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Norton combination wrench

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by 850commando, Apr 16, 2018.

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  1. 850commando

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  2. Fast Eddie

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    I bought something from them recently and the quality was top notch, I’d certainly have confidence to buy something like this from them.
     
  3. bill

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    you need an 1 1/2 deep socket for the countershaft sprocket nut. a box end usually will not have enough off set to clear the sprocket.
     
  4. Mr. Rick

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    If I had not already ground the relief off a 1/2" drive socket for the fork top job, I'd get one right away.
    I might get one anyway. Large size 6-point wrenches are hard to find and not cheap.
    Here's one (only one size, made for the oil drilling industry) I've been lusting after: https://www.ebay.com/itm/232731536607?ViewItem=&item=232731536607
     
  5. Craig

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    Maybe Alan H. can post up the photo he just sent me of Norton Hickory Stick tool for installation of power unit ,solo ... it was wearing official looking Norton part # so it must be real .....eh ?
     
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    rivera
    I think the one posted by OP (lowbrowcustoms) is better as the 6 "corners" are drilled preventing damage to nut "corners"
    That is - if the QA on dimensions is otherwise good - which Fast Eddie indicates
    Cheers
    Rob
     
  8. DogT

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    I have a set of black Snap On 6 point sockets that I got when I worked for the PO back in the 90's and they are the cat's meow for a lot of things including the fork top bolts. they have the rounded corners so they don't beat up the nut corners. But I can't tell anyone where to get them, but boy are they nice. I use them on the Norton a lot. I keep them in my John Deere tractor box. They work good on that JD too.
     
  9. concours

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    Well, here is good place to start: https://www.snapon.com/EN
     
  10. robs ss

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    Was that link meant to take us to a particularly good product or just a general Snap-On advert?
     
  11. bill

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  12. 850commando

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    sockets are available, but the infrequent use doesnot justify the price most sockets over 1-1/8" are now 3/4" drive which i don't need.
     
  13. chaztuna

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    For infrequently used tools, Harbor Freight, Northern Tool or similar are great. This 3/4" drive, 6 point, deep impact socket set will do the job. It also has corner reliefs to prevent damage to the corners. See

    https://www.harborfreight.com/8-pc-34-in-drive-sae-impact-deep-socket-set-69518.html

    Since these are 3/4" drive, if you only have 1/2" drive extensions and ratchets, you will need a drive adapter. They can be had below.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/7-Pc-Impact-Socket-Adapter-Set-67937.html

    Just another alternative

    Charlie
     
  14. concours

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    It wasn't an advert, simply, a link to the website, where, if you wanted to, you could buy a single, black oxide finished 6-point socket, as described by DT. No advice given on practicality. I use a pump wrench for fork nuts,https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tn...nches?searchterm=pump+wrench&navid=4287924384 and a cheaparse socket from A-zone, cut, welded a pipe section in to be deeper, ground flush for the sprocket nut.

    YMMV
     
  15. Tornado

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    I found an 1 1/2" socket in the Trailer Hitch section of a local Princess Auto (similar to HarborFreight in USA) here in the Canada. Was $11....3/4" to 1/2" adaptor was another $7. Works great on t he sump drain.
     
  16. Mr. Rick

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    forktopsocket.JPG lowbrowwrench.JPG Some feedback on the Lowbrow wrench:
    As can be seen in the pic, there is little room to move. If you don't mind that the instrument cup is gonna rotate with the nut, it wd work with the stainless nuts I have; otherwise you'd have to grind some material off the outside of the wrench.
    Of the 3 "spans", at least one was less than 1.3125. So it wd not fit over the NOS chrome plated nut I had in the drawer. You might have to file on it a little to make the opening large enough.
    Also, it's not very long, so I'm not sure you cd get the nuts very tight without giving it a whack.
    I enclosed a pic of the socket I use, where I ground off the "relief" to get full purchase on the very thin flats.

    It did fit very nicely on the sump nut, but again kinda short.

    To be (more) ideal, it wd have a 1" offset, so it cd clear the top of the instruments, be longer to allow more torque, and have minimums of 1.313 across the flats to fit the chrome plated original nuts.
     
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  17. Mr. Rick

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    I want to update this post, having rec'd a letter from the CEO and tool designer Tyler Malinky, who actually reads his product reviews!
    Quoting with his permission:
    " Hey Richard, I saw your review. You were totally right, the 1-5/16" hex end of the wrench was slightly undersize. My fault, I drew that originally! I just fixed the CAD drawing and made the wrench 1" longer as well. The 1" offset you mentioned is more of a problem because of the clearance to gauge mounts, etc. I could do a 'jog' bend in the wrench but that wouldn't help, it would need to have a deep hex end with a flat handle to really give access, but that is a stamped tool and much more expensive to make.
    Please give me your address, I will send you one of these revised wrenches for free as soon as they are done, though it may be a month or two.
    Thank you for your feedback!"

    So that's pretty cool, speaks very well for Lowbrow, I reckon.
     
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