I know you make your own motorcycle tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Grinnin, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I know you make your own tools. Seems like anyone who uses tools much soon hits a case where cutting a piece of PVC for a seal driver is easier than buying a "real" one.



    I'm tired of taking heads to use someone else's valve spring compressor. I made mine oversize because I'm sure I'll use it as a clamp eventually. Instead of shopping and waiting for acme thread, I just used threaded rod. The rest is 1/2" square tubing and 3/8" square rod -- they slip fit great and hold themselves aligned for brazing. A better handle and valve pad will come somewhere down the line.

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    So toss in your homemade motorcycle tools.
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Great design.

    I always appreciate the thought and concept of stuff like that. Grew up with a father that was a Machinist, he was the king of overkill when it came to heavy duty, and was great at getting thoughts of things like that from his head to his fingers to the finished project.
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  3. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Don't have any pictures of mine over the years , so they didn't happen . Many years ago before they had cast wheels , the olden days bike had the damnedest wheels that had wire spokes . Made a truing stand and hated every time I used it . Made many odd sized seal drivers and bearing drivers . At one time I even made a frame and wheel alignment jig . Modified many wrenches for special jobs . Many of the tools got recycled for other projects after the need for them passed . I am a machinist but do not have a lathe or mill any longer . Always loved the challenge of engineering a tool along with being a cheap FF . Always nice having the satisfaction of using a tool you made . Nice work . :clap
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  4. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    a clutch spring compressor for a Norton made from an ABS pipe cap, also a bead breaker made from scrap and grafted onto a DIY bicycle repair stand
    BTW there is a great site on DIY tools at http://www.homemadetools.net/

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  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Took me a while to find your clutch spring compressor; it blends in.

    I was interested in tools by ADV inmates. I had seen the homemade tools site (I'm sure there's a thread about it here) but there is SO MUCH and not all that many for motorcycles.
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  6. tdvt

    tdvt Been here awhile

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    Only found this recently myself.

    Homemade Tools- Motorcycle
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  7. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I made a wrench to tight the BMW oil cooler connectors under the headlight, very difficult to get to it with a normal wrench.
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    I just cut and shape a socket and weld it to a rod, works great..
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  8. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    I made this along time before they sold them made of plastic. Pressure bleeding brakes is the way to go. Using this method I always get a firm feel on the first go.

    Complete with sight glass on the side!
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    Chain alingment tool. A couple of transfer punches( two for swing arm axle and two for wheel axle ) ( red tip has point ) ( measure point to point on both sides to get whell alingment dead nuts) from Harbor Frieght and a metal rule from some other EL-Cheapo tool place. Bungee holds wheel tight to adjusters.
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  9. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    [​IMG]my bead breaker. all the neighbors use it.
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  10. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    my lift stand. works on front or rear end of the bike.
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  11. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    KTM 640 crank bearing race removers:

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    You heat these buggers up, clamp them onto the press fit inner roller main bearing races, squeeze, twist, & pull & off they come. It's kinda magical.

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  12. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    I'm a bit of a tyro, but a reasonably clever.

    Problem: When I was rebuilding my old CB550, I needed a spring compressor.

    Complication: The local parts store didn't have any to rent.

    Complication: I wasn't working in my own shop.

    Complication: No access to any real fab tools except a drill press.

    Solution: drill press + plastic pipe fitting.

    The fitting, bored out on both sides. I made a big hole on one side to get the edges in, and small ones on the other for light and some structural integrity. The hole wasn't big enough, so I ended up making that into a slot later.

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    And the whole thing mounted. It was a press fit (and by that I mean "adjust the chuck to the size of the pipe without thread and then mush the chuck down over it and just shear off the threads"), and I built a custom jig ("stacked some wood blocks") to hold the head underneath it.

    Lever action. Worked a charm! :D

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  13. victor441

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  14. MCMXCIVRS

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    Just installed an Ohlins shock on my F800GS and needed a tool for the preload adjuster so I whipped this up. I found a 8mm hex driver bit in my junk drawer and made the rest out of aluminum. Turned everything on the lathe then milled the notch in the end of the shaft to fit to the handle. Drilled and counter sunk the handle to attach it with a socket head bolt. The bit driver is pressed into the end of the shaft which was drilled to suit. Rather than leave the shaft and handle as plain bar stock, I spent a bit of time fancying them up. Last thing was to print the preload settings out on the label maker and stick it around the tool shaft.

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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Not made by me, but definitely home made! It worked well!

    Jim :brow
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  16. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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  17. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    Home made chain whip(bicycle)/shock preload aduster.

    Old bike chain and scrap steel.

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  18. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Timely, I'm making one today and was going to have to figure out the dimensions! Bolt circles are always a PITA to transfer accurately. Thanks.
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  19. BDXMPL

    BDXMPL The Sheriff

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    DR650 valve adjustment tool:

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  20. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Ok, I have a Honda, soooooooooo how's it work? You just pop a cork, get drunk, and forget about the valves?
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