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One more new topic by me today and I'll shutup :)

The issue I'm noticing with my rear brake is making me think it's time to invest in some starter tools. I had plenty of tools in my 'previous life' but when I left that house, I didn't take everything with me (let's not discuss this topic!). I mainly had things that allowed me to change the brakes on my car, etc.

I know I need a torque wrench, and given the cost, I'll likely not go out and buy everything I need right away. What should I invest in initially? What torque range? What size drive first? With respect to sockets, do I need to purchase metric or standard for FZ6 routine maintenance (brakes, oil changes, etc)?

I couldn't find a definitive guide to to must-have tools for the FZ6 owner on the forums and I think it would be extremely valuable to many of the new FZ6 owners out there.

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For just general maintenance work a 3/8 in drive would be fine. It should be all metric. I'm not 100% certain of this. I think only american stuff uses that goofy standard system of mesurement. My picks for basic tools would be these"
1) good quality metric socket set w/ 3/8 in drive.
2) good set of metric box end wrenches.
3) oil filter wrench (you can get a nice one that pops off if you try to tighten too tight)
4) a nice phillips head screwdriver and a flat head screwdriver
5) a bottle opener
6) a crescent wrench

if you have some extra money the 1/4 inch drives sockets and ratchet come in really handy. I think there are some Torx bolts on the Fiz too. check into that.
 

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The bike is all metric. Start with a set of Allen wrenches, 1/4" or 3/8" sockets, box wrenches and screw drivers and pliers. The highest torque I saw spec'd on the manual is 87 ft.lbs for the swingarm pivot shaft nut and rear axle, and the lowest is 1 ft.lb, so a torque wrench that can handle in between should be fine. Get one that'll fit your sockets.
 

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Now that's a torque wrench!

I'm going to bring this thread back from the dead since it's still a related comment, and one that I started last summer.

After I asked this question last year, I didn't buy the torque wrench right away. I didn't really have the need. Well, last week I noticed Sears had their torque wrenches for sale and I knew that I'd be needing one soon now. It's pretty much time for an oil change and I got my new FS6 sliders and want to put those on. I got this one for $53 delivered I think:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?pid=00944594000

What I didn't realize when I ordered it was how big this thing is!! I was sort of shocked when it arrived because this thing looks like something I could take a truck apart with :)

I imagine it'll do the jobs like oil changes, frame sliders, etc but this baby is not for the hard to reach spots, that I can assure you. Is it similar to the ones you guys are using out there?

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leere said:
I'm going to bring this thread back from the dead since it's still a related comment, and one that I started last summer.

After I asked this question last year, I didn't buy the torque wrench right away. I didn't really have the need. Well, last week I noticed Sears had their torque wrenches for sale and I knew that I'd be needing one soon now. It's pretty much time for an oil change and I got my new FS6 sliders and want to put those on. I got this one for $53 delivered I think:

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?pid=00944594000

Thanks!
I have one of these, along with others. You can't have too many torque wrenches. :)

One thing to know about the tool that you just bought: Although it is a craftsman hand tool, it does NOT have a lifetime warranty.

Just thought I'd mention that.
 

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I have one of these, along with others. You can't have too many torque wrenches. :)

One thing to know about the tool that you just bought: Although it is a craftsman hand tool, it does NOT have a lifetime warranty.

Just thought I'd mention that.
it has a 90 day warranty
 

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My Mastercraft Maximum torque wrenches don't come with lifetime warranties either, which is also the norm for that line of tools, so don't feel bad, it's the norm.
 

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The old school beam style torque wrenches have a lifetime warrenty. They are rated at the same accuracy as the click ones and are significantly cheaper. I have heard some bad reports about the Craftsman click type. My dad had one go bad on him to so its not all internet hearsay.

Until im rebuilding a whole engine ill stick with the beam type. At that point ill spend the $$$ and get some SnapOn or other premium tool. I got both 1/2 and 3/8 drive for under $50 on sale.

Even before I got a bike I got a mechanics tool set. It came with a BUNCH of sockets and wrenches. I think I went a bit overboard but now Im never stuck without the right socket. I probiably could have gotten something smaller and built up and maybe saved some cash. I also got it on sale right after christmas so that is another reason I got a b***** set.

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Mechanics+Tools&pid=00933870000&vertical=TOOL&subcat=Mechanics+Tool+Sets&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

This is the closest as I could find. Mine also came with some 12pt sockets. I paid $180 on sale.
 

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gtfazer6 said:
it has a 90 day warranty
I work at Sears and the Torque wrenches are 1 year warranty. Be sure to save your receipts.
 

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Allan said:
The old school beam style torque wrenches have a lifetime warrenty. They are rated at the same accuracy as the click ones and are significantly cheaper. I have heard some bad reports about the Craftsman click type. My dad had one go bad on him to so its not all internet hearsay.

Until im rebuilding a whole engine ill stick with the beam type. At that point ill spend the $$$ and get some SnapOn or other premium tool. I got both 1/2 and 3/8 drive for under $50 on sale.

Even before I got a bike I got a mechanics tool set. It came with a BUNCH of sockets and wrenches. I think I went a bit overboard but now Im never stuck without the right socket. I probiably could have gotten something smaller and built up and maybe saved some cash. I also got it on sale right after christmas so that is another reason I got a b***** set.

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Mechanics+Tools&pid=00933870000&vertical=TOOL&subcat=Mechanics+Tool+Sets&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

This is the closest as I could find. Mine also came with some 12pt sockets. I paid $180 on sale.
I've got the beam type. For what I use it for and how often I use it, it's perfect. The click-type are GREAT when you're doing a lot of tightening, and can't get in a position to see the dial, but they're EXPENSIVE, and should be calibrated every year or two, depending on how much you use them.
 

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The beam type is inexpensive, but keep in mind they are only accurate for the center of the scale. If the scale goes from 0-100, it's most accurate around 50, probably good from 25-75ish (depends on the model). Outside of that range it's "good enough" for most things, but if it's a critical piece you're tightening that requires a very specific torque and with a small margin of error, I would want a more accurate tool.
 

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The beam type is inexpensive, but keep in mind they are only accurate for the center of the scale. If the scale goes from 0-100, it's most accurate around 50, probably good from 25-75ish (depends on the model). Outside of that range it's "good enough" for most things, but if it's a critical piece you're tightening that requires a very specific torque and with a small margin of error, I would want a more accurate tool.
I don't think there's anything on this bike that would require anything with THAT high of an accuracy level.
 

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I don't think there's anything on this bike that would require anything with THAT high of an accuracy level.
If I was for some reason going to do an engine rebuild. Id buy a quality click-type. But for all general maintence the beam is fine with me. Im leaning towards having the shop do the valves becaues they only have to be done every 26,000 miles.
 
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