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This is a discussion on Tool Set Recommendation within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; How's it going everyone? First, my apologies if this was posted in the wrong section. I would like to know ...

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    Tool Set Recommendation

    How's it going everyone? First, my apologies if this was posted in the wrong section.

    I would like to know what tool set you guys recommend for someone trying to get a lot more into DIY's. I'm tired of relying mostly on mechanics, and would love to learn and work on my own car.

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    just ask me about tools...

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    Metric socket set
    Metric wrenches
    Torque wrench

    That'd be a good base...
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    Thanks guys for your input. Any tool set that comes with a great assortment of good base tools to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Metric socket set
    Metric wrenches
    Torque wrench

    That'd be a good base...
    And if you have an older car. Olive oil and a breaker bar.

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    Crafstman is a good brand.If you are lucky ,you may find some still "Made in USA".

    To the mentioned I would add some extenders for the socket wrench,6 point & 12 point metric sockets.

    Maybe a breaker bar.
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    Amazon.com: Craftsman 255 pc. Mechanics Tool Set with Lift Top Storage Chest, # 35255: Home Improvement

    That plus a good torque wrench like this one http://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-9-44.../dp/B00065T0X2

    Thats a good start. Then as you go you will find yourself collecting a few random things here and there. Both of those products can be found at an Ace Hardware for a good price
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    ^I don't see where that kit has any 6 pts. - they are a must for both sockets and wrenches whereas 12 pts. are optional. For wrenches if you can get ratcheting12 pts. (assuming you have solid 6 pts. you can smack with a BFH). Kits may be convenient but it is usually better to just get what you really need. One good approach is get just the basics and buy additional tools as necessary for whatever you are planning to do. I'm not saying buy one wrench at a time, but if you buy what you need when you need it you end up with everything you need.

    +1 on the torque wrench. A small one and a large one is ideal, but start with a large one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist
    Kits may be convenient but it is usually better to just get what you really need. One good approach is get just the basics and buy additional tools as necessary for whatever you are planning to do. I'm not saying buy one wrench at a time, but if you buy what you need when you need it you end up with everything you need.
    This.

    Get a basic metric socket set (") and wrench set that each cover 8-17mm. That should give you enough to take on many DIY projects. Buy other tools as needed, as per install directions you find online.

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    If you have the money upfront buying a set like GarretKoonsman suggested is a great deal in the end. You save alot over trying to buy all that stuff separately. Craftsman is pretty decent stuff and they have a good amount of different sets to choose from. I use my tools for more than just working on cars so it's nice to have a good assortment. Craftsman Home Depot's Husky line of tools and Lowe's Kolbalt line a nice as well. The nice thing about all three is if you break them you can just bring them into any of their stores and they replace them for free.
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    But get 6 pts. either way
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    You can also find some great tools for great prices on ebay.
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    I just got the generic Craftsman 200-something mechanics set, and I've picked up anything else I've needed along the way. So far I've had basically every tool I've needed.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. Truly helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    This.

    Get a basic metric socket set (") and wrench set that each cover 8-17mm. That should give you enough to take on many DIY projects. Buy other tools as needed, as per install directions you find online.



    Low-profile racing jack (Harbor Freight has some decent prices)
    Jack stands
    Ramps (AutoZone carries a set that's ~$40)
    So I've been on the hunt for a socket and wrench set as you've mentioned; and I found these on Amazon:

    Amazon.com: GearWrench 9416 16 Piece Metric Master Ratcheting Wrench Set: Home Improvement

    and

    Amazon.com: GearWrench 9902 16 Piece Flex-Head Combination Ratcheting Wrench Set Metric: Home Improvement

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    I didn't see the wrenches being described as 6pt. or otherwise, which another posted mentioned was important. Unless they're a universal type. If someone with more experience can chime in on these it would be extremely helpful.

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