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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:01 am 
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Hey guys, so I'm getting some welding tickets for work and I passed them all yesterday. Now I'm sitting in the welding shop bored for the next few days and I can't for the life of me think of anything I want to build. Is there any simple little tools I could fab up that will be handy for use on the DR?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:17 am 
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I made my own tire spoon wrench combos by welding a spoon to a box end wrench 19mm and 23mm for front rear wheels. Don't quote me on the exact mm size but they fit. I bought them from Harbor freight and I got the long wrench versions. You get the idea though....Right? :crazy:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:55 am 
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15/16 fits perfect for the rear axle nut, thats what I carry in my tube.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:40 pm 
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You could fashion a sidestand (to carry on the bike) in case you'd need to remove a wheel (for fixing a flat ) . --- Search the forum ; I'd explained how (with pictures) .

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I use this after every ride to lube the chain.

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Bead breakers, portable and stationary...a tire changing fixture (many use an old steel car wheel for this)...front and rear track stands
also check out http://www.homemadetools.net/ LOTS of ideas


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Infamous front fork tool

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:14 pm 
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DRV wrote:
15/16 fits perfect for the rear axle nut, thats what I carry in my tube.


It's supposed to be 24mm. Be careful with using SAE tools on metric fasteners. Motion Pro offers a T6 aluminum combo wrench/lever that's really nice and not crazy expensive.

The front axle is 19mm, BTW. Procycle offers a combo wrench/lever for that one, but it's made of steel. They offer it in a set with a 24mm wrench/lever. If Motion Pro offers a 19mm (T6) combo lever, I haven't seen it.

To the OP...I'd look at maybe cutting an inch out of your rider footpeg brackets, then welding them back together with the mounts a little further towards the rear of the bike. Remove the rubber dampers from them before welding.

You could also make a tailrack like the Suzuki rack, that bolts to the 2 sturdy side mounts of the subframe, then the 2 mounts on top of the subframe, then the 2 side mounts further back on the subframe.

You could make saddlebag racks that mount like the gen2 Wolfman's but place them further forward and also allow use of the passenger pegs.

You could bend/weld up an above-headlight rack for carrying a tent. See TCI front racks for design ideas.

You could make your sidestand adjustable.

You could weld an extension plate onto your skid.

You could beef your subframe, the rear of the main frame where the subframe attaches, and the main frame near the swingarm mount.

You could weld reinforcement plates onto your swingarm.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:55 pm 
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Wow lots of good suggestions, thanks. Unfortunately for a lot of stuff my fabrication abilities aren't up to my own standards and I'd rather buy racks/skid plates made by professionals :biggrin: That and I don't get my DR until tomorrow so I had nothing to modify or use as a template yet...

I did spend the day making a stand for my reloading press and a new kickstand for my friend's BW80.

Here's a 2'x4' table I made the other day for my garage. The top is a piece of 3/16 stainless.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:01 pm 
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The kickstand I whipped up for my buddy, next to the mangled mess that came off his bike... I had to guess at the angle of the foot to the ground because I didn't have the bike to compare it to, so I knew we'd have to heat it up and "adjust" it once it was on the bike.

I just looked up that "fork tool" and will definitely be putting one of those together, that's exactly the type of thing I had in mind when I started this thread.

That lever/stand thing is cool but I already have a big fancy ATV jack for working on my ATV.

38 DKW mentioned a stand to carry on the bike but I can't picture what you mean, and searching "stand" didn't work out so well for me :dunno:


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