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post #1 of 19 Old 06-25-2012, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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spanner set for vstrom maintenance

Hi,

Every time I install farkles I use the wrong tools for the job, largely because I have lost most of the spanners I need and I either end up using the wrong type/size of spanner or worse still, use pliers etc and I am slowly rounding off every nut on my Vee.

So it's time to bite the bullet and blow some ridiculous amount of money on a spanner set, which leads me to my question:
  1. What type and sizes of spanners should I be looking at?
  2. Being a japanese bike am I correct in assuming that everything is going to be metric, or are there AF nuts on the bike?
  3. What sizes do I need? I wouldnt use spanners for the axle nuts as I have sockets for those.
  4. Do you think having open ended spanners is sufficient, or are combination open ended/ring spanners advantageous?

I won't be pulling the engine apart, I am mainly focusing on basic maintenance. Any advice appreciated.

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A good set of ball end allen keys.

A deep socket for the bolts holding the left hand sprocket cover on. (10mm)

Decent sized spanners for the rear wheel. (The ones in the tool kit work, but are a PITA to actually use).

The only 'odd' one is the 12mm 'allen key' needed for the front wheel - unobtanium, just buy a bolt with a 12mm AF head and a couple of nuts and make a tool for it.

All the above can be picked up on sale at the local auto accessory store here.

Add a container of low strength thread locker.

That's about it. A 1/2" metric socket set is useful, but not essential.

Ring spanners are a LOT better than open enders on a bike, sockets even better. Costs aren't high (sales, eBay). Yeah, top end stuff is nice, but it won't make much difference

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A good set of ball end allen keys.


The only 'odd' one is the 12mm 'allen key' needed for the front wheel - unobtanium, just buy a bolt with a 12mm AF head and a couple of nuts and make a tool for it.


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I've tried to stay away from the ball end allen keys since I end up stripping more bolts with them.. but then again I can't ever say that I owned a good set.

I got my 12mm allen key from Fastenal:

12mm DIN 911 Metric Short Arm Hex Key | Fastenal

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3/8" Drive 12mm Hex Bit Socket | Fastenal

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Are the ring spanners with the ratchet mechanism any good ?

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Are the ring spanners with the ratchet mechanism any good ?
They are great. But they aren't made for putting a lot of weight on. I always buy good tools, but I (sort of) regret buying good ratchet spanners, should have got cheap ones as you use normal spanners to 'crack' the bolt

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Costs aren't high (sales, eBay). Yeah, top end stuff is nice, but it won't make much difference

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I disagree with that bit. I guess if you never work with stuff way over tightened like you do on cars all the time, it may not matter. But every cheap tool I bought I regret, and it usually cost me more in the end anyways when they round a bolt. You don't have to go crazy. Chrome valadium(?) from a reputable brand is worth it (ie kincrome)

Going something like snap on is a waste unless you're rich (but you have a strom...)

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Yes, get brand name tools. Not the most espensive but not the cheapest. If you want to do it right id put a torque wrench on top of the list of things to get. I have a weedy 5/8 socket so I also find myself using a breaker bar quite often. This has saved me many bloody nuckles.

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12 pt vs 6 pt

since you are buying, go for 6 pt sockeets and spanners - less chance to round off a bolt heat or nut

you can always get a cheap 12 pt set just in case one item is in a very hard to work location.
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I suggest

Having been a tool dealer (snap-on) for many years, I suggest you head down to Sears and P/U the all sizes you need to work on your bike. The better grade is the smooth shinny chrome Craftsman, they're a great tool for the home repair guy. The "ratcheting box" wrench is very handy. Buying cheap tools is going to destroy your nuts, bolts and hands. Skin grows back but replacing OEM bolts ain't cheap.
The "ball" head of a allen wrench should not be used for "breaking / tightening" the bolt, unless there's no other choice, just for fast in and out.
I use a 1/2" grade 8, bolt w/ 3/4" nuts (5) jammed tight against each other (all the flats need to line up), to remove my front alxe, fits perfect, easy out / in with a 3/4" socket.
You can find some good torque wrenches online. Some NIB, left over from Gov. surplus.
Not sure what type of "spanner wrench" you're talking about, can't help you there. Didn't think you needed one one the rear wheel. Perhaps you're talking about "adjustable wrenches??"
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Since he is in Australia, I doubt he can just go down to Sears.

If you want to cover everything, buy a decent quality set of combination (open end and box end) wrenches (spanners) and a set of hex head (allen key) and 3/8 drive six point sockets in metric. It's usually cheaper to buy whole sets than to just buy the sizes you want. Go down to about 8mm and up to 17mm or larger. I don't remember what size the rear wheel is, but maybe that one you could buy a single socket, or wrench. Personally I use a 1/2 drive socket and johnson bar.

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