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  1. Big Sandy

    Big Sandy Well-Known Member

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    #1 Big Sandy, Mar 3, 2019
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    Okay, as a Land Rover owner I have a fair selection of tools, which will cope with most jobs on most vehicles.

    However, we all know that motor cycles need a bit more finesse than a 5lb lump hammer. :)

    I need to get a new chain splitter and riveter, gave my old one away years ago like a mug, along with the manometer/carb balancer.

    What chain splitter do you use? There seems to be a huge choice now..ranging from £20 (Chinese tat I'm guessing) to £150... Even the £150 ones seem to have bad reviews, but I suppose that could be down to pebtaf. (Problem exists between tool and floor ;))

    Could you name the tool for me please, rather than an eBay link. I don't use a desktop computer (I put a hammer through it one day. It had it coming) and use an android device which doesn't like the skimlinks software on forum (a valuable resource) which stops me accessing the link. Not found a way round that yet.

    I found a link to a manometer, a four bank one, so currently waiting for payday, but still interested to hear what you have.

    Thanks in advance.

    Oh...not my chain set that needs replacing by the way.(yet). It's on my son's bike...he's still learning, it's a Yamaha ybr125. Though he did buy a 1987 Gpz400r yesterday, pic attached.

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    It needs its carbs cleaning and rebalancing, and new fork seals. Other than that, good to go. It's very tidy, couple of scuffs on the plastic, and the rear plastic by the handle to lift onto the centre stand has a crack. Japanese import, 25000 miles!
     
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  2. Yorkshireman

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    I have a four line carb balancer doing nowt in my garage and I can't see myself needing it, it's yours for the postage costs if you want it. I'm away til later today so I can't put a pic up but if you are interested let me know and I'll take a pic so you can see what it is.
     
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  4. Yorkshireman

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    No worries, I'll sort that later today
     
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    my mercury gauges were old and cloudy so I bought one of these (Morgan Carbtune , just google ) about £70 easy to use nice bit of kit.
    As for the chain link tool they're all much of a muchness so went for a cheep one around £40 ish seems sturdy and works well and have riveted drive chains and cam chains with it but tend to cut the old ones off anyway.
     
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  6. Sprinter

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    oxford chain spliter/riveter I bought cheaper and regretted it so bought this.
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  7. Big Sandy

    Big Sandy Well-Known Member

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    That's brilliant, thank you.:)
     
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  8. Big Sandy

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    I was looking at the Oxford one... It has some bad reviews too, but like I say I think that's often pebtaf...I've not had any problems personally with Oxford products.

    @Rocker it was a Morgan carbtune I was looking at too. The one I used to have had vacuum guages in a bank. The boy that used to do my servicing before that just used a hose and his ear...but he used to be Webster's mechanic (sidecar racing) and had been doing it for fifty odd years. Me, I can't even hear myself think...(back to the diesel Land Rover for that. It's like a Motörhead concert. An hour after you get out you still hear the music.)
     
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  9. Yorkshireman

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    Here ya go, weight on the box is shown as 617g so shouldn't be too expensive .
     
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  10. Big Sandy

    Big Sandy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you @Yorkshireman, that will be fantastic!

    I'll send you a Pm :)
     
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  11. Tricky-Dicky

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    When i lost my chain splitter i just started using an angle grinder to take the head off the rivet, and for balancing just buy a cheap vacuum gauge and a piece of pipe...job done you dont need fancy tools for simple jobs.;)
     
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  12. Big Sandy

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    Good point @Tricky-Dicky

    Got to admit though, I do like to have tools....:rolleyes:

    That being said, I spent a long time trying to find a timing tool for 2.25 diesel Land Rover engines. Talking rocking horse poop... Found one for sale and got in touch...they tell me it's a pre-order job, £180. So, yep, I need that. Ordered it. Fortnight later, phone goes.. " err, this timing tool. Bosch say it's special order (we think they have lost the tooling) and they want £875 for it.". Needless to say, I don't have one! Amazing what you can do with a cut off master quill shaft and a protractor.
     
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  13. Tricky-Dicky

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    I know what you mean...i once waited for a a cam timing tool for a VW golf only to find when i started the job i could just use a 12mm drill.......
     
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  14. chuk

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    I can’t remember the make but I bought a riveter from wemoto website about £40ish,never used it to split only to rivet does the job well nice and sturdy,battery angle grinder used to cut chain links better than the majority of splitter tools,as long as you are carefull and take it easy no finger chops allowed
     
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  15. Big Sandy

    Big Sandy Well-Known Member

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    Finger chops.... I was once removing a set of calipers, needed to use the angle grinder. Was very very careful, even wore goggles.

    Took the caliper off... The disc took my knuckle off. Amazing things tendons, but not what you want to be looking at when you have oily hands.

    Thanks to @Yorkshireman I am now sorted with a carb balancer. :) I owe him one. :)
     
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  16. Yorkshireman

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    Angle grinders take no prisoners IMG_20180314_135341.jpg
    That silver bit in the middle is bone. Luckily not too much blood, the heat cauterized the blood vessels .
     
  17. Big Sandy

    Big Sandy Well-Known Member

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    Ouch @Yorkshireman!

    Closest I have got to that with the angle grinder was to catch my thumb nail. Didn't go all the way through however. Left a layer of nail about a micron thick, right across. Was fine until it grew out. Mrs BS said I should go for an acrylic infill.....might have been handy if it had been an index finger, could have at least picked my nose with it then. :p
     
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