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Honda Tool Roll OEM!
A difficult to find accessory is the OEM Honda Tool roll, and when featured on Japan Yahoo is often north of $500. It is a basic tool set, but almost no car, except the best restorations, seems to have this essential accessory.
Instead of paying the big bucks, there is an opportunity to put a tool roll into your car without putting out the cash! Because the OEM "HM" tools are the same for the vintage motorcyles and the Honda s-cars, with a basic knowledge of the precise tools required, and some serious digging on line, an OEM tool set can be assembled using tools sourced from vinatage motorcyle shops and CMSnl (tools available). Some of the tools are even still available from Honda and can be ordered throught the dealer netwrok. The actual tool roll was initially made in Canvas, and latter changed to unique pouch made out of sheet plastic. The canvas pounch or even the plastic pouch could be copied reasonably easily.
Here are some pictures of the items for those who wish to assemble an "OEM" tool set.
|Tool Bag||89101-500-000||Difficult to find, can be reproduced|
|Jack||89300-504-305||similar to the 600, different top can be modified|
|Spark plug wrench||89210-542-000||Unique, but some cycle sets similar 18 cm length|
|150 mm combination pliers||99002-15000||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Double open end Spanner 17 X 19||99001-17190||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Double open end Spanner 10 X 14||99001-10140||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Double open end Spanner 9 X 12||99001-09120||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Screwdriver Grip||99003-50000||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Common Screwdriver||99003-30000||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Screwdriver #2 Cross point||99003-10000||Used in many vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Lever||99003-40000||Used in some vintage Honda cycle tool sets|
|Thickness Guage||89231-500-020||Used in some vintage Honda cylce tool sets 0.35mm|
|Tyre wrench-jack Handle combnation||89320-504-000||Unique but can be made up in welding shop|
Just as we see tools becoming more scarce, a source for reproduction parts, Eurasia, is now offering a Tyre wrench-jack handle combination 89320-504-000:
The early tool roll, as pictured above, is made of light weight green canvas, with the HM logo screened on it, easy enough to reproduce with a few sewing skills. Mike in Canada did do a run of reproduction tool rolls, but unfortunately is no longer available.
The later tool roll package is basically a medium guage blue-gray vinyl envelope. about 30 cm or 11 3/4 inches wide by 20 cm or 8 inches (with flap).
Given the availability of the basic tools, the cover or tool roll would be an interseting part to make as a reproduction.
The radius of the flap corners is 45 mm or 1.75 inches, and the depth of the pocket is 12cm or 4 3/4 inches. there is a seam at the top of the pocket where the sheet is sealed on itself for strength and tear resistance.
Embossed in the sheet is the "HM" logo although obscured by the "vinyl velcro" closing strip. The closing strip is
If anyone has contacts with a shop that could reproduce the vinyl tool roll let me know.
Jules provided an original tool roll in canvas like cloth. Pictured below, the HM logo seems to appear in different positions depending upon when the item was sourced by Honda.
With some clever digging, buying complete sets of vintage motorcyle tools for relatively modest prices, and assembling the tools into a reproduction OEM tool roll, the Japan Yahoo tool tax can be avoided. Hope this article helps to get you on your way.