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Old 01-11-2010, 03:32 PM   #691
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...just remember to dump the hex bits and replace them with metric as the ones in the kit are SAE.
I just did that this afternoon, but I spent good money on an 8mm hex bit when I discovered that the 5/16" bit IS 8mm.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:36 PM   #692
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I just did that this afternoon, but I spent good money on an 8mm hex bit when I discovered that the 5/16" bit IS 8mm.
lol, you didn't have to throw em out ya know. Just remove them from the box.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:46 PM   #693
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I just did that this afternoon, but I spent good money on an 8mm hex bit when I discovered that the 5/16" bit IS 8mm.
9/16" = 14mm
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:59 PM   #694
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9/16" = 14mm
Damn those revolutionary French and their "Age of Reason and Enlightenment"! I thought Wellington clobbered 'em at Waterloo? :(
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:07 PM   #695
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9/16" = 14mm
9/16th is 14.288mm.

Sure, you might be able to use it on whatever bolt you happened to try it on, but you might also end up completely stripping an important bolt, and since most brake calipers use 14mm bolts, I would not try to use a 9/16th on it.

There are really only 2 SAE sizes that are close enough to their metric counterparts to work without worrying about stripping said bolt.

5/16= 7.938mm so unless you're using aerospace engineered sockets and bolts, they can be used.

next would be 7/16th=11.113mm but how many 11mm bolts do you use? I have a bunch, only because the metric bolt kits I buy have many 11mm socket heads.

last would be a 1 1\16th inch socket (26.9875mm) in place of your 27mm axle nut.

Here is a good conversion table.
http://www.hamuniverse.com/antfrac.html
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:29 PM   #696
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9/16th is 14.288mm.

Sure, you might be able to use it on whatever bolt you happened to try it on, but you might also end up completely stripping an important bolt, and since most brake calipers use 14mm bolts, I would not try to use a 9/16th on it.

There are really only 2 SAE sizes that are close enough to their metric counterparts to work without worrying about stripping said bolt.

5/16= 7.938mm so unless you're using aerospace engineered sockets and bolts, they can be used.

next would be 7/16th=11.113mm but how many 11mm bolts do you use? I have a bunch, only because the metric bolt kits I buy have many 11mm socket heads.

last would be a 1 1\16th inch socket (26.9875mm) in place of your 27mm axle nut.

Here is a good conversion table.
http://www.hamuniverse.com/antfrac.html
I have been mixing mm and inch wrenches and sockets for the last 30+ years and haven't had too many disasters (actually can't remember one).

What is the inch socket for the rotor removal tool? Better to use an inch impact socket instead of a mm standard socket. I definitely use the inch impact sockets on the axles (while in the garage).

Thanks for the conversion chart. Copy, Print, Carry.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:25 PM   #697
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I have been mixing mm and inch wrenches and sockets for the last 30+ years and haven't had too many disasters (actually can't remember one).
Maybe you were just lucky, I've had to dremel flat grooves in many a bolt in order to use a thick flathead to remove rounded off bolt and allen heads.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:11 PM   #698
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Neat little kit.

Nice selection of tools. I've been finding that too many kits have too many bits and I don't like having bits around I will probably never use. This kit will be a good 30% lighter for my requirements.

I'm getting one those tool wraps we've seen here and add the pieces I need.

I really love my rachet screwdriver and I like it when you can put all the bits you need inside the handle. And really, I only use 4 or 5.

I got that Motion Pro tire-iron that doubles as a rachet wrench. Way cool.

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That kit has been mentioned already, just remember to dump the hex bits and replace them with metric as the ones in the kit are SAE. The nice thing about that kit is that they have star bits up to 55, perfect for BMWs, in case anyone was wondering, the metric sockets in the kit are 8, 10, 12, 13 and 14mm, the other 5 sockets are SAE, great when pulling over for that rider on the side of the road only to find out its a harley with a bunch of loose nuts and bolts.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:27 PM   #699
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The tool roll from Duluth Trading Company is a really nice way to carry your tools. They run about $25 but are definitely worth it. I use one of these on my ST1300.

Welding tubes are also useful for carrying tools on the dirtbike - they're waterproof and, due to limited space, makes you narrow things down to what you actually use.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:49 PM   #700
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I really like my Custom Leathercraft #1173 Tool Roll - it's made out of heavy Cordura nylon and I only paid $14 for it

Edit - just found it here for only $10
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:08 PM   #701
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The Custom Leather Craft roll is nice. That's what I had until I wore it out and then I got the Duluth one - don't think I'll ever wear it out.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #702
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The Custom Leather Craft roll is nice. That's what I had until I wore it out and then I got the Duluth one - don't think I'll ever wear it out.
WTF did you do to wear it out - use it for a bash plate?
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:06 PM   #703
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I was carrying it around in the back of my Scout and managed to rub a good sized hole in it.....
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:51 PM   #704
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No where for sockets...

Most other rolls have a socket area.. It must be a necessity in my book...

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The tool roll from Duluth Trading Company is a really nice way to carry your tools. They run about $25 but are definitely worth it. I use one of these on my ST1300.

Welding tubes are also useful for carrying tools on the dirtbike - they're waterproof and, due to limited space, makes you narrow things down to what you actually use.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:54 AM   #705
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Oh my GOD!

I used an impact wrench for the first time yesterday and it totally blew me away. I must say I am smitten. . It pulled the clutch basket nut off in about 2 seconds as if it was only hand tightened but it was actually at some 200 ft. lbs, or kilo cubits or something like that. If you have never experienced the sublime joy of an impact wrench do NOT pass up an opportunity. It was a religious experience. I know you're probably thinking this is off-topic, but I'm brainstorming a way to carry it with my on-bike kit. Seriously.
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