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post #1 of 4 Old 04-19-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tools for Servicing

Could I get some input on what tools would be handy to have in my shop for servicing and repairing my 2008 650? I would be interested in any opinions you have from basic tools up to the more special tools that may come in handy. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Beyond the basic metric wrenches/sockets/hex tools that address fasteners, here's what I'd consider essentials:

Air compressor & impact wrench, inflation guns, blow-gun tool, etc.
Bike lift (ATV-style or bench lift) stand at the minimum.
Set of metric impact drivers & socket-style hex drivers.
Manometer (homemade one works great)
Quality multi-meter & test probes.
Wire stripper/crimper and connectors.
Good set of needle-nose & long reach pliers.
Vice grips, clamp & normal style.
Large breaker bar.
Torque wrenches (1/4, 3/8 and 1/2)
Swingarm tool (can grind a socket to make)
Long reach screwdriver (for boots and clamps)
Filter wrench (rubber strap style works if you can't find a cap-style)
Oil changing tools (collector, long funnel)
Large & small punches & drifts (for bearings, etc.)
Rubber mallet & delrin hammer.
Bearing & race driver (Harbor Freight sells a great small kit that will service most of the Strom's bearings, they also sell a blind bearing puller that's handy).
43mm fork seal driver (Tusk brand from is cheap and works great).
Fork oil tool (cow-syringe with tubing works too)
Micrometer & Caliper (did I mention Harbor Freight yet? hehe)
Magnetic grabber tool, small inspection mirror.
Feeler guages
Spark plug socket (16mm, IIRC)
Lots of Belray waterproof grease

Hmmm...there's probably more but that will knock out most everything I can think of or have done.

I'm not a Wee rider, so some things might be slightly different but most stuff works on both bikes. BTW, glad to see another Ohio Strom owner! Welcome.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-20-2010, 08:04 AM
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12mm Hex......... remove the front axle (when changing tires and you must pull the wheel off).
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-20-2010, 09:38 AM
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Swingset's reply seems like a pretty comprehensive list - I'll just add some emphasis:

You NEED torque wrenches to work on this bike, IMO. Going by "feel," I've often been surprised by how far off my "feel" is. I've even stripped out a threaded hole by grabbing the wrong torque wrench.

JIS screwdrivers (the one in the toolkit is probably a JIS). JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard, or something like that) is a different pattern of Philips driver. An American Philips head will "fit," but you'll be amazed at how much better the JIS works. Long story short: I have stripped plenty of screws with a Philips (trying to remove them from 'factory' tightness), then gone back and eased them right out with a JIS. I've NEVER stripped a screw head with a JIS.

Metric allen wrench sockets. I found a cheap set at Sears for ~ $9. So many of the fasteners are allens with a specified torque.
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