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Old December 3rd, 2008   #1
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Default Re: List of Special tools for "ST" ?

Each section of the shop manual, at least the US version, has a picture and number for the special tool required in that section.

One thing your going to run into going by part number is the overlap of models that use the same tool. For instance the steering stem socket carries a 371 part number. This part number is actually for the 1975 GL1000 but the socket is used on numerous Honda models including the ST1300. Any tools with a MCS in their part number will be specifically for the ST1300, it may work on other models but it's first use was on the ST1300. Product designation codes, the 371 or MCS, refer to the first model the part, or tool in this case, was used on.

One thing to consider might be purchasing all the special tools and then sell off the ones you do not have a use for. If the dealer has been in the business for some time, and kept track of the special tools, he will have a great number that are no longer available from Honda. Some of these tool can be worth their weight in gold to collectors of certain models.

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Old December 4th, 2008   #2
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One partial reason, and only a partial reason, some tools are listed as US only or not available in US is some time in the early 80's Honda had began using Snap On as a tool manufacture/distributor in the US. Quite a few special tools were showing up on the Snap On trucks and part numbers for the tools could be found in the Snap On catalog.
I do not know this to be fact but I always suspected there was some sort of exclusivity rights included in this deal. It never worked out very well as the local Snap On dealers did not want to carry such special, low volume sales, items and Snap On was soon in a major legal battle with it's dealers, not just from the Honda deal. Snap On still carries some Honda special tools in their catalog but in my opinion they are priced NOT to sell. Looking to pull your hair out in frustration? Try to find anything on the Snap On web site. As you can tell I am not a Snap On fan. FYI the Koibalt line of tools sold a Lowes is produced by Snap On, it is their "lower priced" line but a high quality tool. Buy them and send a message to Snap On that their prices are ridiculous and will not be paid.

One source for some Honda special tools is Kowa Seiki
http://www.kowatools.com/index.html. At the present time their web site is under construction, thank god for that, but they should be back soon. Kowa Seiki is the Snap On equivalent in Japan, major manufacture/distributor of special tools to the motorcycle/auto industry. All Honda drivers, seal and wheel bearing, carry Kowa Seiki part numbers to this day in an arrangement to have the driver numbers correspond with Honda product codes.

K & L Supply carries a small selection of Kowa Seiki tools, mostly drivers, they do carry the wheel bearing driver set and they have the 25mm driver the ST1300 requires for the front wheel. K & L sells only to dealers but your local independent shop will have a K & L catalog.

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