Are you over the high prices the dealership charges to perform the routine service your bike? Have you always been able to handle a wrench? With the right tools, just about anyone can perform the manufacturers suggested maintenance a motorcycle calls for. 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 the basic set of hand tools, you should have the following “special” tools, because they make performing services at home worth the effort. Below is a list of a few items we feel should be in every garage if you are going to perform the maintenance yourself.
1) You will need an oil filter wrench for removal of the existing filter. A cup style filter wrench is a good choice 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 filter. An added benefit of the cup is it can prevent us from getting burned. If we are following the manufacturers recommendations, the motor should be at operating temperature and if we use other tools designed for filter removal, it can be a very warm area. The cup style filter 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 down the frame around filter area. You owe it to yourself to pick up one of these Oil Filter Funnels designed to divert the dripping oil from the filter as you remove it. By funneling the oil away from the filter, it is kept off the frame and out of all those other hiding places. Let’s face it, we want to perform a “clean” oil change, not spend hours cleaning up drip after drip from unseen areas. 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 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.
The last standard tool you should have is this great Cable Oiler. Part of any good maintenance plan is lubing the cables, and this Cable Oiler (Part # 16-0686) tackles the task 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. Now you have the ability to prevent that.
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.