6-way folding hex-sockets kit
hex socket set will be of great value
to you. It seems like most things on modern
sport bikes are attached with hex-head
bolts. This allows for much more efficiency,
control and fewer chances of scratching
things using the traditional allen wrench.
And for only $28 you can't go wrong. I
find these little guys get used more than
any other tool in my toolbox. You can
attach them to screwdrivers or even T-handles
for quicker use. If own a Triumph, you'll
also need a Torx set.
socket set allow you to very accurately
set exactly how tight you should snug
a bolt. Your shop manual will have these
specs for you. It will specify that your
spark plugs should be torqued to 8 ft.lbs
(example) while your caliper bolts should
be torqued to 23 ft. lbs.. It ensures
that bolts are as tight as they need to
be without risking stripping threads.
However, not all torque wrenches are created
equal. Be willing to spend a little extra
to get a good one. I bought my current
one at Sears for $69, and it is one of
the best values as far as torque wrenches.
Also, remember to park your torque wrench
at 10 ft. lbs before putting it away.
This ensures that it will remain accurate
for years to come.