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    Getting ready to do the plugs on my 6.0L vortec. My Haynes manuel says the gap should be 0.060 but the pre gapped plugs I have are at 0.055.....where should they be? I'm also replacing the wires but the new ones don't have the metal heat shield on them. Will that be a problem? Thanks...
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    What plugs are you installing? If they are the Iridiums that your motor calls for then do not try to regap them. Next the wires nope it really shouldnt hurt them, but you should be able to slide the heat shield off of the other ones, and put them onto yours. (i did this is a 5.3L when i did a tune up)
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    Heat shields are important. Plug wires will be damaged by excessive heat, which will lead to poor performance.

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    If it is a newer chevy 65 on the gap... older chevys 35 95 back

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtb11872 View Post
    Getting ready to do the plugs on my 6.0L vortec. My Haynes manuel says the gap should be 0.060 but the pre gapped plugs I have are at 0.055.....where should they be? I'm also replacing the wires but the new ones don't have the metal heat shield on them. Will that be a problem? Thanks...
    Viewing your Profile, I see you have an 2000" Silverado.......the Plugs it Most Likely came with from the factory were Platinum Plugs, which were Gaped at.....0.60.......Now G.M./Chevy is installing A/C Delco Iridium Tip Plugs and the reason is......the Iridium spark plugs are the latest evolution in high performance plugs. The natural properties of iridium, with a melting point of approximately 700 degrees Celsius higher than platinum, help enable the plug to burn fuel more efficiently and to deliver better performance. As a result, the iridium plugs have a minimum service life of 100,000 miles,

    As mentioned by Murdog, your 6.0 Liter now calls for the A/c Delco Iridium Spark Plugs, which are Gaped at 0.40 which is set during Manufacturing and Should Not Be Changed Or Damage to the Spark Plug May Result,

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    ACDELCO PROFESSIONAL
    SPARK PLUG ASM
    Part Number: 41-110
    Product Notes:
    Iridium-Spark Plug
    .040 GAP

    Per Vehicle: 8; Years: 1999-2004




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    i have been regapping for my suburban even the iridium plugs and have not ever had damage, i just gap them .005 at a time
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    Here's a G.M. Service Bulletin regarding the A/C Delco Iridium Spark Plugs and the Gapping of the Plugs:

    03-06-04-060B: Information on New Spark Plugs and Gapping - (Jul 30, 2008)

    Subject: Information on New Spark Plugs and Gapping

    Models: 2004 Buick Rainier

    2002-2004 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT

    2003-2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV

    2004 Cadillac CTS-V

    1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette

    1998-2002 Chevrolet Camaro

    1999-2004 Chevrolet Silverado

    2000-2004 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe

    2002-2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

    2003-2004 Chevrolet Express, SSR, TrailBlazer

    1999-2004 GMC Sierra

    2000-2004 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL

    2001-2004 GMC Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali

    2002-2004 GMC Sierra Denali

    2003-2004 GMC Envoy XL

    1998-2002 Pontiac Firebird

    2004-2005 Pontiac GTO

    2003-2004 HUMMER H2

    with 4.8L, 5.3L, 5.7L or 6.0L V-8 Engine (VINs V, P, T, Z, G, S, N, U -- RPOs LR4, LM4, LM7, L59, LS1, LS6, LQ9, LQ4)



    Attention: Please disregard the Set Gap Per Vehicle Specification statement on the side of an ACDelcoŽ Iridium Spark Plug Box. The statement will be removed from the boxes in the future.


    • A new Spark Plug has been released for use in the above vehicles. The new Spark Plug has an Iridium tip instead of the current Platinum tip. Due to the different tip design, the Gap of the Spark Plug has also changed.

    • The new Spark plug, P/N 12571164 with AC Delco P/N 41-110, is Gapped to 1.01 mm (0.040 in) when the Spark Plug is made.

    PARTS INFORMATION:
    A new spark plug has been released for use in the above vehicles. The new spark plug has an Iridium tip instead of the current Platinum tip. Due to the different tip design, the gap of the spark plug has also changed. The new spark plug, ACDelco Part Number 41-110, is gapped to 1.01mm (0.040 inches) when the spark plug is made. The spark plug gap is set during manufacturing and should not be changed to the gap required with the Platinum plug, or damage to the spark plug may result.

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