F800GS Toolkit needs

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by itsatdm, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    Brilliant! Nice job.

    I've got the BMW F800GS tool kit, which though very nice quality, is quite a bit bulkier and heavier. It also depends on the three or four tools under the seat to complete the set so you may have to go to two different places to get the job done--a drag if you've got something strapped to the seat. Plus, now that I have a bunch of farkles I've had to add hexes and a few other sockets and drivers, a a 1/4" rachet and extension, etc to it, since TT and others insist on using hex bits instead of Torx.

    Rob in Seattle
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  2. bikerfish1100

    bikerfish1100 Adventurer

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    PART NUMBER for the Sears kit, please?
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  3. Dert Gerl

    Dert Gerl Been here awhile

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    I bought the motion pro version of this same tool thinking I needed it for the axels. I changed out both tires back in March and never needed it.
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  4. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    Best tool I ever purchased for the kit is the Riders Wrench by Fredette!

    17mm on one side (front) - 24mm on the other (back)

    1 tool and I can remove either wheel.

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  5. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    So for all of those that don't have the E-sockets and Torx bits I have found a nice little kit that pretty much contains everything you need.

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Includes 7 hard-to-find star E-sockets and 9 Torx star bits.

    • Chrome vanadium steel E-socket sizes E6, E7, E8, E10, E12, E14, and E16
    • S-2 steel Torx bit sizes T10, T15, T20, T25, T30, T40, T45, T50, T55
    • Includes bit adapter and carrying case
    Looks like this:

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    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Where can you get yourself one? And how much do I have to pay for this?[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Now before you pass judgement just remember that everyone is paying hundreds for BMW specific kits. Yeah I know what you are thinking but for the price of this you can get several sets and still not be at $50 bucks. Everytime I use it I just laugh with enjoyment. It does the job and is durable. Ok, ok....here is it, you ready?[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=36562[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Remember don't pass judgement until you actually use it and see for yourself that the quality is not that bad. Every kit I looked at either didn't have one of the E-sockets or the T55 torx. And if I was to buy a single T55 torx bit it was $8 bucks! Hell thats 50% of what I paid to get 16 pieces. [/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Pair it along with one of these http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93695 and for less than $25 bucks you can pretty much work on a large portion of the bike. [/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]I know, I know... its cheap sh*t and its going to leave me stranded! I've used it to pretty much lock tite the various body panels etc and to ensure that the dealer didn't half ass on putting things together. Worked great, no complaints! [/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]No it won't fit under the seat. Big deal! My tire irons won't fit under the seat so I have to put them somewhere anyways. I haven't figured that part out completely but if I have luggage then it goes in there. [/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]Ok well that is my cheap a** tool kit, along with the fredette axle tool and having most everything else, I've spent $40 bucks! :freaky
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  6. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I bought a set each of male and female Torx sockets at a Sears sale for $20 each. Don't have a 55, but a 7mm allen wrench works for that. Most of my tools fit in the pocket behind the seat, but you can also slip long thin things like tire irons down the sides beside the fuel tank. I put an 8" crescent wrench down there, wrapped in a piece of bicycle inner tube.

    For driving sockets, I found a stubby handled ratchet with 1/4" drive on one side and 3/8" on the other. Not Mac Tool quality, but it gets the job done and packs small. The 24mm axle wrench from my DR-Z works like a champ on the rear axle.
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  7. bonafidebob

    bonafidebob Sport Tourer

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    Curious if anyone has looked at this adjustable wrench + ratchet combination? http://www.amazon.com/KR-Tools-91115BN-Adjustable-Ratchet/dp/B001G615JM

    After bolting on a bunch of accessories I realize there are a few places where I need two of the same size socket at once, or where there's just not room for a socket. So I figure adding an adjustable wrench adds a lot of flexibility while still being better than pliers, and this does double duty. There's also a shorter 1/4" drive and a longer 1/2" drive version. But cheap adjustable wrenches are often complete crap -- anyone know if these are decently made?
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  8. AMERUS

    AMERUS Traveler

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  9. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    IMHO, I would not carry a torque wrench on the bike.

