Socket ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Asatrur, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Asatrur

    Asatrur Newbie KLR adv rider

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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
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  2. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

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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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  3. Asatrur

    Asatrur Newbie KLR adv rider

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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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  4. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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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,,,

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    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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  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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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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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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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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  7. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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  8. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    It's a KLR! They don't ever break down, so why carry tools? :D
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  9. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    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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