The Toolkit Thread

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

  1. JoeVstrom

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    I've been trying to keep up on this thread because I want to build a toolkit myself but there's so many tools I can't keep track of all of them. Is there a simple list of tools that are the essentials? Thanks!
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  2. 6gun

    6gun Been here awhile

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    I googled "2014 V-strom tool kit" found a list and went from there! Might wanna try it for your specific bike.
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  3. marchyman

    marchyman barely informed Supporter

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    Essentials vary from bike to bike. My last bike I needed torx bits. On my current bike torx bits are optional because KTM puts hex flats on their torx screws. Also, wrench sizes are different depending upon bike make. Do you need a 13mm socket/wrench or a 14mm socket/wrench? A spark plug wrench might be nice to have.. which one fits your bike?

    What I find is as important as tools on the road are things to make repairs. A little bit of wire, electrical tape, cable ties, maybe safety wire, an assortment of fasteners, etc. It took the cable tie supplies from 4 bikes to sew a friends fairing back together to make the 500 mile ride home. That's what caused me to add some safety wire to my kit.
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  4. tobiism

    tobiism Long timer Supporter

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    Oh man! That's a bummer! However the good thing is none of the guys I ride with use such a heavy duty bastard chain. As long as I carry a spare pin WHEN I do carry this tool we should be fine.
  5. neppi

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    Well you could just get them all... I mean, there’s no such thing as ”too many tools”, right?
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  6. JoeVstrom

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    Lol, Well...I do love tools
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  8. david61

    david61 Queue, a word with 4 silent letters....

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    Doing the epic clean up of the toolkit.
    Came across 3 little plastic bags, carefully tucked away so the contents wouldn't be lost.
    I have absolutely no idea what they are used for, some "special task", but a long time ago they seemed important:hmmmmm 20210611_135432.jpg
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  9. boulet_boulet

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    Here is a makeshift way to turn a balancing stand into a truing stand using the MotionPro chain alignment tool and a MotionPro master link press tool.
    171768A7-BBA3-4328-B691-B895980583CC.jpeg

    ETA: a small c-clamp with the chain alignment tool would obviously work too.
  10. Grreatdog

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    So, I'm not the only one using reusable wheel weights. Those things are genius.
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  11. lkraus

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    I've learned to put a note inside the bag to explain to future_me why the odd bits are grouped together. In some cases, I'll take a picture of the tools in use, print the photo and put it in the bag also. I used to print a copy to tuck into the shop manual, but these days that makes it hard to load the DVD.
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  12. tobiism

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    Awesome idea!
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  13. glockman

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    I've thrown away "special tools" that I forgot what they were for and wondered why they were in a tool drawer. I now paint them white and write "TOOL" on them. Seeing that jogs my memory and I usually remember what they are and what they are for. Might copy the note method.
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  14. Zubb

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

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    That's funny cause it's true.
  15. tominboise

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    I don't throw them away, I just forget I have them in the first place and buy a second copy....Then I store it in my drawer of special tools, whereupon I find the first version....Getting old sucks.
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  17. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

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    Have been taking a close look at my tools and have 2 offenders that I've been chasing, the 1/4" drive ratchet and the needle-nose vice grips. If anyone here has the Harbor Freight 1/4" drive ratchet, could you please weigh it on a food scale and let me know how many ounces it is?

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  18. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    I can't tell you the weight. But I can tell you the quality. I have been hammering one for years and it is still my favorite ratchet.

    It is much lighter than than my Craftsman metal 1/4" drive ratchet. Well worth the $8.59.

    If I were going to carry a ratchet on the bike, it would be that one.
  19. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

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    With a 1/4" drive socket and 8mm & 10mm socket, I can take apart 75% of a KLX250S, lol. So yeah, the ratchet is a critical component. I ordered one of those Wera sliding T-handle jobs, I really wanted it to work but just could not get enough leverage with it to undo a few of the fasteners that I could with a ratchet.
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  20. tobiism

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    I can weigh mine when I get home from work. If I remember right it weighed just about the same as my wera ratchet