I'm looking for a tool, if it exists, that would allow me to tighten my bottom bracket (SRAM GXP, 16-notch 44mm) without removing the cranks. I have seen a few tools that look like they might work, which are similar to the BBT-9 but with an opening; they are open (C-shaped) instead of closed (O-shaped).
- Shimano TL-FC32 and a couple other, cheaper, seemingly identical clones. For this style, what is the minimum separation of the opening? (This is the primary constraint. It seems like an obvious application of this tool but I see no claims or specs.)
- Park Tool HCW-18 almost pin-spanner style. For this style, are there any compatible?
Applications include simple laziness, testing or temporary tightening the BB before/without removing the cranks, for similar disc brake lock-rings, etc. My primary application in this case is merely grasping the BB cups to adjust an eccentric bottom bracket in lieu of a pin-spanner, and in the process trying to purchase a more flexible multi-tool.
As a counterpoint, is there a good reason not to do this (e.g., potential damage to spindle, etc.)?