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I searched and didn't find a similar thread, so thought I might start one and see where it goes.

Ever come across a good deal on everyday tools?
Ever stumble upon a handy tool to add to your tool chest?
Ever make or alter an existing tool to make it work better?

Here is my contribution ...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G9X19G1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&th=1

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Cheap
Handy as can be ...
task lighting in small places
spot lighting for taking those for sale pics
The wife uses one in her sewing room
great in the console or side pocket of the truck

Magnetic base
2 sizes
Charges using a micro USB cable
 

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The Baja No-pinch is the latest specialty tool I’ve added to my collection. I haven’t had the chance to use it, but will be changing tires in a week, so I’ll get to break it in then.

People that have them love them. I’ll find out soon enough.

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Probably the most handy tool is a small block of wood cut to exactly fit in the space between the swing arm and the tension bushing. It makes aligning the rear wheel super easy. No more fussing with chain alignment. Easy to carry in the tool pouch.
 

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The Baja No-pinch is the latest specialty tool I’ve added to my collection. I haven’t had the chance to use it, but will be changing tires in a week, so I’ll get to break it in then.

People that have them love them. I’ll find out soon enough.
It's the bees knees. Makes putting the tire back on, while on the side of the road, the easiest part.

My suggestion is to take really small bites with it to protect the shaft threads.

Make sure you have the correct shaft size though. That's a bummer to find out in the heat of the moment. (Man, that didn't come out right)

The shafts for the Africa Twin and KLR are not the same for example. I went ahead and bought them all just in case another rider needs it on a ride.
 
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Not really for motorcycles specifically, but I just came across these little guys a week or so back. If you are a metal fabricator, these are about as good as it gets for squares and fab tools for you. Mine are backordered right now but I plan on putting them through their paces as soon as they arrive.

https://fireballtool.com/squares/
 
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Not really for motorcycles specifically, but I just came across these little guys a week or so back. If you are a metal fabricator, these are about as good as it gets for squares and fab tools for you. Mine are backordered right now but I plan on putting them through their paces as soon as they arrive.

https://fireballtool.com/squares/
Holy jeepers batman.

Those are pricey.
 
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It's the bees knees. Makes putting the tire back on, while on the side of the road, the easiest part.

My suggestion is to take really small bites with it to protect the shaft threads.

Make sure you have the correct shaft size though. That's a bummer to find out in the heat of the moment. (Man, that didn't come out right)

The shafts for the Africa Twin and KLR are not the same for example. I went ahead and bought them all just in case another rider needs it on a ride.
I bought the deluxe set for the same reason. Also to future proof my purchase. I'd think the future proofing would be a bigger reason for you since you seem to buy and sell more bikes than some smaller dealers. :lol2:
 

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Not really for motorcycles specifically, but I just came across these little guys a week or so back. If you are a metal fabricator, these are about as good as it gets for squares and fab tools for you. Mine are backordered right now but I plan on putting them through their paces as soon as they arrive.

https://fireballtool.com/squares/

I bought the poor-mans version of some of their stuff. Well, poorer man's version. These aren't exactly cheap either. Probably not nearly as precise either. But they come as a kit, so any out-of-squareness is on me.

https://weldtables.com/collections/fabsquares
 

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Probably the most handy tool is a small block of wood cut to exactly fit in the space between the swing arm and the tension bushing. It makes aligning the rear wheel super easy. No more fussing with chain alignment. Easy to carry in the tool pouch.
Not sure I understand this but interested. Would you have a picture to illustrate?
 

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Probably the most handy tool is a small block of wood cut to exactly fit in the space between the swing arm and the tension bushing. It makes aligning the rear wheel super easy. No more fussing with chain alignment. Easy to carry in the tool pouch.
Im not sure what you mean. Picture please
 
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^^^^

Also handy to hold the bead down in the rim valley when spooning on a tire by yourself. I carry three with me.
 
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Some of you may already be into this, but a valve stem fishing tool is a must have for those of us who have rides with tube type tires.

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You can snag them from pretty much any online auto parts place.
 
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Holy jeepers batman.

Those are pricey.
They are, but after years upon years of working with crappy little woodworking squares I'm finally moving up to something designed for metal fab. Now if only they will get here! :)

I bought the poor-mans version of some of their stuff. Well, poorer man's version. These aren't exactly cheap either. Probably not nearly as precise either. But they come as a kit, so any out-of-squareness is on me.

https://weldtables.com/collections/fabsquares
I looked at those as well, I just knew that knowing my luck I would weld the dang things out of square and then I was back to the start.
 

