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Old 03-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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What's in your KLR650 toolkit?

I'm starting to put together a KLR specific toolkit to carry on the bike and was wondering what is in yours?

What one tool (other than duct tape) would you consider invaluable?

Where do you feel the best place to carry the tools is?

I did have a homemade tool tube on my bike last season, but as the ring clamp I had holding the left side on with broke as I was riding around a bend, I'm not 100% comfortable with this idea anymore, unless I can mount this better. I feel the stock location for tools is very inadequate for carrying proper tools. It's just too small.

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Old 03-03-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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Lets see, in my Motion Pro tool bag /w detachable shop floor -
  • Motion Pro Quick Jak
  • Tire patches
  • Tire patch cement
  • Tire patch tool for scuffing tube and working in the patch
  • Ultraflate CO2 holder
  • Enough CO2 cartridges for about 4 flats
  • tire gauge
  • Two tire irons with spare duct tape wrapped around the shaft
  • Open end/box end wrenches for 8, 10. 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 mm
  • Closed wrenches for axle nuts (lifted from various OEM toolkits)
  • Motion Pro MP Tool
  • Additional hex wrenches
  • 1/4 drive T-handle
  • 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 mm 1/4 socket set
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Vice Grip
  • cotter keys
  • zip ties
  • spare spark plug
  • shop rags
  • safety wire
  • spare fuses
All tools are equally valuable to insure I can mange any doable roadside repair
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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Basically the same except I got these fancy things from Motion Pro:


One for front, one for rear axle nut

I carry a bicycle pump (with duct tape wrapped around the shaft) instead of CO2 cartridges

Multi bit screwdriver (that can be used as nutdriver) with electrical tape wrapped around the handle.

Folding hex key set



Spare front tube as well as patch kit. Some flats you just can't patch.

Crescent wrench
Needle nose vice grips


A few common bolts
A couple Nitrile gloves

Spare brake and clutch levers*
Spare shift lever *
Spare clutch cable

* I've never needed them personally, but I have given them to other KLR riders who needed them.

I carry most of my heavier tools in my Aerostich Tank Panniers to keep the weight on the front tire and low, except the bike pump, tube, clutch cable and a couple of other small, light things that I keep in my Kawi tail bag.

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PS things to add:
Master link and short section of chain
chain breaker
Motion Pro bead buddy
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
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Better include a headlamp in your tool kit or you may be stuck out all night.

I carry spare tubes front and rear because some tube tears cannot be patched.

Not tools but are in the tool kit.

Electrical wire
JB Weld

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Old 03-03-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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PS things to add:
Master link and short section of chain
chain breaker
Motion Pro bead buddy


** 20 amp fuses **
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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Wow

How big are your tool kits? I'm just curious as the lists grow and I add more items i'm going to put in mine, I'm wondering how I am going to fit everything on the bike.

does anyone have any pics of how you carry everything and how they are all organized?

Oh and just to add a few essentials that I won't leave home without

-small roll of duct tape
-assortment of extra bungie cords
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:30 PM   #7
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** 20 amp fuses **
assorted nuts and bolts At least the ones that always fall off, we are talking KLR
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:34 PM   #8
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** 20 amp fuses **
Plastic orange juice bottle and lighter.


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Old 03-03-2010, 07:58 PM   #9
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #10
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Plastic orange juice bottle and lighter.


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You don't happen to have a grinder do you?
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:01 PM   #11
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Complementing the excellent suggestions above, the http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/pr...FamilyId=19566 Moose Moto Tool offers a practical and useful array of tools in a convenient package; $ 19.95 well-spent! Hex keys (Allen wrenches), valve core wrench, 1/4" square drive, spring puller, all with needle-nose pliers and the "usual suspects" (screwdriver bits, knife, file, etc.) ordinarily associated with a multi-tool.

An indispensible carry-on, for me, is . . . J-B Stick Weld; this epoxy putty, after kneading, offers 5-minute serviceable repairs to radiators, crankcases, water pump housings, etc. "Don't leave home without it!"

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does anyone have any pics of how you carry everything and how they are all organized?



Lincoln Welding Rod Holder On Bike; Hobart Model On Asphalt





REI Eagle Creek "Tube" Zippered Packing Case

Fits inside tool tube (holds digital multimeter as well); extracted, all tools are at hand, easily transportable to the point of need, no need to fish for tools inside the tube.

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Old 03-03-2010, 10:22 PM   #12
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KLR tool kit

Some good ideas here,i throw in extra masterlink&small dia.rope for tow rope or tie up stuff on bike.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:08 AM   #13
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Wow, too much to list!

But with my tool kit I can............

Adjust my valves(yes shim buckets)
remove my chain/sprockets, break my chain, add a link
remove wheels, and repair or replace tubes(carry a tube in the tool kit)
Tear down the top end of my motor. And even split my cases if I had too. And glue them back together.
repair broken cases
Pretty much disassemble the whole bike.
tear down the carburetor
steering head
Disassemble Forks?? with some luck
Disassemble Shock? same thing


And I think I may even have a spark plug
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:15 AM   #14
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Complementing the excellent suggestions above, the http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/pr...FamilyId=19566 Moose Moto Tool offers a practical and useful array of tools in a convenient package; $ 19.95 well-spent! Hex keys (Allen wrenches), valve core wrench, 1/4" square drive, spring puller, all with needle-nose pliers and the "usual suspects" (screwdriver bits, knife, file, etc.) ordinarily associated with a multi-tool.

An indispensible carry-on, for me, is . . . J-B Stick Weld; this epoxy putty, after kneading, offers 5-minute serviceable repairs to radiators, crankcases, water pump housings, etc. "Don't leave home without it!"


btw, whenever I work on my bike, I keep EVERY tool I use to work on it on a seperate table, and those tools HAVE to go into the kit, you never know when you'll need to get to something. Don't forget to check the factory tool kit to see what you need to add to make it a good kit.



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REI Eagle Creek "Tube" Zippered Packing Case

Fits inside tool tube (holds digital multimeter as well); extracted, all tools are at hand, easily transportable to the point of need, no need to fish for tools inside the tube.
I use this setup, although I use "Rod Guard" Brand tubes that I pay 7.95 each for at the welding supply store(Indiana Oxygen), they are blue and don't have a fancy belt clip, but are strong and waterproof, I used 3" muffler clamps to mount it to my front skid plate just above my highway bar. I had the same issue with broken clamps after taking a piece of asphalt in Chicago, no issues since the upgrade to muffler clamps.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:29 PM   #15
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Some really good ideas here.

My tool container will end up being made from 3" ABS capped at one end and threaded on the other with the threaded plug to close. This time I'm bolting it directly to the engine guard, no more hose clamps to break on me.

Allen set for sure
I'm looking for some good combination wrenches in 8, 10, 12 (are there any others I will need?
spark plug and socket
duct tape
bungies
tubes and tire sealant
need to find axle wrenches and tire irons, (love the combo pictured in this thread, but not sure where in Ontario to find them and shipping will be a deal breaker I'm sure)
Chain links and breaker


well it's a start!
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