Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)


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Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:14 pm



If you do any work at all on Honda motorcycles, you really need a set of JIS screwdrivers.

JIS - or Japanese Industry Standard - is a Pacific Rim standard used for "Philips" (cross) type screwdrivers. Most people, professional mechanics included, don't even know that such a thing exists. But every "Philips" screw on a Japanese vehicle is not a Philips screw at all, but a JIS screw. They can be identified with a small dot on the top of the screw:

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Philips screwdrivers don't fit JIS screws, at least not properly. Because they don't fit all the way into the screw, you tend to mangle the screw when attempting to tighten it, or loosen a tight one. If you have any "Philips" screws on your Goldwing that are stripped or mangled, this is what has happened. The solution? A set of JIS screwdrivers.

The first time you use a JIS screwdriver, you'll realize what you've been missing. It fits solidly into the screw, and turns it securely, without "camming out" like a Philips driver does. No mangling of the screw, no difficulty loosening or tightening fasteners. Philips screwdrivers were actually designed to cam out of the screw, to prevent over tightening. On soft JIS screws, this just destroys the screw head.

I have had a set of Hozan JIS screwdrivers for a year or so now, and they have worked well. They are a decent quality screwdriver, but the handles are hard plastic, and the shafts are rather narrow. My wife bought me a set of Vessel JIS screwdrivers for Christmas:

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These are some high-quality screwdrivers. The handles are soft and large for easy gripping. The shafts have knurled sections at the top right under the handles, to allow you to grip them and spin them quickly for faster screw insertion and removal. The bits are magnetic. They are really just a joy to use. My Hozan's have fallen by the wayside, and may be retired to "carry in the saddle bag" tool duty. This set came with some JIS and some flat blade screwdrivers. The tips are hard steel, and are precision ground to fit perfectly into screws - even the flat blade drivers fit very precisely into slotted screws.

Also included is a JIS impact screwdriver - a very special driver that is intended to break free stuck screws. You put the screwdriver into the screw head, then strike the end with a hammer. While being forced into the screw head, it rotates the tip counterclockwise, forcing the screw to break free. I had one of these before, but never a JIS one.

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If I have any complaint at all, it is that the handles all look alike - it is tough to tell the flat blade drivers from the JIS drivers. I may take a marker and mark up the ends of the flat blades to make them easier to identify.

This set was purchased directly from Vessel Tools. It is of the highest quality and I highly recommend it.



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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:39 pm

Same drivers I have. Definitely recommend them. Well made tool.
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Postby blackbrier » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:24 pm

Thanks for the information. Guess I need to add this tool set to my growing collection...

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby thorvoldk » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:06 pm

The company I work for is an authorized repair center for Panasonic laptops. Panasonic recommends Vessel tools also. We us them all the time and they do work infinitely better than US phillips drivers. For our #1 and #2 drivers, we use the ball handle type.

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Deckard7 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:40 pm

Well this certainly explains why even with numerous sets of Phillips screwdrivers there were always some screws that I couldn't find the right blade for. I ordered a set of JIS screwdrivers right after reading your review. This kind of info is precisely why I subscribe to Goldwing Docs. Keep up the great work and have a good new year.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Vet82 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:47 am

Happy 2014 to all in the USA,

Not sure if this has appeared before in other posts. Does anyone know any UK suppliers that sell Vessel JIS screwdrivers. I have tried google uk but every link refers to US.

Thanks Guys,

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:08 am

I know Amazon sells the Hozan JIS screwdrivers that I also have, so they should be available in the UK (I would assume):

Hozan JIS-5 JIS Screwdriver Set (NEW 3rd Gen.)

Hozan D-69 Stubby Screwdriver, JIS +2

Hozan JIS-4 JIS Screwdriver Set (NEW 3rd. Gen)

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:43 am

I've been a licensed auto-tech since the early 80's and had never heard of the JIS drivers until about a month ago from another 1800 rider.Was off work at the time so when I got back to work in the middle of Dec. I hit the tool guys up at work(Snappy,Matco,Mac)and none of them knew about the JIS drivers either.I don't feel so bad now.I did realize at some point that the crappy screwdivers in the factory tool kit fit the screws better than my other expensive drivers nut I didn't have a clue why.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Vet82 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:04 am

Thanks for the reply, there are similar screwdrivers on Amazon (UK), but at present out of stock. The price difference is incredible between UK and US. I think that's why UK is renown as "Rip off Britain.

