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Sparks & Wires

I'm planning on getting some new spark plugs and wires today. I was wondering what you guys recomend and what to look for. I know the 4cyl takes 8 plugs, and i'm also assuming 8 wires. Any specific brands? I know that i did want to go along the lines of double platinum.
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Spark plugs are always good, especially if your current set is 5 years old or has high milage.

Wires are tricky. I personally wouldn't replace a set unless I see trouble. Either a boot is falling apart, starting to melt, a cylinder is misfiring or the insulation is getting worn. Because there is very little to gain with better wires. Most claim lower resistance, and a hotter spark, but there isn't much to improve upon besides good looks, and peace of mind by having a fresh set of wires on.

I never liked the Autozone brand wires. They seem to last 2-3 years before they start to fall apart. I would stick with motorcraft if you have a choice.
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i got Bosch Platnium +4 plugs for my truck and the Bosch 8.0 (i think) wires....it was a relatively easy install and everything works...

i couldnt really tell a difference in performance or anything...i was doing a basic tune up, my dad (for whatever reason) put in some copper plugs b4these...so they had to go fast...

but bosch, motorcraft, nology (those are BADASS), all are good brands...stay away from Accel...
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Spark plugs are always good, especially if your current set is 5 years old or has high milage.
I'm at 190,000 now. :(

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i couldnt really tell a difference in performance or anything...
Arent you supposed to?
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Have fun with those spark plugs, I tryed to change them on a 96 4cyl with 8 plugs, we left two of them cause we coundnt get em, but maybe they changed the intake maifold now.

I run the Autolite Double Platinum plugs, good plug for sure. Smoother the the Bosch Platinums that I had crap out on me after 10k miles.... total POS's

Dont waste your money on multiple prong plugs. The electricty is going to find the path of least resistance which is only one way, it wont split.

Have fun!
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Get a small rubber hose with an inner diameter big enough to fit snugly around the top of the spark plug. That may help you get those hard to reach ones. I was able to do mine with the right kind of spark plug socket (not all are alike), and a few elbows adapters, and a lot of cussing. That was on a '93 2.3l

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Arent you supposed to [feel a difference with new wires]?
Only if something is seriously wrong with your current set. You will throw a code, or get really horrible gas milage/performance first. But if you're getting spark, there really isn't that much improvement. Wires are only designed to get power from the coil to the plug. Bad wires can weaken the charge, or slow it down a few nanoseconds. I a no expert, but I think as long as you have a spark, you can't really improve upon that to make any real world difference in RWHP. Unless something is seriously messed up to begin with.
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Motorcraft across the board. Sparks and wires! When replacing the wires. Replace one at a time!
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yeah...i couldnt feel a thing when i changed them over....

all the import people were like, YEAH UPGRADE EM MAN! U'LL HAUL ***
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