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Hey there fellow wanderers of the Thai countryside. One of the first purchases I made upon arrival in Thailand was a basic toolbox filled with Harbour Freight (read: cheap) equivalent tools. Yes, this is fine for home repairs, but when you're stuck on the side of the road or an even more remote location, you don't want to depend on cheap tools. What are the Snap-On or Craftsman Tool equivalents in Thailand and where do you get them? I did buy a basic tool roll kit by SBV, but I'm a little stumped when trying to locate other stuff. For instance, the other day, I had some fasteners that needed a particular torque applied to them in a very tight spot, all I have is a digital adapter that fits between the socket/tool and the wrench. This made it very apparent that I really need a traditional torque wrench that I am familiar with using. I also need a 3/8" drive socket wrench with about a 30cm long handle. I would prefer to buy a better brand for these two tools.
Also, I am wondering where the best places are to buy consumables, such as spark plugs, oil filters, brake pads, Loc-tite, Anti-Seize, chain cleaner/lube, etc. Currently, I am finding some of this stuff on Lazada.com and Global House, but would prefer walking into a place that has all the stuff, like an Auto Zone or a Napa Auto Parts store. (I'm just spitting out names of American products and parts store as I don't know what the European, Pacific, or Asian equivalent would be called.) Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
 

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Are you in Chiang Rai ?
I live in CNX so don't know the local shops there.
Re: tools - any chrome vanadium wrench set will be fine.
I used my car tools, found out which wrenches, sockets, allan key sizes I needed and bought the appropriate wrenches.
Try these guys too - slickest tire changing tools I have yet seen
 

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I'm in Mueang Loei. But that is certainly inspiration to leave some space in my luggage for "souvenirs" of this nature, when I get the chance to ride up that way.
 

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My combination wrenches are Meta
Sockets King Tony
Both chrome vanadium, had for over 15 years, pleased with them.
Bought at a real tool shop, but any place that sells tools should have them i.e. they sell compressors, cordless tools, chainsaws, etc
 

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I'm in Mueang Loei. But that is certainly inspiration to leave some space in my luggage for "souvenirs" of this nature, when I get the chance to ride up that way.

If it is any help

 

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Thank you for the suggestions. All are right in line with what I am looking for. I have been able to find most of the tools on my list, now to pick up a few spares, i.e. clutch/brake lever and replacement cables, gear shift lever, oil filter, spark plugs, etc. One other item I can't find is a tubeless tire plug kit. I had this nifty plugger back in the states that used these rubber mushroom shaped plugs with a plunger that pushed the flared head of the plug into the tire. I haven't found one here and hate to just order one of these by itself from the US. It sure was smaller than carrying a tube to stick in the flattened tire. And was basically a permanent fix for general use (not for track tires though).
Again, thanks for the suggestions.
 

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Thank you for the suggestions. All are right in line with what I am looking for. I have been able to find most of the tools on my list, now to pick up a few spares, i.e. clutch/brake lever and replacement cables, gear shift lever, oil filter, spark plugs, etc. One other item I can't find is a tubeless tire plug kit. I had this nifty plugger back in the states that used these rubber mushroom shaped plugs with a plunger that pushed the flared head of the plug into the tire. I haven't found one here and hate to just order one of these by itself from the US. It sure was smaller than carrying a tube to stick in the flattened tire. And was basically a permanent fix for general use (not for track tires though).
Again, thanks for the suggestions.

Piston Shop has tyre repair kits & can send to you.
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Well, after watching the F9 video you posted, I ditched the idea of finding one of the mushroom type plugging kits. I had used one of those kits multiple times in the States with no problems, but after watching that video, I went with the ol' standard "bacon" patch kit. Thanks for posting this video. Not only did it alter my thinking on which method is best for temporarily plugging a tire, it saved me many baht.
 

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Update: I did find most of the tools I needed. I found good quality torque wrenches from Japan, German sockets/wrenches, electrical stuff, etc. Also, after selling the BMW, and gaining the Tenere, all bikes are now spoked/tubed tires so standard tire repair kits instead of plugs. And to the tool roll, first aid kit, and tire repair kit that I carry on every ride, I added one of those little rechargeable tire inflaters that I really like ... bought one for the cage as well. After selling off a rather extensive shop full of machine tools, smithing tools, TIG/MIG and Oxy/Ace welding equipment, etc. and starting again from scratch once arriving here in Thailand, I've found it to be challenging without the SnapOn and Craftsman dealers a few minutes away and no NAPA Auto Parts, Lowes or Home Depot nearby. Global House has some stuff though. With service manuals in hand and YouTube, I don't have to depend on the local Honda and Yamaha service centers to (correctly) do any work needed to my bikes.