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Old 11-18-2012, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting Tool Kit?

Hello Forum -

I came back from Afghanistan and bought the wife a house (well, put a downpayment on the next 30 years of my life is more like it, but she's happy) and as part of the deal I bought my Harley.

First one.

Now, I have in the past helped a friend drop and replace a 350 Turbo transmission in a '75 Camaro, so I am not afraid to get dirty.

But that is about the extent of my mechanical experience.

I would like to begin accumulating tools and things to start addressing the routine maintenance issues associated with my bike, and would be grateful for any advice from the learned membership here insofar as what tools to start with, and where I could eventually end up to address some more substantial maintenance items down the road (like cam chain tensioners, for example.)

Please know this - when I signed the contract to finance my bike, I made a commitment then and there to ride it A LOT. So in 7 months I put over 10K miles on her, and I intend to keep that pace (although it has slowed significantly now that the weather is cold.) I am not sure if this information is useful (I did buy an extended warranty for four years instead of the two year warranty which came with the bike) but based on what I am reading here and other places, warranty work seems to be a bit of a sticky issue with the MoCo at times....

Many thanks to all who care to comment!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Chicken, good question. I'm new to the forum and riding and like you don't mind getting dirty but don't have the experience so I look forward to what the others recommend. Good post.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Get on the search funtion on the upper tool bar, there's been much posted about tools already. Too much to rehash over and probably nothing new to add. Not trying to put you off but a lot has been covered on tools.
By the way, thanks for your service !
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Okey Dokey Smokey!

Following Schmidty's good guidance, I unearthed the following:

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Knash my friend, it looks like (along with the $60 service manual you can order off the MoCo site) we both need to boogie on down to WallyWorld and buy some of those fancy torx headed things that I thought they only used on Swedish cars and Soviet submarines to fasten items together.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Since Harleys are standard tools , get you a decent ratchet set s.a.e. and there are several pouch kits that come in very handy . I keep one on the bike at all times .. Good allen set and torx set . You really need a torque wrench and you can find these at a reasonable price if you shop around.
You can tear down a harley with a pretty basic set of tools
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Make sure the Torx set has a #27, some sets don't include that size and the #27 is used much on Harleys.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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thanks for your sevice are you looking for tools set to carry on bike or for the garage?
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about buying a bunch of #27 Torx and sending them out as Christmas cards!!
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