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post #1 of 5 Old 07-02-2009, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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The Tool List-

I'm a motorcycle repair/maintenance newb... Foregoing the lengthy explanation as to why I come in search of this knowledge, I pose a very simple question:

What tools do you consider essential to working on your motorcycle(s)?

I want to know what would be needed to totally tear down and rebuild a bike as well as everyday troubleshooting and repair tools. I'll start by listing the most basic tools that I already have and/or have used on my bikes as I've gotten started.

- Service manual.
- Screw drivers--flat and philips, in at least three sizes each.
- Good socket set and wrench set.
- Pliers--standard, needle-nose, channel lock, and vice grips.
- Calipers. I find it's much easier to measure a nut or bolt first rather than dig through the sockets or wrenches trying different sizes. Someday I hope to have the eye my grandfather did. That man could eyeball bolt and tell you exactly which wrench to grab.
- Tape measure.
- Torque wrench. I recently purchased a 1/2 inch drive 20-150 ft/lb. just so I could do chain adjustments, but would be open to suggestions for other configurations I may find useful.

So what's in your tool box?? What will us mechanical newbs need as we start getting deeper into our machines? What tool did you have to make that emergency trip to purchase? Here's your chance to share your favorites, your tips, your tricks, your hard-learned lessons, and even your wasted efforts if that's your style!

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 05:28 PM
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I'm a relative noob when it comes to wrenching too, but I started out on a 30 year old bike. The tool I found most valuable was an Impact Driver. Just the manual pound it with a hammer type to get rusty screws off. Not so much a problem on a newer bike like the Strom with all these hex head fasteners. Just saying.

Manometer for syncing carbs or TBs depending on how old your bike is :-). I got a Morgan CarbTune because the folks at www.thegsresources.com rave about them.

Mity-Vac or something similar for bleeding the brakes. I have a heck of a time doing it without. I guess I just don't have "the touch."

Tire Irons and a wheel balancer for changing tires. Some folks use the dyna-beads to balance. Diff'rent Strokes for diff'rent folks.

Last, I'd say you might want a smaller ft/lb torque wrench for the more delicate stuff.

Just my 2 cents off the top of my head. Hope that helps. I'm all about the convenience and time savings of having "the right tool for the job." I'd rather be riding than wrenching, though the wrenching is growing on me.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 05:47 PM
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the phillips screw drivers need to be the japanese type , american type phillips dont fit correctly

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Great start!

Thanks guys!

Goob, An impact driver is a great suggestion and was actually already on my shopping list, having already stripped at least one screw on the Wee and a few more on my older VZ800. A smaller torque wrench was also on my mind, and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for one. Being that I'm just finishing a front fork seal job on the Marauder without the aid of a fork oil level gauge, I can completely empathize with your "right tool for the job" approach.

Chris, you friggin' blew my mind with the Japanese phillips screw thing. I guess most of my wrenching history was helping out Dad on his old domestic cars. I'd never heard of there being a difference in screws!! I googled it to glean the details and found the physical difference, but no info on where to buy a set. Now I ask: Where can I purchase said screwdrivers? My current set is Kobalt, which I presume are not compatible.

Keep it coming folks! I'm always looking for an excuse to go tool shopping!!!

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A good quality bottle opener.

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