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post #1 of 18 Old 08-22-2013, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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OK, I am an admitted tool fiend/hoarder and have no intention of changing. I love me some tools!!!!! I find it very frustrating to be in the middle of a project only to run into a brick wall because I don't have the correct tool to proceed with no way to make the tool I need to keep going. ARRRGGGGHHH! Anyway, what specific tool do you use the most often that provides the best result quickly. Mine is a laser chain/wheel alignment tool I find rather fun to use, plus, it insures the most accurate alignment of the rear wheel and chain. Next is a Makita 12V lithium impact wrench that is rather low on torque so it is useful for small fasteners without fear of stripping as long as you are gentle. I use this tool to remove fasteners and only to snug them down, then torque them manually. Experience.

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I have one of those laser alignment tools that I picked up while have a paranoid fit abut the chain. I do so love me a nice laser!

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Yeah, I sometimes get bogged down in details that I get frustrated, but, on the otherhand, at times being so detailed oriented gives me great results. I'm trying to find that balance of doing quality work and yet moving forward. Bet you know what I mean. Still, I LOOOOOVE me these tools.

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Yeah, I sometimes get bogged down in details that I get frustrated, but, on the otherhand, at times being so detailed oriented gives me great results. I'm trying to find that balance of doing quality work and yet moving forward. Bet you know what I mean. Still, I LOOOOOVE me these tools.
I know exactly what you mean. I'm the kind of home mechanic that will spend two hours balancing carbies, not because I can't get them within spec in under 30 minutes, but because by going the extra hour and a half I can get them within a quarter of the listed spec. My best is under 10% (30mmHg spec, job done within 2mmHg) and that little four pot engine was smooooooooth! :beatnik: Took flippin' AGES though ... but when it's your baby it really doesn't matter. :mrgreen:

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My best is under 10% (30mmHg spec, job done within 2mmHg) and that little four pot engine was smooooooooth!
I use a homemade manometer made of vinyl tubing filled with ATF. I'm thinking that because ATF is 1/10 the density of mercury you can adjust ten times as accurately. That's my theory, anyway, and I'm sticking to it.

Also, I'm a cheap SOB and those mercury sticks are pricey.:mrgreen:

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I have a laser lever I got when doing some tile work. I spose I could sight down the chain with that.
Youse guys gave me an inspiration. Thanks.
My mercury carb sticks have gotta be 30-40 years old. Do ATF last that long?
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I love my Hexpro Metric Allens.
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What laser are you guys using for chain alignment?
Im using the Motion Pro alignment tool, but a LASER
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I love my Hexpro Metric Allens.
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What laser are you guys using for chain alignment?
Im using the Motion Pro alignment tool, but a LASER
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I asked for and got one of those Kobalt double ratcheting screw drivers for X-Mas. Has lots of different drives in the handle. Makes fast work of removing fairings and everything else. Fits easily under the seat. Bang for the buck it's great. I would recommend it for everyone.

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