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Old 06-15-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Adventure Designs Tool Kit Opinion

Considering purchase of an ultimate compact R1200GS tool kit.
Has any one purchased or used this kit??
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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yup, i got one, pretty compact and complete kind of spendy but worth it to me. this set always stays on the bike along with pump and tire repair kit. i use my other tools at home but this kit stays as is on the bike so i always have a complete set with me.
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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yup, i got one, pretty compact and complete kind of spendy but worth it to me. this set always stays on the bike along with pump and tire repair kit. i use my other tools at home but this kit stays as is on the bike so i always have a complete set with me.
I have one and like it. Most complete solution I found.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:11 AM   #4
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:18 AM   #5
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Can anyone post the picture of this kit?
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:28 AM   #6
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I have one and thinks it the best available.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:05 AM   #7
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #8
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Some people have taken a different approach. They change some of the odd stuff to more common hardware. I have a GPS mount on my handlebars so the external torx for that are eliminated. I use the L10241 Purolator. So no special oil filter wrench. And some of that stuff is nice ideas that can be copped for pennies.

I also really like the stubby ratchet with the extension.
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:52 AM   #9
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Here is a good reference: http://www.jimvonbaden.com/Tool_Kit.html

Note that my reference has two levels of kit.
Very nice set up, Jim. How much do you suppose / estimate the kit would cost to set up? I know I could look it up and make my own calculations... but you may have already such information.

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Old 06-20-2010, 03:04 PM   #10
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Here ya go google-phobes:

http://www.advdesigns.net/ulcobmwr1gsg.html
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:25 AM   #12
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:08 PM   #13
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["The only thing I need (want) is the break apart ratchet. Anyone know where I could source this out?"]

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Chinese toolkit here for $19: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/5259/119/
Crartsman version of the above for $40 is U.S.A made, also has zipper case. Best sockets are thin-walled like snap-on, proto, Mac, are 6 point with maybe an extra 12 point 10 mm, but a full set of premium sockets isn't necessary for the road. Found that it was best to buy individual sockets and spanners sized for specific tasks. Kept track of specific tools used for service then included those in custom road kit.

Forged aluminum like the Motion-Pro stuff is worth the bucks. Up to 90 ft-lbs torque. Was looking at their forged Al long tire spoons w/6 point spanner box ends. Nice. Anybody work for NASA? Group buy on a titanium kit?

Chinese bits and spanners damage fasteners, are available for $1 and not worth that much. The wrenches are polished by child slave labor and the kids are fed only meager servings of tofu once every 12 hours. Snap-on on ratchet head is dam nice but we use 1/4" drive the most. Instead prefer to carry good breake/Tr bars and cheap modular ratchet drivers on the road. Anybody know if forged AL t-bars are available? Would be interested in Snap-On wrenches but only the Harley Davidson© branded ones (smile).

Best Snap-on product:
has (had) a really strong hex bit set and single mating socket driver. Saves on carrying the individual he/torxx bits set in their own heavy sockets. However, you only need the higher strength in the larger bit sizes. Small fasteners not so much. I have only seen the compact Snap-On hex bit set once. Would buy it in a heartbeat because it saves much weight by eliminating individual socket drive bases yet still capable of very high torque. Otherwise just use Vermont American or other high grade bits and carry the lager size bits set in the 3/8" dive sockets. Rectangular rubber bit blocks keep the bits organized.

edit for link: JurgenB said: "I happen to prefer the Made in Germany stuff (Hazet brand)."
+ 10: Hazet wrenches are light, thin and strong and just the right length as any airhead rider knows. They are the one thing that I would buy at the BMW dealer if I could not find elsewhere. Check fleabay and bone yards. OEM on older Mercedes too.

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Old 10-02-2012, 01:41 AM   #14
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Considering purchase of an ultimate compact R1200GS tool kit.
Has any one purchased or used this kit??
Thanks for the reply.

I have it and i like it,

one remark, the non chrome bits rust easaly (not that it matters a lot) and the toolrol is a compact, so you cant add to much stuff.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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The Adventure Designs tool kit was the first thing I bought for my 2012 GSA. (the second was their cylinder head guard bars) When u guys drop the "they're okay if you like tools made in China" I would challenge you that you would not be able to tell the deference from (pick any high $$ brand) in a blind tool test. i have done a far amount of wrenching, and find these tools of high quality, heavy feel and firm smooth action. I have used them for six months to install all of my many accessories and have never found something I could not address with them... everything I need. I would by them again in a heart-beat. They have an open house tomorrow,

http://www.advdesigns.com/info.html

(vendors, food, sales, and there will be tons of adv riders there..should be a good time) at their head quarters, and I'll ask the owners about the tool kit, and advise. Unless you're a pro mechanic, and really need another snap-on calendar, there is no need to look any further in my opinion. Very happy with their kit, but what is worth more to me, is the great advice and service I have and continue to receive from the two brothers who started this business in their garage. This company does not deserve your "shippin' jobs to China" wrath... i know them, have done tons of business with them...they just don't. Go there and see them for yourself. I'll be there tomorrow.. with both my ADV stickers and an Adventure Design sticker. Two groups I will continue to support.

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