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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner wrencher plz help!

Was wondering if this Craftsman all metric tool set is worth it for someone who only owns the mini toolkit that comes with the bike.

Is it cheaper to buy all the tools seperately or is this a good starter set for the price of $196? Also, all the 1/2" drive sockets are 12 pts. I have heard that they round off the fastener more easily and that 6pt sockets are usually the way to go. Is this much of an issue? Thank you for your responses in advance.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-13-2011, 09:40 AM
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Its better to get a starter set in terms of keeping costs low, IMO. I suggest keeping an eye on one of the many "deal" sites out there. If you'd like a specific recommendation PM me and I'll send you a link.

You should have some idea what kind of tools you're looking for, though. Metric, standard, Allen, Torx? Size ranges? Specialty needs, for things like the wheel axle or spark plug replacement? Most of those requirements are listed in a bike's service manual and I'd get the basics to start and add on as you do more advanced work. For example, to do some sportbikes' valve adjustments you need feeler gauges. Depending on the type of valves, you might use one of two standard shapes of feeler gauge. Bike-specific forums are your friend if you lack the Service Manual.

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