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excollier

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Ireland
Just treated myself to a new small 3/8" socket set made by Teng.
My original 1/2" and 1/4" drive set I bought as a teenager in 1978, Hilka, made in Japan.
I've had to replace both ratchet wrenches of the Hilka but other than that it's still good (metric, AF, WW ,and BA sockets).
The new set is more suited to my Himalayan and has most of the sockets I'll need, keeping the 1/2" drive sockets of the Hilka set for the likes of rear spindle nut
 

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wspollack

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Niskayuna, NY
Those are beautiful. Teng Tools USA
Looks like a useful and compact set. It's also available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teng-Tools-Piece-Drive-Socket/dp/B004UEHCMG/

If I were to get that set for the Meteor, I'd replace the Torx bits with a 4mm hex (used in some spots on the Meteor), and maybe some other similar substitutions.

Similar sets (and I have one of these in my car), although a little pricier, are those made by Wera, e.g.: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I8MYMT2/ (or, at Wera, https://products.wera.de/en/bits_holders_adaptors_and_sets_bit_sets_tool-checks_and_bit-checks_with_zyklop_mini_ratchet_tool-check_plus.html ).

Again, no need for Torx (that I'm aware of) on REs (although that's the primary fasteners on my Beemer scooter), so some bit substitution would be in order, IMO, via something such as https://www.amazon.com/PAKNMAN-25-Piece-Allen-Wrench-Drill/dp/B093GB998R/
 

excollier

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Location
Ireland
Looks like a useful and compact set. It's also available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teng-Tools-Piece-Drive-Socket/dp/B004UEHCMG/

If I were to get that set for the Meteor, I'd replace the Torx bits with a 4mm hex (used in some spots on the Meteor), and maybe some other similar substitutions.

Similar sets (and I have one of these in my car), although a little pricier, are those made by Wera, e.g.: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I8MYMT2/ (or, at Wera, https://products.wera.de/en/bits_holders_adaptors_and_sets_bit_sets_tool-checks_and_bit-checks_with_zyklop_mini_ratchet_tool-check_plus.html ).

Again, no need for Torx (that I'm aware of) on REs (although that's the primary fasteners on my Beemer scooter), so some bit substitution would be in order, IMO, via something such as https://www.amazon.com/PAKNMAN-25-Piece-Allen-Wrench-Drill/dp/B093GB998R/
Torx bolt on the TPS of the Himalayan.
I'm pretty sure this set has a 4mm hex/Allen
 

wspollack

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Location
Niskayuna, NY
Torx bolt on the TPS of the Himalayan.
I'm pretty sure this set has a 4mm hex/Allen
I didn't know that, about the TPS. You'd think they'd stick to one type of fastener (at least, I would), the way BMW does with Torx (from everything from tupperware to the shock bolts, etc. etc.).

According to both the Teng and Amazon pages, the hex head bits are 3, 5, & 6. Still a nice set, and I may just buy it.
 

Roy Gavin

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I didn't know that, about the TPS. You'd think they'd stick to one type of fastener (at least, I would), the way BMW does with Torx (from everything from tupperware to the shock bolts, etc. etc.).

According to both the Teng and Amazon pages, the hex head bits are 3, 5, & 6. Still a nice set, and I may just buy it.
If you look there are four and the smallest is a 3 and the largest a 6!
 

wspollack

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Location
Niskayuna, NY
If you look there are four and the smallest is a 3 and the largest a 6!
Ah, Roy & @excollier : I see what the problem is:

In that original post here is this (3834) product:


That does indeed have more bits, hex and otherwise, than this product (1424) that @Alan F. and I mistook for it:

https://tengtoolsusa.com/products/teng-tools-t1424-24-piece-1-4-inch-drive-socket-set?variant=10586267254827&currency=USD&tw_source=google&tw_adid&tw_campaign=20010922040&gad_source=1 or https://tengtoolsusa.com/products/teng-tools-t1424s-24-piece-1-4-inch-drive-socket-set

I sit corrected, sorry about the confusion. That 3/8" drive set looks pretty good, better than the less-inclusive 1/4" drive set.
 

Alan F.

Well travelled
I agree that 3/8 drive set is much more appropriate, sorry for putting up a bad link there.

What sizes are needed for 650's and 411's,?
I'd love to find an inclusive kit that packs small.
 

Roy Gavin

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I agree that 3/8 drive set is much more appropriate, sorry for putting up a bad link there.

What sizes are needed for 650's and 411's,?
I'd love to find an inclusive kit that packs small.
One way to pack real small is to buy or make a tool roll and split kits into what you actually need.
Still have pops old Britool and Gordon pro grade tools and they will probably go to my great grand kids when I pop off.
More quality than most will ever need.
When I needed metric sockets I bought off brand 1/4 and 3/8 purely on appearance, if they looked well made and said Cro-Mo that was good enough for me- and they were.
I was lucky that my local tool store knew the good ones.
He also split the sets and sold the sockets and parts individually at about 1/4 the cost of the Pro grade guys who offered individual parts and sockets.
So I could buy the smallest set and add what I needed for each bike, instead of buying a huge set where around half the pieces never saw any use.
FWIW I find hex drives fixed in individual sockets handier than loose bits and a holder, but might be one place pro grade stuff works better!
 

excollier

Well travelled
Location
Ireland
For those in UK/Ireland/Europe, this is where I bought the socket set:

 
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