Riders have been warned to be on the lookout for fake NGK CR9EIX spark plugs which could cause engine damage due to melted centre electrodes.
The plugs are among large batches of counterfeit motor vehicle spark plugs purchased online, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
“Placing vehicles at great risk of major damage, 60% of the hundreds of spark plugs purchased in trap buys are verified frauds, passing off low-quality materials and inferior construction as genuine parts,” the FCAI says.
They say the plugs have inferior ignition causing poor fuel economy and difficult engine start up.
They also overheat quickly.
Riders would notice a major drop in power, particularly under heavy acceleration or load.
While most of the fake plugs were for car companies such as Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota, NGK CR9EIX fake motorcycle plugs have also been identified.