In the previous article, we have listed the required tool, but the list will not be complete without additional consumables that will make the job easier. Let’s pay attention to the shelves in the garage, what would be useful to keep close at hand?
It makes sense to purchase cotton and rubber gloves to use depending on the job. However, let me remind you that it is better to repair especially moving parts without rings, bracelets and gloves, as all this can catch on, injure you and damage thin or fragile elements of the bike. Almost any mechanic has a history of how a glove or bracelet caught on a starter or a bulging bolt. Of course, more often such troubles happen to motorists, but there is no unnecessary caution.
Napkins and microfiber
In repair shops, rolls of napkins of different densities are placed. It is more convenient to have disposable wipes in the garage than to drive one oily rag across the floor. Think about it. Wipes are often replaced with disposable towels – wiping oil spills and dirt off your hands will do.
Microfiber and cloths are needed to remove excess moisture or to work with auto / motorcycle cleaning chemicals.
Brushes / sponges
Brushes and sponges will do the trick even for normal motorcycle maintenance. It is convenient to store a pair of flat and a pair of round brushes of different sizes in order to clear the work area from dust, sand and dirt.
Measured containers and other containers
Usually, in the garage, shelves with oils, transmission and motor oils are lined up in rows. It is useful to keep measuring containers nearby to understand how much you are putting into the bike. And also you should take care of the canister for working off.
In addition, place containers under the bolts and nuts so as not to collect them on the floor later. Only the lazy ones do not have a storehouse of bolts, nuts and washers, in which you can find anything, from a rivet for the “Flying Dutchman” to a screw for a T-34 tank.
Electrical tape and masking tape
Duct tape is the ubiquitous lifesaver. It is most beneficial to have several colors of electrical tape, since when repairing wiring it will be convenient to mark a single wire with a certain color.
Masking tape – there are a lot of options for its use, for which there is enough imagination. Do you need to temporarily and painlessly fix any part for a motorcycle at the time of repair? Masking tape will help. Wiring interfering and no clamps? Take the masking tape again. A simplified analogue of electrical tape, why not? By the way, he has one advantage. If you are engaged in a total bulkhead of a motorcycle and are afraid to confuse small parts, you can easily make a tag out of masking tape, on which you write the place or order of installation with a marker. Makes repairs very easy if you are doing something for the first time.
Motorcycle owners should have three types of thermal insulation:
- Thermal insulation for wiring. In case of deformation of the wires, their replacement or other repairs.
- Thermal insulation for exhaust pipes. The ideal companion for almost any kind of trouble. Need to patch up small cracks and burnouts? Need to hermetically connect the “knee” to the resonator? Temporary repair and tuning? Thermal insulation at hand!
- Thermal insulation for plastic. Less common stuff in garage storage, but useful if you’re a sports bike owner. The bottom line is that when buying cheap plastic analogs, it can deform from the heat of the engine and exhaust system. In order to protect the plastic, thermal protection is mounted on the inside.
Clamps of different widths and materials are sometimes beneficial to help with repairs, so why not store them just in case of fire?
In addition to the shelf with oils, there should always be another one with chemistry for any occasion, the most necessary of them:
In any incomprehensible situation, take electrical tape and WD-40 – says the folk wisdom of home engineers. More advanced people know that everything has its time, even though it is called “universal lubricant”, but not everywhere it should be abused.
WD-40 displaces water, removes dirt, greasy inclusions and forms a light film that facilitates easy movement of rusted parts. Therefore, after applying it, we get, roughly speaking, a degreased surface that needs to be treated with the lubricant that should be there.
A common myth is that WD-40 protects against corrosion. Harsh reality: no, it doesn’t protect. It only makes it possible to temporarily eliminate corrosion, if you do not process the surface after WD-40, then after a while the situation will not please you.
In addition, the WD-40 has a “high” relationship with rubber and plastic surfaces. It would be a very, very bad idea to treat, for example, rubber seals or a motorcycle windshield with it.
The second most popular in everyday life, because it is she who is used to remove hated squeaks and extraneous sounds, in places where metal is rubbed. By the way, they also like to use graphite grease when replacing fasteners, so that later they do not have problems with unscrewing bolts and nuts, and they also process electrical contacts with it.
Protective properties against corrosion also bring graphite grease to the top.
Solid oil / lithol
Both are particularly common greases. Litol was created to replace solid oil, but in the end it is not the same thing. Many still have banks in their dachas since the days of the Soviet Union. And it’s a sin not to use them, especially since the price of the issue is just a penny (but lithol is more expensive). However, lithol, having a better operating temperature radius, is aggressive towards aluminum. Keep in mind that modern motorcycles are made with a lot of materials that will not be happy with solid oil / lithol. Yes, solid oil has a smaller operating temperature range. Yes, it is practically outdated. Yes, he is also aggressive towards some materials (you should not handle oil seals, anthers, etc.). But its protective properties have not gone anywhere. If you need to machine a moving part that doesn’t get too hot, why not? Solid oil wins not only because of the price, but also because of the space resistance to moisture. It is difficult to wash it off. Litol not only oxidizes some surfaces, but also leaves its place more easily, and solid oil deserts at high temperatures.
Solid oil is often used for storage and preservation of spare parts. If you do not need to keep a full set of cool lubricants in your garage, then you can afford a tube of solid oil for 3 kopecks.
A tube of sealant helps out where electrical tape and WD-40 do not save. Many do not even know how it helps in cases when the gasket is unexpectedly siphonized or small gaps need to be eliminated. The best part is that it can be removed later – painless for a motorcycle. The choice of sealants on the market is quite wide, it is really possible to find heat-resistant, specialized for exhaust pipes, frost-resistant, resistant to gasoline and oils! All 33 pleasures. Is there an oil leaking somewhere or a fuel system cock leaking? The sealant is the best friend.
Tired of endlessly tightening the same bolts / nuts? Are the mountings constantly loosened from vibration? Provided you don’t plan on disassembling a particular connection frequently, a thread lock solves such problems.
“Suddenly,” someone will say.
The secret is simple. When you do not have the necessary washer or a simple gasket for something, in general, such a trifle that allows you to securely fix the mount, this trifle can be cut out of an aluminum can. It’s still an origami circle, but when there are really few options, and you need to get out, it works. At the same time, aluminum spacers or homemade washers fit well, you yourself adjust the thickness by the number of layers.
Repair kits, hoses, pipes, rubber
Repair kits for tube and tubeless tires. You never know when it will come in handy, but it will definitely come in handy. Basically, it is better to have a repair kit on demand than nothing.
Pieces of hoses, pipes, rubber and other consumable rubbish, which annoys perfectionists so much, find their use unexpectedly. At one point, you may notice that the hose is cracked or a hole has appeared in the pipe, but you need to go, business plans are burning. A quick temporary repair from available tools is a classic of garage life.
In the same box, you should take a couple of boxes for fuses, light bulbs, terminals.
Of course, a set of consumables for all occasions is kept in the event that you are ready to improvise and repair hastily yourself. Other tools and a set of consumables are selected individually.