Adventure Designs Tool Kit Opinion

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by toyocruiser, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    I have a set and it's helped with another persons bike breakdown while in Death Valley at 100 degrees :eek1 I'll take and break the cheap then replace it with something nicer later. I'd recommend it for someone needing a tool kit!
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  2. JurgenB

    JurgenB daily rider

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    Sorry, can't see myself paying lots of $$$ for cheap (Chinese made???)tools. I happen to prefer the Made in Germany stuff (Hazet brand). Must be a BMW thing.
    As far as tool selection goes, Jim von Baden and others have put together lists of everything you need. Got to a specialty tool shop, give them the list and they will gladly fill your order. The first maintenance job you do yourself pays for the tools.
    Working with top quality tools makes a huge difference compared to cheap junk. The wrench tolerances are slightly off, which leads to rounded nuts and boltheads, especially when working with hex (Allen) keys. Poor quality tools als break easily, leading to injury when your hand slips off. BTDT.

    Just my $0.02
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  3. lzymtbrdrkr

    lzymtbrdrkr Beer Snob!

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    Strap-on, Crapsmen, Proto, SK, all the way baby. Buy American(or German). No cheap chinese stuff for this guy. Use a Strap-on, I mean Snap-on ratchet and you'll never go back.:evil
    What he said!
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  4. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    You had me until this:

    Really? :ymca
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  5. lzymtbrdrkr

    lzymtbrdrkr Beer Snob!

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    :rofl
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  6. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    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.

    Thanks!
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  7. Whip

    Whip Onward through the fog

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    I have a set for my 1150 GSA. I think the quality is very good, much better than anything I have ever bought from Harbor Freight. I would not hesitate to buy another set if needed.

    Because of the few specialty tools, I think the price is okay.
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  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I'm going to make a lot of people cringe, but most of that set is Harbor Freight, and the whole thing, including tool roll ($22 from Bob's BMW) was just under $75. Keep in mind, at that price, I got a lot more tools than you see in the kit. I keep the extras in my Craftsman toolbox next to my craftsman tools. I take my kit to tech days a lot, and occasionally lose tools there. This helps me feel better about it.

    Also, the HF hand tools I have used have never broken or caused an issue. YMMV

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    Some cost savings can be had in the form of a 13/16" spark plg socket head, which is 22mm, cut off to use for the front axle, and using a simple screwdriver to remove your spark plug wire/coil.

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    Jim :brow
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  9. RobStar

    RobStar Still On Training Wheels

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    Has anyone posted a thread or complete list of all tools needed for the R1200GS?

    Somewhere over on the F800GS section one of the inmates had created a spreadsheet listing all the tools / bits needed. Can't seem to find it here in Oilheads.

    RobStar
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I posted this earlier: http://www.jimvonbaden.com/Tool_Kit.html

    Jim :brow
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  11. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    Thanks Jim. Now I have tool envy.

    Looking forward to some date in the future when you can add the 2010 valve adjustment to your DVD. Keep us posted.
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  12. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    As soon as I can get a Guinea pig, I mean willing volunteer, I will be making a 2010 DVD completely from scratch that covers all the new changes in the bikes with the cam-heads.

    Thanks,

    Jim :brow
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  14. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    BMW sells a plastic puller for 2 bucks.
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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    But why? You can remove it easily and safely with the screwdriver you already carry. Besides, the BMW one just plain sucks IMHO.

    Jim :brow
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  16. lzymtbrdrkr

    lzymtbrdrkr Beer Snob!

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    After spending about $50 on a BMW tool and then proceeding to dick one of my coil sticks up with it, now ONLY the screwdriver method will work on that one. :cry

    It's a good idea to make sure the aluminum puller is firmly seated on the coil stick to prevent disintegrating the coil stick. Even though mine was, it still came apart so it's a good idea to know how to use the screwdriver method as a primary or alternative way to remove them.
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  17. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    I was lazy and bought the kit. I have used it several times and all the parts have worked great so far. I added a Slime compressor, the fancy spark plug puller and use the bmw tire plug kit. So far do good.

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  18. Merlin III

    Merlin III Lone Wolf-No Club

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    The Adventure Designs kit looks to be what I want, but who is the manufacturer of the high quality American made tools?
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  19. MrPickle

    MrPickle NP Extraordinaire

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    Nice Rack!
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  20. WayOutThere

    WayOutThere Been here awhile

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    Wright is what is marked on the tools. And they are very nicely made. Overall, it's really a great product from Adventure Designs even though it is a bit spendy but that's got to be because the US made tools are going to be way more expensive than Chinese made.

    Hate to sound too jingoistic here, but just when does one start to realize that keeping jobs in the US involves paying a bit more for US labor? Not that buying a tool roll is going to change our balance of payments problems with China but philosophically when and where does one start supporting US made products at a sacrifice out of our own pockets? Addiction to cheap foreign labor has already ruined numerous US companies and industries and everybody realizes it. Somehow the next President (whether O or R) must find a theme and an economic course of action that will start the reversal.
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