fenders and frame. You could use a flat-head screwdriver
to get the mud off, but it will scratch the plastic. We use
the Matrix Concepts M24 mud scraper. It has two differ-ent-size ends. The small end is used for tough-to-reach
places, while the big end is for under the fenders.
Safety-wire pliers. Safety wire is essential
to any track toolbox—whether it’s needed to
ensure grips don’t slide off or to piece something back together. Safety-wire pliers make
securing the wire a breeze. The pliers bite down on the
wire until you pull on the top of the pliers to twist the
wire. Then you simply cut off the excess with the dikes.
T-handles. T-handles make checking bolts
and taking bolts on and off a breeze.
Companies like Motion Pro and TMV make
quality T-handle sets that we use on a weekly basis. For smaller toolboxes, we either use the Moose
hex wrench three-way handle that offers a hex head on
each end or the FIXT Hammer that is made out of durable steel, has a 3/8-inch drive head (it’s also available in
1/2-inch drive) and the opposite end can be used as a
Gloves. Having a set of Mechanix Wear
gloves in your toolbox is always a good idea.
When working on a dirty and hot bike, you
don’t want your good riding gloves getting
grease on them or melting. We also carry a pack of rubber gloves for changing air filters.
Sag scale. Every member of the MXA
wrecking crew has some type of sag
scale in his toolbox, whether it’s a tape
measure, metal sag scale or a digital
measuring device. We test so many bikes with so many
test riders that checking the sag is a necessity. Sag
plays a crucial role in how your bike handles on every
element on the track. Turns, straightaways, jumps and
starts are all affected by a shock’s sag. The majority of
the MXA wrecking crew loves the Slacker digital sag
scale. It is already simple to use, but we drill a pilot hole
in our rear fender to hook the cable to make it even easier. Plus, the Slacker allows you to check the sag when
you are by yourself. ❏
Air gauge. Don’t buy cheap
pencil air gauges. We suggest
investing in a quality gauge.
Why? Because you want a 100%
accurate reading each and every time you
use it. When you have to throw the cheap
gauge in the trash, the next cheap one will
meter 12 psi differently. In other words, your
psi reading will still say 12 psi, but it may be
13 or 14 psi compared to the old gauge. This
can lead to thinking your tires are no good or
the suspension is acting up. We put our faith
in Motion Pro air gauges. They are durable,
accurate and come with a two-year warranty.
Spoke wrench. There are
many different opinions about
the best method for checking
and tightening spokes. Some skip
three spokes at a time, while others listen for
a hollow ping. Bottom line: your wrist isn’t
a torque wrench. Top-level mechanics may
have mastered the art of truing a wheel torque free, but the
average Joe, including members of the MXA wrecking crew,
use a torque wrench. For years Fasst Company’s spoke
torque wrench has been a staple for truing wheels. Making
an investment now will save you big bucks in the future.
Zip-ties. Things split, break, tear, snap, crack-
le and pop. A lot of work goes into getting to
the track. The last thing you want is to have
to end the day early due to some small hiccup.
Zip-ties can be a lifesaver. We carry different sizes of zip-
ties for all sorts of potential problems. Zip-ties hold things
in place, bring broken things together and can even hold
your pants in place when the latch has popped off.
Tire irons. Unless you’re one of the few who
run bib mousses in their tires, you are at risk
of flatting. First, you need to be sure to carry
spare tubes. We use STI Heavy Duty tubes.
Next on the list is having quality tire irons for the job. Tire
spoons come in all shapes and sizes. We don’t like using
ones with sharp edges or aggressive hooks. These types of
spoons may get the tire on and off easier—but at the risk
of pinching the tube. Moose Racing offers an assortment
of tire irons. We’ve taken a liking to the Moose Mighty tire
iron. It is long for good leverage and great for those big
bites. For easier jobs like front tires, we like the Moose
Ty-er iron. It is shorter at 10-1/2 inches and offers an ergonomic plastic handle.
No Loss air adapter. If your bike has air
forks, there’s the possibility of losing air when
setting the pressure. How? When you disconnect the pump, air can escape. This is a big
deal with high-pressure air forks, as a small loss of air
could mean a substantial loss of pressure. This is where
the Works Connection No Loss air adapter comes in handy.
It has an internal rubber seal that makes sure the adapter doesn’t lose contact with the Schrader valve until the
plunger is fully extended.
Mud scraper. A freshly tilled track that has
lots of water mixed in can cause a big mess.
Dirt gets caked onto the bike, adding unnecessary weight. Most of the dirt collects under the
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