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Old 04-16-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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I am trying to build out a tool kit for the KLR and have the hex and socket sizes pretty well figured out. Right now here is what I have minus tire stuff
19 and 21 mm wrenches for the wheel bolts
Large crescent wrench
T-handle wrenches in 3,4,5,6, and up to 8mm IIRC
Needle nose pliers
Sockets in 1/4 and 3/8 from 8mm-19mm
S, M, and L zipties
Electrical tape
Based on the socket sizes, what would folks go with for the actual socket size 3/8 or 1/2?
Thanks,
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hi all ! I would not even bother with 1/2" drive stuff, too heavy . Also , if I was carrying a large crescent wrench I would leave the 19mm and 21mm wrenches home too , unless it is to hold the other side of the axel . I would add one of those 8-in -1 screwdrivers and make sure the large zipties are large enough to go around the wheel and tire in case you have a tire problem you can't fix on the trail. Hope this helps....brad
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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Yep, the crescent is for holding the other end. I do have one of the multi-screwdrivers. Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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only thing you might want half drive for is the counter shaft nut if you change sprockets on the road. if you have the "prevailing torque" nut, 3/8 drive is fine

I carry mostly 1/4 drive & combo wrenches. I have the alloy Motion Pro tire spoons that have the axle nut sizes on them. I also have a 3/8 drive that fits into one of the spoons so the spoon is the lever.

on long trips I carry a multimeter

get a spare 12mm and make one of these,,,



I can pull the enricher cable even with the tank on. that lets me rotate the carb for maintenance. when you have the chance... replace the intake boot screws with allen heads.... it is much easier to remove & install the carb if the boot comes off along with the carb
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #5
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Your list of tools looks more like a home tool kit than a carry tool kit. I use mostly 3/8" at home but have a 1/2" breaker bar with an adaptor for 3/8". Bolts on the swingarm and shock links and the countershaft sprocket are all larger than any that I've gotten in sets, so I buy 22 or 23 or whatever size individual sockets in 1/2" drive.

For the road I take 1/4" drive with 8, 10, 12, and 14 mm sockets plus a 3/8" adapter and 17 & 19mm sockets. I have wrenches for 17 & 19mm; the sockets are for oil changes and turning the crankshaft for checking valves, so the 1/4" drive is adequate.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:32 AM   #6
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I'd ditch the T handle wrenches for an allen wrench set with the ball end. And I'd only take the one set of sockets, maybe the 1/4" from 8-13, then an adapter for the 3/8" and a few of those sockets from 14 up..

Many of my last bikes required two 10mm wrenches to do some tasks, so I'd take a look if you have to carry the second same sized wrench.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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I'g go with 3/8 sockets, and a stubby ratchet (in fact, I have)

for the wheels, my cresent wrench will remove either on it's own . . . .and, when I get s lil more dough, I'll get tire spoons with the closed end wrench on the other end.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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It's a KLR! They don't ever break down, so why carry tools?
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:29 AM   #9
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I am trying to build out a tool kit for the KLR and have the hex and socket sizes pretty well figured out. Right now here is what I have minus tire stuff
19 and 21 mm wrenches for the wheel bolts
Large crescent wrench
T-handle wrenches in 3,4,5,6, and up to 8mm IIRC
Needle nose pliers
Sockets in 1/4 and 3/8 from 8mm-19mm
S, M, and L zipties
Electrical tape
Based on the socket sizes, what would folks go with for the actual socket size 3/8 or 1/2?
Thanks,
Asa
The next time you work on your bike start a list of what you use. After a few times you'll know exactly what you should be taking on the road and a lot of what you have listed above won't be on it.
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