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My favorite tools for my 95 M900 include:

vernier calipers with metric scale (surprising how much stuff you'll want to check quickly with is)

full set of Craftsman T-handles metric allen wrenches
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6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 14mm hex-key sockets (the first three for where the T-handles don't work or a little impact assist is needed and the 14mm for the front axle) I ended up making a 14mm slug that I stick in a 14mm socket for that one.

22mm socket for rear axle nuts

Pit Bull rear stand

I use an engine hoist to lift the front by the frame behind the steering head. That way I can pull anything including forks.
I've seen pics of others using hoists hung from shop ceilings and from homebuilt frames over the front of the bike.

And if you are going to do your own valve checks and/or adjustments - decent micrometer and good feeler gauges.
 

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What size hex sockets will I need beside 10 and 14mm?

You'll need 8, 6, and 4 (and maybe 5).

What size sockets are needed for wheel removals?

I just use a big crescent wrench to get the rear axle off. If you have the above set of hex wrenches, you're set for the front wheel.

Who makes a decent stand (and where do you get them) for the front? I want to be able to do fork removals.

I just bought a set of Pitbull stands from http://www.ca-cycleworks.com/ and I highly recommend them if you want the best. I had a Lockhart-Phillips rear stand before, but I didn't completely trust it. The Pitbull is absolutely solid. I bought the "Newfront Stand" for the front, even though it's not listed on the California Cycleworks site.

If you're not the adventurous sort when it comes to things like fork removal, I wrote down the steps here: http://www.ducatimonster.org/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=tech;action=display;num=1063487898
 

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I have done forks on other bikes but I saved your steps. Thanks a bunch everyone.

I did not see a pic of the "New" front stand on the pit pull site> Is it so new that there are no pics?
 
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If you have a large axle front wheel it's a 28mm socket....there is also an SBK alignment tool that slips into the right side of the axle that comes with SBK bikes that is handy.....
I second the pitbull stands........
 

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One thing I forgot to mention - when I'm looking for just one socket, the pawn shops around here typically charge me .50 each for anything other than Craftsman sockets. They keep the Craftsman in a separate bin and charge the premium price of $1 each. I almost always find the size I need.
 

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Retro,

Can i get some mor einfo on the SBK alinemnt tool? Is it for aligning the wheel after a tire adjustment? DO you have a web link or something that has a picture?
 
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so you can throw this in the right side to preserve the axle
alignment for the adjuster and it also helps in removal of the axle.

The pin fits in the notches and keeps the axle from moving...

oh yeah a nice brass rod to adjust the shock pre load is nice to have also.....works better than a shock spanner in a tight space.
 

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Wasn't mentioned and not all sets come with it, 5.5 hex. Your crankcase, belt and chain cover bolts are 5.5!
 

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I was telling Mike this past weekend he needs Front and Back Pitbull stands, see makes the most difficult tasks easy ;) Well sort of :)
 

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Wasn't mentioned and not all sets come with it, 5.5 hex. Your crankcase, belt and chain cover bolts are 5.5!
You gotta be sh!ttin' me! Did you forget the smiley?

Have to say that I haven't pulled those bolts yet so I can't say for sure.

I think you need metric Allen sockets AND a torque wrench. The sockets are the only way to USE the torque wrench on the Allen bolts.

And Michael, you use a crescent wrench of the rear axle bolts? You don't believe in torquing those nuts I guess.
 

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Retro,

I hate to be dumb..but. Is this for the rear wheel when you are adjusting the chain? Or the front wheel? I have no idea what this is?
 
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My bad for not posting it in the front axle also..if you look at the photo I posted you see the right side front wheel axle/fork hole in the background...it slips right in there if yours is the same size axle. Look at your right side axle/fork you will see two notchs at 12:00 and 6:00 the tool fits into those notches.
Mine came with my 748 tool kit.....it is not necessary but handy....
the holes for the adjuster can become blocked if the axle rolls over enough, and it cinches the right side when torquing the axle nut on the left, and as I mentioned helps in pulling the axle out.
Hope that helps.

In case you haven't been here this also might be helpful to you.

http://www.ducati.com/bikes/tech.jhtml;$sessionid$YDHEFXAAACQJGCRNBQRCFFYKFUGCEIV3
 
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