View Full Version : 1985 SE-i: NGK wire set issue.

04-04-2011, 12:29 PM
Typically, NGK plugs and wires are a Honda enthusiasts' go-to for stock replacement. The problem is the listed wires for the '85 SE-i do not fit very well. They are too small creating a stretched fit. This wire set is p/n- HE39 (9731); which is possibly a copy of the A20 set[?].
Notice how stretched the wires are. Not cool.

The NGK p/n that fits correctly is HE37 (8014), which is listed as replacement for 1984-1985 1.8L 3bbl. You may need to retain your old coil boot.

:) Props to Christofur and soonerck, thanks guys

04-04-2011, 01:41 PM
have you compared the first set to the three geez wires? the reason I ask, is factory wires don't fit my A20 due to different wire looms, if these are NGK and a little longer then factory A20 wires , they may be a perfect match for my setup

04-04-2011, 09:13 PM
Stickied. Thanks for making the thread!

04-07-2011, 07:04 AM
Hi guys, this is Brandon from NGK spark plugs. This link popped up on a Google alert and I wanted to let you all know we're logging this complaint and we'll look into the application to see if any changes need to be made on our side.

Also to the OP can you PM me the vin number for your vehicle? This will help us to determine that your vehicle matches the application data 100%

If anyone else has trouble please call our toll free tech line to let one of our technicians know at 877-473-6767 option 2

Thanks for the heads up!


04-07-2011, 09:10 AM
Woah! Hi Brandon, thanks for joining the site.

I must say, this is some seriously good customer service. We really appreciate you joining up and being willing to help us out! Super, super cool!

04-07-2011, 07:11 PM
PM Sent

08-01-2011, 04:41 PM
Did this ever get resolved? I was considering buying a set of these wires for my 85 SEI.

08-01-2011, 10:15 PM
NGk never solved it but we kinda did.

just buy the HE37 they are longer and will fit

09-01-2011, 07:09 PM
Do you want to know why they don't fit... I mean do you really want to know why??? This is gonna blow your mind!!! You have an incorrect distributor cap on your SE-i. The SE-i uses a side post cap whereas the carbureted cars (mostly) all had top post caps. Some of the caps will interchange because the distributor manufacturers are the same but won't necessarily be the "correct" one for the car. If you look up the wire set in the Honda parts catalog they are different part numbers for Carbed vs PGM-Fi. Weird eh? Hence the wires being a tight fit on your car. Blamo, I just mind freaked all of you, ha ha.

09-02-2011, 09:36 AM
Mind blown! But yeah, I know now what you're saying. I've seen those side mount distributor caps on the SEi before, but never thought anything of it.

09-03-2011, 06:04 AM
:uh: makes sense

09-09-2011, 09:50 AM
That might also explain why my upper radiator hose is a tight fit around my distributor cap.