Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
X2 to seebeeare^^^^^, Grind the outside diameter down a little at a time, checking for fit often, until it does finally fit inside the tube. The OEM tool kits that come with most (all?) motorcycles are of notoriously poor quality. If you are just starting to build a toolkit, look for a basic metric set at Harbor Freight or Sears, or the like.
- Get combination open end/box end wrenches from 6mm to 19mm,
1/4" and 3/8" drive sockets, standard and deep set (I prefer 6 point to the 12 point sockets myself) in the same range, rachet wrenches, breaker bars or sliding T bars, and various lengths of extensions. Metric hexagonal (Allen) sockets, preferably with ball ends so they will work at an angle of up to 25* off centered.
(The number of skinned knuckles you will get is inversly proportional to the size of your socket set, in my experience! lol)
- Screwdrivers, 2 -4 different size flat blades and #2 & #3 Phillips or JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard. You probablky have to get the JIS online.), at a minumum.
- Pliers, 6" or 8" slip joint, 6" diagnol wire cutters, 6" long nose, assortment of 6" or 8" vise grips with flat, curved, and long nosed jaws.
- Adjustable (Crescent) wrenches, 6" and 8", and may need a 12" one, along with a 27mm socket for removing rear axle at some point.
This is just an example of how I started 35 years ago. My collection has grown to fill and overflow a large toolbox and top box on wheels now. You will add to yours too, as you get deeper into service, maintenance, repair and mods.
One rider said that he serviced his MC with the tools he carried on the bike all the time. If he ever had to take a tool from his big toolbox in the garage, he would leave it in the toolkit on the bike and buy a replacement for the big box.
Sorry for this rambling, I have given way more than you asked for.