The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Do you have a pic and description of your current set-up?

    When trying the Gearwrench method with adapter I was disappointed that the adapter kept popping out of the wrench when utilized in action. I ended up going back to my Motion Pro multi tool and stubby wrenches as the backbone of my kit. But keep thinking about a 1/4" T handle, sockets and bits but not sure it will pack lighter and smaller.
  2. EduardoMas

    EduardoMas Spartan Overlander

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    The adapter I used for 6 years is from Canadian Tire ( do not know the brand since they sell many... Gearwrench among them). It has an oring I predicted would fail within weeks... but is still going strong. The adapter never comes off and fits rather tight. It has endured hundreds of "insertions" Will take a pic soon.
  3. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT Sehnsucht

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    ftb, oh ftb,,,, you flick the bean not finger it.
  4. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Fantastic to hear it's still working well for you.
  5. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Dang, no wonder I'm divorced.
  6. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    I do like 90% of the work on my bike with this set-up, including wrenching in the garage. Overtorquing is for dorks. Super cheap to get a nice set-up, even with a couple different length extensions. I do carry some stubbies for those hard to reach places (but not the bean).
  7. EduardoMas

    EduardoMas Spartan Overlander

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    Can't post pics (no pic hosting service), but checked the brand name on the adapter and it is GearWrench.
  8. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Just the 10mm one of these.
    Just put a short wiggle extender on it and it can't come out. It lives in my camelbak. Add a few sockets to it and your done.

    Prefer them over these.
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    Got these from Terra-x for the real torque. Can bolt them together to make a breaker bar.
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    They do axle adapters as well including one that sort of fits the motion pro socket adapter.

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  9. minimotos95

    minimotos95 Couldn't stay away from motorcycles.....

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    i was cleaning the garage when i found my little 240mm tire irons, i have been using and carrying 3 motionpro 16" irons for a while. and they make tire changes so easy, but they are well big laying across the bottom of my backpack. the 240mm spoons i haven't used in years and a remember drawing blood a few times using them, but they are tiny.. now i have the question of what combo of spoons should i carry, i was thinking 2 240mm and one 16" or vice versa?, i'm getting in some K760's in on tuesday or wednesday so i will test what the minimum i can do a tire change with is. i might even do it dry or with just plain water to get better idea.
    i notice most here opting for the light weight or attaching long irons to the bike with zipties or hose clamps
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    my current tool kit is simple, yet bulky. just sits in the main pocket of my backpack inside a grocery bag.
    12v pump
    tire irons
    adjustable wrench(i might go to sears and get a better one when i pick up the tires)
    needle nose vise-grips
    wire cutter with strippers.
    normal 10 12 14mm wrenches(might get stubby ones)
    8mm thingy, think of it as a socket with a little loop to stick a tiny breaker bar through
    complete Remington screwdriver kit. 28 bits, 1/4" socket adapter
    OEM stamped plug wrench
    flattened duct tape, zipties, i had some velcro too but it's gone
    spare tube for given bike
    snacks might get tossed in the bag along with extra riding gear i might need
    personal protection is on my person not in the tool kit, the big one for bear country though might go in the bag.
    hydration is built in my jacket and is refilled from 20oz water bottles which depending on ride duration i may bring a few in the backpack

    need/want to add:
    patch and plug kit
    tow rope
    a few different spare plugs
    sockets, 8, 10, 12, 14mm
    clutch lever for any bike i don't have a sunline MDX on
    chain breaker and sections of both 420 and 520 chain, master links too
    JB weld
    normal needle nose pliers
    hose clamps for liquid cooled bikes and jerry rigging

    now that i have that list in front of me it looks like i could tear my entire bike down except the bottom end of the motor, the valvetrain and the big nut on the steering stem. that doesn't mean i could fix the problem though.
  10. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    What's between the bulky toolkit and your spine?
  11. minimotos95

    minimotos95 Couldn't stay away from motorcycles.....

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    a few millimeters of foam but the it's in the very bottom of the backpack which rides low down below my L4 and is loose so will(hopefully) roll to the side in a crash. i'm more concerned about anything packed near the middle of the backpack, the pistol right up against my hip bone or anything hard in the chest pocket of my jacket right over top of my lung, as i fall on my front and sides 99+% of the time the tools in the bottom of my pack are the least of my concern
    if i had a fullsize bike i would put a tool tube on but on my tiny bikes i can't find a good spot
  12. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    This is a maxpedition EDC pouch with the tools for a WRR on a RTW type trip.

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    For a weekend ride I'd take the key things like tire irons, sockets, bits, spanners and multitool (never used it really). Just the stuff to fix a flat and remove a few things. I've got foldable levers, so probably not those. I've got a swiss army knife and the 10mm spanner with adapter and wobble extender, pump CO2 and bead buddies in my camelbak.

    Haven't decided on the 1/4" drive in the picture yet. Bit of a luxury really. A knurled extender would do the same. I won't bother with a spark plug socket, although would be good in case of a drowning.
  13. kruch01

    kruch01 n00b

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    Oooo. I like those Maxpedition pouches. They have lots of goodies on their site.
  14. Jetmakerbrit

    Jetmakerbrit Cranky Flier

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    I like the look of the Terra-X 'tyre' irons as a breaker bar solution but they're pretty spendy. Anyone have a cheaper / alternative solution for high torque applications? I guess I could always take a drill to some Motion Pro irons. There's a tubular extrusion with one crimped/flattened end in the R12GS toolkit (WTF is this for?) that might make a useful extension to a ratchet. It's nice to have a separate breaker though to save wrecking the ratchet.
  15. LVCJT

    LVCJT Been here awhile

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    I mounted a tool tube on the front of my skid plate.
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    The rub marks are from before I upgraded the suspension to accommodate my big ass. I just got back from Goldpoint and it worked great.

    Sent from the depths of my pockets
  16. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    There's the non-ratcheting socket adapter from Motion Pro that fits their nice, light aluminum tire spoons. Previously discussed in this thread, I believe.
  17. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    PS those TerraX products are neat-o designs, but jesus are those prices off the charts for us Americans. Someone should "refine" those under their own name for the US market, or Terra X should set up a distribution deal to get sane prices here. Would love a set, but I don't think I'd pay much more than $80 for both the chain tool and the irons together.
  18. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    That's right. I've got one in the picture above on the terra-x axle tool. Actually fits perfectly. I thought the lip around it would be in the way, but it doesn't.

    The motion-pro irons have a relatively low max torque though being ali. I wouldn't bolt 2 together.

    Terra-x is a single bloke and he's only just resurrected it recently. The market in Australia is just to small to drop prices. Most Aussie made stuff gets sold cheaper in the US than here, which is offensive to us.
  19. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Yeah, they look good but I wish they double stitched everything and left more seam allowance.
  20. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    I realize the economics don't really work for Terra X, and Aussies in general, but jeez! Those prices are still heavy.