Part: Impact Driver Tool
Why You Need This Tool: The only way to quickly loosen and remove the engine side cover screws on your vintage Honda CB350, CB360, CB450, CB500 or CB550 is with an impact driver. All vintage Honda engines use Philips head screws to hold the side covers on the engine. Attempting to remove these screws with a regular screwdriver is a futile effort if not impossible. The screws are not only made of soft aluminum, but use JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) sized Philips head that is ever so slightly different in shape from American standard Philips screwdrivers; this means that it is easier for your screwdriver to strip out the head of the screw.
The impact driver makes quick work of this otherwise frustrating task. Once all the screws are removed, replace them with our stainless steel Allen Bolt Kit and never have to worry about frozen side cover screws again. This is is another tool box must for working on vintage motorcycles and very handy for breaking stubborn screws loose on any mechanical device. Impact driver includes four screwdriver tips (two Philips and two flat head) and comes in a metal storage box.
Installation Tip: The key to using the impact driver is to keep firm pressure on the screw before hitting the driver with a hammer. The larger the hammer the more force you can apply to the driver. We like to use a brass hammer as it tends to bounce less than a steel one. Also the driver works with regular 3/8" drive extensions so you can get the driver tips into hard to reach places. This tool takes a bit of practice to use and first time users tend to not hit it hard enough with a hammer. Don't be a wiener, give the driver a solid blow with the hammer. When you hear a good "crack" and the screw head moves then you are hitting it hard enough.