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this may not ge good... Stripped Plug Screws

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Hey ya'all. So I was trying to figure out why my left cylinder was not firing and took out the plugs for inspection. The left plug is always kinda a pain to put in or take out. The right one works just like the book says. I can hand tighten it till it is almost all the way in then give it a 1/8 turn with a wrench. The left one however was always difficult. Well you can probably guess what happened next. When putting the spark plug back in i overtightened it and felt it strip. Now it doesn't make a tight seal and I can feel the air being pushed out of the cylinder around the spark plug. WTF do i do now? I'm assuming I will have to tap the hole out. But the logistics of it are beyond me. Will I have to take the cylinder covers off? To what size should I tap it? Are there heli coils that I should use instead?
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That's what I was afraid of... Well I suppose there is no time like the present to learn how to do a top-end job. Gotta admit though I'm a lil nervous about completely disassembling this thing. What tools would you suggest for a first timer?
is a ring compressor really necessary for doing a top-end renewal? The clymer manual says i need to a two piece breakaway ring compressor when installing the pistons into the cylinder.
great to know. i'm just going to assume that you guys don't use a ring expander either then.
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