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Chain tension on the V-Strom .... nothing simpler ... ?

Don't have a 24mm socket ... every size known to man but 24 mm ... off to Tool Station.

Get home, realise the socket is 1/2 drive all my kit is 3/8 ... off to Tool Station.

New ratchet handle, new socket, axle loosened off, chain tension set 馃憤

Tighten up slack in axle, get new torque wrench out of box, it's 3/8 drive i cant find a 1/2 - 3/8 adaptor anywhere .... off to f**king Tool Station.

I'm a professional Engineer, one that started on the tools ... this was the worst planned, simple job, i've started in years ......

But all is now well and weekend trips to the Classic Bike show at Newark and a visit to the Sand Racing at Mablethorpe beckon.
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I started work as a mechanic and am a semi-retired, licensed Civil nerd myself. Time to get some real tools.

Now go pat your Strom on the rear fender and be thankful your not tooling up to work on a European bike, or a Harley.
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Chain tension on the V-Strom .... nothing simpler ... ?

Don't have a 24mm socket ... every size known to man but 24 mm ... off to Tool Station.

Get home, realise the socket is 1/2 drive all my kit is 3/8 ... off to Tool Station.

New ratchet handle, new socket, axle loosened off, chain tension set 馃憤
Post some pictures of the Newark show. I always see it advertised in the classic bike magazines from the UK. Thanks
Tighten up slack in axle, get new torque wrench out of box, it's 3/8 drive i cant find a 1/2 - 3/8 adaptor anywhere .... off to f**king Tool Station.

I'm a professional Engineer, one that started on the tools ... this was the worst planned, simple job, i've started in years ......

But all is now well and weekend trips to the Classic Bike show at Newark and a visit to the Sand Racing at Mablethorpe beckon.
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Chain tension on the V-Strom .... nothing simpler ... ?
There are a couple of service manual misleading recommendations with that job - one causing galling of the axle threads and the other possibly over-tensioning of the chain.

1. The book says 20-30 mm chain slack. It is far better to have it a little looser - 30-40 mm, in case the chain wears unevenly. A little loose is far better than a little tight.
2. The book also recommends 72.5ft/lbs to the rear axle nut. After many bad experiences with galling most here tend to have a smear of grease or anti-seize on the threads and 55-58 ft/lbs.

When I take a wheel off I usually wipe down the axle with a rag and apply a smear of grease etc to the whole axle. This makes it so much easier to remove next time.
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A regular visitor from Ashburn, Virginia who does not post a lot.
Perhaps he is post padding as he wants to participate in the classifieds.
If that is the case @Fenianbastard just let us know that you are genuine and I'll help you out. Those rules are to stop scammers and spammers.
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I鈥檝e seen people do a quote like post 3 to show they agree, or like the post their quoting.

Confuses me too.
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Having tools is one thing. Having them organized is another and putting them back when the job is done is probably the most important thing. I hate looking for tools or going for a tool and it is missing. A little discipline goes a long way.

I will also say the $3.99 I spent on the 4pcs socket adapter was worth its weight in gold and they have gotten me out of a pickle more than once.

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I bought socket sticks @PerazziMx14

One for each set of sockets, Allen鈥檚, and torxs I own. It鈥檚 very easy to keep track of my sockets now, if there is an empty peg, one is missing.
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More than a quest for tools, I see much humor in the OP's post. While I have most every tool I need, including many specialty "one-use" tools, there are other situations we've most all faced where we think we have what we need (AC job, or some strange mower fix, a plumbing fix, or whatever) and we spend more time running back and forth between parts and tool stores than we do actually working on the job.

Last night I watched "King of Thieves" with Michael Cain. Old, diaper wearing British criminals out for one more heist together in London. As I read the @Landsurfer74 post, I couldn't help but hear the accent and frustration of back and forth to the store. Sometimes we post more to just tell a funny, exasperating story more than anything else. I mean, not having 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" socket adaptors at-hand on its own is funny stuff. Now you have them Landsurfer!
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Fenian bastard

Urban dictionary:

A derogatory slur usually used to insult Catholics, Irish people or Celtic FC supporters, or some combination of all three, mostly heard in the UK.

Perhaps one of Landsurfer74's previous comments come home to roost?
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More than a quest for tools, I see much humor in the OP's post. While I have most every tool I need, including many specialty "one-use" tools, there are other situations we've most all faced where we think we have what we need (AC job, or some strange mower fix, a plumbing fix, or whatever) and we spend more time running back and forth between parts and tool stores than we do actually working on the job.

Last night I watched "King of Thieves" with Michael Cain. Old, diaper wearing British criminals out for one more heist together in London. As I read the @Landsurfer74 post, I couldn't help but hear the accent and frustration of back and forth to the store. Sometimes we post more to just tell a funny, exasperating story more than anything else. I mean, not having 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" socket adaptors at-hand on its own is funny stuff. Now you have them Landsurfer!
It's much worse ..... i have all the tools, have had all the tools for years ..... but cannot find them !!!
I've just rented a shipping container and am going to move the contents of my shed there cataloging and placing everything in labelled toolkits , boxes etc .... probably .. ish ... maybe ...:)
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Fenian bastard

Urban dictionary:

A derogatory slur usually used to insult Catholics, Irish people or Celtic FC supporters, or some combination of all three, mostly heard in the UK.

Perhaps one of Landsurfer74's previous comments come home to roost?
The Fenian Brotherhood where a group open to Protestants and Roman Catholics who had a Nationalist vision of Ireland. They descended into an anti British, anti Protestant grouping becoming the pre-cursor of the IRA.
Pack of bastards ..... lol

Being from a long established Ulster Scots, British, Protestant, Orange Lodge and Royal Black Preceptory heritage I couldn't possibly be biased .............:rolleyes: ....;)
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When I moved home seven years ago I "lost" several items that I did not leave behind.
Those flux converter spares that I kept in that box on that shelf etc. :eek:
A regular visitor from Ashburn, Virginia who does not post a lot.
Perhaps he is post padding as he wants to participate in the classifieds.
If that is the case @Fenianbastard just let us know that you are genuine and I'll help you out. Those rules are to stop scammers and spammers.
I鈥檓 real but from Princeton NJ. I come from the UK this my post requesting pics of the Newark auto jumble. I have a 2009 DL1000 and two other bikes.
The Fenian Brotherhood where a group open to Protestants and Roman Catholics who had a Nationalist vision of Ireland. They descended into an anti British, anti Protestant grouping becoming the pre-cursor of the IRA.
Pack of bastards ..... lol

Being from a long established Ulster Scots, British, Protestant, Orange Lodge and Royal Black Preceptory heritage I couldn't possibly be biased .............:rolleyes: ....;)
I鈥檓 a Northern Irish catholic married to a Northern Irish Protestant and trained in Belfast during 鈥淭he Troubles鈥. I was called a lot of things 馃槀
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It must have been fun meeting the new in-laws during those days. :rolleyes:
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I am just truly impressed by the history and international customs and views you learn on international forums.
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I am just truly impressed by the history and international customs and views you learn on international forums.
Ditto. It鈥檚 fascinating.
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