The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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  2. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    A while ago I posted about swapping out some tools and had been thinking that I should probably just buy an 8mm 1/4" socket bit. But I haven't - and I had to take the topend apart to replace the rings on my 450 - and I do all of my maintenance with these tools - and I just couldn't put enough torque on that stubby little 8mm wrench. So I popped an 8mm socket on the end of it and whammo! Now I'm thinking that instead of buying a dedicated 8mm socket bit, I'm just going to cut off an inch long piece of an 8mm allen wrench and carry that. Way smaller/lighter than carrying a whole allen wrench, and even a little bit lighter than carrying a dedicated 1/4" 8mm bit.

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  3. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    Isn't that what the hole in the end of an adjustable wrench is for?
    A larger box wrench will do the same thing.
  4. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    I don't carry tools that big. I'd imagine the intention of his post was similar.
  5. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    +1

    Remember that scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the scientists on the ground threw a bunch of stuff on a table and said this is the stuff they have up there they might be able to use to fix The Problem?

    Sometimes you have all you need right there to fix the problem. You just need to be creative.
  6. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    I've busted the side out of a good quality 3/8 8mm socket doing just that. Unless the 8mm hex cap screws you plan to use it on are torqued very lightly it might be a bit much pain for a 1/4 drive.

    The 8mm hex M10 capscrews on my bike all need more torque than I'd put through a 1/4 drive. I just use a shortish allen key with my lil vice grips on the end for extra leverage.

    Cheers
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  7. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Box-ends wrenches work alright in a pinch, but this setup is nicer to handle. Puts a side-load on the 8mm socket that it wasn't designed to take, and dunno it that might be a problem. Guess we'll see. The 8mm box-end wrench I carry is puny, otherwise I'd use that instead of a 1/4" driver. Agree with you that it's more force than I'd like to put through a little tool like that, but have been using this Husky driver for years now and it hasn't let me down yet. If it lets go, it'll probably be while I'm working in the shop because these aren't the type of repairs (pulling the head) I'm likely to be making on the trail anyway.
  8. rpet

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    Tip: If you use/carry an EnduroStar Trail stand, the larger shaft works as a great cheater for mid-size allen keys as well as the 1/4 sliding T-bar that I use as my primary wrench.

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    xNOKIAx Adventurer

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  10. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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  11. rpet

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    CBs tools were terrible in my experience. I had a the torx bit strip on the first usage on their pricy multi-tool. The same multi-tool would also unbolt itself into pieces in my Camelbak. I'd take Home Depot stuff into the backcountry before Crank Bros.

    I'm not sure if they've changed, but they seem to have always put design before functionality.
  12. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    And they are made for bicycles....................
  13. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Wow. That's surprising. Grew up working in bike shops and would have said Crank Bros has always made pretty nice stuff? Carry one of their pumps and it's been great. No experience with their multi tools though. Like the idea of a bit-keeper though. It's not much more than that. So the application (bicycles) is not important.
  14. oceanguppy

    oceanguppy go with the flow

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    Good find
  15. fhfr436

    fhfr436 Thirsting for ADV

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    I agree. I've used many of their different products, including their multi-tools and have been pleased.

    Can't we all just get along? I ride 2-wheels with and without motors and it saddens me to think that my fellow motorcyclists would disrespect me when I'm riding my bicycle on the road.
  16. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Some of these items may have been discussed on here... I'm not sure... If so I apologize. I'm thinking of adding one of these to my collection...trailside use.

    Anyone had experience with any of them? Suggestions for which is better? Better options out there?

    Stockton T Handle Folding Set
    http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/...OL COMPANY/T-Handle-Folding-Set/p/36251_00000

    Motion Pro Folding T Handle Trail Set
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11/55/702/4913/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Folding-T-Handle-Trail-Set.aspx

    Fly Racing Service T Handle
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11/55/702/4667/ITEM/Fly-Racing-Service-T-Handle-Tool.aspx

    The first 2 are are more compact because they fold in half but I suspect this could be a point of weakness. The last one is obviously not as compact but may be more sturdy.

    Thoughts???? Thanks!
  17. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    are you suggesting use them in place of ratchet? Or perhaps just where more convenient than a ratchet....
  18. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Yes.. In place of a ratchet. Thought with one of these t-bars i could carry all necessary sockets and have the ability to reach tight places without an extender. Allen heads should fit too.. using the appropriate size socket to hold them. I'll probably still carry an 8" adjustable wrench. Bad idea?? Or a better solution?? Thanks!
  19. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    No, whatever you need. All bikes are different. I need a ratchet to do any field fixes. I was just asking for ideas.....
  20. Peirre O`Bollox

    Peirre O`Bollox Been here awhile

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    What brand / model is the claw hammer tool I see in the picture??