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Old 06-20-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Talking Look what I made last night! Wrench for Fork Caps that won't mar them!

I am getting ready to put new springs in the forks of my SV650 and wanted to be sure not to mess up the caps.

So, I made this wrench last night that should work perfectly! I'll let you know after I use it this weekend.
The drive hex is specially shaped to not grip at the corners. There is a double-angle on the flats to allow the wrench to slip over the nut easily but when you start turning either way the "flat" mates up parallel with the surfaces of the nut. Being made of aluminum you should not even be able to tell you had a wrench on there when it is all done.

It also has 3/8" and 1/2" square drives to accept a torque wrench. Just need to adjust for the extra length (there is a formula for this)

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Old 06-20-2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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I think it looks nicer than some of the stuff I've seen Race Tech sell

Good job!
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:31 AM   #3
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Man that is so cool! I Raceteched mine a few months ago and I just couldn't prevent it from getting marded up. Plus mine are anodized and that makes it look even worse.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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when I did my springs I just used a socket, so yeha mine got marred a little, but not too bad
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wow nice work. is that a one off piece?
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how did you make it... and what else can you make?
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I build CNC machines and this was made on one of our in-house ones. As with any CNC program, making another is simply a matter of clamping the material and pressing the cycle-start button

It is also CAD designed for 24mm but I only change 1 dimension and can make just about any other size within reason.

And as far as what else I can make... Whadda you got?
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LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'LL CHARGE FOR THESE....I could use one for the Gsxr and the DB....the wrench is made of aluminum you say? Will it be durable for more than one time use?
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I build CNC machines and this was made on one of our in-house ones. As with any CNC program, making another is simply a matter of clamping the material and pressing the cycle-start button

It is also CAD designed for 24mm but I only change 1 dimension and can make just about any other size within reason.

And as far as what else I can make... Whadda you got?
billet wheels for the fiddy?
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I am getting ready to put new springs in the forks of my SV650 and wanted to be sure not to mess up the caps.

So, I made this wrench last night that should work perfectly! I'll let you know after I use it this weekend.
The drive hex is specially shaped to not grip at the corners. There is a double-angle on the flats to allow the wrench to slip over the nut easily but when you start turning either way the "flat" mates up parallel with the surfaces of the nut. Being made of aluminum you should not even be able to tell you had a wrench on there when it is all done.

It also has 3/8" and 1/2" square drives to accept a torque wrench. Just need to adjust for the extra length (there is a formula for this)

What do y'all think?

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very nicely done indeed.
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cool.

I do AutoCAD all day. If you need drawings for that machine i can make them from hand sketches.

Just PM me.
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cool.

I do AutoCAD all day. If you need drawings for that machine i can make them from hand sketches.

Just PM me.

I own a copy of Pro/ENGINEER with the CAM package. Got that part covered but thanks anyway.
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Not anything that big... Or that round...
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LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'LL CHARGE FOR THESE....I could use one for the Gsxr and the DB....the wrench is made of aluminum you say? Will it be durable for more than one time use?
Not to get too commercial (mods please don't kick me off!) but I would think a copy would be worth $20. What size are the nuts on the GSXR and DB?

Should last forever, as with any tool if it isn't abused. It is 6061 T6 Aluminum. Certainly not only for a one-time-use. With the geometry of the hex that I developed it never touches the corners and puts all the forces flat and parallel instead of trying to bite into the material.
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dude patent that before some steals that from you!!! =)
too late. I already got it.

J/K, wish I have the skills and machine.

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dont waste your money patenting that, if a bigger company wants to steal and saturate the market, they can and will, and all will be done before the cease and desist order comes down a year or so later.
all in all, its big money to patent and no real way to protect the little guy anyways, unless you are sitting on a pot o gold or something
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dont waste your money patenting that, if a bigger company wants to steal and saturate the market, they can and will, and all will be done before the cease and desist order comes down a year or so later.
all in all, its big money to patent and no real way to protect the little guy anyways, unless you are sitting on a pot o gold or something
agreed. I looked thru the patents for wrenches and something similar was patented in the 70's so it is a moot point anyway.

one of my former employeers gave me sage advice on this one time: "Don't worry about what the competition is doing. Focus on your business and move so quickly that by the time they copy your product you are two generations ahead of them and all they will have is a cheap copy of old technology."
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Not to get too commercial (mods please don't kick me off!) but I would think a copy would be worth $20. What size are the nuts on the GSXR and DB?

Should last forever, as with any tool if it isn't abused. It is 6061 T6 Aluminum. Certainly not only for a one-time-use. With the geometry of the hex that I developed it never touches the corners and puts all the forces flat and parallel instead of trying to bite into the material.
not sure on the exact sizes, but I will PM you once I get home and get a chance to look at them....brilliant idea, not to make your head get all swoll or anything.
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