The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. ravenranger

    ravenranger rave

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    The Custom Leather Craft roll is nice. That's what I had until I wore it out and then I got the Duluth one - don't think I'll ever wear it out.
  2. WeeBee

    WeeBee Roaming ADV Gnome

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    WTF did you do to wear it out - use it for a bash plate?
  3. ravenranger

    ravenranger rave

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    I was carrying it around in the back of my Scout and managed to rub a good sized hole in it.....
  4. motosaint

    motosaint LTLYLTL!

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    Most other rolls have a socket area.. It must be a necessity in my book...

  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I used an impact wrench for the first time yesterday and it totally blew me away. I must say I am smitten.:wink: . It pulled the clutch basket nut off in about 2 seconds as if it was only hand tightened but it was actually at some 200 ft. lbs, or kilo cubits or something like that. If you have never experienced the sublime joy of an impact wrench do NOT pass up an opportunity. It was a religious experience. I know you're probably thinking this is off-topic, but I'm brainstorming a way to carry it with my on-bike kit. Seriously. :brow
  6. header

    header Chris

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    How would you carry a compressor? Paintball's nitro tank would be the only resonable thing I could think of.
  7. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    I assume you used a pneumatic impact...IMO, if you need an impact on the road, things have gone pretty bad and carrying even a lighter manual-impact is pretty impractical from a weight and heft standpoint. To each their own, but you have to draw the line somewhere...
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    And another Tim Allen is born!
  9. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Impact wrenchs to take off the nut on a hardened shaft can be bad news.
    I know some manufacturers recommend against it, that is why clutch holding tools are used. YRMV
  10. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    I got this for the holidays and let me tell you, it kicks ass. It's pretty compact and has quite a bit of strength, 125 ft lbs of torque. But the torque isnt adjustable and it will snap smaller bolts if you arent careful. Good around the garage but I wouldnt carry it around with me although it's small enough to put in a side or top-case.


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  11. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    Happy New Year, and special regards to the NYCFFers :D !

    A buddy of mine back home has a 24v impact gun that he hooks up to his batteries in his truck (which is obviously 24v)...its pretty insane as far as torque and speed goes...

    He got it from some military camp in Lebanon...it has German all over it and we assume it came in the late 70s with the roster of Unimogs that were ordered (by all the militias) during the war...

    I keep BEGGING him to sell, but he won't...

    Having one on the bike...that's pretty heavy...but I've been thinking of hard mounting an air compressor so we've had shittier thoughts :evil
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Brad, sometimes I think you're the only one who truly understands me. :smooch
  13. motosaint

    motosaint LTLYLTL!

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    Are they really necessary on a motorcycle? I can see on bigger bolts. But those should be quite rare.

  14. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    Impact drivers are cool tools when you need them, but you can get in trouble in a hurry with them and I wouldn't use them as a general way to loosen things. I have two in my toolbox and I haul them out for lug nuts, countershaft sprockets, etc, but don't use them except in special circumstances.

    Carry one in a on-the-bike toolkit? Sure, right along with a drill press and sledge hammer.

    - Mark
  15. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    You mean you don't carry a sledgehammer?
  16. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    Otherwise known as rocks? I just find one beside the trail handy when they become neccessity...LOL
  17. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    I use one of these aroudn the shop, ad infinitum. They are sooo fast for disassembly and if you are gentle, reassembly too. With a littel practice you can have surprising "torque-dexterity" with them! IN the case of field repairs where you've got a bike stranded, for example, where you can't rescue it with a truck - and only with another bike and known-needed spare parts...these are pretty slick/light and just about as powerful:

    http://www.makita.com/en-us/Modules/Tools/ToolDetails.aspx?ID=26528


    ...although they would never loosen a clutch-basket nut, countershaft nut, or otherwise. they would make the job faster though.

    As I and others have said, if you absolutely need an impact in the field it's mostly because something has gone really, really wrong. These events are very few and far between IME, and in many cases could have been prevented by correct maintenance or assembly procedures.
  18. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Got a model # for that little makita? I've been thinking of picking up a mini impact driver, mainly to speed things up, not really to use as an impact gun. More of a fancy and small screw gun
  19. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Okay, so I don't normally do much in-depth vehicle work, so the limit of my impact experience is taking off my lugnuts and opening the drain/fill holes in my diff. But the time I most appreciated an impact gun (air-powered), was taking the wheels off of my friends rustbucket of a truck. Man, the lugnuts were practically welded onto the studs, I coudn't believe how much work was needed to free them!

    But yeah, I don't see any place for them in a bike toolkit. I don't think I would use one on the bike in a garage, as I've come close to tipping the bike over just with the breaker bar. And things can go pear-shaped a whole lot quicker with power tools as opposed to hand tools.
  20. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I don't mean to be antagonistic, but just in case you, or a n00b reading your post overlooks it: something to consider is that whilst more compact, the method you describe probably won't protect it from water. My main reason for carrying spare spark plugs is for when the existing ones get wet; either in a river crossing, or in the case of my SV, water-ingress into the front plug during prolonged rain (or a dealership cleaning the bike with a pressure washer:thwak).

    If it's just a quick dip, or you're in hot climes, you might get away with a quick spray of WD40 and taking it out to dry for ten minutes. If it has been properly soaked (botched river crossing/floods) this may not suffice. Either way, a properly waterproofed spare plug carrier like the acerbis ones will allow you to get back on the road sooner.