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post #1 of 7 Old 07-06-2016, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Doohickey tool pass-around/rental/group buy?

With the ubiquity of needing doohickey replacement, and the uniqueness of the tools, has anyone started a pass-around of sorts for the tools? In some other communities I've been in we've done something similar, either with everyone chipping in a bit, or sending a couple bucks to the original buyer etc.

In general, I don't mind buying tools, even relatively special ones like valve spring tools, to do the job; I always figure 'hey, I'll have to tool forever after this'. But when would one ever use these tools again?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-06-2016, 10:08 PM
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If you buy another KLR and the doo has not been done then you need the tools. I have one but am not willing to part with it cept for someone local.

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Hang around for a bit.
The guy who mailed me the tools noted that I was a "regular" on the site.
Participating gets dudes to know and trust ya better. I'd say enjoy the
summer on two wheels and get 'er done during winter teardown and maintenance.

Although riding on a stock doo isn't recommended, many riders who never knew about the
issue have rolled many thousands of miles without a problem other than a buncha clackety
sounds coming from under the hood.

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-07-2016, 06:21 AM
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A loner directory of sorts may be another option.

I have a set of the EM-specialty-tools in the Tampa Bay area and would be glad to lend them to anyone locally. Otherwise, I'd like to keep them so long as I have the bike.
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Yep of course, on the Concours and SOHC4 forums, if you're a regular, people are more than willing to help. Being that Concours guys tend to also be KLR guys, I figure there's a similar community.

Well, for future reference, I'm east of Toronto, and have a garage full of tools, just not the right ones for this job!
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I have the tools. Given current postal rates I don't see a real big saving over buying the tools. That's actually how I ended up with the tools. By the time you ship back and forth across the country you are better than half way to the cost of the tools. Mine have been used to do about a dozen doohickeys. I have also found on occasion that when I loan out my tools I have to chase after the borrower to get them back. I find that very frustrating and inconsiderate. I'm almost to the point of not loaning anymore. I can relate to the stickers mechanics put on their toolboxes.

I'll set up a thread and see if we can't get a database of doohickey tool owners and their locations going.
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