Are you tired of paying the high price for the dealership to service your bike? Have you always been good with a wrench? With the right tools, just about everyone can perform the routine service a motorcycle requires. Here at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) we like to get our hands dirty and wrench on our rides too. It’s even more enjoyable when we have the right tools. Aside from a basic set of hand tools, you will need the following “special” tools, because they make performing the service at home worth the effort.
1) You will need an oil filter wrench, preferably a cup style filter wrench because they are easiest to operate, and best of all don’t bust your knuckles. Part # 89304 is just that, a cup filter wrench that works on most H-D oil filters. Set up to accept a 3/8″ drive ratchet or extension, this allows you enough leverage to easily remove the oil filter. An added benefit of the cup is it can prevent us from getting burned. If we are following the service recommendations, the motor should be at operating temperature and if we use other tools designed for oil filter removal, it can be a very warm area. The cup style filter wrench is a must have for any do-it-yourself rider.
2) You need something to direct that oil as it pours out of the filter. There is nothing more frustrating than getting the filter replaced, having everything cleaned up, only to see oil dripping from the frame and filter area. Get yourself one of these Oil Filter Funnels designed to remove the dripping oil from the filter as you remove it. By funneling the oil away from the filter, it is also kept off the frame and out of all those other hiding places. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than getting finished with your service, getting your bike cleaned up, and seeing oil on the floor. With this funnel, your days of dealing with the ritualistic oil spill are gone.
3) Now that you have an easier way to remove that filter and channel the oil away from the bike, you will need a convenient place to catch that oil, and the oil from the engine, trans, and primary. Part # 16-0585 takes care of that. This Oil Drain Reservoir measures approximately 21″ long, 12″ wide, and 4″ deep, and holds a whopping 2.5 gallons of fluid. For pure convenience, there is an upper deck that is slanted at just the right angle to allow the oil filter to drain, hassle free. Another built in feature is the drain neck and cap that permits easy disposal of the used oil. Sloping from the four corners to the center hole, drainage is handled in a smooth and efficient manner. What’s the saying, ” Good things come in small packages.” ? This is certainly one of those small packages.
4) The last standard tool you should have in your posession is this great Cable Oiler. Everyone knows part of any good Service Plan is proper and regular lubrication of the control cables. This Cable Oiler (Part # 16-0686) tackles the task with ease by directing the lubricant into the core of the cable. We all know how much of a drag it is when our cables bind up because they haven’t been properly lubricated during the service. Now you have the ability to prevent that and have trouble free cable operation.
Servicing your bike isn’t that difficult, especially if you have the right tools for the job. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has what you need to start servicing your ride at home, on your schedule, and saving you money. For less than an hours labor in a lot of shops, you can purchase the tools to start servicing your motorcycle, and keep some money in your wallet. Also, don’t forget, if you want to do more than routine maintenance, we also have service manuals and almost all the tools you need.