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I just watched a friend of mine field strip his KX to change out the suspension and the exhaust between practice sessions. He did it in minutes, partially because he was using one of those little impact drivers.

I've always stayed away from impact drivers because I assumed that their frequent use would "hog out" the threads in the frame and permaturely wear fasteners due to the high revolutions they produce. But this is purely based on assumption.

If you have to live with your bike for more than 6 months to a year, do you use an impact driver on it?

The speed difference between a driver and a regular T-handle was noticable.

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I use a MAC 1/4 drive one, there really good, its only low torque 45 lb which really is way to high, never damages a thread yet as log as you start the bolts by hand when reinstalling. i gun it til as soon as you hear it impact the plastic/ frame i stop and recheck the with a T bar later, does save lots of time

Swanny

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I use a 1/4 inch dewalt. ALWAYS Start threads by hand and Torque by "Hand'. And if its a bolt i know is very tight then i crack it loose before i use the impact.

It speeds it up but i always check everything over anyway.

Bottom line is its not a must have thing, and using it improperly can become more hassle.

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I'm with all the "disassemble w/ air gun/reassemble by hand guys". The 1/4" guns are great for removing the countersunk phillips screws inside the case, as well as any other stubborn phillips screws if used properly. T-handles are generally fast enough for me when doing field/trackside work.

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  • 8 years later...

if you really need a power tool to take something off a bike then you have some major problems lol! I understand the tool addiction. I have one too being an aircraft mechanic. my box is loaded with so much stuff. Here a few articles about useful tools:

  1. General tools https://www.bikebandit.com/blog/the-top-ten-most-essential-tools-for-motorcycle-riders 
  2. Impact driver https://wisepick.org/best-impact-driver/ 
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5 hours ago, Ult1mat3X said:

if you really need a power tool to take something off a bike then you have some major problems lol! I understand the tool addiction. I have one too being an aircraft mechanic. my box is loaded with so much stuff. Here a few articles about useful tools:

  1. General tools https://www.bikebandit.com/blog/the-top-ten-most-essential-tools-for-motorcycle-riders 
  2. Impact driver https://wisepick.org/best-impact-driver/ 

How is saving time and energy a major problem?

 

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5 hours ago, Ult1mat3X said:

if you really need a power tool to take something off a bike then you have some major problems lol! I understand the tool addiction. I have one too being an aircraft mechanic. my box is loaded with so much stuff. Here a few articles about useful tools:

  1. General tools https://www.bikebandit.com/blog/the-top-ten-most-essential-tools-for-motorcycle-riders 
  2. Impact driver https://wisepick.org/best-impact-driver/ 

I didn't see anyone say they "need" one. 

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I never have seen the need to use an impact on a bike, but I do use my air ratchet quite a bit.  When working on cars and trucks you are dead in the water without a good impact.

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3 hours ago, cjjeepercreeper said:

I never have seen the need to use an impact on a bike, but I do use my air ratchet quite a bit.  When working on cars and trucks you are dead in the water without a good impact.

Countershaft nuts, clutch basket nuts, flywheel nuts, primary gear nuts, fork base valves.  All very easy with an impact.  Did them all the hard way for years but there is just no reason to dick around when it is so easy to zap these off.

I have a Milwaukee 3/8 and 1/2 impact on deck at all times.

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17 minutes ago, turbo dan said:

Countershaft nuts, clutch basket nuts, flywheel nuts, primary gear nuts, fork base valves.  All very easy with an impact.  Did them all the hard way for years but there is just no reason to dick around when it is so easy to zap these off.

I have a Milwaukee 3/8 and 1/2 impact on deck at all times.

Out of all those I think clutch basket nuts are the only one I've really needed an impact for, maybe a couple others, like the fork.  I probably shouldn't have said never, but it is pretty rare an impact is needed on a bike IMO.  I really like the air ratchet, though, you just have to be careful, they have been known to injure wrists.

I don't use electric, I like air.

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