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    Anyone have any suggestions for end bit sets or tools that aren't egregiously expensive, yet extremely practical for working on these vehicles?

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    harbor freight for all of that. I use Milwaukee for cordless ratchet and high torque impact, and it usually a good idea to buy better quality torque wrenches, but I've been getting by with Harbor freight there too.

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    For seldom use items, I go with Harbor Freight. One thing that I have that has come in very handy are GearWrench bit sockets that are ~6" long for torx and hex.

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    Harbor Freight has a security bit set that's pretty inexpensive for what you get (it's in a red case).

    When I first starting working cars and getting tools, it was all Craftsman (and standard) but now it's usually a trip to HF unless it's something special.
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    Buying that shit up before the new tariff kick in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hightime80 View Post
    Buying that shit up before the new tariff kick in!
    Why what then?


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    Haha.

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    Follow the Harbor Freight rule. Buy it there first. If you use it often enough that it breaks, you should spend the cash on a quality one.

    Most hand tools from HF are pretty solid though. Many carry lifetime guarantee too.


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    Like has been said, unless you are $$, you just get a cheap starter set and replace stuff as it breaks.

    Lowes use to sell individual sockets. Now only autozone has those (I think they are the only ones left).
    Lowes sets are great quality for the $ IMO

    I still have some old box wrenches that were made in India.

    I suggest you get a good used SK or better 16mm socket for the pinch bolt.
    Also some bolt/nut grabbers and triple squares and hex allen head sockets off of amazon.

    later on offset wrenches and swivel head wrenchess are nice.
    allen wrenches as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shurur9 View Post

    Lowes use to sell individual sockets. Now only autozone has those (I think they are the only ones left).
    Home Depot still sells individual also. I just bought some last week.

    Also...why is Harbor Freight so highly recommended. What is so good about their products? Just wondering.

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    They're cheap. If you're only going to use it one or two times, why spend 3-4x as much (or more) on a high quality, name brand tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imnuts View Post
    They're cheap. If you're only going to use it one or two times, why spend 3-4x as much (or more) on a high quality, name brand tool?

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    I would also add that you might not be able to afford a good set up front, but can replace broken sockets (for example) a few at a time as needed. a cheap set up front gets you most of the tools you'll need to syart off.

    I built my set ad-hoc; so I never really got set up front. I would have been better off with a set and the case to carry it in. My stuff is in buckets.

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    On top of being less expensive, their return policy is good--bring back a broken socket or something, and get a replacement. And popping over there quickly to get a new tool has been great.

    To date, I think I have broken 3 sockets from them (one being used an impact) and one ratchet (to be fair, I was using the ratchet as a hammer in a dire situation). They've held up to surprising level of punishment.

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    I like their sockets, Allens, torx and other tools alike. Torque wrench’s are a negative there. Too inaccurate and break too easy. They are fine for basic torque but if your doing a head or something that needs good values then get a good torque wrench. Their tools are also great to modify. Cut up a set of custom box end wrenches, sure for 9 dollars and a cut off wheel and have fun. Triple bit set go amazon and if you do the head you have to buy the special spline bit. Got to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get pvc fittings and a cap to fit your ic pipes and make a boost leak tester. Worth every penny of about $5-10 to put one together.
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    I use the Neiko sets off Amazon for all the specialty bits like Torx, hex, and triple Square. They're decent quality and cost $15-$20 per set where each set has like 15 sizes.

    For normal sockets, ratchets, wrenches, and other hand tools I use Gearwrench. They're kinda the best none truck tools I think.

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