Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby lonerider » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:51 pm

tc1400 wrote: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.


For many years, all I carried with me was flat head and philips screwdrivers, a medium vice grip, and a crescent wrench.
And run your bike with tubeless rims and a plug kit. Oh yeah, a little roll of duct tape and a wire coat hanger completes
things. I can't remember a time when this little bundle didn't pull me through a rough spot on the road.

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby old time rider » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:50 am

Have got manuals for lots of my bikes but found some of the after market ones show you short cuts and how to make home made tools that the maker manuals do not.The internet makes this far better with good tec sites lots of places.Have a lift and when drag racing 1977-1987 made me a work bench about three feet high and a pull out part under the rear wheel.It has stuff stacked so high now would take me a day to clear it.I need to start selling more of my old car motorcycle parts and junk.Have been same place since 1965 and am a pac rat :bonk: :bonk: .

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby SuzyRidr2 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:16 am

Beer. Never work on your ride unless your garage or work shop fridge has a sufficient stock of beer. One never knows what kind of rat's nest a simple maintenance or repair job might turn into. Beer relieves stress when things go south and can enhance critical thinking when stuck on a solution to your problem. You're welcome. [emoji106]
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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby Night_Wolf » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:54 am

One item I will ad to the tool list, especially since we are all predominantly riding Japanese motorcycles

A set of JIS screwdrivers. Look like Phillips screwdrivers, but have a different "cam" on them & will prevent most of the "stripping" we experience when working on our bikes.

When mine showed up the little lady asked me "Why are you buying more screwdrivers?" since I have a pretty well stocked tool box. Once I explained what these actually were, she understood my purchase

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby draggindakota » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:14 am

dallascoslacker wrote: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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This! These things are a godsend for getting bowl screws loose on carbs!

I got this one one sale for $7: http://www.harborfreight.com/impact-screwdriver-set-with-case-37530.html

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby old time rider » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:56 pm

On the carry with you.I have took lots of trips over the years and luck has been with me in never having to haul one out of state.The stock tool kits is lots better than none but replace any wrenches with better ones if you have then and will not take up any more room.A small channel lock,vice gripe,and adjustbale is nice if room.Many times I wrap a good size piece of elc. tape around the center part of a wrench or screw driver.If short on room this is usually still same fit in the little tool bag.A little pump like the Slime brand and plug and the small reamer and plug tool.If tube type I carried tire tools and patch kit as on the 90 Sturgis trip.Keep the heavy stuff low and even buy make a tool bag for them.Small first aid kit nice and sting stick.
When on real long trips of weeks we split up other tools etc. so we can work on all the bikes and not have to carry it all the same on every ones bike.On the three and a half week Alaska trip the two chains we had to replace was not that bad a job with four of us and a chain breaker we had with us.Chain lube is another thing if going far. Knowing the most you can about your bike and how to fix it makes for lots more peace of mind on long trips and bucket list dreams getting marked off. :cheers:

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby pmhearns12 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:19 am

Battery powered impact driver and the right mandrels. .25 and .375 drives as well as a few screwdriver bits. Short bursts of impact along with the torque from the gun make it very simple and quick to remove stubborn and or long and or plentiful bolts

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby 1sttightwad » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:04 am

Is a Hole a tool ? ........ I don't have a floor jack, bike stand or anything like that.. With a new battery coming and watching all the battery changing videos i decided that I could either lift the bike, not possible with no lifting tools..... or go the other way to get the ground clearance for the battery box and battery to come out and just dig a hole under the btry box.. I have been eyeing the metal box that houses my water meter, hmm.... I think it might just work.. Do remember to put a board under the kick stand or do as another poster did use a stack of 2X4's bolted together and strapped down about 3 feet long and a leveraging pipe. Please read his post on how to make.. Will let you know how this "work around" goes in a couple of days.. Dave from Gods Country.... Deep South Georgia..

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Re: Must Have Tools for Bike Wrenching

Postby HARRIS » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:41 am

FOR BATTERY ACCESS, I USE A 2 X 6 X 18 AS A RAMP, AND A 2 X 4 BLOCK FOR THE KICK STAND. JUST REPLACED THE BATTERY FOR ONE FROM G-MAN

THE FIRST ONE LASTED 6 YEARS !
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