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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I've been wrenching since the early 1960s on American, British and Japanese vehicles. As far as my 2015 Honda VT750 that I take ownership tomorrow, goes, what are the recommended most used metric tools for that bike?

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10,12,13,14,17mm (open ender & ring spanners) are the most common, as well as a socket set and don't forget some metric Allen Keys...
As for makes, I would go for Husky Tools from Home Depot, well finished and a great price, or Craftsman from Sears, if that's what your asking...


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Metric tools are pretty much of a no-brainer but you'll also need some JIS screwdrivers (Japanese Industry Standard.) The fasteners on Japanese motorcycles look like Phillips head fasteners, but if you use a Phillips screwdriver on them you can easily strip the head of the fastener.

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For your average at home maintenance and tinkering all you need is a simple tool kit. Available at most hardware box stores and gi on sale frequently. Funny enough, most tools sold in north america are made by Stanley tools. Even expensive Mac Tools are made by Stanley to Macs specifications.
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10,12,13,14,17mm (open ender & ring spanners) are the most common, as well as a socket set and don't forget some metric Allen Keys...
As for makes, I would go for Husky Tools from Home Depot, well finished and a great price, or Craftsman from Sears, if that's what your asking...
I'd add an 8mm to that as well. Check the stock tool kit, make sure there's a spark plug socket, not much else gets that far down the cylinder. If the springs on the rear shocks are covered, you'll need a spanner tool to adjust them.

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If you are talking about a tool kit that you take with you when you ride just get the basics mentioned above, but not all the tools you will use for removing a rear wheel and adjusting valves, brake tools, etc, that you need for working at home. A tire plug kit is great if you have a tubeless tire in an emergency. A Leatherman type tool is small and handy also to carry.

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Some of my Snap On tools date to the early 1930s. Okay. Someone mentioned valve adjustments. What, valve adjustments on a 2015 Shadow???????
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Metric tools are pretty much of a no-brainer but you'll also need some JIS screwdrivers (Japanese Industry Standard.) The fasteners on Japanese motorcycles look like Phillips head fasteners, but if you use a Phillips screwdriver on them you can easily strip the head of the fastener. .....

Geeze I thought it stopped with the comparison of Posi Drive to Phillips at the TriumphRat forum. And now this JIS stuff!!!!!!
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The older 750' like mine and the 1100's had hydraulic lifters and no adjustment. But Most all the other 750's had a valve adjustment interval, unless the newest models like yours have hydraulic lifters again.-???



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I'd add an 8mm to that as well. Check the stock tool kit, make sure there's a spark plug socket, not much else gets that far down the cylinder. If the springs on the rear shocks are covered, you'll need a spanner tool to adjust them.

Where would the 8mm wrench be used? And I just purchased a complete kit from Babbitts.

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