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Old 08-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Investment: Impact Wrench?

Slowly trying to get more tools in the garage and I'm trying to figure out what you guys use the impact wrench for on the motorcycle? Can't seem to find many applications where I would use one on my car or bike, but I keep hearing about how people don't know how they managed without one.




$90 for 1/2" one, or do you guys use the 3/8" one?

Seems like I should also pony up the money for a lithium ion battery instead of the NiCad battery?

Thanks in advance for your advice on tools.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Air impact is good for sprocket and axle nut removal.

I don't know how well an electric one would do.
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I very rarely ever use an impact on any of my bikes. (Maybe a 4lb sledge on the harley).

But this has been my favorite, go-to tool. I would buy this again, before I bought an impact.


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Old 08-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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hmmm idk if i really even need power tools for a motorcycle, i took my 929rr apart.. like literally in pieces and it was fairly easy. i guess it would help a bit though not a huge thing for me
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We use cordless Impacts (both 1/2" & 3/8") in the Pits. They do a fantastic job of removing lug nuts in a hurry or general tightening in the pits. When you don't have time to get the air tools out, the cordless ones work great...IMHO!

I recommend them, highly!
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I don't use impacts on anything other than lugnuts generally. The only applications on the bike that I would use it for would be the countershaft sprocket, bolts on rear sprocket to hub, and rear axle nut (for loosening purposes, not tightening).

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On a car, it's incredibly valuable. Saves loads of time and busted knuckles. Bikes require a little more finesse...and generally less elbow grease.
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The cordless ratchet looks interesting.

Speaking of which, I'm in dire need of a torque wrench. Any recommendations?
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The cordless ratchet looks interesting.

Speaking of which, I'm in dire need of a torque wrench. Any recommendations?
if you buy one dont drop it around and bang it, or use it to loosen stuff.. baby it sorta
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The cordless ratchet looks interesting.

Speaking of which, I'm in dire need of a torque wrench. Any recommendations?
your $$$ spent on a torque wrench would be far more valuable than an impact wrench for bike maintenance. I use HF torque wrenches...not the best, but it gets the job done. Only use it for tightening, don't treat it like a breaker bar.
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sears one with the beam, not the clicker

for about $20 bucks
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Yeah Only thing I ever use an impact on is the front sprocket. Besides that, just cars.
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Thanks for the input, folks.
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As said, not much use on a bike. On a CAR, another story. I dont have a compressor anymore, and use a Rigid cordless, now. It has worked great for what I need. It doesnt replace a good old air tool, but will do 90% of what most people would need. Some suspension components need REAL torque to break loose.
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I've got impacts in 1/2, 3/8, electric and air, ratchets in 3/8 and 1/4. the 1/4 cordless ratchet is the . makes quick work out of everything on the bike, gas tank, air-box, etc... all of them are great time and energy saver for sure!
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I've got impacts in 1/2, 3/8, electric and air, ratchets in 3/8 and 1/4. the 1/4 cordless ratchet is the . makes quick work out of everything on the bike, gas tank, air-box, etc... all of them are great time and energy saver for sure!
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impacts to take it apart, but never to put back together.
If you use a battery powered "nut runner" to assemble things, put it on the lower settings so that it slips when it gets tight, then set to specs.
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12v cordless impacts are great for tearing a bike apart quickly. t-handles make putting it back together easy.
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For a toque wrench keep an eye out for the sears circulars. They have a very nice clicker, and I got mine for 40 bux!
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