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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hilslamer, Sep 2, 2007.
Ok, I stand corrected...
Just realized that it's been about four years since I first put together a toolkit about four years ago after reading through this thread. This is what my tool roll looks like these days. Use these tools pretty much exclusively any time I'm working on any of our bikes, so carry a few more sockets and wrenches and things than I'd need to if I was only using this as a trail toolkit. Still hauling around that same DaKine bag, which is holding up pretty well considering how it gets treated, and I haven't found any better replacement for it.
Started carrying a few tools that I don't need very often (like axle wrenches and tire levers) on my bike. Robo-Boogie has taken this a step farther and has tucked all of his tools away into little nooks and crannies on his bike.
Swapped-out a few tools for smaller/lighter versions, like this shorter 8mm allen wrench. Eliminated some redundant tools, replaced shitty tools with better ones, etc.
Anybody know where we can get higher quality tool bits? These little things give me all kinds of trouble.
Good to revisit the contents of a tool kit. Christmas is coming and you can ask for stocking stuffers.
Less than three pounds! Very nice.
Thanks for revisiting this thread. I have been modifying mine for a bit now that I am back into the advmoto thing. I will post pictures soon of what I have come up with...
"Anybody know where we can get higher quality tool bits? These little things give me all kinds of trouble."
We use Apex brand in aviation, seem to hold up very well.
Wiha bits have a good rep.
Thanks. Those look like two good options.
Work in aviation too. I have seen some "mechanics" get lazy and use a #8 four-wing Torq in a #10 four-wing Torq slot or #8/#10 four-wing Torq in a #1/4" four-wing Torq slot with various results. The bits break after a while and the screw slots inevitably end up getting buggered.
I'll have to check and see who we use, but I think it comes down to whichever way the wind is blowing sometimes considering at times I've eaten up bits like popcorn at the movies and other times one bit will suffice for weeks on end.
Maybe this is obvious, maybe not...
Several things that help you break bits:
The blades are not a correct fit for the slot/recess they need to fit.
Dirt or some-other foreign matter in the slot/recess causing a high-stress point on a blade whereby the torque applied is multiplied many times over resulting in...
Damaged blades, starting twists or bends.
Lousy material, low quality.
On occasion, the screw is over-torqued or just "fused" in-place and needs to be loosened by some other means. The amount of pressure or torque applied to overcome that resistance is just too high for the fastener to be released and the bit just goes beyond it's design limits.
Some solutions to mitigate problems are:
Use high quality bits.
Make sure the slots/recess of the screws are as clean as possible.
Use the correct size bit for the screw.
Replace damaged bits.
Replaced damage screws.
Use the proper torque if known, required or stated.
And have several spares on hand...
Also when the fastener wont budge, try tightening it first, it works!
^^^Good advice. Has worked many times for me.
The above suggestion are good ideas once everything else is correct. Some type of impact wrench or driver can be useful too. The desired usefulness can also be construed as a measure of how much damage you want to perform on the side of your hand or the fastener you want remove or even the item that the fastener is attached to if you're using the hammer/mallet assisted type - what fun!
I looked at the Kobalt Xtreme Access sockets today at Lowe's. It seems like a great way to carry more tools with less weight/mass, but I'm concerned about their functionality. In my experience, a tool that does everything does nothing well. Metric and SAE sockets all in one? Sounds too good to be true.
Those are spline sockets and they work great on all types of fasteners. I will be looking for a set as these are cheap.
JesusGato - is that a 3/8 and 1/4 combo ratchet or a box end wrench with two ratcheting adapters?
If it's a combo ratchet would love to know the brand
Husky. Check out post #2 of the thread that your reading.
The original set posted is no longer available at least in Kommyfornia, this is the replacement and looks pretty sweet, you don't need deep sockets with these. Spline wrenches do everything they claim and are pretty much bullet proof. Don't know about the ratchets here but Ill have a look and report back.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_379759-2542...d 1/4-in Drive Socket Set&CAWELAID=1381799467
Check your local Lowe's. They were closing the original sets out in stores only for around $20. I didn't see a need for the 1/4" drive for my motorcycle tool kit, so the 3/8" set was perfect for me.
Originally Posted by RAZR
so you should NEVER get a fanny pack tool kit
Originally Posted by swingset
I wear mine over a kidney belt. Been down on it so many times I couldn't count, hasn't been an issue.
I´´ve been down hard last year and had not one scratch except for a broken collar bone, right underneath a 5 inch maglite flashlight I was cleverly carrying in my external upper pocket. Coincidence? I don´t think so...
Klim Scramble Pak.
I use a "High Seirra" backpack and a Fox fanny pack. Very similar to above items. Totally rugged, they've been beat, dragged, kicked you name it. Tough stuff!