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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject:  Tools Reply with quote

So I'm thinking about getting some tools for maintenance and such. I was wondering what tools you all would recommend?

Three big questions I have is if I want to get a socket wrench, should I get a wrench with metric sockets or sockets measured in inches? What bits should I get? Most of them are torx bits, are most of them the same size or different sizes?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

everything is metric on our cars (I don't ever remember using a standard socket on the car)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

zvm77 wrote:
everything is metric on our cars (I don't ever remember using a standard socket on the car)


There are a few. Crank bolt, LIM, and valve cover bolts come to mind.

I've taken my entire car apart with this tool set alone http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_1.....ockType=G1

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I use a combination of metric and standard tools on every make and model I work on.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i have all metric sockets, and a few crescent wrenches. Laughing that gets me by. and be sure to get a set with a nice warranty.....bad things will happen Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

nightryder wrote:
zvm77 wrote:
everything is metric on our cars (I don't ever remember using a standard socket on the car)


There are a few. Crank bolt, LIM, and valve cover bolts come to mind.

I've taken my entire car apart with this tool set alone http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_1.....ockType=G1


That looks like its enough to take apart pretty much any car. Is 179.99 a christmas sale price or is Sears pulling a Jos A. Bank with the regular price (where its never that price and is always on sale)?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

espee2011 wrote:
That looks like its enough to take apart pretty much any car. Is 179.99 a christmas sale price or is Sears pulling a Jos A. Bank with the regular price (where its never that price and is always on sale)?


$179 is a sale price (black friday price was $150), it's usually $300. I only had to spend $50 out of pocket for mine though Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

nightryder wrote:

I only had to spend $50 out of pocket for mine though Cool


Now you're just trying to open a whole new can of worms. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Don't forget the book "1001 Bad Words".
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Was surfing ebay, and saw this cheapo set. Do you think this has all the right sized sockets? http://cgi.ebay.com/52-pc-Comb.....35ae79131b
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

you can get better sets at lowes for less, and the kobalt and task force tools have lifetime warranties
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Get a good torque wrench.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Killr68 wrote:
you can get better sets at lowes for less, and the kobalt and task force tools have lifetime warranties


Aha! Idea


impalafirst wrote:
Get a good torque wrench.


I'm saving up for one of those.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i got a quarter inch 200 in/lb torque wrench at harbor freight for 20 bucks, now if i can only remember where i put it Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Killr68 wrote:
i got a quarter inch 200 in/lb torque wrench at harbor freight for 20 bucks, now if i can only remember where i put it Rolling Eyes


Good deal. I had never heard of Harbor and Freight until you brought it up, but the nearest one is across the GWB from me so theres also an 11 dollar 'tax'. I might wait until I go back to school to get a torque wrench (theres one an hour away from there). I was under the impression that to get a torque wrench you have to pay a pretty penny for it, but I guess I got that impression when I was looking at BMW's and the BMW forum Rolling Eyes .
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