WHAT IS IT? There is no doubt that recent transfers
from Japanese-brand motocross bikes to KTMs are confused by the different types and sizes of bolts used on the
Austrian bikes. Most perplexing are the 13mm hex heads
and the heavy reliance on Torx-style bolts. Most racers
don’t own a wide selection of Torx tools, and even if they
did, it is unlikely that they would have a #10 Torx bit.
WHAT’S IT COST? $74.95.
www.ktm.com or your friendly local KTM
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the KTM PowerParts 38-piece tool kit.
(1) Need. Although the 38-piece KTM PowerParts tool
kit is fairly comprehensive, it is just a 1/4-drive system.
What does that mean? The size of ratchets and sockets
are referred to in terms of the size of the square hole that
the two parts interface with. Tools come in three common “drive” sizes: 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch. Most
mechanics, backyard or professional, prefer 3/8-inch drive
tools because they have longer ratchets, can handle higher
torque loads and, obviously, have more metal on both the
ratchet and socket to handle heavy-duty jobs. There are
bolts on a motocross bike that a 1/4-inch drive may simply
not be strong enough for. The 1/2-inch drive is for very
big jobs. What does that leave for the 1/4-inch drive to
do? The small jobs like Allen bolts, Torx bolts and socket
sizes below 14mm.
( 2) Weird sizes. Believe it or not, if you don’t own a
#10 Torx bit, you can’t replace the clutch-side grip on any
late-model KTM or Husky. The ODI clamp-on grips are held
on by a teeny-tiny Torx bolt and nothing else will work.
Additionally, the air-bleed screw on the damping leg of a
WP AER fork uses a #20 Torx bolt, as does the right-side
panel of the 2016–2017 Husqvarna.
( 3) Tools. KTM’s 38-piece tool kit (there is an identical
Husqvarna kit, only in blue instead of an orange case)
includes 13 sockets—from 4mm to 14mm. Of these 13
sockets, you will get use out of the 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and
13mm. There are six metric Allen bits (3mm, 4mm, 5mm,
6mm, 7mm and 8mm), six Torx bits (#10, #15, #20, #25, #30
and #40), three different Phillips-head screwdriver bits and
three flat-bladed bits. To make the Allen, Torx, Phillips and
flat-bladed bits work with the ratchet, screwdriver, short
extension, long extension or swivel extension, there is an
adapter to fit the bits to the 1/4-inch drive. As a rule of
thumb, most MXA test riders use the screwdriver with the
bits and not the ratchet. There is also a small, 1/4-inch-
drive breaker bar, but since it is shorter than the length
of the ratchet handle, it is unnecessary. All the tools are
( 4) Performance. The tools we needed the most were
limited to the #10 and #20 Torx bits and the 6mm socket
(for the wood screws). Everything else duplicated the tools
that most serious racers already have. It would be much
cheaper to buy those three tools separately.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Price.
It is too much money for three tools that can
be purchased separately with any
KTM POWERPARTS 38-PIECE TOOL KIT
MXA TEAM TESTED