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Paramotor essential toolkit

by Had Robinson

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You have purchased a $6,000 paramotor and you are going to use $10 worth of tools (some screwdrivers and a pair of pump pliers) to work on it.  I hope this does not make sense....

These are the tools that you need to properly service most paramotors including the Top 80.  While Harbor Freight does not make professional quality tools, they are more than adequate for the occasional mechanic.  Failure to use the proper tools is a guarantee that you will damage your engine.  Suffice it to say, there are some who lack basic mechanic-type skills or would rather not work on their engines.  In that case, contact us or a competent local mechanic who knows high performance 2 cycle engines.  These are almost always the go-kart or dirt-bike guys and it is worth the effort to find out who they use to service their engines.  Shops that specialize in chainsaws will also likely know what they are doing.  I do not recommend taking these finely tuned, high performance engines to a small-engine, lawnmower repair shop.

If you do not know what a torque wrench is or how it works, you will find servicing any engine challenging.  Our site can help but you may have to do a web search for the really basic "how to's", e.g., what is a long reach hex bit, etc.

The tools listed below are followed by the Harbor Freight stock number, if they carry it.  A few items are only available from auto parts stores or from a specialty tool supplier.  The stock numbers, brands, etc. may change over time so pilots may have to do a little extra work to locate the tools listed here.  Often enough these tools are on sale at HF, sometimes at 50% or more off.  It is easiest to go online and order by stock number.  These tools are also available in auto parts stores but you will pay much more for them and they are of the same quality.  The basic tool set will allow pilots to work on nearly everything but some parts of the ignition system and the crankshaft.

Basic Tools

Stainless Steel Toolbox - 20 in.  #93168 - the plastic ones tend to fall apart with ordinary use.  The bag types do not protect your tools well.
9 Pc Metric Combination Wrench Set #42305
7 Pc Pliers Set #69357
8 Pc Professional Screwdriver Set #94607
21 Pc 1/4 in. Drive Metric High Visibility Socket Set #67998
20 Pc 3/8 in. Drive Metric High Visibility Socket Set #67999
3/8" x 6" extension - available from any auto parts store but not from Harbor Freight
3/8 in. Drive Click Type Torque Wrench #807  DO NOT USE TORQUE WRENCHES WITH ADAPTERS!
1/4 in. Drive Beam-type Torque Wrench - It is better to get this beam type torque wrench rather than the HF cheapie which is not precise.
10 Pc Metric Hex Key Set # 94597
6 Pc 3/8 in. Drive Metric Hex Socket Set #69546
3/8 in. Drive 13/16 in. Sparkplug Socket #67793
2-1/2 lb. Neon Orange Dead Blow Hammer #41798
Pin Punch Set 8 Pc #93424
16 oz. Ball Pein Hammer #61304
7 Function Digital Multimeter #90899  This multimeter is an amazing value at $10 or less for its accuracy.
18 In. Low Voltage Test Leads #66717 (these are needed to connect the multimeter to various part of the engine)
6 in. Digital Caliper with SAE and Metric Fractional Readings #68304  Professional calipers are more accurate but the HF ones will work.
Compression Tester Kit 8 Pc #69885  If you have a flash starter on your engine, this tool will not work.
Technical Measuring Set 6 Pc #94447
Needle File Set 12 Pc #00468
Fine hook & Pick Set #93514
Mini Pick and Hook Set #66836
18 in. Telescoping Magnet tool #37187  Ever drop a nut down some hole?  Can't get your fingers in somewhere?  This tool can be very useful.
Lisle #20200 Spark Plug Hole Thread Chaser -- available on eBay for under $10.  If you change out your plug regularly this is a critical tool.
Performance Tool W162C Spark Plug Gauge & Gap Tool -- this is a metric & SAE WIRE gauge with the right sizes for paramotor spark plugs.
Clutch puller Tool #MANEF - available only from Miniplane-USA
Puller set, bolt type #62620 - used to remove propeller hubs
Puller set, three-Jaw 3 Pc #69105 - used to disassemble the redrive
Pop-off pressure gauge - It is impossible to properly tune any diaphragm carburetor without a pop-off gauge!
Depth gauge - used with the digital caliper to measure the metering lever height (optional -- see the tune up page step #12)
Chapman screwdriver kit model #8900  - optional but highly recommended, available from Amazon or eBay, it is expensive precision set of tools.
6 in. Swivel vise with Anvil #67040 (highly recommended but optional)
12 Oz. WD-40® Smart Straw Lubricant #93189 - don't even think of working on an engine without this stuff
14 Oz. Brake cleaner - this is required to remove grease, oil, and grime from parts before assembling.  Auto parts stores have it.
0.20 oz. Semi-Permanent Blue Threadlock #96059
0.20 oz. Permanent Red Threadlock #96055
Air-tool oil #68094 - this oil is lightweight and contains no detergents or additives as does automobile engine oil.
Lead-Free Rosin Core Solder #69378 - used to measure cylinder head/piston spacing (a.k.a. "squish")
3 Oz. Clear RTV Silicone #96041 - DO NOT USE ORDINDARY HOUSEHOLD SILICONE GLUE!
White lithium grease, small tube - available from auto parts stores.  I don't recommend the spray-can type.
anti-seize lubricant - available from auto parts stores (optional but a good idea to use on spark plug threads if you live in a wet climate)
Permatex part #81950 Ultra Slick Engine Assembly Lube, 4 oz. - put on all sleeve bearings when assembling them.  Available from auto parts stores.
Air compressor with accessories #61615, #68260, #60356 (best) or a can of computer dust cleaner.
Hoses - 1/4" and 1/8" hoses are handy to have.  Auto parts stores sell them by the foot.

Ignition tools

If you plan to do any ignition work you will need these tools:

Feeler Gauge 32 Pc #32214 quantity (2)
Hand Riveter Set #38353
Aluminum Blind Rivet Assortment (500 Piece) #67668
3/8 in. Variable Speed Reversible Drill #60614
High Speed Steel Drill Bit Set 13 Pc #61723
1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun 572°/1112° #96289
42 Pc Marine Heat Shrink Tubing Assortment With Case #67598

Timing Tools

If you are planning to check or adjust the timing of your engine, go to the  check timing page or the timing page on this site, respectively, for the tools needed.  You should not have to check/adjust the timing unless there has been some catastrophe....

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