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post #1 of 22 Old 09-12-2014, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Help finding right tools for tool kit

Im sure many of you have worked on minimizing your toolkit. Thats my purpose here.

I've lost the info I had on adapters and extentions to use with a couple drivers (standard 1/4 hand-held driver; and 3/8 rachet with 1/4 and 3/8 extentions) which should be able to use all the various bits (hex, standard, jis, torx).

What exactly am I seeking? Im on the Wiha tools site and kinda lost.

Thanks for helping a jr mechanic
John

Update- after much more online searching I finally cobbled together more tools to create what I think will make a compacter, yet quality tool assortment. Sears and the other local stores couldnt help much in the compacted and sometimes unusual tools.

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-14-2014, 05:20 PM
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Sans a discrete tool recommendation, I had great success in building the smallest relevant tool kit for my Strom by starting from zero.

I laid out an empty tool roll, and proceeded to disassemble portions of the motorcycle in zones. I focused on what I'd need to remove in order to gain access to a particular part (for repair/replacement), and/or what I needed to remove the part directly. E.g., a 4mm t-handle hex wrench and a small nail set were the first additions to my tool roll, because together they serve to remove almost all of the plastic on the bike. The articulating spark plug socket was one of the few factory kit items that also found a place in my tool roll, because it worked better than any substitute that I could configure.

I also added some obviously helpful items like self-fusing silicone tape, zip ties and an axle tool (Motion Pro Hex Axle Tool - Motorcycle Superstore). I also carry a few $20s in the roll, so that gas money is always available.

The aforementioned methodology allowed me to efficiently assemble the absolute minimum tool set that I would require for road side repairs and/or road trip maintenance. It concurrently allowed me to substitute quality wrenches, etc. for the pot metal slop supplied in the factory tool kit. Those items added to the tool roll were of course taken from my garage inventory, and were replaced in short order.
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Thanks for sharing ultraman! Great common sense approach to onboard toolkit.

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Um. Whats a small "nail" kit?
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Whats a small "nail" kit?
Nail set. Most commonly used in finish carpentry; e.g., precise countersinking of finish nails.
Dasco Pro Nail Setter Kit (3-Piece)-77-2 at The Home Depot

Also particularly useful to disengage the plastic push clips that are used to secure body panels on motorcycles. See Item #10:
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The small nail set is used to remove the button clips that hold the fairing together. A real small screw driver of either type will do also.

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Ah. Get it.
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The small nail set is used to remove the button clips that hold the fairing together. A real small screw driver of either type will do also.
A small allen key works as well and has other uses.

The stock kit is 'mostly O.K.' missing , spare bolts and some way to get the front wheel off, but again, Suzuki got that right, tubeless tyres so if you need to remove the front wheel you are in shit so deep already that it's not going to help.

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Tool Kit
1. Tire repair kit
2. Air pump
3. Air pressure gauge
4. End snips
5. Chain Lube
master link
6. Extra fuses
7. Zip ties
8. Duct tape
9. Super glue
10. Quick set JB weld
11. Multi tool
12. Needle nose pliers
13. 2 crescent wrench (5” & 8”)
14. Oil filter wrench
15. Large Allen wrench tool for font axle
16. 3/8” socket wrench, 3” extension, 8” extension, spark plug socket, 17mm, 12mm, 8mm, 9/16 sockets, 6 mm Allen wrench socket
17. Electrical tape
18. 10 and 12mm wrenches
19. 1/4” drive torque wrench and 15/16” socket 1 Ό” socket 6” extension
20. Allen wrench set (metric)
21. Multi bit screw driver
22. Flexible screwdriver
23. Precision flat head screwdriver
24. Slip ring pliers
25. Chain breaker
26. Glass wipes
27. Paper disposable funnels
28. Extra headlight bulb and turn signal bulb.
29. Lock tight
30. Ink pin & notecards
31. Extra straps and bungee cords
32. Owner’s manual

I keep the air pump under my seat as well as the extra bulbs. Everything else goes in the bag (except the tq wrench)


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I hope the jis bits are necessary. 4 bits cost me $33 shipped

Thanks for sharing your pics arstromer. Saw a few tools I still need to obtain.

Gotta figure how to pack the tool tube too.

Lotta work prepping for the Dec trip

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Add some button clips in the two sizes as well. They don't last long once they've been removed once or twice. I also carry a spare clutch and brake lever and a turn signal stalk - they are among the first things to go in any kind of tumble.
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