Craftsman 230-Piece Tool Set:
When I began working on my own motorcycle, the first thing I bought for my garage was a Craftsman 230-Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set. This kit includes most tools that’ll allow you to perform basic maintenance and repairs for your dirt bike. Despite this kit having SAE tools, you are still saving a lot of money compared to buying each metric tool individually. In addition, the briefcase makes it extremely practical and each tool has a slot where it is labeled. Tool organization is what I find to be lacking in most garages. With this kit, it organizes everything for you and takes up very little shelf space.
There are many other options for tools kits so feel free to shop around for other sets. Although I would recommend shopping within the Craftsman brand because they are tools of such great quality. They back up all their tools with a lifetime warranty. If a tool breaks, just bring it to a store that sells Craftsman products and they’ll replace it right then and there, no receipt required. I’ve heard that other brands such as Snap-On and Mac Tools also offer products of a great quality, but I personally don’t have any experience with them. However, please stay away from Harbor Freight when it comes to sockets and ratchets. They’re just cheap tools that don’t feel good and tend to break with minimal torque.
Craftsman Drive Extension Set:
One thing the 230-piece tool kit doesn’t come with is a decent set of drive extensions. It only comes with a 1-inch long 1/4” drive extension and a 3-inch long 3/8” drive extension. The 1-inch 1/4” drive is too short to be beneficial at all and the 3-inch extension is for 3/8” sockets which can be too bulky in certain spots of your dirt bike. For example, when changing your oil, a 6-inch ¼” drive extension works perfectly for your 10mm transmission oil drain bolt. So, I’d recommend adding the Craftsman 3-piece 1/4″ drive extension set to your toolbox. And again, their lifetime replacement guarantee applies to all of their tools.
As mentioned in my previous blog, I am a big fan of Tusk Off-Road products. Tusk offers a spoke wrench set that includes 8 bits ranging from 5mm to 6.8mm. I don’t have much experience with the art of spoke truing (balancing), but I have had my spokes come loose many times. When your spokes are loose, they poke through your rim and can pop your tire. This tool comes in handy especially when making last-minute adjustments to your bike before a race or a day out in the hills. Additionally, this tool is very small and lightweight so you can bring it with you if you ride with a fanny pack or backpack.
Portable Air Compressor:
When I turned 16 and got my drivers license, my aunt gave me a AAA Roadside Emergency Kit. This kit includes a 12-volt portable air compressor which I found to work great for filling up my dirt bike’s tires. You simply plug it into the DC outlet in your car and then fill up your tire. A lot of people prefer having an air compressor that plugs into a wall, but I tend to fill up my tires when I’m at my location of riding, so this works perfectly. Additionally, it’s less than $20 so you can’t go wrong with that.
Thank you for reading and please leave a comment on what tools you believe are a must have.