FAVORITE TOOL | SECRETS FROM FACTORY MECHANICS
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In any profession, experience can teach you a lot. And to become a factory level mechanic, you must work your way up, prove your knowledge, and earn your keep. Most wrenches for top riders have been at it for years, and most of them have their own secrets for maintaining their bikes. Whether it’s a certain technique for building a bike or a specific way of checking everything over between practice sessions, no two mechanics do everything the same. With this in mind, we cruised the Supercross pits to quiz mechanics about their favorite tool. Most of the answers we received weren’t what we were expecting, but all of them will give you a glimpse into how meticulous professional mechanics actually are.
OLIVER “OLLY” STONE | PLUG CAP PLIERS
“It just makes it easier to remove the plug cap from the engine. These days plug caps are so short and stubby, and this tool has some grip on the end, is simple, and makes it quick and easy to pull the plug cap straight out of the engine. If you’re doing a motor swap, and the bike just came off the track, a pair of pliers like this makes it a lot easier.”
JADE DUNGEY | INTERCOM TIRE GUAGE
“My favorite tool is an Intercomp tire pressure gauge that goes from zero to 99 PSI in increments of 0.1. I can really fine-tune the air pressure with this gauge. Usually I like to run about 11.8 PSI.”