The Toolkit Thread

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hilslamer, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    I could not agree further with this statement...and to make matters worse, the footpegs or crashbars or whatever would be in close vicinity, sparking away all the way to a stop while the Rotopax left a trail of fuel in the bike's wake.

    When carrying fuel on a bike, you always have to think for the crash before you think for the ride, IMO - just like(perhaps more importantly so...) your body parts.
  2. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    did you fill the packs to the brim without leaving any room for said expansion?
  3. bump

    bump COLOR ME GONE

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    Finally some sanity. THANKS HILSALMER!



  4. Flyred

    Flyred Who is John Galt?

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    Probably not enough room but it's hard to guess what is the right amount. My older version fuel pack (pre RotoPax) never had an issue with swelling but also the cap leaked like mad.
    The best answer for me was to use the double stacked RotoPax mount with two Rok Straps to hold the whole mess together. Then the cans can swell to their hearts content and I can carry enough gas to get out of where ever I got to.
    YMMV
    Still that leaves a major weak spot with the gaskets not being fuel proof and falling apart after only a few days of getting wet.
  5. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    thought these wouldn't leak?

    uh oh

    :ear
  6. bpg

    bpg Off Trail

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    Been thoroughly enjoying learning lots from this thread, thanks everyone! :thumb

    Here's a quick contribution, my tool tube, which would work with any single exhaust dirt-bike style machine:

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    It's 4" black schedule 40. I've seen the tractor manual tubes and welding rod tubes, most are just a little too tiny in diameter to really be useful, plus this was cheap! It's mounted to a pre-drilled/slotted chunk of galvanized angle steel from Lowes, attached by SS hose clamps.

    Definitely like this set-up - keeps the weight down low, keeps the tools ALWAYS on the bike (vs in a fanny/vest), keeps the rear rack clear for technical riding, isn't noticeable when underway (sticks out about as much as the muffler, and no more than the front shrouds), and even looks pretty decent from a suitable distance...:D

    FWIW, A tube mounted in front of the skid plate would last about 5 minutes in NC's rocky/hilly singletrack... This thing has absorbed some insane crunches (sometimes backwards!), but due to the location has actually served mostly as a bumper when I biff, not a liability. :thumb

    Inside, I stow the heavier Wolfman tool roll at the bottom; and atop that, a Husky cordura zippered & divided "bankers envelope" filled with tape/epoxy/quiksteel/spare bits in Altoid tins/etc. Everything fits in snugly enough to not rattle around, but is still easy to retrieve or re-stow.
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  7. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Gotta figure out how to mount a tube like that on the off-side of the 800. :nod
  8. EduardoMas

    EduardoMas Spartan Overlander

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    Thinnest (10?) gauge, thin insulation. connector rings at one end and permanently attached to the battery. At the other end aligator clips or clamps are not needed, instead, unse another set of connector rings or bullets.
    Slip insulation over the "loose" connectors to avoid shorting (mine where mede of heavy heat shrink, coil the 4-5 ft length of cable and secure the coiles in the vecinity of the battery (under the battery strap?).
    Superflexy cables like the ones made by OLFLEX can be found in electronics surplus stores, they are perfect.


    You will never be alone jumping your bike, so you or the other guy just need to touch the other battery. If you find yourself alone, improvise with visegrips or bailing wire.

    In my KLR days I gave a lot of juice to fellow riders.
    Some days the cables came out 6-12 times.
    In one particular trip in CR-CA my buddy's DR650 rental was fryed so we rode for two days whth the KLR as the only starter juice available for both bikes.

    In another trip the KLR just fryed so it needed countless jumps for 2 days to get to a shop.

    Jumps last a second or two, so that setup was successfully unsed in all the situations I described.

    I see all the posts showing long heavy duty jumper cables in pouches. A fine investment, but bullky and easy to leave behind if other supplies take priority when packing.

    Cheers!
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  9. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    best bet is to pick up a 10g SAE pigtail and a set of 10g cables, with one end using an SAE connector and the other end using spade connectors or mini alligator clips. Cyclegadgets sells a set (check the vendor forum) for $30, but you can make your own for half that price by picking up a trolling motor connector (comes with the 10g pigtail and the mating cable with crimp connectors) for about $10 and then pick up a set of MC jumper cables that already have the mini alligator clips for $5 on eBay
  10. sqrly

    sqrly Registered squirrel

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    Just posting in here so I can find this thread again.
  11. Mike Honcho

    Mike Honcho Got Beaver?

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    Welcome to the asylum! :wave

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  12. xroad

    xroad Been here awhile

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    I count 12 pliers in the picture. Possible 14. There are 2 folded up multitool. Not sure if they have pliers.

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  13. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    About 10 more than are needed. One of those is a set with replaceable heads. It's one set of handles and you can put on a set of needle nose pliers, blunt nose, e.t.c.

    There is absolutely no need for that many pliers (on a portable toolkit)
  14. river251

    river251 Been here awhile

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    Cool. Are you using multiconductor cable like this? Then you strip all the leads and solder the end on to everything?

    http://www.lappusa.com/Spec_Template.asp?nGroupID=10140
  15. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    There is if you have some kind of obsessive/compulsive disorder. :D
  16. MSH

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    We wouldnt be on this thread if we werent. :-)
  17. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    I'm only obsessed with not getting stuck in the boonies, and at the same time I'm obsessed with going there. Strange dichotomy, no?












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  18. MSH

    MSH The Salt

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    hahaha, I know what you mean! :thumb
  19. RandyB

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    Giant tool kit and spares, backed up with Scarpa hiking boots. Last time I broke down, the boots worked....:lol3
  20. xroad

    xroad Been here awhile

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    Here is my tool kit.

    This kit is tools only, no consumables like zip ties, steel wires, epoxy, etc. All that stuff is in a separate "consumable kit".

    Also in separate kit is a strip down electric air pump, mushroom tire plug kit, and a gummy string plug kit.

    There is also the bike's stock tool kit with a suspension adjustment tool, few large wrenches for axle, etc, and a special spark plug tool. Some day, when I get another bike without the bike specific tools, I'll have to add them to my tool kit.

    Note that I only have TWO pairs of pliers! Sorry Hotfoot777, I am just busting your chops. :rofl I wish I have the carrying capacity of your Pelican top case. I probably carried that much stuff when I had my Kawasaki Concours.

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