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  1. I am checking the valves on my 96 Royal Star and have 5 shims that need to be changed. There are 2 local dealers who will swap shims but I need the tool for depressing the valves. Does anyone in Canada have one that is available for loan if I pay the shipping? I read in a previous post that Mother from Toronto had a kit that could be circulated but I have not been able to reach him. I live in Oshawa, Ontario. Thanks Doug
  2. While at Marcarls Venture in I watched him do a carb sync on Evens bike the tool he used was a very simple home made tool. While in Princess auto I decided to pick up a vacuum gauge and make my own I also stumbled across a square pre-drilled and tapped aluminum sqaure bar with a total of 7 ports. Picked up 4 needle valves from Lowes plumbing section and 20' of clear tubing and proceeded to build my own. To operate you simply open the valve connected to the cylinder you are working on and adjust to steady the needle. By using one gauge there is no worry about accuracy between gauges. If you made one with 4 gauges you would have to spend extra money for high quality gauges that read exactly the same. NOTE; I HAVE REPLACED THE CLEAR HOSE WITH ACTUAL AUTOMOTIVE VACUUM HOSE FINDING THAT THE CLEAR HOSE WOULD COLLAPSE WHEN IT GOT WARM
  3. Tool Envy Syndrome (TES) Tool Envy Syndrome (TES) is a serious condition that afflicts, in varying degrees, nearly all men who are interested in mechanical things. It is very important to recognize and deal with this condition before it becomes serious; left untreated it can lead to a far more serious condition: Inflammation of the Credit Card (ICC). TES is known to strike under the following circumstances: Browsing the latest tool catalogs or sale flyers Visiting stores such as Grizzly or Harbor Freight (Warning: while much less so than in earlier years, the tool department at Sears can still trigger small attacks) Visiting the shop of a friend who has more and/or better tools than you have Surfing the web site of someone with a well-equipped shop Seeing a well-equipped shop in magazines such as Home Shop Machinist Tool Envy Syndrome tends to strike young men particularly hard, due its close relationship to a similar condition: Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS). Over time, in most men, both of these conditions tend to lessen in severity. In fact, it can be shown that gradual accumulation of tools and gear over a period of years can control both conditions while minimizing the risk of Inflammation of the the Credit Card (this is known as the Mature Phase). It has also been widely observed that getting married and having children can moderate the risk; primarily, it is believed, due to counseling from a loving wife and the sobering effect of having lots more bills to pay. Tool Envy Syndrome cannot be controlled by any known drugs (although its effects can be exaggerated by the use of alcohol). Therefore, treatment is currently limited primarily to counseling methods. The first step is admitting that you have a problem. Here are some additional pointers: Avoid situations that are likely to cause an attack When visiting tool stores, leave your credit card at home (Warning: in severely afflicted individuals this can trigger emotional breakdown, fits of crying and other irrational behavior) Meditate on the fine collection of tools that you already have; recognize that time will make it better Find a quiet place. Visualize your ideal shop. Repeat to yourself "It is coming" I hope you have found this information to be helpful. As a TES/GAS sufferer myself (now in the Mature Phase) I felt compelled to pass it on to you.
  4. Say huh? Yep, my grandson Shane was called this morning from the Snap On Tool salesman to advise him that he was the winner of a Snap On Tool drawing that he had signed up for when he bought a couple of tools. It is really neat as from the outside, it looks like a large tool chest, but it opens from the top to be a deep freezer. Only the bottom doors open to where the compressor and plumbing is located. Randy Please disregard the camera markings as I probably should have used more pixals.
