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What tools or tool do you suggest is a necessity when working on your bikes. Add to the list and mention a tool or a few tools and why they are a must.

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Metric wrench set.

tire iron's

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metric wrench set

tire irons

metric socket set 8mm to 14mm is fine for most stuff

metric allen key set

screwdrivers

needle nose pliers

pliers/vise grips

side cutters, zipties are also usefull

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Japanese bike? JIS screwdrivers unless you like stripped screws. 8mm 10mm 12mm 14mm 17mm 19mm wrenches and sockets. Of course pliers can come in handy, needle nose, Channel Locks, side cutters. Then various special tools like flywheel puller and clutch holding tool are handy to have. Most important tool is the manual!!!

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feeler gauges for the 4 stroke

impact driver

some random specialty tools if you are serious about it.

DO NOT FORGET THE MANUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the most important tool you will ever have.

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12 mm wrench: seems to never come in a set.

Torque wrench: even a cheap one is better than snapping a stud

Manual Impact driver: older bikes need a bit of encouragement sometimes, and with that said: anti-seize

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T-Handle wrench set 8mm-14mm

Socket Set (make sure you have the ones for the axels)

1/4" 3/8" and 1/2" Ratchet

Needle Nose Pliers

Dikes

Exhaust Spring Tool

Torque Wrench

Breaker Bar

Zip-Ties

Duct Tape

Thats my tool kit for hitting the track especially when I have my kids bikes, my friends bike, and my bike to think about.

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fly wheel puller

Larger metric sockets like 27mm for removing axles and taking the clutch basket off.

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the usual suspects....vise-grips, bailing wire, duct tape....and some metric hex wrenches, been burnt by those :smirk:

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6 pack of xxxx a smoke & a shed that is well away from wife or kids, :smirk:

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hammer, and if the one you have isn't getting the job done get a BFH (big &%$#@!*in hammer)

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Bike lift. I got one for 170 shipping included. It will lift the bike three feet off the ground. If you are doing top ends or any work that takes more than 10 minutes it will be worth its weight in gold.

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Or replace them with allen bolts

Yeah that's what I normally do. I'm honestly surprised that bikes don't come with them standard now. A lot of the bolts on my 30 year old bike have an allen head instead of a phillips.

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Nice torque wrenches...you are doing the math to apply the correct torque when you use the wrench with he replaceable ends...right?

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Do you really think I'd accumulate that set without having a clue as to what to do with them? Besides when you spend enough to buy the Snap-On man a new car he gives you things like the SS-306G slide rule calculator. Handy time saving item.

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Ha ha, I think I bought mine a house, a boat and put his kids through college...and that is not even counting the money spent on the other tool trucks.

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I R a machinist as well so I have a small cabin and some land tied up in tools and machines. Never really spent any cash on other trucks.

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