The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    I have this set and actually use it to do most of the maintenance on my bikes. Once you start using WERA tools, you really don't like using anything else. Friends on rides always comment on how well they work and versatile.
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  2. marchyman

    marchyman barely informed Supporter

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    Will you guys stop posting pics of the Wera tools. I do NOT need any more ratchets/sockets/bits. Or hex/torx L wrenches. It is hard not adding to my collection every time I see/read about them. :lol2
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  3. cug

    cug Out riding ... Super Supporter

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    You could stop by and take a personal look ... ;-) Or take a look at my Hazet tools, that's even worse ...
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  4. SmittyBlackstone

    SmittyBlackstone Long timer

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    No!
    I can't even HEAR the H word!

    I guess we.dont need any groceries this month...
  5. XRHondafan

    XRHondafan Long timer

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    Any pics?
  6. cug

    cug Out riding ... Super Supporter

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    ;-)

    I generally bring them back from Germany or at least Europe, where they are at least to a degree affordable. I mostly use the Hazet 3/8 ratchet kit, the 1/4 small ratchet set and the spanners as well as their screw drivers. Love the quality, hate that I can't get them here at normal prices.
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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    It is!
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  8. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    How many Pozi drive screws do you have on the bike? Or are those for impromtu roadside carpentry emergencies? :D

    Cheers
    Clint
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  9. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm with you. Here's a link to a recovery group.
  10. ISUCyclones

    ISUCyclones Adventurer Supporter

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    Jesh, I put together a pretty nice kit when I travel, but this damn thread has me eyeing and comparing these (that I don't need :D); I like the elegance of compact.

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  11. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Now that is just cruel.
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  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I have the Cruz socket set bottom left. Garbage - get the Wera (which I also have), way better quality.
  13. cug

    cug Out riding ... Super Supporter

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    Also, another comment on motorcycle specific kits: I have the Motohansa kit and the quality of the parts is mostly garbage. I'm slowly replacing piece by piece with Hazet, Wera, Knippex and Proxxon parts. For example I have used the large Torx bits for wheels and bar ends once and the teeth were already bent (proper use, I can guarantee that, they are soft as butter). These were the last pieces I've replaced, after the spanners and some of the smaller bits were already replaced by higher quality items.

    Something I absolutely love for example:

    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B007HIE55E/

    These are awesome if you have enough space and don't need "dual size".
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  14. marchyman

    marchyman barely informed Supporter

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  15. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP Been here awhile Supporter

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    Not to knock Wera, but I prefer the grip shape of Wiha tools. Along with a set of their screwdrivers, I have a set of Vessel Megadora JIS drivers with the Jawsfit tip. I reserve the Jawsfit drivers for troublesome Phillips heads, or when I don't care if the finish is marred. Truly impressive grip, to the point that you could probably snap the head off of the screw before the tip will cam out.
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  16. Oddfellow

    Oddfellow Beasty Rider Supporter

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    I carry Wera “Jokers” in both 10 and 13mm in my kit. Wera, Kniplex and Proxxon is an obsession!
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  17. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    Also have the Cruz set. A poorly spent $100 bill. Have replaced half of it
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  18. cug

    cug Out riding ... Super Supporter

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    Yes. I have 8mm, 10mm, and 13mm Jokers. I use them all the time, especially the "hold" feature to hold a nut in place in hard to reach places. It's just so much more satisfying to work with good tools. Still, I need to trim down the kit I'm carrying on the bike to have less space and weight in there.
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  19. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    To be more specific...
    The black electrical tape becomes a gooey mess on those 100* hot days. I threw it out.
    The screwdriver works fine but is of cheap feel in the hand.
    The vice grip sprung on me and is not up to firm use. Will not hold it's grip or shape under pressure.
    The T-wrenches . . . well I sheared one off on a stuck final drive bolt. Then I had a REAL problem getting the broken head out of the bolt. Out comes the angle grinder . . grrrr.
    The tools may or may not fall out of the tool roll. Beware.

    If you never use your tools, these are just fine to ride along in the bottom of your sidecase and make you feel like you're prepared for anything.
  20. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    Jim can you get the rear wheel off a 1200 GSA with that Wera kit? And get it torqued back on without blowing up that quarter" drive?
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