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Old vs. New
Above, on the left, is the tried and true NGK BR6ES-11 copper plug that has been around for years. On the right is the projected plug. Look at the plug history below and try to figure out why Nissan started with projected tips then switched to non-projected for N42 and most N47 heads then switched back to projects midway through the N47 line. My guess is pollution or compression related?
The part number of projected plugs started with BPR... where the P signifies a projected plug. The 6 and 5 numbers are the arbitrary NGK temperature at which the projection stays when operating. Lower numbers are hotter so the projection on a 5 plug is hotter than on a 6 plug. This heat helps to burn off carbon, fuel additive and oil deposits from the plug and this cleanliness makes it operate better. Plug temperature does not affect how hot the combustion chamber is (air/fuel mix does). The only caution when running a hot plug is that it can trigger detonation in a turbo application or high compression application. However, many people recommend NGK 5 heat range plugs and report no problems when using them.
btw the R in the product code means a resistor is integrated to reduce RF noise interference. My plugs measure ~ 4.5kohms of resistance.
Old vs. Newest (latest and greatest)
On the right is the newer "V-Groove" NGK ZFR6F-11 copper plug whose tip projects further into the cylinder than a BPR and promotes a better burn: "[The ZFR6F-11] is a 'V-Power' plug with a projected tip which extends out into the center of the chamber. Projected tips provide a more complete burn through the rev range, creating "free horsepower" and improving throttle response. They also simulate advancing the timing slightly by firing the mixture faster."
normal center conductor vs. v-groove center conductor
NGK Product Code Chart:
NGK Iridium IX Plugs
If the old and new are not good enough then get the latest NGK "Top of Line" Iridium plugs that substitute for the above. The part numbers are BPR6EIX-11 and ZFR6FIX-11.
The iridium plug has a finer center conductor that is made out of the tougher metal. They last longer and spark is different due to the finer "pin". Here is the blurb:
Iridium is a silver-white precious metal that is among the densest materials on earth. Since it’s so dense, it will outlast Platinum and Copper plugs. Plus this ultra- hard material also enables the plug center electrode to be 25% narrower than Platinum, and 75% narrower than conventional nickel electrodes, which requires less voltage to spark, and delivers increased burn efficiency, sparks at leaner air/fuel mixtures, and produces better gas mileage and higher horsepower. Iridium plugs are a must for turbocharged and high compression or high revving NA motors.
WARNING: Do not gap Iridium plugs, stress to the tip may cause it to break off during use!!
Historical Z Plugs
-1970-1974 240 and 260Z's came with BP6ES
-1975-76 280Z's came with B6ES
-1977-'79 280Z and 280ZX's came with B6ES-11
-1980 280ZX's came with BP6ES-11
-1981-82 280ZX's came with BPR6ES-11
Z Plug Gap
1.0 to 1.1mm
0.039 to 0.043in
Z Plug Torque
10 to 12ft-lbs
WARNING: Always try to remove plugs with engine cold.
NGK Plug Wires
Early Zcar's use NGK part NE-61 (not shown but similar)
Most of the parts places in Canada have NGK NE61 sets for around $40.
Part Numbers: Nissan # 22450-P7125 (N/A) # 22450-P9026 (Turbo)
NGK Variable Pitch resistor cables provide uniform resistance and insure outstanding electrical conductivity in high quality cables. This produces the impedance necessary to suppress radio interference throughout the entire frequency spectrum.
The RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) noise is generated by ignition systems and can interfere with computer controls and on-board electronic systems of late model vehicles. When used in combination with resistor spark plugs, NGK resistor cables provide exceptional noise suppression without negatively affecting engine performance.
A layer of ferrite magnetic material wrapped with variable pitch metal wire covers the fibreglass strand core. The inner layer of insulation is made of polyvinyl chloride, with a heat resistance of 100ºC. The outer jacket is made of one of two materials, depending upon the application. These materials are:
1) EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Dien Monomer) a rubber compound that is heat resistant to 180ºC
2) NGK's new silicone vinyl insulation that is heat resistant to 250ºC
NGK cable resistance is only a fraction of that found in ordinary solid carbon core resistor cables. Ordinary solid carbon-core wires, used as original equipment on most Japanese vehicles, are not as efficient and effective.
In addition, the resistance of solid carbon-core wires tends to increase over a period of time, while the resistance of NGK's wire-wound cables remain virtually unchanged. While resistance is necessary to suppress radio frequency interference (RFI), too much resistance reduces sparking and ignition energy.
NGK resistor cables are packaged in sets consisting of one coil wire (where applicable), and four, five or six plug wires, as appropriate. Every set is tailored to the right cable length for the exact make and model specified
Leads - Technical Information
-NGK are a stainless steel variable pitch. The variation in winding (loose-tight) is good for noise suppression thus preventing noise on the car radio or interference with the in car computer.
-Some competitors leads are stainless steel as well but are not variable pitch.
-Operating temp range is -50 C to 200 C for the silicone leads, and up to 180 C for EPDM rubber (Ethylene Propylene Dien Monomer).
-The material used for the outer jacket depends on which is best for the particular application.
-NGK leads offer a very good conductivity and noise suppression.
-Our leads have 8 k/ohm resistance which increases after about 150 hours.
-Leads have to be replaced as resistance gets too high.
-Leads resistance can be tested with special ohm meter. First dial in the length of lead & the meter will measure the resistance value per meter.
-NGK lead kits are used in the following OE applications:
-GM, Fiat, VW, and Ford (All in Brazil only).
-Many standard leads consist of a carbon wire conductor covered by insulation rubber then glass fibre then insulation jacket. There is no advantage to thicker leads. They use cheaper quality insulation jacket so it needs to be thicker.
-NGK currently manufacture 7 mm thick leads with the exception of some late models which use 5 mm as O.E.
-NGK leads are suitable for use with high energy ignition systems.
-NGK offer a 2 year warranty on our Lead Kits.
I just obtained mine from clubplug,net $31cdn + $5 shipping!
Each wire had it's own label.