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Spark Plugs/Wires?

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Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by nadz » Tue May 04, 2010 8:35 am

Hey,
I have a 95 volvo 850, Do I have to stay with OEM parts on the wires and plugs or can I get for ex. NGK Wires?



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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by jblackburn » Tue May 04, 2010 8:38 am

:!: Don't use any other kind of wires...Bougicord OEM only!

Spark plugs you've got a bit of choice, many reccomend the Bosch Copper plugs as they're cheap and work well. They need to be replaced more often than the Volvo plugs, though.


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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by cn90 » Tue May 04, 2010 9:42 am

Yes,

Sp Plug wire: Bougicord only.
Sp Plugs: Bosch Platinum


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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by JRL » Tue May 04, 2010 10:25 am

OEM Volvo plugs seem to work the best


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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by nico416 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:24 pm

late to the party but since this is here from the stage 0 post, What are the big differences with plug wires, mine were original on my 98 s70, dated 97 im thinking to change them but why? i want to know if theres a real difference ill notice?


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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by Ozark Lee » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:03 pm

The only real difference that I noticed with changing the wires on the last car I did was that I got rid of the misfires that came with the Bosch wires that were on the car. When I first got picked up the '94 it had some originals and some individual Bosch replacements. I replaced them all with brand new Bosch wires and the mileage dropped by about 20% and it misfired like crazy when cold and at high RPMs. Replaced the brand new Bosch wires with a new set of Bougicords and it was all good again. If it is running OK now then you won't see a huge difference but they do wear out eventually.

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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by shaker_chi » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:15 pm

The only spark plug wires I've used other than Bougicords are the 8mm IPD versions. I will concur with others that the best plug you can get for these cars are O/E, but if you are in a pinch I've had good luck with copper versions as well. Otherwise, expect a lot of misfires.



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Re: Spark Plugs/Wires?

Post by misha » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:23 pm

nadz wrote:Hey,
I have a 95 volvo 850, Do I have to stay with OEM parts on the wires and plugs or can I get for ex. NGK Wires?
Wires must be OEM Bougicord.
Spark plugs....oem Volvo are the best,but you can use NGK or Bosch copper ones.


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