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Old 06-25-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Baja Turbo spark plug change; How bad is it?

So, I've heard that it's a nightmare to change the plugs on a Baja Turbo (we have an '05). I've heard everything from having to take out motor mounts and push the motor sideways to having to lift it up with a cherry picker or something. What's the deal here? Has anyone actually changed Baja turbo plugs? Is it really that nasty to do? Help?

I've got ~80,000 miles on the one we just picked up and the Owner's manual specifies 60,000 mile intervals for the turbo, even with the iridium and platinum plugs. I seriously doubt they've ever been changed and I'd prefer to keep things in top shape prior to a failure in this regard.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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or you could have an asian mechanic do it. it's not terrible, but definitely not easy. mostly its VERY tedious. you have to remove the airbox, the battery, windshield washer fluid bottle... ill be attempting mine soon.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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anyone done em from underneth? I was just thinking that would be easier
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:20 AM   #4
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I got mine done with NGK 1 step colder plugs when I got a retune. they had to undo the motor mounts and jack the engine to pull them out. booo hooo, labor was a bitch, but perhaps there is an easier way... keep us posted if you find it. Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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i did mine myself and thought it was easy. now, i don't have a turbo but can't see how it's so much different. as said previously, the battery and washer jugs gotta come out and make room around the air intake, i know ya'lls are a little different for the n/a models but i really don't see any need to jack the engine in any way to do this 1 hour project. is there that big of a difference between the two?
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:56 PM   #6
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YAH, NA is 100***37; different from twerbo.

I have done WRX plugs from the top down, and its a pain, back breaker....

I dont see why it would be needed to LIFT the engine... you remove the air box, and washer fluid, and then remove the coil packs, then put the socket in the hole... put an extention on the socket, push it down to the plug, remove, install repeat... its just a pain, but not hard...
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:04 AM   #7
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I haven't been under the hood of a Turbo model, but ours (the NA crowd) is a SOHC. The Turbos are DOHC, maybe the head design is enough different to need to lift the engine some for sparkplug changes. I've had front-wheel drive V-6s that I had to do that to.

Ease of Tune-up; Advantage goes to NA (oh, and we don't need premium fuel sorry, had to add that)
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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no maybe about it...

they are different. take a look at the DOHC NA subaru motors, same deal, they are a pain to get to, but not enough to lift a motor...

those are people looking to complain about all they HAD to do to get it done, instead of looking for easier routes...
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:36 PM   #9
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I was just under the hood of my turbo tonight trying to find where I've got a line or a heat shield vibrating (never did find it). After pulling off the underbody shielding (7 screws) I saw where it was very easy to get to the driver side plugs/coils. Passenger side was a bit of a different story with a big exhaust pipe running along the side..

It should be fairly easy to change out my plugs when the time comes on my turbo.
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