  5. Does anyone have a carb sync tool I could borrow or possibly buy? I took the carbs off the bike to do the valve adjustment and I cleaned up the carbs some too. When i got them back on and the bike running it pops out of the right pipe. When i take the little rubber boot off of the sync nipple it'll rev up momentarily but there really is no change. Took a little Brake parts cleaner and sprayeed it in the hole and she smoked a little but never idled up or down. I dont trust any of the shops in my town and I know i need the carbs synced. I'm just hoping it'll take care of the problem
  6. Does my '83 Venture have a tool kit? If so, where is it located? I don't see anything in the manual referring to it.
  7. anyone have the J tool for changing out shims on the xvz? my xvz is torn down and I'm tired of trying to make a homemade one work:rotf:. borrow or buy would be fine. Also, I will have a supply of the more popular shim sizes when I'm done if anyone needs some.
  8. TOOLS EXPLAINED http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=2&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=3&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'xxxxxxxx' http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=4&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=5&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood- blisters. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=6&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=7&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=8&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=9&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=10&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=11&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=12&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=13&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=14&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=15&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=16&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=17&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=18&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=19&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. “XXXXX” TOOL:http://us-mg4.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?mid=2%5f0%5f0%5f1%5f678721%5fAO0NiWIAAOpwUOCp7gTWqBvdrlI&pid=20&fid=Inbox&inline=1&appid=YahooMailNeo Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'XXXX' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
  9. I've just realized that my "new to me" 03 RSV didn't come with the OEM tool kit. I called the seller, but in case he doesn't have it, I want to find something that will do at least the basics. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations for a good aftermarket tool-kit that works out for the RSV? Or any idea where I might find an OEM kit?
  10. I got a neat clutch tool from ebay today. It locks inner and outer clutch hub/basket together when working on motor. Nice heavy tool made by EBC. Ebay sellers name is worldwide_motorcycle_equipment. Current auction at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&vxp=mtr&item=310498062254 Few pictures attached. I destroyed a crankshaft last winter when removing flywheel, wouldn't have happened if I had this. About $32 with shipping. I got it in 4 days priority mail. Gary
  11. I think I will me replacing my front wheel bearing. (I feel a buzzing in the handlebars & a whirring sound when I lean into turns even thought the bearings are not sloppy) So I have to buy a puller. I know the Tusk bearing remover set would work 8mmm- 31mm but it's $90 and a tool I don't use often SO.... My question is will this Harbor Freight set work as well. It's Standard sizes not metric & since IDK the size of the front bearing I figure I will ask here. http://www.harborfreight.com/blind-hole-bearing-puller-95987.html
  12. Went to my local Steeler today to see if they had speed bleeders and they did not same as with all the local auto parts stores, however they said they use a little tool that works great but they had just sold the last one. When I was getting ready to walk away one of the service guys said he had just bought one for the service dept but if I needed it he would sell it to me for half price since it was now used and he could get another one next week. Brought it hone and it worked great, still plan on getting speed bleeders but this will make a nice addition to my tool kit. [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Motion-Pro-Mini-Bleeder-08-0482/dp/B0077QSGFG]Motion Pro Mini Bleeder 08-0482 : Amazon.com : Automotive@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31PmYpNl9DL.@@AMEPARAM@@31PmYpNl9DL[/ame]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31PmYpNl9DL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
  13. If any of the riders in Western Washington have the Valve Shim Kit, and Tool for the Second Generation bikes, and are willing to allow me to borrow it for a couple days, please let me know. If no one does have the Valve Shim Kit and Tool in our area, then let's make certain of that, and I will go ahead and buy a new Kit and Tool, and have it available for use of all forum members in Western Washington. We might even let those rainy day people down in Oregon use our stuff . So, if you have the shim kit and tool, please contact me. Thanks,
  14. ok i'm looking to do a carb sync on my scoot and just cant afford the tool or having the dealership do the work. (Have you seen the price of gas I comute 2 hours everyday for work) so anyway I found this great DIY carb sync tool seems more accurate then the the tube and oil method. great walkthrough on how to make your own. http://faq.ninja250.org/index.php/Is_there_a_carb_sync_tool%3F
  15. I made one of these and it works perfectly. I used old motor oil for the liquid. Sync #1 to #2, then plug those and sync #3 to #4. Then hook up tool to #2 and #4 to sync left side to right side (make sure to plug ports on #1 and #3).
