The Tools Thread
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Until I have better ways of keeping lists of things on the site (under profiles probably), I'm creating this thread as a place to keep links to various special tools because I'm endlessly forgetting where I got XYZ tool.
For instance, this is the wheel balancer I use:
What to consider when buying a motorcycle wheel balancer
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Do you think that the universal that you have should work with the Hawk rear wheel?
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I suggest that we give it a try. If it doesn't work then we can always order the correct cones.
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I might just order the one that is specific to it . . . at least to have it because it always sucks to get 90% done with a project only to not have the right tool on hand.
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This is the torque wrench I use:
Amazon.com: Eastwood Digital Electronic Torque Wrench 3/8" Drive: Automotive
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In Knoxville at Huey's Cycle Service, Ed showed me an electronic throttle body sync tool made by a company Kuwa Seito out of Japan.
I have not yet been able to find where to purchase one of these gadgets.
I have not yet been able to find a source for one. Searching around today, I came across a couple of interesting projects where people have constructed their own digital syncing tools:
Built a digital carb sync General Tech Talk
A common Motorcycle maintenance task is to synchronize the throttle bodies on the engine to smooth out any rough idle. This is done by monitoring the...
I'm half tempted to build one of these.
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forwarded me a link to the O2 meter. It's pricey but would enable me to adjust the fuel/air mixture on the K100RS (which does not have an O2 sensor)
The LM-2 Kit (Single Wideband O2) includes the LM-2 meter, Bosch wide-band oxygen sensor, 8 ft sensor cable, cigarette-lighter power adapter, analog in/out cable, ODB-II/CAN interface cable, SD memory card, USB cable for PC connection, weld-in bung and plug, LogWorks software CD, and quick-start guide. Carrying Case also included! The powerful shopping cart software for web stores and e-commerce enabled webstores is based on PHP / PHP4 with SQL database (MySQL, PostGres) with highly...
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's recommendation I ordered a proper float gauge:
Amazon.com: Carburetor Carb Float Level Gauge Motorcycle Tool: Everything Else
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Of all the tools I have ever owned, this has been by far the most useful. It's much more industrial strength than the corresponding leathermans and can be used to do some real work. It's saved the day on more than one occasion.
Amazon.com : Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool with Pouch : Victorinox Multitool : Sports & Outdoors
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A different kind of multi-tool, but also useful for working on motorcycles.
Fix It Sticks bicycle multi tool system. Customizable tools for bike, snowboard and other sports.
Another interesting one is the Leatherman Crunch.
Crunch with Leatherman's adjustable pliers can clamp up to a 1-inch diameter pipe and features plenty of other tools for the job. Leatherman
Gizmodo claims that the Crunch has even been used as a makeshift gear-lever on a motorcycle.
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Thanks to rshaug
for finding this, here is a link to that electronic carb/throttle body balancing tool:
Multi-Carb Vacuum Tester KEK-55-64 This electronic carb synchronizer balances multi-carburetor engines The LCD readout in Kowa Tools 4 B000Q6P3B4 car product information
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I just wanted to share my experiences with the K&N oil filters. You know, the ones with the nut on the bottom, that are available on Amazon.com. Well, as you may have guessed: the nuts break off. And, you're left with a difficult filter extraction. They are a "Do not buy " recommendation.
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Thanks for the heads up. For BMW's I always buy Bosch filters and use a filter wrench which I always carry on the bike.
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