Rain riding

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by HoboJav, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. HoboJav

    HoboJav New Member

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    What's the best technique to help keep water out of my plugs/wires? Plug wires are new SE's, but still suffer from them getting wet in rain. My search results did not result in the answer I'm looking for. Serious replies pls.
     
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  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Some dilectric grease in both ends of the plug wires will help with water intrusion:D
     
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  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I live in a wet environment and as yet have never had any issues when riding in the rain i always thought the heat from the engine would help keep the plug wires dry
    However when the bike is not moving then i keep it under cover and dry

    Brian
     
  4. marcus22

    marcus22 Junior Member

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    what problems are you seeing/experiencing?
     
  5. HoboJav

    HoboJav New Member

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    @Marcus, when I ride in rain or saturated road/highway, as soon as I start to downshift, my bike loses a cylinder. I was in the school of thought that the heat generated by the engine would help keep the plugs/wires dry, but even if I try revving the engine, my bike sounds like a lawnmower. I have to find cover, shut down, pull the wires off, and wipe off the plugs to get going again. @Jack Klarich I'll try the dielectric grease technique. I guess the small amount that was already on the Screaming Eagle wires was not sufficient enough. Thanks guys! Aloha!
     
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    JMO on this ----But I think there is something more going on other than just spark plug wires getting wet.
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Just a wee thought here if it is just the plug wires getting wet it may be the water coming up off the front wheel that is the cause of the issue
    I have fitted a fender extender to my softail custom and my sportster to try and reduce the water from the front wheel when the roads are wet and over the last 4 years it has helped a lot

    Brian
     
  8. marcus22

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    I agree. I have ridden a lot in the rain and have no problems, and I don't think this is that common.