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Old 10-17-2011, 09:06 PM   #1246
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Great list!!

Over the years, I have found a neat way to cart sockets around

I noticed you used a common tool box strip to keep your sockets, which adds weight & space, compared to the method I have developed

If you use the 3/8ths sockets, you can slide them up a 1/4" extension & cap it off w/ a 1/4 - 3/8ths adapter

Some of the sockets will nest w/in others & the top one can be turned backwards to slide over the head of the extension...

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One of my toolkits has a 1/4" sliding t-handle, and I slide all my sockets (most of them, anyway) onto the handle and stick a zip-tie on the end to keep them together.

The other kit, in my XL600, has all the sockets threaded onto a length of 6mm all-thread, with a nylock nut on each end. That's kind of nice, because now I also have a universal 6mm bolt kit, if I can only remember to pack a hacksaw blade.

Several things I discovered in doing this:
1. some sockets don't have a big enough hole in them.
2. Even cheap sockets are harder than good drill bits.
3. Even cheap masonry bits have carbide inserts, and will cut real hard steel.

I also drilled the inside of my spark plug socket out so that a 3" extension will nest inside it, and snap together.

Another discovery: You can spend a lot of time dinking around optimizing your toolkit. Then you can find this thread, and spend 10 times that much time reading about other similarly-obsessed people doing the same thing.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:41 PM   #1247
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Works very well, tubs also last longer packed like that, you don't seem to get the cracks on the folds when they have been packed for long period of time.
I keep trying to talk the wife into buying one of those vacuum pack food sealer machines, as I want to try packing tubes with powder using one of those machines.
If you have a vacuum pump for air-conditioner work, that will get ALL the air out of a tube.

I found that they seem to crack quicker when you do that, or I may have just lost track of time and kept the same tube in my race box for several years.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:44 AM   #1248
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I keep meaning to update this thread with my latest bag changes...my old Ogio/Camelback combo finally really fell apart, and after doing another round of test-fits of all sort of other brand I settled on a combination of Klim packs. For backpack replacement, I chose the Klim NacPac:

I like the looks of this bag. I wish they would have included a dry/empty weight measurement.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:55 AM   #1249
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Can we get pics of them unfolded? On the Klim site there aren't any. The waist pack isn't waterproof, is it?
Hey hilslamer have you time to take a couple pics? I know you're following this thread
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:48 AM   #1250
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:03 AM   #1251
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Great thread guys!

Not sure if I've chimed in to share how I keep my sockets together, but take a suitably long piece of safety wire and thread it through the sockets and finish the loop off with a twist or two.

No more loose sockets rolling around on the ground and you've lessened the chances of loosing a socket on the ground.

Box-end wrenches are also kept like this in my tool bag.

For a debris-free trail-side work space I also pack a piece of tyvek (that folds down to almost nothing) 2 feet square.

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:42 AM   #1252
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Great thread guys!

Not sure if I've chimed in to share how I keep my sockets together, but take a suitably long piece of safety wire and thread it through the sockets and finish the loop off with a twist or two.

No more loose sockets rolling around on the ground and you've lessened the chances of loosing a socket on the ground.

Box-end wrenches are also kept like this in my tool bag.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:46 AM   #1253
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Now that I've placed my order I can post a link to http://dirt-bike-gear.com/tool_wrap.html

Dan's redesigning some of his products, so those items are at special prices and low stock levels.

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Old 10-25-2011, 02:00 PM   #1254
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Great thread guys!

Not sure if I've chimed in to share how I keep my sockets together, but take a suitably long piece of safety wire and thread it through the sockets and finish the loop off with a twist or two.
I use a zip tie threaded backwards so it's un-doable. This also provides a handle for fishing the sockets out of the KTM's tool tube, my basic tools just get poked in there bare as there's not much room for a pouch or roll.

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Old 10-25-2011, 03:32 PM   #1255
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I keep my sockets in here. Inside is a 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14mm socket and an extra 10mm socket as well as a 10mm and 8mm deep socket. I also have a funky 10mm hex head to 1\4" hex female adapter to use bits with. And of course a 3" extension and the bits themselves.. Oh and a 1\4 square to hex converter and a 1\4" hex magnet.

The pics do not show all the extra sockets I had listed earlier, I added the oddball sizes because I ride an oddball bike.











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Old 10-25-2011, 09:07 PM   #1256
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Gotta get subscribed to this thread. And take some pics of my solutions. Ain't nothin compared to some of these setups.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #1257
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Granted I'm a street rider, but aside from a couple allen keys, flathead/phillips, pliers and select wrenches, most of what I've used for roadside repairs is tape, zipties, and a knife. Putty epoxy if it's really bad.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #1258
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Prety good starter kit

I started with the following link tool kit

http://shop.trailtoolz.com/Complete-...r-Bar-TT01.htm

I then added some of the things that were specific to my needs of the bike I was riding like the tool kit that came with the bike, tire levers from Pro Billet to match the axle bolts plug wrench, etc.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #1259
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I started with the following link tool kit

http://shop.trailtoolz.com/Complete-...r-Bar-TT01.htm

I then added some of the things that were specific to my needs of the bike I was riding like the tool kit that came with the bike, tire levers from Pro Billet to match the axle bolts plug wrench, etc.

It's a start.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:17 AM   #1260
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Here is my ever evolving tool kit for my KLR650s.



1. Motion Pro T-6 Chain Tool + T6 Trail Bead
2. Motion Pro Tool Metric + 16 mm and 14 mm sockets
3. Stop & Go portable mini-air compressor + tube repair kit
4. Air pressure gauge 60 psi max (Accu-Gage RA60X)
5. Motion Pro Ball End Allen Set 9PC (1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10 mm)
6. Husky Pro 3/8″ Drive Pearhead Ratchet Model 22800 + 3/8 to 1/4 adapter
7. Motion Pro T6 Combo Lever (27 mm) + 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter
8. Motion Pro T6 Combo Lever (12mm/13mm)
9. Pittsburgh 7 Piece Metric Ratcheting Combo Wrench Set (17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8 mm)
10. Craftsman Metric Crowfoot Wrenches (17 mm and 19 mm)
11. Jack made from crutch (velcro strap to engage front break)
12. Phillips and flat short screw drivers
13. Screw driver with set of phillips + flat tips from Chapman 7500 tool kit.
14. 3/8 drive metric deep sockets (13, 12, 10, 8 mm)
15. Husky 8-Piece Bit Ratchet Set
16. JB KWIX (fast curing version of JB WELD) Each inside a plastic tube. Popsicle sticks for mixing
17. Black electrical tape wrapped around the tube that holds the orange JB KWIX
18. Blue duct tape wrapped around the tube that holds the blue JB KWIX
19. Red (271) and blue (242) Loctite (thread locker)
20. Zip ties of several sizes
21. Craftsman 7 in. Adjustable Pliers (Germany)
22. Craftsman 6 in. Beak Jaw Adjustable Wrench (Extra-wide jaw)
23. Craftsman 6 in. Long Nose Pliers (USA)
24. Leatherman Wave tool
25. Telescopic magnetic pickup tool
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