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post #1 of 12 Unread 01-04-2020, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there! I just got a 2013 Honda rebel for commuting and I’m absolutely in love with it! I got my driver’s license last November and this is my first bike. Now I’m learning how to care for my babe. I downloaded the user manual and service manual. Do you have any must-have maintenance/repair tools to recommend?

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Tire pressure gauge.. get in habit of pre-flight visual check for anything out of place

9 mm box/open wrench for valve adjustment lock nut
4 mm notch cut in metal strip to hold valve adjustment screw square head in place while tightening lock nut (image below)
or you can buy one w/punched 3mm & 4mm square box end

fair set of feeler gauges, mine are bent to fit different bikes..

Most any cheap volt/ohm meter will be invaluable over time.

Concrete Mixing Tub just fits under bike to drain oil into
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Welcome to the forum. A hand impact screwdriver is helpful for removing stubborn fasteners without damaging the heads.

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Welcome to the forum. A hand impact screwdriver is helpful for removing stubborn fasteners without damaging the heads.
It's more efficient to buy a JIS screwdriver set for the JIS screws instead of trying to force them with the incorrect phillips screwdrivers, they come out no problem that way.


I think JIS screwdrivers, flat head screwdrivers, allan keys and metric spanners, sockets + socket spanners (with 1/8" + 1/2" drives) are absolutely essential for all maintenance. Plus a set of heavy duty pliers and maybe a magnet

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While it is true that the JIS screws differ slightly from Phillips head screws, the difference, IMO, is negligible. I've used standard Phillips screwdriver heads on my hand impact driver for years and never had an issue with damaged heads on the Rebel or other Japanese bike I've used them on.

Do the JIS screwdrivers fit more precisely? Yes. Does it matter? Not in my experience.

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While it is true that the JIS screws differ slightly from Phillips head screws, the difference, IMO, is negligible. I've used standard Phillips screwdriver heads on my hand impact driver for years and never had an issue with damaged heads on the Rebel or other Japanese bike I've used them on.

Do the JIS screwdrivers fit more precisely? Yes. Does it matter? Not in my experience.
Well, you can't really say until you own the real deal. Saves a lot of effort with screws that are at weird angles such as on the handlebar controls or on a carburettor for example

It's only 15 for a set and it lasts a lifetime so i'm glad I bought them instead of continuing to use an impact driver

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I can say I've disassembled over a dozen Rebel carbs, several handlebar controls, and various other JIS screw heads and never buggered a head.

I do recommend replacing the OEM carb screws with stainless socket head screws. Makes opening up the carb again, if needed, much easier.

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In addition to tools, bear in mind the 250 Rebel has no oil filter and thus many of us change the oil as often every 2000 miles, or even for a few, 1000.
In case you didn't see this in the owner's manual, when checking the oil level, hold bike upright, not on side stand. Unscrew and wipe off the dipstick and put it back in but do not tighten it at all...Just rest it on the top of the hole where it fits into...I generally straddle my bike and just reach down to do this check.
Also note that there are two bolts to remove before draining the oil. They are very close together on the left front bottom of the crankcase.

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In addition to tools, bear in mind the 250 Rebel has no oil filter and thus many of us change the oil as often every 2000 miles, or even for a few, 1000.
In case you didn't see this in the owner's manual, when checking the oil level, hold bike upright, not on side stand. Unscrew and wipe off the dipstick and put it back in but do not tighten it at all...Just rest it on the top of the hole where it fits into...I generally straddle my bike and just reach down to do this check.
I will add thst mu 2016 manual indicates to check oil level with a warm engine.


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Also note that there are two bolts to remove before draining the oil. They are very close together on the left front bottom of the crankcase....
Bokobob, where/what are these two bolts of which you speak? On my 2016 Rebel, I have a single oil drain plug, but it is accessible without removing anything else.

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