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I have a few socket sets however they were all crap when I had to install my exhaust.

Two extensions broke while tightening the bolts and they were pretty much too long/wide.

Any recommendations? On what tools you use?

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What's your budget? Are you thinking Snap-On or Harbor Freight?

I like Genius, GearWrench is also good.

What brands were your socket sets?
 

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When I buy tools I always the best I can afford. If I have to wait a little I will. This way they don't break. I have spent years on my collection.(Craftsman) When my buddy bought new pipes for his bike he came over cause he know I have all the tools.

Stanley is a good inexpensive brand.
 

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I have a lot of tools collected over a long time, and a lot of specialty tools but for basic socket sets I like SK for 3/8" and 1/2", and Genius for 1/4". I think the quality is great for the price.

I have this for a 1/4" set
https://www.amazon.com/Genius-Tools-GS-255MS-Metric-55-Piece/dp/B000CRW0YA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1496286679&sr=8-9&keywords=genius+tools+55

I have this for a 3/8" set
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MAOQVC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have this for a 1/2" set
https://www.amazon.com/SK-4147-10-Millimeter-19-Millimeter-Assortments/dp/B0002SR3B4/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1496280963&sr=1-1&keywords=sk+4147

This is one of the best things I own: OTC pry bar set.
https://www.amazon.com/OTC-Handled-Pry-Bar-Set/dp/B000F5EDLW

I have a lot of Klein for screwdrivers. Knipex for pliers/snap ring pliers. Bondhus for hex wrenches. I have a mix of short and long and flex ratchets and extensions and such. I have a mix of wrenches to include Gedore and Stahwille. I have some Britool in BSF/Whitworth for the Land Rover. I have some GearWrench for ratcheting wrenches. I have mostly IR for air tools. I have Fluke for multimeters. I have a few different SK torque wrenches. I spent time as a machinist years ago so I have a few boxes of machinist tools as well Starrett, Mitutoys, etc.

I grew up in a shop so I learned the value of decent tools and the nightmare of junk. Like GFISH says, buy the best you can afford if you intend to use them regularly.

I might have a problem.
 

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I have a lot of snap-on stuff and Craftsmen stuff.Craftsmen tools are pretty good,not quite the quality they were when they were made in the US but still a good tool,reasonable and easy to warranty.Harbor Freight quality has been going up and easy to warranty,been getting a few of those to carry in the truck and bike because its not to bad to lose one of those tools compared to losing one of my snap-ons
 

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i have mostly craftsman sets however i purchased some cheap tekton extensions on amazon which broke.

I will say i like the genius tool set however i have not used them before.

The problem i had was that the sockets would not fit well next to the heat shield for the pipes. I ended up putting a rag to protect it and forced it a bit.

I should probably get a decent wrench set as well.

"westcoastkevin" that is impressive !
 

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As stated by all before me, buy the best you can afford. Just like everything else you buy you get what you pay for. I've found that the Stanly Brand is a fairly good tool for the money and that's what i have on the Bike. I have small 3/8 drive set that also has 1/4" in it and a adapter all metric of course. The last thing you want is to be on the road and need one bolt out and a cheapo breaks . I also have a multi bit screwdriver along with 1-4" & 1-12" inch adjustable wrench. When it comes to the Bike I own I look the Bike over find the Largest Bolt & or Nut and screws along with specialty type fasteners. Then I decide what might be the most obvious to fail and try to find wrenches that fit multiple sizes. Keep it simple, you're not going to do a full tare down on the side of the rode but you want to be able to do as much as possible if necessary. Back to the tools I have at home, my boxes are mostly Craftsman for the simple reason that they are a good tool and when and if you break one you walk into a Sears with a Craftsman lay it on the counter with it's replacement and pretty much walk out. Good riding and here's to hoping you never need more than a screwdriver on the Road.

HalBreed

PS> I went and looked and I also have like 3 open end wrenches with different size on each end = 6-wrenchs

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Also get yourself a set of JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) screwdrivers. Will make your life easier when dealing with the various screws on your bike.
 

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If you are looking for something to help with the exhaust look a getting some crows foot wrenches. As for tools in general it's pretty much been covered. One I will throw out there is Husky tools they are good and decently priced and everything I have purchased come with a lifetime guarantee. Don't be afraid of harbor freight just do your homework? before you buy.
 
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