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C50 2StrokeWanting4StrokeOwning Quote
9/4/2017 8:16 PM

I was wondering what tools you guys consider a staple in your shop for complete a bike resto. Top and bottom end, carb, plastics, forks, shock, linkages, bearings. EVERYTHING. What are your sworn "NEEDED" tools?

C50 Paw Paw Quote
9/5/2017 6:33 AM

T handles

Paw Paw

C50_0316131835_1423731355 KDXGarage Quote
9/8/2017 4:04 AM

great lighting

nitrile gloves

safety glasses

OEM service manual



sockets, ratchets, torque wrench

C50_2_1512798858 Frodad78 Quote
9/8/2017 5:12 AM

Lately I've found the wrenches with a ratcheting box end are really handy.

C50_image2_1499357562 NJKawi913 Quote
9/8/2017 5:55 AM

grease, and motivation.

I don't crash, I just run out of talent

C50_img_1692_1517794975 pete24 Quote
9/8/2017 6:05 AM

vise grips and hammers

C50 Acidreamer Quote
9/8/2017 6:07 AM

Torque wrench, sockets, GOOD ratchets, impact screw driver, deadblow hammer, loctite, belray grease, breaker bar.

2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

C50_562252_3663733842606_524708638_n Tracktor Quote
9/8/2017 9:38 AM

3/8" drive cordless impact.
Snap -on metric medium depth sockets

Putting grease in small syringes as it makes less of a mess and easier to apply

White Teflon Zipper grease - cleaner and light that petroleum based stuff. great for levers


And all the usual tools.......

C50_112776150_1241467529 526 Quote
9/8/2017 11:01 AM

Handy Industries Lift

C50_screenshot_2017_01_02_16_15_37_1491551658 ktm-5 Quote
9/8/2017 12:03 PM

Flywheel puller
Clutch holding tool
Torque wrench
White rags
Crankcase splitter

C50_ryan_villopoto_interview_2_1505140926 imoto34 Quote
9/8/2017 1:51 PM

For Bikes I Do Really Like My T handles. I also have two identical 32 pc grearwrench set I enjoy as they make things simple. Now I guess not so much on the bikes but as a diesel mechanic I love my battery half inch impact. I use little picks a bunch, got big hands and have broke all fingers so can't really move em to well.

See many young guys buy cheap ass stuff cause that's what they can afford. This is fine for awhile but you will get what you pay for with tools.

C50_bradshaw_southwick93_001_1453906857 DoctorJD Quote
9/8/2017 1:57 PM

My 2.25 power reading glasses.

C50_my_james_dobb_1993_splitfire_kx125_1510782285 RyanLester761 Quote
9/8/2017 4:51 PM
DoctorJD wrote:

My 2.25 power reading ...more

I'm about there myself! So helpful!

C50_joe_dirt_david_spade_1402778055 JBecker 72 Quote
9/8/2017 5:20 PM

T handles
Good tire irons
The motion pro shock collar punch tool for adjusting sag
Quality screwdrivers from Vessel that don't round out philips hardware
My harbor freight motorcycle lift

C50_image_1471072505 tempura Quote
9/8/2017 7:40 PM

T handles
good socket set
snap on drivers
snap on 3/8 & 1/4 torque wrenches
Pliers set
Measuring tools
Tire irons
Magnet tool
Electric meter
Bearing press
Flywheel puller
Case splitter/ crank puller
Wheel building stand
Compressed air
Work bench with a couple of vices

"Nothing happens until something moves"

C50_image_1499104766 JWACK Quote
9/8/2017 10:14 PM

variable speed dremel. Decent set of hand files. Small propane torch. Exacto knife with new blades. Scribe/pick set. Surface stone. Lots of different sand paper. Micro fiber and mothers polish. Rubber mallet. Splitter. Puller. Along with good hand tools.
I like 6 point sets do I don't mark up my bolts and nuts with tool edges.
And an air compressor with impact and impact sockets. Some cut 2x4 wood blocks.

