of $$$ and most benefit?  If so and the $$$ were not an issue would you run on the top six also?

-Sean #40303 (Closing in on 200 hrs in N428RV)
Quote:
Bill Watson <mailto:Mauledriver(at)nc.rr.com (Mauledriver(at)nc.rr.com)>
August 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM
--> RV10-List message posted by: Bill Watson <Mauledriver(at)nc.rr.com (Mauledriver(at)nc.rr.com)>

Thanks Tim!

I went back and read the plug info on your site.  I'm thinking that my best option may be to put (6) fine wires on the bottom and stay with the Champions on top.  I have enough to take me through another round of changes.  Rotation will be a bit different so will have to think about that.

Generally speaking I've been very happy with dual mags, LOP running and all.  Having examined the plugs thru several cycles of rotation and a replacement round, I've become even more aggressive leaning on the ground, especially when in a conga line like the short one we had at Triple Tree a few days ago.  Keeping the RPMs over 1,000 at all times seems to help as well.  I clean and gap as required at every annual as well.  Having never flown with any electronic ignition, I'm very satisfied in my ignorance.

A note for dual mag, massive electrode owners: I was doing everything 'on condition' up thru about 1200 hours.  Then I exchanged the mags for rebuilts and changed any remaining original plugs to new.  Engine ran noticeably smoother and probably put out more power.  I'll be doing more replacing and exchanging based on time going forward.

(OT) I read your 2015 Bahama trip  - our first Bahama trip in 2012 involved the exact same itinerary!  I did my first Bonefishing while on Andros, always stop at Staniel for a 'burger,  and incidentally joined up with an AOPA group at Fernandez Bay.  We had a 2 story rental there that came with a resident cat(!) and a frog living in the fresh air toilet.   Been back several times to other islands since... Love It All!  Went to the Turks & Caicos and even the BVIs but there's really no need to go beyond the Bahamas which is by far the most accommodating to pilots.

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