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post #1 of 10 Old 05-24-2013, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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A dumb question about the tool kit

So the other day I rides up to a red light and my engine decelerates past idle and just keeps on decel'ing and foo foo's to a stop. My quick mind figgers out there is no electrical pressure in the system. I pushes the KLR over the curb and across the lawn to a shady back service lane behind the strip mall ( try THAT with your 1800 Gold Wing...) ...

I do my maintenance in the shop at home with the shop tools. I try to avoid doing maintenance on the road side after stuff quits or breaks... but batteries... "we never own too many engines, we only own too many batteries" (Peter Egan writing in Cycle World)

I unlimber my tool kit...planning to check the battery connections, clean them up, hopefully bump start and be on my way in true overland adventure fashion. Now the KLR tools aren't quite the quality of the kit that came with my Gold Wing, but they should be generally sufficient for emergency use...but wasn't I surprised to find there is no 8mm tool that fits the side cover bolts...huh?

I find that stupid little squared off double ended wrench. It's "8mm" end must be US 8mm or something (just kidding) because it isn't 8 mm until I grind it open to 8mm ...and it would be stupid to try to use to remove the side covers...but might have worked...

Did I manage to lose the 8mm socket tool that would be the logical tool to remove the side covers?

Or is this another marketing mystery of the current times... ship a bike without a tool to remove a standard maintenance panel...?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-24-2013, 08:56 AM
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I haven't seen a tool in any tool packs that fits those bolts either!
Time to mount a tool tube.....lol.

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My first exposure to the 2011 tool kit was very disappointing. Needless to say, the first thing I did was to go over "ALL" fasteners, and make a list of sizes and type of tools I needed. I $t caned most of factory tools.
Went to local tool discount store, and made my own tool kit.

I got sockets and ratchets along with box and open end wrenches. Not complete sets, but just items customized for their placement on the bike.

As I work on the bike, I refine my choices and modify my kit. I try to use the bike's tool kit when ever I do anything to the bike.

Only thing I need to get now is, a small multimeter. Not sure where I’ll store it?
On my previous bikes I made a small test light out of a LED lamp with resistor to measure 12 volts. It was about the size of a pencil, and had clip leads at end of the wire leads.

NOTE: The front axle needs an allen head wrench. I forget the size!

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Only thing I need to get now is, a small millimeter. Not sure where I’ll store it?

NOTE: The front axle needs an allen head wrench. I forget the size!
I assume you mean "multimeter?" millimeters are small though!

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Larry -

I carry this multimeter from RadioShack. Even though it comes from the Land of China it's pretty good.

The only thing I've found you need to do is store the batteries upside down and set them properly when you need to use it.

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...I find that stupid little squared off double ended wrench. It's "8mm" end must be US 8mm or something...
That's the 'joke wrench'. Don't go try using it on your spokes, you'll just make them mad...

It's a number 8 spoke wrench, and I think spoke gauges and and the attendant tools were thought up by the same people who brought us Whitworth bolt and nut sizing.

You know, the people that eat bangers and mash.

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Larry -

I carry this multimeter from RacdoShack. Even though it comes from the Land of China it's pretty good.

The only thing I've found you need to do is store the batteries upside down and set them properly when you need to use it.

T
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It looks like it would be small, considering it's called "pocket". I'll have to check it out.
BTW: Harbor Freight has a free cupon for it's multimeter. Only good for Memorial Day.

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Larry -

It is 4" x 2" x 1".

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It is 4" x 2" x 1".

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That's the 'joke wrench'. Don't go try using it on your spokes, you'll just make them mad...

It's a number 8 spoke wrench, and I think spoke gauges and and the attendant tools were thought up by the same people who brought us Whitworth bolt and nut sizing.

You know, the people that eat bangers and mash.

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