August 2017

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How To Spot Fake Denso Iridium Power Spark Plugs 2017

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Err But They Look Identical I Hear You Say?

Just when we thought the counterfeit NGK Spark Plugs we found recently were a pretty close match to the real thing, we’ve now found counterfeit Denso Iridium Power Spark Plugs as well. Every detail has been cloned to the closest result possible, except for one major flaw; these plugs don’t actually feature any Iridium in the centre electrode at all!

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Alarm Bells

    • Alarm Bell 1: No laser-welded Iridium tip, features a machined down nickel alloy tip instead.
    • Alarm Bell 2: Low-resolution, scanned copy of the box.
    • Alarm bell 3: EAN of the 4pc outer plug box is stamped onto the 1pc inner boxes. This should be a different EAN number.
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WARNING – Beware of updated fake ‘NGK Iridium IX’ Spark Plugs & How To Spot Them – August 2017


PLEASE NOTE – This article was written 3 years ago so some information is out-dated!

For example, on some part numbers NGK now uses Laser Etching instead of ‘stamping’, so the font information/design may differ. The ‘line’ under the P is no longer there and the etching is thinner in the latest batches of NGK spark plugs.

Shocking Stuff

Over the last few weeks we’ve come to the attention of a new ‘breed’ of highly accurate counterfeit ‘NGK Iridium IX’ spark plugs on the market. To the untrained eye, it’s almost impossible to know the differences unless you have a genuine plug sat directly next to it. At Driven 2 Automotive, we’re always keen to crack down on non-genuine products, and these ones are easily the best fake ‘NGK’ spark plugs we’ve seen.

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What’s more horrifying is the fact the seller has sold hundreds of them over multiple listings. It amazes us that the person or people in question even want to do such a thing when the liability involved is unfathomable. It doesn’t stop there, the seller even states in the listing to ‘beware of fakes’ with a link to a very old guide on how to spot them. The problem is the guide was made in the 90’s and contains only traditional OE copper (yellow box) replacements so it’s not even relevant to the listing. Deploying tactics like this is merely a way to try and boost potential order confidence by the means of fraud.