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I have an 04 Road Glide, pretty much stock. I have owned a Metric for the past 10 years and have collected all those tools for my old Intruder.

I want to start both new tools for the house and a kit for the road.

I've already encountered the Torx situation and bought a screwdriver set. My buddy suggested the "Key" style to get the proper torque and reach.

I don't want to buy the HD Toolkit that's available and would rather assemble a better and cheaper set over time.
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I've had good luck with Harbor Freight hand tools. They sure don't cost much.
Get Torx bits, Allen wrenches & sockets, box/open end wrenches , 1/4, 3/8, & 1/2" drive sockets , ratchets & extensions. The wobble extentions come in handy too.
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All in 3/8" drive:
Torx sockets
SAE - Long allen ball tip sockets, short allen sockets, deep hex sockets, shallow hex sockets. Extensions.
SAE open end wrenches.
Torque wrench
Pit Possee 36mm adaptor for the rear wheel.
Be sure to carry a long 1/4" and 3/16" allen wrench on your bike to keep the shifter linkage tight.
You can get all of this at Harbor Freight pretty cheap and it is of surprisingly good quality.

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Exclamation Good tools!

I have to assume you want to be able to get yourself out of a roadside breakdown should the worst happen.
DO NO buy cheap tools!
Harbor freight is not the way to go!
Buy decent tools that won't leave you at the side of the road wishing you hadn't gone the cheap route.
At a minimum you should buy Craftsman tools.
They are American made and have a lifetime guarantee.
The guy at the register doesn't GAF what happened to the screwdriver your bringing in for replacement. He'll just tell you to grab a new one off the shelf.
As for which exact tools you should have in your saddlebag, I couldn't tell you. Just don't go cheap.

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FWIW, I'm a maintenance guy and turn wrenches most of the day. I've bought Harbor Freight ratchets, sockets and wrenches etc. I've had these for going on five years and the only thing I've ever broke was a 3/8 square drive to 1/4 reducer. Other than that, their tools do quite well. When I returned the reducer, they didn't have one on hand and split up a set to get me the one I needed. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of their tools.
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I agree, surprisingly good quality. I've laced wrenches together and honked on them. I haven't been able to break anything.
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I agree with the list that JCarruth and BucketList recommended as a minimum. Some of the Harbor Frieght tools are fine but I choose Craftsman for the most part. Snap-On has never let me down though.

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At a minimum you should buy Craftsman tools.
They are American made and have a lifetime guarantee.
The guy at the register doesn't GAF what happened to the screwdriver your bringing in for replacement. He'll just tell you to grab a new one off the shelf.
As for which exact tools you should have in your saddlebag, I couldn't tell you. Just don't go cheap.

My 2 cents.
Good luck,
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Not made in America anymore. Where is that counter when most of the Sears stores have closed? If you do find a counter, you will get Chinese junk in return. Might as well pay less at harbor freight, at least they are still in business to swap the tools if you break them.
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one thing to be sure you get is a t 27 most sets do not come with one and you will need that for the derby cover if your going to do your own services

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