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Some of you may already be into this, but a valve stem fishing tool is a must have for those of us who have rides with tube type tires.

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You can snag them from pretty much any online auto parts place.
I have that exact tool. I found that the part on the end would not fit through the hole in my rims. I have a different one now that fits through the rim hole and threads into the valve stem instead of over it. It works MUCH better.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GT8FTRK/?tag=twowhetex-20/?tag=twowhetex-20

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I have that exact tool. I found that the part on the end would not fit through the hole in my rims. I have a different one now that fits through the rim hole and threads into the valve stem instead of over it. It works MUCH better.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GT8FTRK/?tag=twowhetex-20/?tag=twowhetex-20

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I’ve got something like that. Actually 5 somethings like that I purchased from Rocky Mountain ATV I think. Not sure how I ended up with 5 of them. I’ve given a few of them away over the years. I did find them useful.
 
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I’ve got something like that. Actually 5 somethings like that I purchased from Rocky Mountain ATV I think. Not sure I ended up with 5 of them. I’ve given a few of them away over the years. I did find them useful.
They are handy as the dickens, but they break pretty easily so having extras is a good thing. On the other hand, since you have 5 of them, you may never break one...
 

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They are handy as the dickens, but they break pretty easily so having extras is a good thing. On the other hand, since you have 5 of them, you may never break one...
I've had the same one for years. Not sure why they would break? The cable on my isn't frayed or anything.
 

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Are either of those valve stem pullers able to fish through the hole in the rim and guide the stem to and through the hole? or just able to remove the valve core?
 

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Are either of those valve stem pullers able to fish through the hole in the rim and guide the stem to and through the hole? or just able to remove the valve core?
Yes, to guide the stem into the hole. If you get one make sure to get one that swivels on the working end, the end that screws into the stem. I have one of each and the one that swivels on the big end is a pain for me. I like the on SB linked. Just notice it is the same as TM linked with smaller dia cable, so either one is good.
 
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hmmm ... right now, at the valve stem hole, I slide a block of wood between the outside rim, flip it over and spoon the tire off the opposite side creating space inside the tire and access to fit my hand. Might have to try that little tool.

Rim locks and rim band ... band over the lock? or rim lock through the band?
 

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I made a hole for the lock.
Duct tape leaves a residue and the stickem gets on the tube.
I'm afraid long term, it might cause tube problems.
 

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Mitch I have what you need, sir, I might even donate one of them to to you, or better yet, let's build a few!

First up, the K&L tire spreader, this is the go to tool when I need to put a hand in a tire.

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I also have this Pit Posse bead bender which, I will let you use to your heart's content.

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i have a Pit Posse stem puller, actually 2 of them

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But I prefer this one, never had an issue with it yet, very sturdy

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For exhaust springs, center stand springs, etc. The KTM spring tool is the best I have ever had, bar none.

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Finally, if you like clean surfaces without damage, this Motion Pro gasket scraper is the bee's knees

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More to come....
 

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I have that tire spreader as well. I use it at home, but don’t pack it on the bike because of its size. Works well though. If I use the stem puller, I rarely need the spreader.
 

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This is over 40 years old. I used it in the Seventies to attach exhaust pipes to cylinder heads. Now I use it (like today) any time I need to pull something I cannot reach.
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I've had the same one for years. Not sure why they would break? The cable on my isn't frayed or anything.

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Very strong and not expensive either. I've used mine multiple times for installing new valve stems on tubeless wheels also.

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/726/18288/Tusk-Valve-Stem-Puller

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I'm just lucky I guess. I've had a couple of them break. I think they broke where the wire goes into the T handle.
 
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Not sure I understand this but interested. Would you have a picture to illustrate?
Im not sure what you mean. Picture please
No trying to read the invisible lines. Just put in the block as a gauge, push the tire forward, tighten the axle, set the adjusters and finish tightening down the axle.
 

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What am I missing on the valve stem tool? Is it just so you don't have to push the valve stem through the hole by putting your hand between the bead and the rim? Maybe I have small hands, but this has never been even remotely hard for me on a dirt bike tire.
 

