View Full Version : Making Triumph Crank and Camshaft pullers?

08-09-2010, 4:39 PM
Has anyone made these instead of buying them? They're $85/each and I'd rather put the money towards the engine rebuild parts. The crank sounds easier than the camshaft. I've read there's a $10 Craftsman from Sears you can thin out the teeth on, but haven't found that anywhere.

British Tools and Fasteners has these, but that's still $110 for both

Someone made this one for the crank

I've read this too, but sounds risky:
Heat around the outside of the pinion with a small torch. I used one of those little butane torches. Cut about an inch off your leather belt to use between the case and the tools. When the pinion is pretty hot (not red or anything, just hot) put 2 pry bars at about the 10 and 2 o'clock and pry the thing off. Don't forget to put the leather between the case and the pry bars! Also make sure to get a good bite behind the pinion so you don't chip any of the teeth. Like I said, no damage whatsoever and not hard at all. Certainly not hard enough to spend $75 on a one time use tool!

And whatabout the camshaft?

08-09-2010, 7:04 PM
There's something to be said about having the right tools for the job. That $110 is pretty cheap in comparison to the frustration you'll have when you strip out the threads on your cams or damage the camshaft pinion gear. As for them being "one time use tools," I've used those pullers on several motors - some several times. I'd also rather have a tool and not need it than have my bike break down and wait two weeks for the puller to be shipped to me.

I'm not trying to lecture, just my two cents.

08-09-2010, 9:22 PM
The cams you can use a puller made from told fork tube tops but it not so easy to reinstall the gears on the cams . I use my cam wheel puller all the time ! at least a couple times a week so it is the best investment I got for like $30.00 about 15 years ago ! You can make stuff work in a pinch but pro jobs need pro tools .

08-09-2010, 10:15 PM
In the end, I'll probably buy them.... but I'm still just curious to see if I could get away with not.

08-23-2010, 4:58 PM
Hey Vorhese, I thought the crank tool was a little overpriced too, so I ended up buying this generic puller from Princess Auto (the canadian version of harbor freight i think) for about $12. It worked like a charm. Had to grind some to get it to fit but that took about 3 minutes with the bench grinder. The company that makes it is Power Fist.
Not sure if they're sold in the US but you should be able to find something similar?


As for the cams, I ended up just buying the triumph cam puller tool. $53 is a good price for that tool.

08-24-2010, 9:06 PM
I tried making one and the claws I made kept bending an slipping off. I did not have any stock around robust enough to handle this. I ended up buying one:(

09-19-2010, 10:41 PM
im reviving this thread to ask, is there any alternative to the triumph tool to get the engine sprocket off? thanksfellas