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Anyone know of a company that builds spark plug sockets/wrenches for hard to reach plugs?? I have seen home made ones, but wondering if there are any professionally made?

Something like a shorty 5/8" long socket cut down with a handle welded on the side... Yes, gt40P headers...A regular socket is too long, and an open end will not fit....
 

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I don’t, but…

Try getting a spark plug socket that has a hex on the end that can accept a wrench. Cut it about an inch shorter from the open end. Drill the 3/8 drive end out large enough so that the insulator can fit through it. Put the socket over a plug in the head and slide it way down. Put a wrench on the socket and turn it.

Will that work?
 

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I don’t, but…

Try getting a spark plug socket that has a hex on the end that can accept a wrench. Cut it about an inch shorter from the open end. Drill the 3/8 drive end out large enough so that the insulator can fit through it. Put the socket over a plug in the head and slide it way down. Put a wrench on the socket and turn it.

Will that work?
Ive actually done that before, essentially made a hollowed out socket and I welded a 3/8" steel bar to the side of it.

for the OP, I just bought a socket that I really liked online. I need to go look at the company again but its a ball joint type socket that can bend darn near 90 degrees at the joint and its also magnetic, it has made changing plugs in my car a breeze, though it wouldnt work for you Im pretty sure I saw online they had other cool type sockets that might work, let me check and get back on the brand.
 

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I don’t, but…

Try getting a spark plug socket that has a hex on the end that can accept a wrench. Cut it about an inch shorter from the open end. Drill the 3/8 drive end out large enough so that the insulator can fit through it. Put the socket over a plug in the head and slide it way down. Put a wrench on the socket and turn it.

Will that work?
Thats exactly what I was going to do if I cannot find something premade.. I already have the socket sitting on top of my tool box Thanks
 

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Ive actually done that before, essentially made a hollowed out socket and I welded a 3/8" steel bar to the side of it.

for the OP, I just bought a socket that I really liked online. I need to go look at the company again but its a ball joint type socket that can bend darn near 90 degrees at the joint and its also magnetic, it has made changing plugs in my car a breeze, though it wouldnt work for you Im pretty sure I saw online they had other cool type sockets that might work, let me check and get back on the brand.
PLease let me know... thanks ....
 

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not sure how it would work for you but I have a stubby spark plug socket that I believe is made for LS motors. I've used it on a bunch of different motors though & love it. Trick Flow makes it & it's not a ridiculous amount


if something like that wouldn't work I can't say I know of any place that makes custom ones. usually it's just easier to try fabbing something up
 
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mac has a nice spark plug socket that uses a 5/8 wrench vs 3/4". it's not the shortest (roughly 2-11/16" overall), although has helped in few cases cause of the smaller wrench size, and because it has a knurled grip.

the shortest one with a 3/4" wrench is this craftsman 43324, which is 2-3/8" although mine is old so not sure if it's still the same length.

others with the 3/4" wrench are typically 2-1/2" long.

i found the above mac on ebay for cheap money, although think that the trick flow one shown above is on the next purchase list with the winter/spring projects.
 

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I've gone through a few different variations of cut down sockets and even slotted a few. I think I finally settled on 3/4" craftsman sparkplug socket with the rubber boot removed. I place the socket over the plug separately, then use a combination box end wrench to loosen. Once loose, I've used a small piece of rubber hose over the plug to unscrew the rest of the way by hand. Seems complicated, but it really isn't after you do it a few times. This is all on an SN95 with MAC non GT40P specific longtubes.
 

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mac has a nice spark plug socket that uses a 5/8 wrench vs 3/4". it's not the shortest (roughly 2-11/16" overall), although has helped in few cases cause of the smaller wrench size, and because it has a knurled grip.

i found the above mac on ebay for cheap money, although think that the trick flow one shown above is on the next purchase list with the winter/spring projects.
I like that mac one, getting a 5/8 wrench in some spots is def easier than a 3/4. i'm gonna have to pick one up. I didn't notice if length was listed on trick flow site for their plug socket but it's very short at only 1 1/4" and uses a 3/4" wrench. I've gotten alot more use out of it over the years than i thought i would have
 
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I like that mac one, getting a 5/8 wrench in some spots is def easier than a 3/4. i'm gonna have to pick one up. I didn't notice if length was listed on trick flow site for their plug socket but it's very short at only 1 1/4" and uses a 3/4" wrench. I've gotten alot more use out of it over the years than i thought i would have
The length of the socket seems to be the killer here... I am going to order the TF one... I have some already like the Mac and its too long, I will double check the lengths today.. thanks .
 

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have you guys tried the short plugs from accel as their prices have dropped from back in the day when they were like $12 each...
 

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The length of the socket seems to be the killer here... I am going to order the TF one... I have some already like the Mac and its too long, I will double check the lengths today.. thanks .
I checked the socket I have and it measured 2 1/2"... I think that TF socket just might be the ticket for my gt40P heads with shorty headers...
 

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I received the TF socket today and I "think" it will do the job.. It is exactly what I was looking for.. I will add to this post after I put some plugs and headers on the engine and do a follow up. Its not installed yet
Thanks for the lead to this tool.....
 
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