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Recommended Tool Kits/Sets for the Scrambler

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Over the year I've collected an assortment of tools - some good others not so. With the Scrambler in the garage, I'm thinking of updating my tool kit too.

Can anyone recommend some good quality combo tool kits which have most tools needed for general care & small DIY on the Scrambler. I specifically need new racketing wrench, screwdriver, socket wrench set and T-handle hex drivers set in the least.

Recommendations for a reasonably priced torque wrench and a tool to service the Oil filter are needed too.

If I've missed out anything, please suggest.
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you almost need everything... so the first step I think is to buy a "tool set" ready by the manufacturer, I think good one could be available by USAG or BETA
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Thanks Hedonism. Will look up offerings from both companies.
Do USA Scramblers come with the factory tool kit?

Do USA Scramblers come with the factory tool kit?

Mounted underneath the seat. It includes a variety of tools, all made out of soft cheese, guaranteed to round off and break your knuckles with the first use.

But seriously...

Almost every fastener on this bike is of the hex-head variety. A good quality set of metric ball-end hex keys (Bondhus or Greenlee), and a socket type set of the same - along with a good ratchet handle and torque wrench is all most will ever need.
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Thanks Tony, maybe the pouch will come in handy for packing the good stuff, haha.

Ordered the following today:

TEKTON 1363 3/8-Inch Drive Extra Long Hex Bit Socket Set, Metric, 3mm - 10mm, 7-Piece

TEKTON 24325 3/8-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench, 120-960-Inch/Pound

TEKTON 47915 3/8-Inch Drive Shallow Impact Socket Set, 7-19mm, Metric, Cr-V, 6-Point, 13 Sockets

KIWAV Oil Filter Cap Wrench for DUCATI oil filters with 76 x 8 flutes
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I had these already in my garage so there will be a bit of an overlap:

Toptul Professional Grade Dr. Flank Socket Set 6.35 Mm - 51 Pcs

Toptul L-type Two Way Hex Key Wrench Set - 8 Pcs

For under the seat/on road use I have this:

CruzTOOLS (SKHD) SPEEDKIT Compact Tool Kit
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I really like the quality of Bondhus drivers. Made in the USA and the price is cheaper than some worse made items. They are welded handles and solid metal.


There are also some various torx screws on the bike, so you can get saucy and buy the associated kit


You can probably get by mostly with 3/8" drive hex sockets. I have these and they are over 15 years old and still work perfectly. I have used them on a LOT of vehicles over the years. Also made in the USA.


The secondary oil mesh filter is held in place with a cap and then is secured itself with a 14mm hex fitting.

So having 1/2" drive hex sockets is a good idea


I'm sure there are other tools you could buy if you are feeling the need. Spring pullers for the exhaust, a generalized big socket set so you can remove the front and rear axles from the wheels. I just have accumulated a garage full of tools over the years, so it's hard for me to inventory what all you'd need to work on any vehicle. The answer is, "just keep buying more stuff, and buy the nicest quality you can afford." :)

I bought that KIWAV oil filter socket and it's a good quality unit. It fits the OEM oil filters perfectly.

Back in 1999 when I graduated college, I bought myself this Craftsman 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive socket and ratchet set with open wrenches, etc... I think I paid 150 dollars for it on sale and remember thinking how expensive it was. This kit has paid for itself several times over and I've only had to put a few of the wrenches through the grinder to make them fit tight spaces :)

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thanks mate. Yes i will keep slowly adding some of your recommendations. For now, I think I'm good for at least the smaller DIY jobs on the bike.
In theory you can just use the L shaped wrenches in the tool kit, but having higher quality tools makes it a lot less of a headache :)

To adjust the rear shock I had to put a cheater bar on the spanner that adjusts it. And then I had to hold it on tight with my hand because it felt like it was going to slip out of place due to just being a cheaply stamped part. There was no 'bite' on the edge like a professional tool. But I won't use it enough to require a professional tool. Another useful item is going to be a stand to keep the bike upright. I've never owned a proper paddock stand but I have a sturdy wheel chock that has become very useful for working on all of my bikes.
I need to get over this one time peak of needing all the tools while I'm adding stuff to the bike, from there on my needs should be just regular maintenance related. But yes, there is no joy in using cheap tools or make do arrangements in the absence of a proper arrangement.

I have the paddock bobbins from Evotech and I need to go collect the paddock stand. I realised it's a must with the kind of stuff I'm planning when I changed the oil with the bike on side stand. More on that in your changing oil thread.
Lots of great suggestions on this thread. Personally, I've invested $2,500 into a set of Snap-On tools. Very pricey, but worth every penny. Don't forget swivel socket joints -- you will definitely need this sooner than later (this came in handy when I removed the Evap Canister over the weekend).
I'm a pro mech and use tools from all manufacturers at work inc.. Snapon, Mac And Craftsman. If all your doing is working on your bike at home there is no point wasting your money on pro tools like snapon! You only really benefit from these brands if you use them day in day out. Craftsman tools are cheap decent quality and lifetime warranty. These will be more than adequate for a home tool kit and will probably last you forever.

Oh and if you go for ball hex Allens be careful not to hang off them, ie cracking off the oil pan plug! They are designed to work at different angles, not max torque. It's a real ball ache when you start rounding out Allen bolts
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I couldn't edit my post but also go for 6 point sockets rather than 12, it makes a big difference. And go for a long flex head ratchet (preferably locking type) if you have the option. They come in really handy
I couldn't edit my post but also go for 6 point sockets rather than 12, it makes a big difference. And go for a long flex head ratchet (preferably locking type) if you have the option. They come in really handy
I wouldn't waste my time on the six point sockets, I don't think there is a single conventional bolt on this entire bike.
Not a pro mechanic, but my father was one. I've had my Snap-On set for over 16 years. The investment paid for itself several times over by now. Not how I could categorize "wasting" my money -- at least based on my experience (or my father's). I use them often enough to appreciate quality.
I'm too cheap for Snap-On but I refuse to shop at Harbor Freight for anything other than sacrificial pry bars :)

I'm somewhere in the middle. I have a guy in a truck who wears a uniform deliver my tools. It just happens to be a UPS truck :)

I like my tools made in the USA but cheaper than a kidney on the black market.
I am not familiar with Snap-on, never having set my eyes on one but to misquote a TV show - spoiling a bike by using high quality tools is like ruining an ice-cream with chocolate sprinkles.

If one has the wherewithal for those tools, I say why not?

It's great to have good tools, but the law of diminishing returns is at play for any of us who aren't earning an income from being a mechanic. I like Snap-On stuff but I haven't broken Craftsman tools, so they're nicer than what I need (and I've beat the crap out of some of my Craftsman stuff.) Snap-On makes a lot of good specialty tools and stuff like their screwdrivers (and impact drivers) are stronger than anything made overseas. If you need the strongest tools, they make them. But the prices are out of line on a lot of tools as they pertain to being a home mechanic.

Honestly, for about 15 dollars, you can be covered if you're a patient person (folding tools take longer to work with and are harder to guess at torque spec with.) In fact, both of those would fit under the seat in the storage area and the quality is a lot better than the ones that come in the tool bag.

Hex needs met:

Torx needs met:
Bondhus H3798 8 pc. Star Recessed Hex Key Set - - Amazon.com
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