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#1 CraftsmanGT ONLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 01:04 PM

Picked up some RJ12C's to have on hand for when I do the spring tune up on my 1990 GT6000. I would of preferred Autolite's but couldn't find and the only place around that had RJ12C's was the local True Value (Or as I call it False Value) and they were $7.00 apiece. After getting home and taking them out of the box I noticed this. I'm pretty disappointed

 

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 01:27 PM

I don't run Champions when I can. I try to use Autolite or AC plugs. If I can I am switching plugs over to NGK. They are better for not fowling.


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 01:49 PM

I have terrible luck with Champion. Others have claimed great luck.
I don't use them if I can avoid it.
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 02:06 PM

my cub 70 has had the same ac plug in it for years an it runs great the JD GT 275 will get an ngk in the spring when i do the tune up an oil change for the year



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Posted February 23, 2015 - 03:22 PM

Must have been a bad run, you should be able to take them back.

I generally run all champion plugs in my engines , my second choice is always autolite.

 

They ripped you off on those plugs, suggested list is only $ 4.55ea

 

If you cant find any locally I can get you the Autolite equivalent for $ 3.87ea or even NGK brand


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 03:40 PM

I've had good luck with Champion in the past. True Value was the only place with RJ12Cs so I will exchange them. I went to O'Reilly's which I usually avoid because of the idiots that work there and gave them the Champion and Autolite part number. They looked on the computer and said we don't have those and tried to sell me E3s which I don't care for after having the ground electrode fall off the one I had in the 8hp Briggs on a Simplicity 728 I used to have
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 04:14 PM

I would send a picture of that to champion and bit*h about it maybe they will feel bad about it and send you some coupons ,probably not but worth a try.

Like Dr bolens said they ripped you off.

I see you live in my home state.Don't you have a Fleet Farm store around I know their a lot cheaper then what you paid.Hardware stores are pricey because they don't sell the volume that napa or fleet farm does. 


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 04:46 PM

I gave up on Champions when I was building Street Rods.



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Posted February 23, 2015 - 05:05 PM

They looked on the computer and said we don't have those and tried to sell me E3s which I don't care for after having the ground electrode fall off the one I had in the 8hp Briggs on a Simplicity 728 I used to have

I heard the E3 plugs also like to break off.



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Posted February 23, 2015 - 05:18 PM

I have a fleet farm about an hour from me. Didn't think about looking there

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 05:49 PM

Don't most better gap tools also have those little tabs for straightening the electrodes?  I wouldn't think it was really an issue. If it is gonna spark, will still work fine the way I see it. I've head of champions being not so good, usually go Auto-lite myself if I can find them. Was told they don't foul as easily. BUT, how does one really test such issues with out a labratory? 



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Posted February 23, 2015 - 05:51 PM

You know I got to thinking, Talking spark plugs is almost like talking about what brand of oil is best! LOL :D


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 06:47 PM

First of all, that issue may not be Champion's fault, beyond what I always say is packaging negligence.  All the other brands put a little cardboard tube around the thread to keep the electrode from being banged to death.  Champion doesn't.  That is why Champion plugs are nearly never gapped right, they slide free in the box and bang everything up.

 

To join the useless "what spark plug is best" debate, my antique tractors will not run with anything but Champions.  Anything old I use Champions.  They seem to not foul up as bad. 

 

For anything new, I like NGK.  Great plugs.  They handle the lean engines we have now.  If a Bosch is available, that is even better, but pricey. 

 

I hate: Auto Lite (never had an old engine that liked Auto Lite) Stens "Mega Fire", or E3.

 

There you have my two cents.  :wave:

 

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Your camera lens has a offset in it. Never liked Champion.

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 07:48 PM

To join the debate, i use them all with preference to Auto-lite brand. I pay slightly more per plug when not buying Champions, but well worth the saved grief. I never could make my 18 hp Briggs opposed twin happy with champs, best was the E3 plugs in it... But that is just me. Ive bought unbranded plugs before because they didn't say Champion on them.

I do want to say this... If it runs, dont screw with it...
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