Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

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Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 98VS1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:09 pm

If you're reading the tech board, you either do, or want to, wrench on your bike. So, tell everyone about the tools you feel are "must-have" to get the job done. Or, if you carry tools on the bike, which ones would you never leave without?

Provide why you need them, where you can get them, and photos of them. Remember, there will be newbs coming here for advice and surely they will appreciate the help.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 98VS1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:18 pm

I don't think you can own a bike without also owning a digital multimeter. You need it for everything from checking your battery voltage to finding shorts in wires. If you don't know what one is, look here:

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You can get them everywhere and they're cheap, but their value is indescribable.

If you're broke like me, check Harbor Freight

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby Jolsen » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:27 pm

JIS screwdrivers save lots of head aches and stripped screws
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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 98VS1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:33 pm

If you do any wrenching on your bike, you need a torque wrench. Every once in a while, Harbor Freight puts their torque wrenches on sale for $12. It is quite a good deal. I went and bought the two most common sizes for what I do.

They are on sale again right now. I might just go buy the 1/2" wrench just to complete my set. I need a new caliper anyway, plus whatever else those jokers have that I need/want.

Torque wrenches on sale

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby tc1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:59 pm

What would you do if you were riding out in the country and got a flat? With tube tires, what are the options? This is a very real and probable scenario for all of us. Any thoughts here?

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 98VS1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:02 pm

tc1400 wrote:What would you do if you were riding out in the country and got a flat? With tube tires, what are the options? This is a very real and probable scenario for all of us. Any thoughts here?

Based on where we ride, I have wondered this too. I looked at the green goo you can buy in walmart and they have some for motorcycle tires. But, when reading the can, it seems it is primarily designed for dirt bikes. I bet in a pinch it would work. I'm hoping someone else can confirm this though!

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby tc1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:13 pm

OK, that's a start. It would be interesting to get several inputs on this.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 98VS1400 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:16 pm

tc1400 wrote:OK, that's a start. It would be interesting to get several inputs on this.

I got an idea... I will start a poll. This is why I get paid the big bucks!

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby tc1400 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:34 am

I know the tire thing may not belong on this thread but I was thinking of things you might carry with you on the road in case of emergency. Not just wrenching at home.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby Designer » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:46 am

98VS1400 wrote:
tc1400 wrote:What would you do if you were riding out in the country and got a flat? With tube tires, what are the options? This is a very real and probable scenario for all of us. Any thoughts here?

Based on where we ride, I have wondered this too. I looked at the green goo you can buy in walmart and they have some for motorcycle tires. But, when reading the can, it seems it is primarily designed for dirt bikes. I bet in a pinch it would work. I'm hoping someone else can confirm this though!

I use Ride-on Tire Sealant inside my Tires. IIRC, the Green Goo has a speed limit something like 60 MPH.
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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby tc1400 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:54 pm

Here's a home-made tool that will come in handy. I recently had to lower my footpeg bracket in order to remove both clutch and stator covers. I replaced a stator and installed designer's springs at the same time. I needed a simple way to support the bike with no side stand and it was easy. I stacked (4) three foot sections of 2x4 boards securing all four boards to each other using 3" wood screws. I drilled a 1 1/4" hole through all four boards on one end, marking and drilling the holes before I attached them.
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Placing the board stack one its side (hole facing horizontally) I positioned it directly under the battery box. I placed a long 4 ft pipe into the holes with the pipe extension facing the front of the bike. Pull up on the pipe (like a lever) and rotate it 90 degrees so the pipe is vertical. (sorry, no picture of this stage)

I placed a small kitchen throw rug over the board stack to protect the frame and aid in rotating the boards.
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The height of four boards was just enough to fully stabilize the bike and not lift it more then I needed. At no time did the bike feel unstable. It was rock solid through the entire procedure. The battery box will support the weight with no problem. The weight is supported on the sides of the battery box - the battery door is recessed. Also, there is about 1/2 inch clearance between the board stack and the bottom of the stock pipes. Lowering the bike was just as easy. Insert the pipe in the hole and push forward rotating the stack back to its side. Slide the boards out and store it for later.
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In this picture I had the footpeg bracket attached loosely just to hold it in place. You could make the boards longer and attach a ratchet strap over the bike to each end but was very stable anyway. Hope this helps someone.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby Jolsen » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:30 pm

VS1400 Wiring Diagram INFOWARS

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby tc1400 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:45 am

Certainly this concept is nothing new but after looking under the bike I wasn't sure at first if this was going to work on these. Point being is the battery box will support the weight.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby DMIntruder » Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:53 am

I have the wooded stand also. I also have a motorcycle lift like the one below. I use them both for various things. The wood rear stand for oil changes, dropping the footrest. The lift for working on the front end, removing the wheels, etc.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby dm1400 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:36 pm

Here's a link to the DIY bike lift. I built mine last winter & it's easy to make, & easy to use.

http://www.intruderalert.com/cafe/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=237555

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby ddog6900 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:07 pm

Common sense :uhh:

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby dm1400 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:51 pm

ddog6900 wrote:Common sense :uhh:


Yes!!! And unfortunately many owners leave it out of their tool kit.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby dallascoslacker » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:26 am

A good hand impact driver will save you from a lot of broken/rounded bolts if they don't wanna bust loose with a normal amount of force. Bikes are good for seized nuts and bolts.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby dallascoslacker » Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:35 pm

Forgot to mention...as far as essential tools to CARRY...for me a small vice grip is a must-have.

There are so many ways this can be useful with a bike, and perhaps the difference between riding it home vs having to call someone with a pickup or trailer...

Dropped it and broke the clutch lever off? Vice Grip works fine for an ersatz clutch lever. Just clamp it down tight to what's left of the original.

Same thing for the shifter. Break it off or say it just works loose and falls off 100 miles back for some reason...Vice Grip saves the day. Clamp it on the selector shaft and GO.

Can be used as a stand-in for a lost footpeg in a bind...long as you just need a place to rest yer foot. I wouldn't try standing up on it :uhh:

Lug breaks off the ground cable from unseen corrosion? Peel the insulator back, clamp the cable to the motor, back in business.

Not to mention it works in a pinch for any nuts/bolts you don't have the proper size for. One nice thing about metric bikes...if you just carry a 10/12mm combo wrench you can work on about 75% of it...
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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby WintrSol » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:11 pm

A good tool to have is a service manual, preferably, one published by Suzuki. It will help you use all those other tools. :soapbox:
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