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OEM Tool Kit

Does anyone have an extra, or maybe know of where I can get an OEM tool kit for our bikes? I don't know if the previous owners lost it or what, but when I got my bike it didn't come with it. I would like to have one around, if for nothing else than to have a spark plug socket that actually works... My 18mm doesn't quite fit in the left side front cylinder hole very well, so I can't get plug in or out... Any knowledge, spares, etc?

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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Does anyone have an extra, or maybe know of where I can get an OEM tool kit for our bikes? I don't know if the previous owners lost it or what, but when I got my bike it didn't come with it. I would like to have one around, if for nothing else than to have a spark plug socket that actually works... My 18mm doesn't quite fit in the left side front cylinder hole very well, so I can't get plug in or out... Any knowledge, spares, etc?
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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.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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Relocated R/R
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After looking with no success for an OEM kit, I assembled my own for about $20. I got a stubby-handle tool kit from Home Despot for $15 (Husky brand - socket wrench, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, with sockets & bits). Added a spark plug socket, thin pickup magnet, a 10mm deep-well socket and 10mm combination wrench. I threw away the packaging and everything fits in a small zippered bag in my seat-back toolbox... with room for my disc lock!

Since then, I've used it to get going from a breakdown twice, and make road adjustments a few times. In fact, I make a habit of using it to work on the cycle! That way, if there's anything I'm missing, I can get it before it's an issue on the road.

You can get the Craftsman 18MM THIN WALL spark plug socket for $6-8 if you don't have a cheap one to grind. The thin-wall is the important part, auto-parts-store tools will be standard thickness.

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I carry a pretty good tool kit already, it's actually a kit for carrying in the car for emergency break down work, but the kit in it's nice little case fits well in my t-bag and has most everything I need. I bought an 18mm deep socket for spark plugs at a flea market for $1 (it is good quality, not cheap quality, only $1 because it is used), but it just doesn't fit right for the plugs. I will talk to a friend who has a grinder and see about grinding it down, since it is old and cheap I don't mind grinding it.

Ever since I got the bike I have made a habit of always having my tool kit in my t-bag, never know when it will be needed. The only downfall to this kit is that with it in there I can no longer make the quick run to the store for a twelve pack... LOL... My t-bag holds one full twelve pack perfect.

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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If it is just a quick trip to the store, you are probably safe leaving the toolkit home for a short journey!

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1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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Yeah, but with my absent mindedness... It might still be at home when I get ready to head out the next mornging...

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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IMO, the oem tool kit is worthless, trying to use those pieces of crap will result in either injury to you, or damage to the bike, or both. I carry real tools. Having been a mechanic for 32 years, I have collected a fortune in high dollar tools, mostly Snap-On and MAC. Every time the tool truck shows up, they give me something. I have also bought several specialty tools, at a huge discount.


Oh, and I also have a large box full of tool kits and loose tools that came with previous bikes I've owned. I have no idea why I'm keeping them, I guess I just hate throwing things away. Jerry.

I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.


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(The number of skinned knuckles you will get is inversly proportional to the size of your socket set, in my experience! lol)
LOL, How true!!


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