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post #1 of 30 Old 11-03-2015, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Axle Wrenches and radiator guard

I'm looking for a rear axle wrench, front axle hex wrench and radiator guard for my 2014 DL1000. Can't believe that Suzuki recommends inspecting and adjusting the chain every 600 miles but doesn't include an axle wrench in the very pathetic tool kit that comes with the bike. Has anyone found a supplier for these items?
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Recommends does not mean it is necessary, the manual is full of "recommendations". Checkout our vendors section or use that Google search box in upper portion of site.

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A 15/16" hex bit works well for the front. They're cheap, maybe about $12.

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I bought a 36mm socket for rear (Lowes), 30mm for front (Lowes) and a 24mm hex converter thingy for front (ebay), these didn't cost very much. You also want a torque wrench. You could do a lot better on price online for the sockets too, I just needed something that day before departing on a trip.

If Suzuki had these in the tool case it would eat up a lot of space, and probably be too junky for regular use anyways.
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These look good (I have one) only thing is small bugs can get through the slots and the radiator is a bugger to clean! as the fins are sooo fine. Depends whether you ride at "Bugtime"

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These look good (I have one) only thing is small bugs can get through the slots and the radiator is a bugger to clean! as the fins are sooo fine. Depends whether you ride at "Bugtime"

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Any time here is bug time
Also some people put nylon stockings over the rad guard.
That's my excuse for carrying women's stockings anyway.
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Any time here is bug time
Also some people put nylon stockings over the rad guard.
That's my excuse for carrying women's stockings anyway.

Years ago I heard of an old bikers trick...to wear pantyhose under yer
jeans to keep warm...yeah right. didnt feel right buying them, felt ffn weird wearin them.Itchy stupid things.
Not sure I had to share that information.. :embarassed:
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You can make a front axle tool with a large bolt (I think maybe 5/8"?), a couple of nuts and epoxy or JB Weld, but you can buy a multi-sized tool on ebay for less than ten bucks. Search for motorcycle axle tool.

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Years ago I heard of an old bikers trick...to wear pantyhose under yer
jeans to keep warm...yeah right. didnt feel right buying them, felt ffn weird wearin them.Itchy stupid things.
Not sure I had to share that information.. :embarassed:
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Great idea! I might give them another go! at the time my legs were the least of my worries... uh oh...not more shaving?

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