C50 inthebadboycorner Quote
9/10/2017 4:12 AM
DoctorJD wrote:

My 2.25 power reading ...more

RyanLester761 wrote:

I'm about there myself! So ...more

Pftt, real men wear 3.0

C50_1_1418867431 Cmiller493 Quote
9/10/2017 5:45 AM

Being a trackside support guy previously and still helping out occasionally I would definitely say a tire changing stand, good tire spoons, and a bead buddy! At the shop/in the garage I would say a cordless impact. As for my favorite tool it would definitely be my Snap One Techangle Electronic Torque Wrench.

C50_screenshot_2017_01_02_16_15_37_1491551658 ktm-5 Quote
9/10/2017 8:46 AM

A little magnet like in the pic and a 2x4 engine stand

Almost forget another necessary tool is q-tips

C50_101001410_1273469791 crc245 Quote
9/11/2017 11:06 PM


So much easier than fighting it with the chain on! Makes torquing CR/CRF sprockets that require 23/24lbs much more accurate...

C50_0316131835_1423731355 KDXGarage Quote
9/12/2017 5:20 AM
crc245 wrote:


HUH! I have never seen that one. All my KX's and KDX's have a circlip, but I think this might work on my YZ250.

Thanks for mentioning it.

AWWWWWWW SH*& ! I have a $25 gift card from subscribing to MXA.

YES!! Thanks a LOT for mentioning it!

C50_0611171249_1_1502895901 RCF Quote
9/12/2017 5:42 AM
pete24 wrote:

vise grips and hammers

Pete24 this must be your trailer.

C50_image_1487573490 MohMoto14 Quote
9/13/2017 1:42 AM
JWACK wrote:

variable speed dremel. ...more

Bingo we have an engine builder. Dremel and hand files was my answer along with some happich simichrome polish. I'll add in my dad's homemade wheel trueing stand, a blow-dryer for graphics, super glue for knuckles because I WILL bust them. 12 pack of busch and some loose woman possibly?

C50 nch209 Quote
9/13/2017 12:18 PM

T Handles hands down. Close runner up is Long Acre Tire guage, cut/welded motion pro tire spoons for easy tire swaps, and now that I am getting older, a nice tool box. Never understood the massive tool box thing until I could afford one, and now its nice being able to store everything nice and neat with rood to spare.

C50_perris_2013_1386895393 Evoracer Quote
9/13/2017 3:02 PM

Old school - Speed handle and sockets over t-handles

C50_file_mar_02_3_23_20_pm_1488487194 slothy Quote
9/13/2017 4:08 PM

makes life easy changing bib mousses

C50_image_1499104766 JWACK Quote
9/13/2017 6:59 PM
JWACK wrote:

variable speed dremel. ...more

MohMoto14 wrote:

Bingo we have an engine ...more

I do have a tube of the simichrome and it works very good but over the years of building engines and polishing shit I actually found mothers does the job just as well if not better. And I hate to admit that.
I will add a variety of fine wire brushes and green scotch pads to the list! Also old toothbrushes and wd40. Loose women can be handy. Especially when you need a sandwich.

C50_100458070_1293060886 Sheriff245 Quote
9/15/2017 5:31 AM
pete24 wrote:

vise grips and hammers

All you ever need really.

C50_ditch_jump_2_1503980667 Squidward Quote
9/15/2017 8:47 AM

Good 1/4 inch socket drive set. That's pretty much all I ever use except for a half inch or giant crescent for the axle nuts. And you really should have a good torque wrench for top ends, etc. when you get internal on the bike. I want to get a good honer to do my cylinders. I only ride 2 strokes though, so I don't need a lot of fancy tools. And I don't know why, but Im not a huge T- handle guy. For plastics I guess fine, but beyond that I prefer drivers. You can crank stuff down to where it feels right. Im not so sure about all these torque settings they give you. Some stuff just seems way too loose.

Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst.

C50 oldtimer#103 Quote
9/20/2017 6:15 PM

Motool sag setter

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