    Many folks that have been working on vehicles for some time have developed a "feel" for torque that is very accurate.

    To improve mine, before I took off on my first trip I .... checked/set torque on the key fastners with my torque wrench and then went back and "tested" them with the wrench & extensions I planned to have with me on the trip.

    This gave me a good enough "feel" for the rough value to get rolling again.
    If I had any doubt I would get the next shop along the way to double-check my work for critical stuff

    Just my $0.02
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  10. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    For a field repair I wouldn't worry about it. If it makes you sweat wait till you get to civilization and borrow one at a garage.


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  11. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    The hex end of a spark plug wrench fits the front axle socket just fine. You'll have one along anyway, right?
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  12. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    I've come to realize that you don't really need the internal hex on either axle.
    Especially the front; pinch bolts hold the axle to loosen the nut then once loose the axle slides right out.
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  13. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    You won't need a torque wrench to get things set to spec if you do some prep ahead of time. Simply mark the fastener on the nut and bolt or against an object that won't move for example. In the case of the rear axle, using an index mark on the end of the axle mated to a mark on the nut will yield the same torque value consistantly (or extremely close to it). Also, unless it is a very fine thread pitch you will be able to tell that you're one turn shy or one too many by the general feel.
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  14. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    For what it's worth, I don't carry a torque wrench in my 'tool kit' which is on the bike all of the time but when going on a long tour, say two weeks or more, I take a 'repair kit' with a 3/8" torque wrench in it. The one you suggest looks way too big though. Draper do a small if quite heavy one.
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  15. nat_han

    nat_han 2 Wheelers By Choice.. =]

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    anyone knows the tool size needed to remove the BMW alu bash plate?

    thanks! (sorry if its mentioned already, just cant find it!)
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  16. Pete O Static

    Pete O Static Adventure Seeker

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    Made my own. Had some stuff already, bought what I needed to complete it. All up, less than 50 bucks. I do plan on getting the Beadbrakr so didn't duplicate what will be coming in that.


    Spanners:

    8mm 11mm 12mm and 2X13mm

    Driver:

    1 3/8 bar with 1/4 adapter

    1 1/4 round hand ratchet

    1 3/8 extension

    1 1/4 extension

    Torx:

    Drivers=T10 T20 T25 T27 T30 T40 T45 T50

    Sockets= E8 E12

    Hex Head:

    4mm 6mm

    Rare earth magnet in case I drop something in the dirt.

    LED flashlight with carabiner to illuminate work area in the dark

    Roadgear digital pressure gauge.

    Seeing as how the seat has an area for a first aid kit in the event you get a paper cut retrieving your registration, I figured I could put the area to better use. I cut the plastic flanges, ran two velcro straps underneath, put all my tools into a $3 pouch and voila! They now reside under the seat.


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  17. Foofighter

    Foofighter Broken Sportbike Rider

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    That is the BEST setup I have seen yet! Well done, on making a well put together tool kit as well as putting it where it belongs, under the seat!
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  18. vasculopath

    vasculopath You're not your bike

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    13mm socket is what i used...

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  19. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    This may be *slightly* off topic but... What is the deal with digital pressure gauges (as mentioned in above post)? I honestly don't trust the darn things (I'm a mechanical engineer) and don't see the benefit.

    1. Digital is meant for quick reading on the fly... does this apply to tire pressure readings?

    2. They are often heavier and more bulky than the pencil type and not nearly as reliable.

    I believe it is a marketing gimmick, someone prove me wrong lol :lol3
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  20. Foofighter

    Foofighter Broken Sportbike Rider

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    I was just thinking the same thing. I want to make almost the exact toolkit as shown above but I was going to sub in a classic pencil type pressure gauge instead. Also I think I would use ratchet wrenchs instead of normal ones just for ease of use, not really necessary...
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