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What am I missing on the valve stem tool? Is it just so you don't have to push the valve stem through the hole by putting your hand between the bead and the rim? Maybe I have small hands, but this has never been even remotely hard for me on a dirt bike tire.
I find it particularly handy for Tubeless tires when I put them on the SM. It is also handy if you have the urge to rotate the tube at some point so you don't have to fish around for it. Doable without, easier with. I have a hard time getting my hands inside some of the dirt tires, so this and a tire spreader are pretty handy.
 

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I find it particularly handy for Tubeless tires when I put them on the SM. It is also handy if you have the urge to rotate the tube at some point so you don't have to fish around for it. Doable without, easier with. I have a hard time getting my hands inside some of the dirt tires, so this and a tire spreader are pretty handy.
I can definitely see the value for tubeless or supermoto tires as they are so much stiffer.

I was thinking of a normal 19 or 21 inch dirt bike tire.
 

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On the front tire in particular, it can be a pain to get my hand in there to get the valve stem through the hole. I can do it, it's just not fun. The little stem puller makes it quick and easy. It basically just guides the stem right into and through the hole in the rim effortlessly and on the first try. So it is a convenience item more than a necessity. But in my view, some of the best tools are those which make a task super easy.
 
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You put a block on both sides then snug axel and fine adjust chain then tighten axel?
I use the block to adjust the axle and the adjuster is just there to keep the axle from moving forward under load from the chain. That way I don't have to look at one side, check the chain tension, adjust the other side, check the other side again. Sometimes when I change the chain and sprockets I'll double check everything with a chain alignment tool and make sure the block still fits. After that anytime the wheel comes off, I use the block to align it again.


And I'm not changing a tube type tire without a valve stem tool.
 

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I've changed more than a few tires in my riding days, probably just as many for others as I have for myself, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't much care to do it. I've been considering trying a bib-mousse on my dirt bike and ran across the Rabaconda tire changer. I figured if it'll make changing tires a little more pleasant, I'd buy one, with the justification that it'll make installing a bib-mousse easier. I shopped around and found one that included their tire irons as a package deal and ordered it. I tried it out today on just a regular tire change out and I will say it makes it a lot easier...


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Also pretty fond of my Parnes tire balancer.

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I've changed more than a few tires in my riding days, probably just as many for others as I have for myself, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't much care to do it. I've been considering trying a bib-mousse on my dirt bike and ran across the Rabaconda tire changer. I figured if it'll make changing tires a little more pleasant, I'd buy one, with the justification that it'll make installing a bib-mousse easier. I shopped around and found one that included their tire irons as a package deal and ordered it. I tried it out today on just a regular tire change out and I will say it makes it a lot easier...


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Also pretty fond of my Parnes tire balancer.

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Nice tire changer, I do have a tire machine, but someone really thought that one out well.
 
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Speaking of spring pullers, two things that are always in my tool kit are (1) a pair of lock pliers and (2) a nail with a bent end.

Lock pliers have multiple uses, including being a decent hammer and pulling a tent peg back out of hard ground. I once loaned my pliers to a buddy who clamped them on & used them as a makeshift gear shifter after he had an oopsie on some gravel and broke the shifter off his Buell.

The bent nail also has multiple uses, not the least is which, when clamped into the lock pliers, it makes a great spring puller. Ditto popping those annoying clamps off of air cleaner boxes on most modern cars.

If you're a camping trailer person and find yourself occasionally filling your water tank by hand, you've experienced the joy of lifting a 20-liter water bag to tummy height and holding it steady while pouring 40 pounds of water. I invented a tool - essentially, it's a 12" piece of broomstick with a cup hook screwed into the end. The cup hook goes into the eyelet on the bottom of the water bottle, and the stick gives you leverage to hold the bottle up and steady while pouring water into your tank. Oh, or you can use the lock pliers with the bent nail to do the same thing.

Ever had a person in a wheelchair in your house, and the chair won't fit through certain doors? A piece of broomstick with a hook in each end can be used to connect between the two sides of the chair frame, and "hold" it just skinny enough that the chair will pass through a bathroom door. I used that extensively when my dad was still alive and living with me.

Teflon tape is great for wrapping certain pipe threads to stop minor leaks. It's also great for wrapping around the threads of the whammy bar on a Fender Stratocaster guitar, so that the bar will stay in exactly the position you want it. It'll probably work on Jazzmasters and Jaguars too, but not on Gibsons, Gretsches, or Guilds.
 
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