Bad Ass Tools, Tool Storage, Fuel Storage, and Hacks Thread!

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  1. chevtech

    chevtech Long timer

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    So I'm a bit of a tool whore, so much so that I became a tool pimp (Snap-on Franchisee), for 12 years after wrenching for 12years! Love me some high quality tools, but love to see cool cheap hacks too! If you cut it out of a piece of angle iron but it has a killer use on these bikes, post it up! If it's a sweet pair of pliers that does "whatever" that works, post that too! ;) It would also be cool to see cool camping hacks like where you hide your grille, or your breaker bar, or your tire irons, or your air pump, etc...etc on your bike! Pics of tool storage on bike, you name it, I'm a TOOL WHORE, feed me! LMAO! ;)

    Edit: Added fuel storage to this thread for an added resource! Have some hacks coming soon in this regard!

    Lets see some cool stuff!

    :choppa :choppa :choppa

    So I already posted these in another thread but I'll get us started off with posting them again!
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    Motion Pro Titanium Wrench set! 8, 10, 12, 13, 14mm, and only weighs in at 9.6 ounces/272 grams (claimed, but they are stupid light)! Pretty cool little carry case but I will probably ditch it for it's size.

    Two of the factory ones weigh more than all of these by far, and box end as well! For a tool whore, these are bling bling baby!


    :happay


    Cheers!


    Todd


    PS these are what I would call a mid length wrench, and were exactly the length I PERSONALLY decided best for my bike. I was going to buy the Snap-on wrenches, but these are very close price wise and literally probably ~ 1/4ish the weight!
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  2. chevtech

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    First time removing the frt caliper bolts and I had to double wrench them and torque HARD to break them loose! I was worried, but they held together and I checked the tolerances of the open end after with a caliper and it was good!

    Woot!

    ;)

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  3. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    I carry my tyre changing gear and my tool kits in tool tubes mounted to the crash bars. Trial and error showed that the tubes when mounted with the fitting sent had 2 issues with the lower mount. One being that they were exposed in a crash which munted the fitting and ripped it out of the lower tube mount, and the second being the mount was too close to the bar which gave the top mount a nasty twist, which ended up trashing both tubes.

    Solutions? A manufacturered bracket to reposition the lower mount, and wrapping the bars in paracord (a trick some friebds bought back from SEA).

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  4. chevtech

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    I like the paracord! Now I have to decide if I want to wrap my frame around the ankle section with paracord or, split MTB tire tubes like someone else suggested!

    Decisions! Just realized the paracord is dual purpose though (it's a rope, tow cord, laundry line/whatever)! That might make my mind up for me! Nice hack, ya hack! ;) Lol...it actually looks killer, though I will go black paracord :( to keep my ride stealth for South America!

    :beer
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    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    Lol. Orange is where its at dude!

    Yeah there is maybe 170feet of cord between the 2 bars. Over 80 feet each. Also stupid cheap, its like a $10 mod and very useful if needed. Takes about an hour to wrap each one.
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  6. speedy 1

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    Snap On was an addiction when I wrenched at race car shops in Santa Barbara CA.
    After moving to the SF Bay Area I never worked in places where the Snap On trucks stopped in so, by necessity I switched to Craftsman.

    Here's a couple pictures of self built tools specifically for the KTM

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    Fuel pressure gauge ... DIY cost $15 where the KTM version is $400
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    Fork cap spanner made on a CNC router from Oak wood and bolts for the pins
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    Cam sprocket spanner cut from aluminum on the waterjet. Allows the cams to be turned after the heads are off the engine.
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    Spoke wrench and crows foot cut from tool steel on the waterjet.

    I've made a few titanium spanners but they don't fit anything on the KTM
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    Dude!!! The Oak fork cap spanner is SO AWESOME! Beautiful HACK!!! the fact that you have a waterjet (cutting table?!?) makes me so jealous! Wet dream incarnate! Pics of it in action?!?


    :beer

    Cheers!


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    Wonder if i could hack a tire gauge for dual purpose use and make a fuel pressure gauge out of it in a pinch?!?


    That'd be a sweet dual purpose tool!


    Hmmmmnnnn....


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    If there is 80 feet on each bar you could just pulll one bar or less octuple (had to look that word up, it means double it over until you have 8...in this case strands) the the cord over, tie overhand knots down the line to keep the strands from separating for a trail tow, or maybe just quadruple it for highway towing.

    That's perfect. Need to work on my knot tying skilzzzz!


    :beer


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    This little flex head 1/4 drive ratchet and bit holder is awesome! Made by E-Z Red if you buy a 1/4 drive hex bit holder and a 1/4 hex to 1/4 drive adaptor it is self redundant which is sweet because quality is only tolerable. The good part, is how compact it is for storage on the bike! Love this little guy!

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    If you turn it like this you can use it like an old school speed driver! Lol! ;)

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    I hate you - been searching for those (or the aerostitch version) for a long time and can't find them :)
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    Not sure about using it for FP gauge but maybe 420 use.
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    Tool porn..
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    Great thread chevtech!!
    These aren not necessarily for these bikes only, but super handy. I've had these modified needle nose in my toolbox for years. I made them when I was a teenager. One for installing and removing springs and the other is for real tight spaces.

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    Did some special stuff to break apart the fork legs:

    http://www.dirtyadv.com/wp-fork-leg-tips-and-trix/

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    Something as simple as a round bar sharpened can help lining up the lower mount on the rear shock:

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    And my dad helped out building this spring compressor for the rear shock:

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    And a homemade vacuum chamber for bleeding rear shocks:

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    Some of them might not be that easy to do but gives you an idea.

    /Johan
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  17. chevtech

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    What kind of springs are you using the Napa pliers on?!?

    I have those same Knipex in a 45° tip and they are AWESOME! Best needle nose/all purpose tool for these bikes that I have found yet (yes I was slightly dissapointed my go to tool is not Snap-on...lol)! Going to try and do a custom grind on the very tip and turn them into my multi-use needle nose/emergency Snap-ring pliers for use on the road as per another inmate's suggestion!

    Knipex tool steel and quality is second to NONE in my experience as a tool pimp! Lol!

    Hope it works!


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    Home made hacks for motorcycles ?
    Here's one from high school machine shop junior year 1970/71.
    It's a timing micrometer for a 2 stroke engine running points and condenser.
    Made on a manual lathe and mill. Internal and external thread turning from single point. The class required hand grinding the cutting tool before machining the parts.
    It threads into the spark plug hole and sets the piston at the exact spot before top dead center. Once the piston is set you dial in the points with an audible ohm meter.
    This tool has been sitting in the tool box since 1979 as that was the last time I ran a 2 stroke.
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    For those days when enough is enough! slägga.jpg
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