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Old 06-16-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Question A 'Tools' question!!!

Hi everyone,
I just purchased that dvd from sportbikehowto.com for my 2003 R6. I'd heard a lot of positive feedback about it and decided to pull the gun. I really hope I can benefit from it as much as I think. I ve never worked on my bike before so Im hoping this dvd will change that.

So my question was for those of you who know about the dvd or those that work on their own bikes. Is there a description or catalog of tools included with the dvd? How will i know what tools to get that i might need? Is there another available online or does somebody have one??
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:55 PM   #2
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tools to do what? general maintence? or in depth things?
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:00 AM   #3
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buy snap-on tools. or at least craftsman.

the you get at vato zone may have a lifetime guarantee, but you dont want to stop working on your bike and waste an hour to replace a $3 tool. even if they do it for free. you just want to never break. ever. period.

your best bet is get whatever snap-on offers as a basic rachet set. (metric of course, we dont like fractions) better yet get the set just one better than that. its nice to have a few ratchets of different lengths and drives.

also get some open end wrenches, id say all the even sizes 6-18. beyond that just buy bigger sizes as needed. get six points, not 12 points. 12 points will strip your heads at the worst possible time.

allen wrench set. flat and phillips screwdrivers.

get a nice tourque wrench. ("really freaking tight" is never the spec called for in the manual)

get a digital multimeter. mr. mulimeter is your friend.

get a cool red tool box with drawers to put it all in. put stickers all over it. watch in amazement as everyone who comes over asks you to "listen to their car" cause you must have done this for a long time and you know what your doing...

oh oh oh! some must haves, okay, really nice to haves anyways. the little antennae things with a magnet on the end, and another one with a mirror.

also, a nice pencil type air pressure tool. (dont get a digital one)

it all really depends on what you want to spend. you can do alot with a $40 set from vato-zone or wal-mart, and buy more as you need, but i dont recommend that route. better off investing in a good high quality set and have a good selection of everything you might need on hand.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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yes snap on tools are nice but not the best in everyones opinion, and anything can break, i have had sockets break that were snap on and sockets that were craftsman. if your just going to use them in the garage i would go with craftsman, they sell a tool "kit" set that has i think now around 200piece and some have more and some have less at good prices at sears.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:30 AM   #5
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yeah, i don't recommend snap-on either for a start up garage at home mechanic. , i don't even recommend them for most professional mechanics. unless you are using your tools to make your money 40+ hours a week and have a snap on truck coming through your shop/garage once a week, you don't need snap-on, mac, matco, or any other professional level tool.

craftsman is readily available close to nearly everyone's home, is a FRACTION the cost of snap on. seriously. i have a set of snap-on impact sockets that were...ready for this....800 dollars. you know how much a similar set costs from craftsman? 120 dollars. and it's more than capable of providing years of service to any DIY'er.

there are several mechanics tool sets for sale at craftsman that have plenty of the right tools to get you started...i recommend the 229pc Pit-crew tool set. it has a lot of tools that are designed for easy access to tight spaces, which is near every bolt on a motorcycle. its also reasonably priced at $359.95. this is the link... http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

so for the cost of one ratchet and 3/8" drive socket set from snap-on, you can have a full tool set that will allow you to do just about everything you could think of on your motorcycle.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:46 AM   #6
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Snap on tools, MAC tools, and craftsman (lifetime warranty)... Even the stanley tools at walmart are not that bad.... if you are doing just routine maintenance, then go with stanley or craftsman... if your opening up a shop, then go high end....
I would get a good ratchet set (long and short), allen wrench set, and screwdrivers.... I need to get torgue wrench.... most other tools I have already... but get the basics...
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:48 AM   #7
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Yup craftsman all the way..... Ive had mine for years and they have takin alot of abuse.
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Old 06-17-2007, 01:33 AM   #8
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Old 06-17-2007, 01:49 AM   #9
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Craftsman for most of what you'll need. About the only "specialty tool" you'll need will be the front axle allen. I, as well as most bike shops, sell them, they're around $20.00.

That reminds me, I need to do another Basic Maintenance Class at the shop!
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Craftsman for most of what you'll need. About the only "specialty tool" you'll need will be the front axle allen. I, as well as most bike shops, sell them, they're around $20.00.

That reminds me, I need to do another Basic Maintenance Class at the shop!
yessir you do, cause im running out of ways toi jerry rig stuff
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Old 06-17-2007, 02:40 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone for all the inputs. MH seems like one big family to me. I barely posted this an hour or so ago and I already have great answers. Thats why I love this forum. In fact, its almost like instant messaging...lolz... Im gonna head out and try to get my hands on some toolsets(in the morning of course) so I can do the basic maintainence on my bike at least... for everything else theres Patrick and co at Motorcycles Unlimited... i ve heard so many good things about Motorcycles Unlimited that i ll never go anywhere else no matter what....

note to self: have to attend basic maintainence workshop on 23rd June at 9:30AM
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I agree with chris:

Metric wrenches / sockets:

8,10,12,14,17,19mm, one that fits your rear axle size, sparkplugs, and headset on your bike

Set of allen wrenches in metric

variety set of screwdrivers

crescent wrench

pliers

needle nose pliers

WD40, chain lube, teflon lube, pressure gauge, torque wrench (cheap is OK in my book)

Then make friends with a person who knows the tricks. Like Patrick.
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even the husky stuff at hope depot is good ... i prefer klein or craftsman but i bought the husky set on clearance and have abused the . out of it and havent had a problem..
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