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    Tools Required To Work On Skis

    So I'm thinking about making a hobby out of working on Ski's and modding them. I will be working on my own, and probably be doing mods/maintenance unless something goes wrong. My next ski is going to be an RXP.

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...ex&cPath=18_11

    Would whats listed here be enough?? Is there more?? Just trying to get a solid foundation on tools so I'm prepared for whatever is thrown my way. Maybe I should look for some used tools?

    Looking forward to seeing what you guys think.

    Also it seems like getting Can Doo is a must!!!


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    They are a good start, but they're all specialist tools. I'm assuming you already have the basics? You will need a good quality dial type torque wrench too.

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    Yes, I do have the basics. I'm assuming by basics you mean Wrenches, Ratchets, screwdrivers, etc?? What would I be looking for in dial torque wrenches?

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    I would suggest SLOWLY acquiring the specialty tools. Some are down right essential to do a job correctly. BUT, specialty tools can be pricey, and as the name implies, may be of use in very limited applications. Some are nice to have, but far from absolutely necessary. For example, the pinch off tool is admittedly nice, but when will you need to use it. Being towed when stranded away from shore? A pair of good old Vice Grips, and several other common tools, could do the job.

    As another poster said, you need a good set of basic tools. Buy good stuff...but it doesn't need to be Snap-on quality. But if the contents of someone's tool box came exclusively from Horrible Freight I'd be concerned I have a lot of Craftsman...they are OK tools with a good warranty. I also have a fair amount of SK...a step up and also a good warranty. The Snap-on I have I love. If money was no object I'd buy 99.9% of my tools from them. Snap-On is simple top shelve...and priced accordingly. There are others. I have some Harbor Freight and other budget priced tools, but not many. As for specialty tools, I have more than makes sense. Some get used once and collect dust for ever after. Sometimes it makes more sense to pay a dealer/private shop to do a job that requires a lot of specialty tools and/or skill. For example, I have built many motors. Small stuff I'll use a rigid and/or ball hone on cylinders etc etc. But when it comes time to line bore a blue printed small block Chevy, or size the rods, or grind/index the crank, there is simply no way that I have the equipment or skill.

    Enjoy your anticipated new hobby. High performance motorsports has given me decades of enjoyment!


    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCharged67 View Post
    So I'm thinking about making a hobby out of working on Ski's and modding them. I will be working on my own, and probably be doing mods/maintenance unless something goes wrong. My next ski is going to be an RXP.

    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...ex&cPath=18_11

    Would whats listed here be enough?? Is there more?? Just trying to get a solid foundation on tools so I'm prepared for whatever is thrown my way. Maybe I should look for some used tools?

    Looking forward to seeing what you guys think.

    Also it seems like getting Can Doo is a must!!!

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    Wow, awesome informative reply!! What specialty tools would be a good start? I'm thinking the tools to rebuild the SC'er would be awesome. I have a solid set of craftsman tools for now. I do love the snap on tools but man your right they are pricey! I'm looking forward to starting this hobby, and hope to gets years of enjoyment out of it!

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    I'm delighted you found my reply informative.

    I will leave the PWC specialty tool recommendations to folks more experienced with PWC than I. I've been seriously into virtually every high performance motorsport there is for decades, but PWC are new to me. There are some folks on the site that REALLY know their stuff. They will likely chime in.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCharged67 View Post
    Wow, awesome informative reply!! What specialty tools would be a good start? I'm thinking the tools to rebuild the SC'er would be awesome. I have a solid set of craftsman tools for now. I do love the snap on tools but man your right they are pricey! I'm looking forward to starting this hobby, and hope to gets years of enjoyment out of it!

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    Selling the 2 stroke and getting a 4 stroke?

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    Hmmmmm, how in depth of repairs are we talking? If your just wanting to be a parts changer for basic repairs this list would be pretty basic along with a good spread of specialty/manufacturer specific type tools such as impeller shaft tools, engine alignment tools, cam and crank locking tools, supercharger tools, etc.

    If you start digging into an engine then the list grows and grows. Compression testers, leak down testers, an assortment of good quality torque wrenches, bolt stretch gauge, torque angle gauge, dial indicator, and the list is just started.

    Then you really need the OEM shop manuals specific to each model for reference. Even with all the tools at hand you'll need the knowledge to diagnose, troubleshoot, and make repairs. Some of these guys have been wrenching on these machines for twenty years and still learn something new. If this is your dream then I say go for it and make it happen, anything else then pic another profession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdude596 View Post
    Selling the 2 stroke and getting a 4 stroke?
    Yes, I'm either selling my GPR sometime within the next few weeks or after summer ends for a RXT or RXP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnielsen View Post
    Hmmmmm, how in depth of repairs are we talking? If your just wanting to be a parts changer for basic repairs this list would be pretty basic along with a good spread of specialty/manufacturer specific type tools such as impeller shaft tools, engine alignment tools, cam and crank locking tools, supercharger tools, etc.

    If you start digging into an engine then the list grows and grows. Compression testers, leak down testers, an assortment of good quality torque wrenches, bolt stretch gauge, torque angle gauge, dial indicator, and the list is just started.

    Then you really need the OEM shop manuals specific to each model for reference. Even with all the tools at hand you'll need the knowledge to diagnose, troubleshoot, and make repairs. Some of these guys have been wrenching on these machines for twenty years and still learn something new. If this is your dream then I say go for it and make it happen, anything else then pic another profession.
    I want to be able to do basic things like SC rebuilds, and maybe even an engine rebuild. Also some part swaps for modifications. I'm only planning on working on my own skis as a hobby, and it won't be something I'll be doing for a living. But I really do want to learn how to work on these.

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