William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson built the first Harley Davidson motorcycle in a small wooden shed using the best tools they had at the time. Over a century later, the sheds have been traded in for Harley Davidson showroom floors and the tools have been greatly improved. Companies and individuals develop speciality tools custom-made for use on Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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A Harley is nothing without its engine, and toolmakers have developed special tools that are ideal for fixing or maintaining this crucial component. One such tool is a top centre case bolt spot facer tool made by JIMS U.S.A. This tool restores bolt retention by seating the bolt head flat in the engine. JIMS U.S.A. also developed the oxygen sensor wrench made specifically for the removal or installation of Harley's four-wire heated oxygen sensors. The oxygen sensor wrench is designed to torque the fragile sensor to a just-right measurement of 14 foot-pounds.
Tool makers, like George's Garage, manufacture speciality tools for chassis maintenance. The company offers a variety of fork seal installers, which are used to install bushings and seals into fork sliders. The fender radius tool is used to measure and guarantee an ideal front or rear fender form. Other tools--such as power train alignment tools, axle wrenches and wheel bearing removers/installers--are available for use in chassis applications.
A variety of other speciality tools are available specifically for Harley Davidson motorcycles. JIMS U.S.A. produces a cruise drive main case seal installer that is custom-made for Harley Davidson six-speed transmissions. These installers are made to keep undue stress away from gentle case bearings. Another speciality tool from George's Garage is the hand-operated piston ring filer. This tool allows users to slowly file and custom fit each piston ring for the most accurate fit.
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