  16. A HUGE thank you to BigBear for taking the time to shoot videos of the proper way to use the valve shim tool. I would like to encourage any of you who has the time to produce such videos. They will make a GREAT addition to our tech library. http://www.venturerider.org/forum/showthread.php?p=711236#post711236
  17. I recently purchased a valve shim tool on flea bay, and when it arrived it has the original Yammie part number engraved on it. When I purchased it, I knew that I had 1 intake valve that was slightly tight, so today I dug in. Now, I've changed shims before, but I've never used the correct tool. I figured that using it would be straighforward....that didn't work though. I looked in the online manual and found the proceedure. Heck, I even printed the 2 pages and took them out to the garage. I can get it to push the valve down some, but not enough to get the shim out of the bucket. The shim is loose and will come up some, but not enough to come out. The tool is hitting part of the head casting when it gets about 30 degrees past straight up and it's pushing on the bucket, not the shim. Does it matter which way you use the tool? What I mean is that you can use it on the outside of the V (in my case, towards the carb for an intake valve OR with the tool in the inside, or forward of the camshaft. It's to the point the maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe the tool isn't made correctly. Frank D.
  18. Well looking for some info guys. If we can get some info on the measurments for the valve tool I have a very talented person that may attempt to make a couple if it wouldnt end up costing more than just buying one. Here is a pic of the dimensions we need.
  19. Ok, More questions about 2 Gen Venture: 1st: The tool kit should be so good that Mike decide to keep it. So can somebody tell me what tool are inicluded on it. So I can purchase each one and have them on the bike? 2nd: I 'm looking for Chrome clamp covers to put on the HD pipes I have to hide the clamps on it. Where can I got them? Thanks for any info on this. :cool10::cool10::cool10:
  20. I've seen that there are several valve shim kits floating around, like RandyR sent his kit to Bill, all I was wondering if someone had two 270s and one 285 shims, I have a bunch of 275s and 280s to swap, or are the numbers I need the ones that every else needs/used and are thus hard to get? I haven't tried a dealer yet to see if they do swaps. I don't need the shim tool either. I'm located in Milwaukee, I'm hoping to find some soon as I want to have my engine buttoned up & back in the frame over Memorial Day weekend. -Andrew
  21. I would like to see who can make it on that date, to get a idea of what all to do to get ready. I put it on the calendar so you can RSVP there, and it is posted in the Meet and Eats so if you would like to bring something like a dish to pass or maybe a tool that would be of use for the work on the cycles that maybe a good place for that. This is the first time at doing this so any ideas would be helpfull. Thanks Orlin
  22. When I got my '86 VR about 6 years ago, it was missing some things like the owners manual, cover for the Cassette, tool kit. I found most everything except the tool kit. Oh several of them showed up on E-bay, but I always lost out....TO THE SAME PERSON! yes, someone was hogging kits and cornering the market on VR tool kits. Now these are cool, with the VR logo, and more than just base tools, including a ratchet and socket set, but wow, this guy was bidding $200 and more sometimes for these things. I eventually gave up, bought a kit from another Yamaha and made up my own kit. then a couple weeks ago, I saw a nearly perfect complete kit on E-bay and decided to try. Got it for more money that it should cost for sure, but still less than those top bids a few years ago! So now my quest is complete, now I just need to get the bike running its best again! and fix a leak, and......... Anyone happen to know that E-bay'er that bought all those tool kits?
  23. Who would be a source for an apparently Odd bolt thread tap. I'm looking for a M12 x 1.25 thread pitch and evidently it is not popular enough to be included in any of the tap and die sets I have been able to find so far. I have already checked Sears, Harbor Frieght, Northern Tool and NAPA.... No luck
  24. Hey All, Anyone in the GTA (west end) with a carb sync tool to loan?
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