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Tehnation 08-29-2012 11:07 AM

Tool Set Recommendation!
 
I'm looking to invest up to $100-$150 dollars for a new set of tools to work on my car. Anyone have any recommendations for something that has a lot of what I need to get a lot of work done on a 2005 lgt? I'm about to do suspension work, bushings, sways, and anything else that may need to be changed. So I imagine I need 1/2 inch set, and 3/8's for general stuff, 1/4 would be nice as well. Anyone know any good sets?

This one caught my eye.
Sears Craftsman 182 Piece Tool Set with 3 Drawer Chest

kongzilla 08-29-2012 11:33 AM

Thats looks like something I started out with. Then I started buying tools piece by piece as I need them.

paintpollz 08-29-2012 11:59 AM

1 Attachment(s)
i have used this for everything i've done on my car.

Crescent® 148 Piece Professional Tool Set (CTK148MP) - 2 Pack


Attachment 127171

i store it in the trunk well in the storage bin. I just cut out a slot for it, and it fits perfectly under the trunk liner.

to this day, the best purchase I've made for my car.

LosAngelesLGT 08-29-2012 12:08 PM

^I have two of those but I got them from costco with a coupon for $79 each AND THE BOX WRENCH ENDS ARE RACHETING! WOO!!!

They do not come with racheting wrenches anymore. BOO!!!

OP, how exactly do you plan to put stuff back together without a TQ wrench?

SurlyOldManMN 08-29-2012 12:17 PM

The craftsman sets are fine if you buy them through sears so you can get replacements when they break (and they will, eventually).

xero287 08-29-2012 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 4047613)
^I have two of those but I got them from costco with a coupon for $79 each AND THE BOX WRENCH ENDS ARE RACHETING! WOO!!!

They do not come with racheting wrenches anymore. BOO!!!

OP, how exactly do you plan to put stuff back together without a TQ wrench?

Start telling me when you go to Costco.

paintpollz 08-29-2012 12:26 PM

i dont use a torque wrench. after using them in the past, I just estimate.

Obviously, I wouldn't used this technique when torquing down cylinder heads.......

meier motor sports 08-29-2012 12:34 PM

http://www.leatherman.com/product/Crunch

get-r-done

xero287 08-29-2012 12:45 PM

OP, rather than buying a full set like most of us did, I advise you to get separate sets. Here is what you should buy:

Start here: http://www.harborfreight.com/#

Buy these:

-Ratchets

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...35338-568.html

-Offset Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-32042.html

-Ratcheting Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-68953.html

-Breaker Bar

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...bar-67931.html

-The all important through sockets

http://www.harborfreight.com/21-piec...set-67974.html

Get a a decent torque wrench, not from harbor freight lol. This puts your total at $80. I can attest that though these tools are very cheap, they are reliable for their purposes. Don't try to break bolts with anything but the 6-point sockets in the ratcheting set. I've had all of these sets for many years now and through all of the tossing, hammering, and anger I've taken out on them they still function the same as when I got them. Granted, the socket set didn't function as well as other high-end craftsman sets simply due to the fact that they dont have as many teeth inside.

This set up is GREAT for a beginner, hell if I had the variation of tools here, my 4 hours jobs could have easily taken 1 hour. The things one does when he/she doesn't have offset wrenches with ratcheting wrenches.

LosAngelesLGT 08-29-2012 12:52 PM

^Thats probably perfect + the tq wrench as stated.

xero287 08-29-2012 12:56 PM

Oh yeah, looks like they have a coupon to be used before the 31st. Better act fast.

http://images.harborfreight.com/cpi/.../20offa_01.jpg

boxkita 08-29-2012 12:58 PM

A set of metric deep-socket air-tool-capable sockets from OReilly's or other auto parts store will give you a worthy socket to lean on with a breaker bar. Mine were $20, and worth every penny. :-)

Harbor Freight is a good place to start for tools, even the torque wrench. If you break them, you can buy another set, or upgrade that one thing to better quality.

xero287 08-29-2012 01:00 PM

^Exactly.

jsmith40a 08-29-2012 01:03 PM

OP, I would go with the set you have in your first post. Lifetime warranty and there is room in the top of the box to put specialty/extra tools not included. Easy, portable and you can add on to it.

BoozeRS05 08-29-2012 01:04 PM

Def a fan of buying smaller sets and adding pieces as you go. Don't forget a floor jack and stands, and/or ramps.


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