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Pressure is Pleasure: Compressed Air for the Custovation Shop My love affair with compressed air started a number of years ago when I got an entry level oil-less air compressor for Christmas. Looking like a bloated red fire hydrant lying on its side, it made a deafening noise while it crawled its way to 125 PSI. …

Our Team Got A Lot Done While Testing The Latest Motorcycle Tools & Tool Kits Whether you are changing tires, adjusting your valves or installing an aftermarket light, having the right tools is important to success. The right tools make life easier and safer which is why we review tools for our readers. The wrong …

Summertime is the prime motorcycle riding season.  It’s also the time for motorcycle repair projects, regular maintenance and washing and polishing tasks.  We’re in the process of doing a monster review of many different motorcycle cleaners and polishes, but in the meantime, we thought we’d let you know about some handy new tools in use …

The Black and Decker Gyro Screwdriver The Black & Decker “Gyro” rechargeable screwdriver is the “World’s 1st motion activated screwdriver that controls variable speed and direction”. It’s an inexpensive and handy tool for working on motorcycles, especially with all the Torx fasteners used today. It takes standard 1/4″ drive bits, including Phillips, flat, Torx, square …

Once More Into the Breach… OK, three articles about JIS screwdrivers is probably 2 too many. But, here we are again. This started as a review of the inexpensive Hozan JIS screwdriver set, but the more we got into it, the more confused we became. But, I’m getting ahead of myself… We first covered the …

Wiha “Pop-Up” Screwdriver and ClicFix Bit Holder The Wiha “Pop-Up” screwdriver or bit driver holds 12 bits in its cushioned handle. Squeeze the two buttons on the side and the magazine pops up. Grab one and go! The hardened bits that come with the tool are perfect for motorcycle work. The 1/4″ drive bit holder …

Nebo Mult-Tools Come In Handy The Nebo Tools multi-purpose tools are handy items for motorcycle emergency repair or travel. The 13-in-1 Screwdriver has 12 bits plus a 6 mm hex driver in the handle, and the tool has a ratcheting head. The 7-in-1 Socket Wrench has 1/4″ drive sockets in the handle, which also ratchets. …

Vessel Motorcycle Repair and Restoration JIS Screwdriver Kit A well-made set of tools for the motorcycle mechanic who wrenches on Japanese machines. The shorter handle design may make it difficult to get a good grip with larger hands. In 2011, I reviewed a pair of JIS screwdrivers to see what, if any, differences there were between the …

Wiha Torx Bits and Drivers The Wiha Tools Torx bits are nicely made and available in all the sizes you’ll need for motorcycle use. Wiha also makes Torx “L” shaped wrenches, individual Torx drivers with handles and more. The Wiha 3/8″ drive Torx socket set is very well made and the 1/4″ bits are replaceable. …

Motorcycle Tool Tube Stash Box As I mentioned in my Motorcycle License Plate Stash Box review, there’s a serious lack of places to mount, store or hide things on my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S. This is a big difference compared to my other adventure bike, the 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (report). One big question with the Suzuki …

JIS Screwdrivers for Motorcycles JIS screws: Myth or Miracle? That is often the question when it comes to discussing JIS or Japanese Industrial Standard screwdrivers. I’ve been told there is no difference between a standard Phillips (or “cross-head”) screwdriver and a JIS screwdriver, as long as the sizes are equal. I wasn’t so sure. And …

An Industrial Strength Heat Gun The Steinel Ultra Heat SV800 Heat Gun is an excellent quality tool with a rugged power cord and it puts out a lot of heat. This is an excellent tool to have for shrink tubing and removing decals or vinyl transfers or for general heat-up chores around the garage. And …

The Alden Wrench Set Is…Different The Alden wrench has a unique design It combines open-end wrench with ratcheting function. It’s very useful in certain situations where there isn’t enough room to swing a conventional wrench. Hand polished 17-4PH stainless steel. 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Note: As of June 2011, Alden Wrench was bought by Chicago Brand Industrial …

The Handy SAM 1000 Motorcycle Table Lift Well-made motorcycle table lift that is often used by professionals and in motorcycle dealerships and repair shops. Many options are available and the table can lift up to 1,000 lbs. (453 kg). If you’ve ever considered purchasing a motorcycle table lift for working on your bike then you …

Doc Allen’s Versatool The Versatool is a handy little screwdriver bit set with a unique multi-position drive handle. The handle provides different amounts of grip and torque. The entire package is about as small as it could possibly be. It fits easily in any shirt or jacket pocket or a Sportbike seat. It’s been over …

GearRatchet Vortex Socket Set Review Excellent addition to any tank bag! My continuing search for the perfect motorcycle tool set continues. In this case, “perfect” means excellent quality, easily carried and fairly complete. During the search, I came across this very interesting ratchet set while cruising the aisles of the local Ace Hardware store. It’s …

Bulldog Stubby Screwdriver and Crescent Ratcheting Screwdriver I hate when this happens! I bought this “Bulldog” brand stubby screwdriver set, with 6 hex bits that store right in the handle, and now I don’t remember where I got it or how much I paid for it. No problem, right? I still have the package, and …

Harbor Freight Hex Key Allen Wrench Set This one will be short and sweet, folks. Here’s why: We recently reviewed the Sears Craftsman T-handle Allen wrench set. After that review was published, several webBikeWorlders emailed us with suggested “equivalents”. Several readers suggested a set from Harbor Freight for $11.99; less than half the cost of the …

T-Handle Allen Wrench Set for the Garage The Craftsman T-handle Allen wrenches are very nice to use with their big, fat handles. I really appreciate the extended lengths on these tools because they are handy when working on motorcycles. The Allen Wrench I must be the only motorcycle mechanic in the world without a “T” …

Vice-Grip Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper Review Heavy-duty tool works better on heavier gauge wires. Slightly difficult to adjust and probably better suited for industrial use. The Vise-Grip brand is probably one of the most recognized trade names in the world. I’ll bet that there are as many pairs of the familiar Vise-Grip locking pliers stashed in …

Strip ‘Em Good With the Quikstrip Quick Grip Confused? This used to be called the Quik Strip tool. But the original company apparently went belly-up, so now it’s the Quick Grip wire stripper by a company called Quickstrip. This is one of those 3 a.m. TV show ads that actually works pretty well on smaller …