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    Hunting for tools.

    I'm trying to find a few tools, and I'm hoping to tap into the collective wisdom, and hopefully save myself a couple of bucks, and several hours of searching.

    I'm looking for:

    1. The pin wrench that takes the top cap off the forks.

    2. A transmission shim plate for 5 speeds.

    3. a valve spring compressor, suitable for removing airhead valve springs.

    4. a carb balancer.

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    1. Harbor Freight sells an adjustable pin wrench

    2. At the recent National in Sedalia, Matt Parkhouse shimmed a transmission without the use of a plate...he just used some straight bars and made the measurements.

    3. No real help...seems like a C-clamp with a forked-foot on one end could be used to press the spring and keeper.

    4. Check Resources and Links thread...there's a section on Carb Synchronizers. In reality, you don't need a fancy tool. Two spokes that act as spark extenders along with two long handled screwdrivers can be used to short each cylinder in order to adjust the running cylinder.
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    re: pin wrenches

    Harbor Freight has an adjustable pin wrench for $4. Given their "reputation" for quality tools, this one really is a good deal for the bucks.



    There's always the OEM pin wrench that came in the tool roll (which I'm guessing you no longer have/had)
    MAXBMW (and others) usually have them in stock for around $20. Or you could try eBay, etc. for a used one.



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    you could make your own pin wrench with some flat stock and drill a couple of holes at the right distance apart then drift in two pins.
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    I tried to build an adjustable pin wrench using a cheap crescent wrench. I used some roll pins but the whole set up isn't solid enough and the pins tend to pull out or twist. I'd buy the HF cheapo...I spent way too much time on something that didn't work so well.
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    hmmm but if you used steel rod, instead of roll pins, and tig welded them into place.... I haz ideas.

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    "hmmm but if you used steel rod, instead of roll pins, and tig welded them into place"

    I used the butt ends of a couple of scrap drill bits in a piece of 5/8 x 1/4 cold rolled & turn it with a Crescent wrench.

    Carb balancer - Took an old Pressure/ Vacuum fuel pump gage and a big pickle jar with a couple of lines soldered into the lid; put the gage in the jar w/one vac line to the gage & the other to the jar. When the gage reads zero the carbs are balanced. Had to pinch the lines a bit to keep the needle from jumping. (vice grips)

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    got any pix of that?

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    a guy on eBay is breaking down a tool kit

    pin wrench > http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-R75-5-OR...c622ad&vxp=mtr

    current bid: $9.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    a guy on eBay is breaking down a tool kit
    What a tool (pun intended). Why sell it piecemeal? Someone would sure like the whole thing...at this rate, it would be an arm and a leg...
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    no need to weld the pins in place just a friction fit is all that's needed. I used an old drill bit. Drill the holes smaller that the pins used so they press in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguetek View Post
    1. The pin wrench that takes the top cap off the forks.
    The BMW toolkit tool works really nicely for this.

    2. A transmission shim plate for 5 speeds.
    Cycleworks sells and/or rents (I forget which) an aluminum one. www.cycleworks.net Nice thick plate, patterned with permission after John Chay's steel ones.

    I have an old-style one (probably made to the ancient BMW drawings) that I'd sell, since I now use a steel Chay plate. But you'd probably be better off with a Chay plate, too.

    I remove valve springs with a press. It's overkill but it's the most convenient thing around.

    Carb tools are everywhere, but the Twinmax remains a popular one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguetek View Post
    I'm trying to find a few tools, and I'm hoping to tap into the collective wisdom, and hopefully save myself a couple of bucks, and several hours of searching.

    I'm looking for:

    1. The pin wrench that takes the top cap off the forks.

    2. A transmission shim plate for 5 speeds.

    3. a valve spring compressor, suitable for removing airhead valve springs.

    4. a carb balancer.
    1. A strap wrench works just as well - the image of a spindle wrench is for adjusting the steering head bearing preload.
    2. Use solder placed on the bearings to deform when the cover is reinstalled. Install and remove cover then measure solder deformation.
    3. Autozone, Advance Auto, O'Reilly's "rent" valve spring compressors (for free if you return it undamaged).
    4. I use the spark shorting method with 4mm (spark plug ends) screwed into 4mm threaded rod. I think that method works better. YMMV.

    Good luck!
    Stan

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    Pics of the hillbilly carb balancer

    The original pickle jar didn't make the trip when we moved so I had to whip up the Mark II version using silicone and a salsa jar. When both sides are in balance the gage reads the same as when the engine is not running.

    carb tool 001.jpgcarb tool 003.jpg

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    from Brook Reams R75/5 front end rebuild post > http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...k-Rebuild-Post

    clever

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