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  • srd0060 Posts: 250
    Canberra
    Stage 1 Poster srd0060
    13 Feb 2018 08:45 AM
    Posted by 14flhtk on 12 Feb 2018 09:13 PM
    snap on....

     So you can afford a HD and Snap on tools, must be a politician!

  • srd0060 Posts: 250
    Canberra
    Stage 1 Poster srd0060
    13 Feb 2018 08:49 AM
    Posted by Muzza Wa on 13 Feb 2018 04:35 AM
    Posted by keith on 13 Feb 2018 01:25 AM
    Welcome to the Forum, always good debate and comments on here , a set for the road & odd jobs also very compact Snap on cycle set. Bunning's for the sausage sizzle !HD Forums Australia - DSCN1020-1.jpg

     As far as Bunnings tools go I agree they are shit. The tool packs do not have imperial spanners 

     JBS are good, kinchrome, Stanley... I have had a kinchrome kit for 30 years and still going it’s called looking after them. But you will need torx bits and imperial Alen keys and a stick of loctite 

  • Cropduster Posts: 410
    Brisvegas
    Stage 1 Poster Cropduster
    13 Feb 2018 12:00 PM
    The problem with late HD is that they are a mix and match on the fasteners, Metric, Imperial, Torx. Honestly, it's a fucking pain in the arse!

    I've only ever had Metric (not cruisers, proper bikes....) and now it seems every time i need to do something i don't have the tool i need, I like tools, i don't mind spending my money on good tools, those Stahlwille 1/2" Torx bits are dear as poison FFS! but to buy a start up kit that will meet the OP's needs? it's going to be tough.

    My advice would be to buy quality, doesn't have to be Snap-on, or Stahlwille, just not shit like in a  molded plastic case, that's a sure sign it's crap! start with a combination metric/AF socket and spanner set, it's an expensive start but you can get them on sale and they will get you 75% there. After that you will need to add the specific sized bits and pieces as you need them, and when you do need a torx bit, buy a set, not just the one you need then because sure as there's shit in a  cat you will need the other size soon enough and buying two loose is about the cost of a set.

    Buy a good allen key set too, with ball ends, they're handy, T heads are good but bikes don't always allow access so the regular set is a good start, and don't skimp on a screwdriver set.
    If you need more than that you're doing much more than basic servicing and mods, but try to remember that tools are an investment, i have some that are nearly 40 years old, once you own them you should own them forever, don't lend them, don't leave them lying around and good tools don't wreck your bike.
  • kiwidave Posts: 2901
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend kiwidave
    13 Feb 2018 03:53 PM
    Wait until your local Total Tools branch has a sale......either go in to your local store and ask to go on their mailing list, or look through the advertising junk that comes with your local community newspaper, I get TT bargain-day announcement and sales leaflets through both methods...and you can save a packet. Don't be tempted to buy the biggest set you see, just get something that covers the absolute basics  and then pick up odds and sods as you need them.  

    The guys above are dead right, Sidchrome/Kinchrome are good enough quality for the likes of us amateurs (and many professionals, it seems) and going cheaper than them is a very poor decision.  It always bites you on the ass. 

    A nice tool collection built up over many years (25 in my case) from absolute zero is a thing of joy, and quality never wears out.

    I know that many modern Harleys have many more metric fasteners than Evos and earlier, but just in case your model does not you, to set you off on the right track I reckon you would be looking for

    combination spanners (ring one end, open the other) in a variety of AF (non metric sizes)
    A couple of angle-headed ratcheting spanners, different size each end, rangfing from  7/16 to maybe 5/8...these are SO handy
    a nice 10mm combo spanner for your battery terminals
    3/8 sockets and extension and handle, to start (you might want some half-inch down the track for axle nut, etc) , some shallow, some deep
    A few TORX sockets
    A dedicated spark plug socket.... err....14mm would be right for your bike I think, but I will get corrected
    A set of quality AF BALL END Allen keys (once you have ball end, you never go back)
    A couple of Allen head sockets in the couple most common sizes (smaller, 3/16 I use a lot)
    Quality Vise-Grips
    Quality needle nose pliers and ordinary pliers
    rubber mallet and a brass hammer to bang without damaging
    A nice VICE, doesn't need to be too spendy...
    A Kinchrome  or equal quality torque wrench when you are ready to remove wheels, etc.  Do not go cheap on that.

    Those are the basics. Beware buying a HUGE starter set that contains many items you may hardly ever use.  But, for instance, TT often sells Kinchrome AF combo spanner sets at great prices on their promotion days. 

    Have fun. 



      
  • fizzicist Posts: 94
    Wagga Wagga NSW
    Stock Poster fizzicist
    13 Feb 2018 11:26 PM
    For an imperial set you can't beat a SHORT STUBBY KING DICK.

    I actually have a couple myself. SPANNERS that is. King Dick actually sponsor a couple of bike teams over in the UK.

