DIY: Homemade Motorcycle Tools

Discussion in 'General' started by caferace, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. caferace

    caferace No.

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  2. Sabre699

    Sabre699 One can short of a sixxer.

    Expected some real hack but most are real cool. Thanx.
  3. RM Racing

    RM Racing Tool user

    I couldn't keep browsing for long. Some of the stuff is actually tools you can buy. I have 53 tools hanging in my shop that could go on that site.
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  4. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    built a tire changer (like no-mar) out of aluminum profiles and put the bar together out of 1/2" pipe.

    got a no-mar for cheap and ditched the DIY-one
  5. ryoung57

    ryoung57 Well-Known Member

    I made the tool for Ohlins cartridges out of a piece of pipe I had in the shop because I didn't want to wait on the real one.
  6. I have about 15 and I don't do what you do. I make a lot of my own stuff, mainly due to poor planning but I also like to make stuff. If I make something that works good and I'm making a final aka prettier one I'll make 3-5 of them as most of the shit that's specialty people will ask to borrow. I just give them away as needed.
  7. RM Racing

    RM Racing Tool user

    I wish I could afford to give tools away. I find a process that needs a tool and make a prototype, then tweak it after using it and inquire around about demand. Because a lot of them are motorcycle specialized, demand is small. I'll make ten or twenty and end up sitting on eighteen of them for a long time. I have a shelf with that stuff on it. Curved wrenches for inaccessible shock adjustments, engine building tools, fork tools, clutch holders, bearing drivers, etc. I make them because I need them. Friends say, "that's cool!" Then nobody buys them. At least I have them to make my life easier.
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  8. I always end up making Ducati tools. Clutch basket holders, half ring setting tool, etc.
  9. Like I stated, we are in different worlds. I make my own tools because I like to, not have to. I am also lucky to have access to a great machine shop as well as free material so that makes it easier. If I made them to sell them it would not be worth making because it would be no fun to me.
  10. CharlieY

    CharlieY Well-Known Member

    Very cool stuff....thanx Jim.
  11. diamondj

    diamondj Well-Known Member

    Yes - if only there was someplace on the web where motorcycle people gathered that you could cheaply place a classified ad with pictures to sell some of your tools to like minded people... some sort of message board perhaps. Ah well... :crackup:
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  12. cm1744

    cm1744 Well-Known Member

    Definitely worth a browse through there, if only to admire some of the work. Thanks!
  13. CB186

    CB186 go f@ck yourself

    The problem is, is that nobody(or very few) wants to pay enough to make it worth while. Machining/machinst are probably the most undervalued skill on the sidework market. People will pay 80-90% of going market rate for electricians, body men, plumbers, all stuff they can do themselves, but they want a machinist to make a trinket for $20 that would take hours to make, not including designing part.
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  14. Yepper. It's very time consuming to say the least. A good machinist is worth their weight in gold.
  15. The case splitter was great. A putty knife :)
  16. Dan Dubeau

    Dan Dubeau Well-Known Member

    I'm quoting this just because it needs to be quoted again. :beer:
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  17. homemadetools

    homemadetools New Member

    Hey, I know that site! :D

    Thanks for the link; saw the traffic coming through. Cheers to you guys, and keep on making homemade tools [​IMG]
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  18. stk0308

    stk0308 Well-Known Member

    I stand to inherit a whole pile of "speciality" tools my father has made during his career as a car/truck/motorcycle mechanic these past 50 some years.
  19. homemadetools

    homemadetools New Member

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  20. cha0s#242

    cha0s#242 Justa Beeber

    lol, a bot.

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