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Old December 9th, 2003, 12:41 PM
ronward ronward is offline
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Snap-On

Anyone catch the hour long Snap-On porn peep show on Orange County Choppers last night on Discovery Channel? Wow, the guys are building a promotional chopper for Snap-On using hex-tube framing, and Snap-On wrenches and sockets. If you missed it, you really missed a good episode.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 05:57 PM
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I saw that episode. It was awesome. What could be cooler than a Snap-on theme bike? We'll see how the bike turns out but so far it looks really cool. I think my favorite bike thus far has been that Commanche bike. If the Snap-on bike tops that one, it'll be just incredible.
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Old December 10th, 2003, 04:53 PM
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John, you are such a Snap-On SLUT!!
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Old December 10th, 2003, 05:26 PM
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Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 09:41 AM
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So what did you guys think of the completed Snap-on chopper?
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Old December 16th, 2003, 02:04 PM
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I was actually a little disappointed. I think I like the 9/11 and Commanche bikes better than this one. The guys at Snap-on corporate seemed happy though. The bike seemed totally to exceed their expectations.

One thing that totally struck me is how much more Snap-on tools OCC seems to be using now. I wonder how many free tools Snap-on gave to OCC.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 05:15 PM
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i really dig the paint job.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 05:43 PM
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The sockets used as grips were cool, but I wouldn't mind at all if they had used the Soft Grip screwdriver handles or something similar for the grips. One of these:



Pauley already put that Soft Grip palm ratchet on top of the gas tank. I think handlebar grips like these would have been cool assuming such a thing would be feasible in the first place. Or a grip off a QD or QT torque wrench would have been cool. I think these are preferable to sockets because they are actual grips used on actual tools.

Also, that white didn't do it for me either. I wouldn't mind something like a red/black/blue/cranberry/yellow and even the now-discontinued teal motif with chrome trim and a black rubber saddle with pebble grain to resemble the KRL look. It sounds hideous but I think those guys can pull it off. Besides, that red KRL has never really impressed me. I much prefer the blue, cranberry, yellow or even the teal ones to the red ones.

I also thought it might be cool if the gas tank were somewhat cylindrical and painted red to resemble the Snap-on air compressors. Nothing says lovin' like a red Snap-on compressor with the white vinyl-cut "Snap-on" decals plastered on the sides.

I also thought it would be cool if that bike were fitted with a set of Snap-on tools for field use. Most modern bikes come with a small tool kit, so I think it would have been a nice touch. And if if such tool kit included one of the Snap-on 18v cordless impact wrenches, and this impact was used instead of a starter to start the engine. Just insert the impact's anvil somewhere into the engine and depress the impact's trigger to start the engine.

All of this is not to say that bike wasn't really cool. I just can't help but get the impression that the OCC crew aren't really into tools. That is, this was more a tool bike than a Snap-on bike and featured a tool theme instead of a Snap-on theme. The bike was really well done. I just don't think it captured what makes Snap-on unique.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 06:10 PM
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You GOTTA love that rear view mirror
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:11 PM
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Oh yeah, those mirrors were cool. I loved it whenever they used toos as much as possible. I'm not talking about those two large Flank Drive Plus combinations bolted to the side of the frame. I thought that was a little lame. But stuff like the Flank Drive Plus risers for the handlebar were really sweet. Same goes for the ratcheting mirrors, the ratcheting footpegs, and the ratchet kickstand. Those are very cool.

Now all we need is an HK chopper, with P7-style cockers instead of a clutch and brake lever.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:52 PM
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Oh man... it begins.

I wouldn't let Ho ride it until he learns to take all the slack out of the clutch before he shifts.

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Old December 21st, 2003, 04:25 PM
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First Snap On!

Just had my first Snap On experience. I bought an oil filter wrench! And standing inside the truck too was cool!
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Old December 22nd, 2003, 11:39 AM
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Mike,

Be careful. Walking into the Snap-on truck is a slippery slope.
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