JIS Screw Drivers ?????

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  • JIS Screw Drivers ?????

    Did a forum search here, and did not find any info on these. I have seen on many forums with this topic being discussed, and was really surprised a lot of

    people had never heard of this type of screw...The screws we all have on our Japanese Bikes are not Philips head. They are called JIS which means: Japanese Industrial Standard.

    The screws look similar, but they are really different. Yes you can,and most likely do, use a Philips screw driver on them, but the the fastener will

    eventuality wear out,and if they have any real torque on them, you might just strip the head before you can even remove it.

    Most JIS Screws can be identified by seeing a small "Dimple" on the screw head.

    We spend $24,000 - $28,000 dollars on our bikes, and I would guess you would want to keep them in perfect condition. Using a Philips screw driver on a JIS

    Screw, is like using a Adjustable Wrench on a 18mm bolt, instead of a 18mm wrench. I use the Vessel brand, and they are very well made:

    http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/jis_...et/4102/286106 You can not buy JIS screw drivers, off of the Snap on truck,or at Home Depot.

    Even the very small Switch screws, on our handlebar controls use JIS screws as well...here is a set just right for them:

    https://www.amazon.com/Moody-Tools-D.../dp/B0001X0SK8

    If this simple write up keeps just one person from stripping a screw,then it was worth the time to write it

    John

    John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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    A good topic. I bought a set of these a few years ago and they really do make a difference.
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      Bought a set from a seller on Ebay a few years ago. As I remember, they weren't cheap but are invaluable if you need them.

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      • #4
        Yes I agree Chris, years ago, back in the 70's working on my H1, H2, & Z1 Bikes...man those darn clamps holding the carburetors on, those screw heads would strip, no matter how careful you were and Our Family always buy Snap on tools...and even with them you would strip the darn heads of the screws... Once you buy JIS drivers...Problem is solved ...I just thought if one person learned something new...it is worth writing about.

        John
        John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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        • #5
          The worst for me was the screws under the mirror housing on the 2001-2017 Goldwings! I can't tell you how many of those I stripped out. Thank God Honda went to Allen head screws on the 2018.
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          • #6
            I am not disputing what you are saying about the type of screws on our goldwings but I just checked my 2017 and none of the screws had the dimple.
            Does this mean they are not jis screws ?

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            • #7
              A _Rider...Great question...Thats why I put most have a dimple...I have seen many that do not have this dimple, just like on your Wing and Mine...but If the product was made in Japan, and the screws are original to the item, I would say "yes".

              ALL Japanese made products such as, motorcycles ATV’s, Cars, Electronic Equipment, and Office Equipment, all use JIS Screws.

              When you try a JIS Screw driver...as soon as you place it in screw head, you will feel the difference.

              John
              John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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              • A_Rider
                A_Rider commented
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                Thanks I will be ordering a JIS screwdriver set today.

            • #8
              Somewhere, perhaps a different forum, I had read that Harbor Freight sells a set of screwdrivers that, although not advertised as JIS, are, in fact JIS. The set is a 32 piece set presented in a plastic case numbered 90764 (also 61259) and priced at $7.99. I kept this part number written down so that I could check it out when my town got a Harbor Freight store, which just happened...the grand opening was last weekend. Donno for sure. Just info passed on from somewhere else.

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              • #9
                I been using this driver for a couple years. It doesn't claim to be a JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard)
                But it fits ALL the JIS screws on the GL1800 perfectly.

                https://www.harborfreight.com/2-x-4-...ver-94707.html
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                  Interesting. First heard.
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by clayusmcret View Post
                    Interesting. First heard.
                    This is a good read. https://www.vesseltools.com/handtool...ivers/whatsjis
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                    "Life is Tough-It's tougher when you are Stupid!."
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                    1986 GL1200 SEI
                    1981 CB900C

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                    • #12
                      John, because of you, i just spent $39 at Cyclemax
                      2016 GL1800 Candy Prominence Red leval1-bought August 24th,2017
                      Clinton,Illinois

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                      • JGDJR
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                        You will like the screw drivers for sure

                    • #13
                      Originally posted by Rocky View Post
                      Thanks!
                      2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
                      USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                      US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                      2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                      2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                      50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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                      • #14
                        I got a set from Bulldog 4 years ago https://www.shop.shinhopples.com/pro...categoryId=113

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                        • #15
                          Rocky, thanks for the tip on the Harbor Freight JIS screwdriver, P/N 94707. I found that one at my newly opened store for $1.69 plus tax, and I even got a freebie magnetic light with a specials coupon. Now I don't need to buy the full set of 32 mentioned above that would be too many duplicates for other than "Phillips" screws.

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