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Yuikio
11-28-2006, 05:49 PM
besides super specialty tools like that rear-caliper tool. Home Depot-type tools besides metric sockets, metric wrenches, Torx bits, and the obvious car ones like a torque wrench, jack/jackstands, creeper...

smoothie
11-28-2006, 05:53 PM
drain plug tool only bought at audi...thats for the trans.

pac1085
11-28-2006, 05:57 PM
well, you excluded specialty tools and standard tools, there isnt much else, heh.

triplesquares - used for axle bolts and some head bolts...

polydrive used for most head bolts...

iowaboostin
11-28-2006, 06:02 PM
12 pack of your fave brew, LED flashlight/penlight, telescoping magnet, electricians tape.

Not Audi-specific at all but always come in handy.

nizmosx
11-28-2006, 06:04 PM
CREDIT CARD WITH NO LIMIT....

oh and

Condoms handy for when you pick up chicks

but seriously...
Crows feet are good to have when your working on removing the cat and or testpipe instal.

not to mention an 18 inch 3/4" socket extension

Neo1130
11-28-2006, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by smoothie
drain plug tool only bought at audi...thats for the trans.

Ummm, not ONLY Audi... You can find them at some parts specialty stores and EBAY!!

hey4
11-28-2006, 06:42 PM
VAG-COM

BranCKY3
11-28-2006, 06:54 PM
Always good to keep a bottle of aspirin handy

smoothie
11-28-2006, 07:12 PM
o ya i forgot you can get them on ebay too, i heard that before never checked it out. my bad... by the way where can you get the triple square tools. i have checked sears/craftsman and my locals and havn't found them. i've been using the best sized allen wrench, which works but i would rather not strip them out.... not fun.

also you can add a multimeter and/or a test light[up] simple but a great tool.

lol aspirin.

edit: some good ol DW-40 and/or a rust penatrant like kroil or pb blast[up]

AudiSport12
11-28-2006, 07:14 PM
i always wear mechanics glasses to keep dirt and rocks from falling in my eyes when im underneath her. learned that one the hard way... not specialty but it doesnt hurt to use

Neo1130
11-28-2006, 07:15 PM
Triple squares can be found on ebay too...

BranCKY3
11-28-2006, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by audisport12
i always wear mechanics glasses to keep dirt and rocks from falling in my eyes when im underneath her. learned that one the hard way... not specialty but it doesnt hurt to use

Nothing better than a face full of coolant when you're taking your turbo out under the car! I smelled awful for that whole day haha

a4cefed
11-28-2006, 09:03 PM
a freind to lend a hand

Ado
11-28-2006, 09:09 PM
a credit card. and thats about it.

ohh and audizine too.

SeanF
11-28-2006, 09:11 PM
some kind of handwash that cuts grease is a good thing to have around...

for christmas i asked for jackstands, and a nice low profile floor jack, but couldnt wait for the stands.. so i got them.

i could use a bigger torque wrench, mines a smaller one rated in inch pounds... i could use another for 100+ftlbs

sandnessmj
11-28-2006, 09:11 PM
Patience!

SoFresh
11-28-2006, 09:16 PM
A spare car... cause theres always gonna be something wrong with your audi.... sad but true

tkarwin
11-28-2006, 09:21 PM
torx set

iowaboostin
11-28-2006, 09:34 PM
What parts are the triplesquare tools used on?

B597
11-28-2006, 09:38 PM
torque wrench

recordstyle
11-28-2006, 09:45 PM
a breaker bar.

b/c the piece of sh*t tire-changing kit audi gives with the plastic handle is as good to me as Kevin Federline at anytime or anywhere.

Rosati
11-28-2006, 10:01 PM
Marijuana

kris_tdi
11-29-2006, 05:59 AM
to be honest you dont actually need any special tools. it is easy to change the rear pads without the audi tool, i used some grips and a g clamp.
you can improvise on everything.

Sal R.
11-29-2006, 07:05 AM
Get some extensions of various lengths w/ wobble ends, elbows, etc.

A good torque wrench if you don't have one already.

A breaker bar.

Thumb ratches come in handy.

Always have vaccuum hose and various sized hose clamps available.

Ertman
11-29-2006, 07:27 AM
A copy of Bentleys

snoop
11-29-2006, 08:58 AM
Marijuana ftw

[wrench]
[:)]

bellofello
11-29-2006, 09:02 AM
I need a tourque wrench. I've been doing it by feel for too long.

Also the magnetic things come in handy when you drop something.

LateraLex
11-29-2006, 09:26 AM
I asked this question last year, Daft has an awesome reply:
http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=57926&highlight=which+tools

I would add two things; 1. RHINO RAMPS. They are very cheap and make many jobs take half the time. 2. GEAR WRENCHES. Durf let me use his set of these... they cost more than the normal wrenches but they are worth it. [wrench]

Sal R.
11-29-2006, 09:31 AM
Flare wrenches and some crows feet.

I need to get some of those myself...

403audi
11-29-2006, 11:07 AM
for those guys that change their own oil, do you use car jacks, or ramps? I'm looking into getting nice ramps instead....and my current jack wont fit under my vehicle due to height restrictions

LateraLex
11-29-2006, 11:39 AM
$20 ramps were the best car investment I've made ...

Rosati
11-29-2006, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by 403audi
for those guys that change their own oil, do you use car jacks, or ramps? I'm looking into getting nice ramps instead....and my current jack wont fit under my vehicle due to height restrictions

Very simple and only costed about $25 at pepboys

much easier to use than jacks

Yuikio
11-29-2006, 04:33 PM
I tried to do my rear caliper with pliers and a c-clamp and got defeated. I had to rent the generic tool from Checker, which ends up being free, because they only charge a deposit that gets refunded when you return it.

Breaker bars=definitely
light, magnetic grabber, spherical-end ratchet extensions, another set of metric wrenches.
Got VAG-Com. Got plenty of PB Blaster. A BFH is nice to have in the toolbox for old control arms. All I can think of is maybe an extra wrench to melt into shape for the manifold>head nuts, and then the weird star bit for axle bolts. Allen keys I completely forgot about.