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post #1 of 56 Old 07-03-2011, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Critique My Tool Kit

Well, rain has temporarily postponed my ride for today and I don't really feel like working on the to-do list my wife left me while she's gone, so I decided to pull out my tool/repair kits and re-arrange and re-pack them while waiting to ride.

I carry a lot of stuff, but I have the advantage of having a very large tool tube and two HT pannier-type bags attached to my crash bars, so figure if it fits, why not carry it?

Most of this stuff I have included in the tool kit after performing some procedure and finding the tools necessary. I try to do all my work on the bike using this kit and if I find something I need to add, I do so.

Anybody see anything I might be missing based on your experience? I'm serious about that, not joking.


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Contents include:

Phillips/Flat Tip Screwdrivers

Small pair of Vise-Grips

13 & 12mm wrenches

Small adjustable wrench

Extra rear axle cotter pins

Craftsman tool wrap. Works okay to contain most of this stuff.

Sockets: 27 (rear axle nut) 19 (front axle nut) 18 thin-wall (spark plug), 12, 8 regular and deep well, 10mm regular and deep well.

Valve stem fishing tool

Aluminum c-clamp (for bead-breaking, miscellaneous holding, etc.)

Rope (for lashing down unexpected cargo or maybe for a tow)

Slime inflator pump. Used to take my seat off to use the alligator clamps, but then realized this slime pump came with a connector I can leave permanently attached to the battery terminals. I ran it out and taped the end to my rear side racks for easy plug-in access for power to the pump.

Spare tubes: 1 front and 1 rear. I know some people just carry one, but if I've got the room, why not one of each? Packed in Ziplocs with talc.

Bottle of talcum powder for tubes and shucking tires off and on.

Pack of large zip ties

Multi-Tool: Wife gave it to me for Christmas: have to carry it.

Hand wipes, a luxury item.

Slime tire gauge: use this all the time.

Small zip ties

Duct tape and electrical tape

Spare fuse kit

Small needle-nose pliers

Small cutter-type pliers. I "seal" my pannier bags with the large ziplocs where I keep the tubes, inflator, etc. Keeps somebody from readily opening the panniers. Have to cut the zip ties off to get into them.

Bit for front axle pinch bolts and skid plate mount bolts

Tire/tube repair kit with extra valve stems and valve stem tool

Gapped spark plug

3 tire spoons

Allen wrench; size unknown: needed to remove rear side guards.

1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 ratchets

1/4" socket extension

EM Quick-Jack

There you have it. While probably overkill and at the same time, not all-inclusive and a work in progress this is what I carry. If anybody has any recommendations about what I should possibly add to it, I'd appreciate any feedback.



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Since you are going for the comprehensive approach, may I suggest chain tools and a spare master link?
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Nice Set-Up! 2 things how does the EM Jack work & when you pack it all up can you weight it so we can have a good idea of the weight. One more thing does the Slime inflator have a SAE Plug. I wired my bike up with a distrubution block & a SAE terminal to charge the battery. I wondering if I could use the same SAE to power the inflator.

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Nice. I need to make one of these (as well as a better first aid kit).

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Since you are going for the comprehensive approach, may I suggest chain tools and a spare master link?
Good idea. Hadn't thought of that.



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Nice. I need to make one of these (as well as a better first aid kit).
First-aid kit. Something else I hadn't really thought of. Good idea, not only for yourself but for others.



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Nice Set-Up! 2 things how does the EM Jack work & when you pack it all up can you weight it so we can have a good idea of the weight. One more thing does the Slime inflator have a SAE Plug. I wired my bike up with a distrubution block & a SAE terminal to charge the battery. I wondering if I could use the same SAE to power the inflator.
I've experimented with the EM jack quite a bit and it works pretty well. I might start carrying some kind of base for it for soft ground, such as shoulders where I might be likely to use it: an old can lid or something like that would work. The "foot" of it doesn't have that much surface area.

I also might get some of that Plasti-Dip stuff like people use for tool handles and put it on the angle part that rests against the bike frame in use. It can slip pretty easily if you don't get the angle just right; want it to get a little better grip.

It all weighs way too much: about 20 pounds altogether. I'll admit it's probably overkill.

I don't technically know what kind of plug it is for the Slime inflator. It came with it: it's the bigger one, not the mini one. The ends of both connectors have one round prong thing and a recessed hole. When you plug them together, the prong on one goes into the recessed hole on the other. It might be a SAE style but I'm not sure; hoping the description will be recognizable to you if that's what you have.




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My Slime compressor came with alligator clips, cig plug, and an SAE connector.
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My Slime compressor came with alligator clips, cig plug, and an SAE connector.
The one I'm utilizing is the SAE connector, then. Thanks for clarifying exactly what it is and what it's called.



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I don't carry a complete tool kit. I have tire changing tools, sockets to get the side panels off, spare fuses, etc. I'm not looking to rebuild the bike just deal with the most likely scenareos. I do carry temp repair stuff, JB Quick weld, bailing wire, duct tape, etc.

Go through the bike and apply blue Loctite to all the bolts you can get to. That way you won't have to worry about them loosening up as you're riding.

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