    All jokes aside, you've got all the advice you need in the thread now. Go middle of the range tools for home use. Don't have to spend a fortune. Kincrome are OK. Just don't buy cheap chinese cast rubbish. Whatever spanners you get make sure you grab forged spanners. Cast shit will snap and injure you or fuck the heads/sockets of your bolts.


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  • STEAMER Posts: 180
    East Coast Oz
    Stock Poster STEAMER
    14 Feb 2018 07:45 AM
    Posted by fatbat on 12 Feb 2018 08:12 PM
    Dunno what brand those tools are but what I learnt after buying lots of cheap tools is that the cheap stuff uses soft metal and they don't last. I reckon you're best to price some of the quality brand tool sets from different shops, spend a bit more and get some good tools. I bought a sidchrome set. You can also buy individual tools and sockets for the good brand stuff 

     These look like Kinchrome

  • Daggs Posts: 2350
    Lower South East, South Aust.
    Motor Head Daggs
    14 Feb 2018 09:10 AM
    consider some sort of bike lift, genuine workshop manual, quality torque wrenches
  • StinkFinger Posts: 878
    Performance Poster StinkFinger
    14 Feb 2018 11:29 AM
    All you need is cable ties and wd40.. if it moves and shouldn’t cable tie the cunt, if it doesn’t move and should spray the cunt with wd40.

    Your welcome :)
  • paulybronco Posts: 9233
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    14 Feb 2018 01:30 PM
    Posted by StinkFinger on 14 Feb 2018 10:29 AM
    All you need is cable ties and wd40.. if it moves and shouldn’t cable tie the cunt, if it doesn’t move and should spray the cunt with wd40.

    Your welcome :)

     And a hammer to belt the shit out of the one that dont move after wd40

  • StinkFinger Posts: 878
    Performance Poster StinkFinger
    14 Feb 2018 03:49 PM
    Posted by paulybronco on 14 Feb 2018 01:30 PM
    Posted by StinkFinger on 14 Feb 2018 10:29 AM
    All you need is cable ties and wd40.. if it moves and shouldn’t cable tie the cunt, if it doesn’t move and should spray the cunt with wd40.

    Your welcome :)

     And a hammer to belt the shit out of the one that dont move after wd40

     And if it takes more than a few hits.. get a bigger hammer

  • steelo Posts: 1723
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Motor Head steelo
    14 Feb 2018 03:52 PM
    PLEASE PLEASE gentlemen. Keep it down will ya. Bloodog monitors this site.
  • Wideglider Posts: 248
    Wollongong NSW
    Stock Poster Wideglider
    14 Feb 2018 04:24 PM
    Posted by steelo on 14 Feb 2018 03:52 PM
    PLEASE PLEASE gentlemen. Keep it down will ya. Bloodog monitors this site.

    Yes, some hammers have a very useful claw.

  • Broke Posts: 77
    WA
    Stock Poster Broke
    14 Feb 2018 06:34 PM
    I wont be spending $900 on a Snap on tool kit.
  • chopa Posts: 291
    Gold Coast
    Stage 1 Poster chopa
    14 Feb 2018 07:12 PM
     Repco have some good tool kits on sale at the moment that are on clearance. just go into your local Repco and ask what Repco kits do they have on clearance. They are covered by lifetime warranty
    Cheers

  • Hilly Posts: 1452
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Hilly
    14 Feb 2018 07:56 PM
    Posted by Broke on 14 Feb 2018 06:34 PM
    I wont be spending $900 on a Snap on tool kit.

     Would be a small kit in that brand, I know.

    You don't have to be brand loyal, I got all kinds of brands, as long as its good quality all is well.

  • Bonkerz Posts: 3397
    Forum Legend Bonkerz
    14 Feb 2018 10:40 PM

    I bought crap, broke the crap, bought more crap *100 then only bought kincrome or better.  No more breaking shit - they just work.

    No matter what tool kit you buy you'll need the tool you don't have anyway, so just get a good starter kit and buy them as you need them - best you can afford..within reason. 
  • shadowarrior Posts: 223
    Gold Coast
    Stock Poster shadowarrior
    15 Feb 2018 01:31 AM
  • Ferrett62 Posts: 299
    Canberra
    Stage 1 Poster Ferrett62
    25 Feb 2018 04:20 PM
    Finally decided to get a full set of tools, have mostly metric with a few a/f as needed but can never find the right size when I need it so got a full set with storage.

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    Clean up straight away and return, hopefully find what I need when I need.

  • brucefxdl Posts: 683
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    25 Feb 2018 10:16 PM
    looks like a comprehesive kit there ferret,should cover most needs,add a good torque wrench and your set.cheers
  • Ferrett62 Posts: 299
    Canberra
    Stage 1 Poster Ferrett62
    26 Feb 2018 09:42 AM
    I have two size torque wrenches, a light range one and a big bastard for heavy stuff.
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