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby charliektm400exc » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:12 pm

I bought some Vessel's just ordered them from the US.

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Postby themainviking » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:13 pm

charliektm400exc wrote:I bought some Vessel's just ordered them from the US.


I bought some last year, and the shipping just to Canada was not a pleasant surprise. I imagine it was even less pleasant for you.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby charliektm400exc » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:58 pm

themainviking wrote:
I bought some last year, and the shipping just to Canada was not a pleasant surprise. I imagine it was even less pleasant for you.



I must have found somewhere with reasonable freight, or where I can't find that I use a freight/mail forwarding business that offers reasonable rates.

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Deckard7 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:05 pm

Follow up to Jan 1st. post.

As I said in the earlier post I ordered a set of the Vessel JIS screwdrivers. I placed the order at 10:07 pm and I received an e-mail at 10:34 pm that they were placed for shipping. They came today by USPS. They appear to be very well made. The set contains JIS P1x75, P2x150, P3x150 and a P3x150 Impact screwdriver. I didn't want any flat blade screwdrivers as I have a couple of good sets of them. Now if the temperature would get above Zero for a few days I might get to try them.
If anyone is interested I got them on EBay from RRRToolSolutions.com. The set was $50.00 + $10.00 shipping.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby eklimek » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:16 pm

would someone be kind enough to make some measurements of the JIS bit for me? or take a closeup photo?

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Postby eklimek » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:26 pm

this is the angle of interest
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Vet82 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:19 am

If any mechanic or rider knows a company in the UK that can get these, can they let me know. I have tried various search engines but nothing forthcoming. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby dnehasert » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:49 pm

JIS screwdriver" by Stanley
Hozan D-555-100 JIS Phillips #2 Screwdriver $7.90 as an example, there are others also. Doug

http://www.stanleysupplyservices.com/se ... dy%7cHozan

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby ozemarketeer » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:42 am

Seems aussies call it the Japanese Cross point screwdriver

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby orange winger2 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:49 am

I just ground off a small amount metal from the tip of a standard screwdriver and they seem to fit much tighter. Could be just me tho.

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby rdonsgard » Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:51 pm

If you order directly from Vessel, use the coupon code SVRIDER and get a 10% discount (helps cover shipping).

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Rhorn » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:17 pm

GREAT
I am 54 and opening Japanese screws since childhood; I destroyed too much screws even though I have High quality screwdrivers (France best brand is FACOM). I ordered these "vessel" JIS ones from the us ( a bit heavy in shipping but...) it's a dream. I never felt that screwing or unscrewing sensation before. The screw driver is "married" to the screw, which never happens with a Philips one. I'm opening up my 1500 SE for the firs time, and had NO problem with screws. All my screw drivers have to go to the bin. Do not hesitate.
I paid 7€ for a pair of break oil fluid cover screws (the 2 little tiny black ones) on my Suz 400 Burgman. Having these screws will same me huge amount of time and money... and prevent having to drill the screw off so often. This is a must have.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby Hefrum » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:18 pm

I did not realize how much of a difference there is between the Vessel JIS screw drivers and the average Craftsman screw driver when working on my GL1500.

I highly recommend the Vessel JIS screw drivers as they are truly amazing.

This is something a do it your self person must have!

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby ED11AAAA » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:06 am

blackbrier wrote:Thanks for the information. Guess I need to add this tool set to my growing collection...

dang something else to add .. they really want you to dealers and not do much yourself. :evil:

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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby ozemarketeer » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:53 am

Got the JIS kit from Cyclemax last week. They are as every bit as good as mentioned. Been a great week. Even found my Imperial Allen Keys to fit my after market add-ons.
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Re: Vessel JIS Motorcycle Repair Kit (Screwdrivers)

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:42 am

Cyclemax has carried these for a while now and has sold them in different configurations.
Currently, they are packaged here with a #1, #2 & #3 bit for $4.


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