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metric 24 Mar 2020 17:12 #821641

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I have never used metric. Brought a set down to the kz. Before I round off these bolts I want to ask, is this a normal fit. Seems like a lot of play. Threads are very clean, some blaster has soaked in. Torque is not high on these engine bolts. 17 and 29 pounds.
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metric 24 Mar 2020 17:15 #821643

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metric 24 Mar 2020 17:16 #821644

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metric 24 Mar 2020 17:20 #821645

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played when i uploaded it. So I submitted, doesnt show.
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metric 24 Mar 2020 17:33 #821646

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I just use the wrench that fits the tightest. I bring out both standard and metric on everything I work on. I end up using them together like its a single set. If a 14 is too small and a 15 is sloppy I try a 9/16 (14.28mm)

Is the video uploaded to youtube and linked here or some other way?
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metric 24 Mar 2020 18:44 #821654

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It's a good idea to use 6-point sockets whenever possible: you'll get a better fit than you will with a 12-point.

Unfortunately most sets are 12-point. If you want 6-point you'll probably need to buy a different set.
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metric 24 Mar 2020 19:01 #821658

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Nerdy wrote: It's a good idea to use 6-point sockets whenever possible: you'll get a better fit than you will with a 12-point.

Unfortunately most sets are 12-point. If you want 6-point you'll probably need to buy a different set.


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Twelve pointers are great for rounding off corners.
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metric 24 Mar 2020 20:13 #821669

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You should get a set of 3/8 sockets. The ones most used are 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 mm. You should also get a set of JIS screwdrivers. Phillips will damage the heads.
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metric 25 Mar 2020 05:03 #821682

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hardrockminer wrote: You should get a set of 3/8 sockets. The ones most used are 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 mm. You should also get a set of JIS screwdrivers. Phillips will damage the heads.


10, 12, 14, 17, 19 are most common. Very few 13 and 15 on Japanese motorcycles.

Believe it or not but the Harbor Freight wrenches and sockets are good value for the money.

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thank you all. My sockets did not come with large enough sizes so I got a set of box and open end wrenches. the box end are 12 point. I will find some larger sockets. .
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metric 25 Mar 2020 13:10 #821728

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So here some advantage and dis-advantage of the diffrent socket Driver systems

Good for normal torque




Better for high torque and fu*k up bolts and nuts



A new Driver System that can handle Inch/metric and fu*k up bolts and nuts in one tool



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