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    Tools needed to Mod you Car.

    Lets Start a discussion to list the most usefull tools that all you guys use to work on the car.
    All the Needed Tools..
    O2 sockets,Wrenches,ratchets ,screwdrivers.
    everything.
    lets just start listing it.
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    Tuca
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    I'll add;

    Good metric socket set and box wrenches
    Flex head rachet
    Universal joint
    Breaker bar
    Floor Jack
    Jackstands
    Head lamp (this is so usefull)
    Beer

    The list could go on and on but these are some of the basics I use.
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    something to cover the fenders while you lean on it....

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    Jrod,,what is a breaker bar?and box wrenches??
    I will add to that some nice extensions to put in the ratchet.
    O2 socket,(is there a proper socket for EGT sensor??),Ahhh,,and a torque wrench too..
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    A good oil filter removal tool. There are many on the market, but one is definately necessary. Also, some sort of extener tool with a gripper on the end of it for when you drop stuff into your engine bay and cannot get your hand in there to pick it out. I will post more when I think of it.

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    Originally posted by tuca33
    Jrod,,what is a breaker bar?and box wrenches??
    I will add to that some nice extensions to put in the ratchet.
    O2 socket,(is there a proper socket for EGT sensor??),Ahhh,,and a torque wrench too..
    Tuca
    Box Wrench


    Breaker Bar

    Some call them flex handles. They are used when bolts/nuts are too tight, that you can't use your regular ratchet. A breaker bar is much longer, you apply more torque onto the bolt...basically better leverage..

    Some flare nut wrenches (brake lines, etc.)

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    Originally posted by NJwrbT-WRX
    A good oil filter removal tool. There are many on the market, but one is definately necessary. Also, some sort of extener tool with a gripper on the end of it for when you drop stuff into your engine bay and cannot get your hand in there to pick it out. I will post more when I think of it.

    -joe
    Get yourself a big pair of channel-locks. They work well for the oil filter, plus they have a hundred other uses.

    Personally I'd get combo wrenches rather than box on both ends - box on one end, open on the other. Two sets is handy for getting onto both the nut and bolt- I have three actually - standard Craftsman combo wrenches, short combos (for those tight spaces) and a long set that is box on one end and "quickwrench" ratcheting (sorta) opens on the other. Then I have a set of ratcheting box wrenches........I gues what I'm trying to say is that you can't have too many wrenches!
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    Sometimes check out the clearance tables at Sears. Last year I got a sweet metric combo wrench set (I think 24 pieces) for $20 when its MSRP at $70.

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    Originally posted by tan
    Sometimes check out the clearance tables at Sears. Last year I got a sweet metric combo wrench set (I think 24 pieces) for $20 when its MSRP at $70.

    Thats what i will look for.
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    They have Sears in Brazil, WOW!!!

    Another to add to the list, needle nose pliers in a few sizes, I always seem to need them regardless of what I am doing.

    -joe
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    Removed silencer w/ Akimoto Velocity Stack, Blitz Dual TT, Autospeed Prototype Up-pipe w/ Flex-joint, Autospeed Crank Pulley, Autospeed OEM Dead Pedal, Samco IC Hoses, Axxis Pads, Goodridge Lines, Neo Synth Brake Fluid, Speedbleeders, Eibach Pro-Kit, Perrin Endlinks and Rear Sway, 17" Sub Zeros w/ 225/45 ES100s, Crucial Racing Thermostat and 1.4bar Radiator Cap, Autometer Sport-Comp Oil Pressure, EGT, and Voltmeter on the A-Pillar, STI Hoodscoop.

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    Originally posted by NJwrbT-WRX
    They have Sears in Brazil, WOW!!!

    Another to add to the list, needle nose pliers in a few sizes, I always seem to need them regardless of what I am doing.

    -joe
    No in Brazil we have Walmart,Not Sears.
    But i will use my computer to buy from Sears
    And needle nose pliers i think you mean pliers with very thin nose,,appearing to be 2 needles at the end of the plier.
    am i correct??
    thanks
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    Yes, needlenose pliers are pliers with very small tips, though not actually as small as needles.

    To the list, I'd like to add:

    - normal pliers
    - heavy gauge extension cord
    - multimeter
    - soldering iron
    - wire crimper/stripper
    - several good worklights
    - dremel tool
    - Rhino Ramps
    - Torque wrenches (in both in/lb and ft/lb scales)

    Used a little less often but still awfly handy is:
    - rubber hammer
    - ballpeen hammer
    - bench vise
    - bench grinder
    - hacksaw
    - visegrips
    - air compressor
    - impact wrench for air compressor
    - a big fan and a space heater to keep your garage at a bearable temperature
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    Originally posted by AutoXJunkie
    Used a little less often but still awfly handy is:
    - rubber hammer
    I prefer 'dead blow' hammers. They have steel shot in them (or something like that) which deaden the 'recoil' of a rubber mallet. Saves you from accidentally banging it into something else once it bounces off whatever you're trying to hit with it.
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    The nice thing about Subaru (vs my damn Chevy metric AND SAE truck ) is that you only need a few select sizes- 10,12,14,17,19,21,22,30- this greatly pars down your tool needs.

    I'm like GV27- can't have enough wrenches and I find I use most of them. One thing to pay attention to is 6 point vs 12 point. When you get into the bigger stuff, I'd highly recommend 6 point- less chance of rounding off a nut or bolt.

    I also find having a wide assortment of extensions, universals and wobble sockets can make a seemingly impossible job possible. A torque wrench, while expensive, is somewhat of a necessity IMO- I use both a 3/8 and 1/2 one on almost every project.

    Another nice tool is the ratcheting comination wrench, this lets you get into tight spaces (like a combination wrench) but also offers ratcheting action- saving you mucho time in many applications. Unfortunately my tool choice- Craftsman, offers a metric set but includes a bunch of sizes I don't need, but worse no 17mm- which you'll find is a very go to size w/ the Suby.

    Big Sky

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    Joy O Joy! Just went to sears,com and found out they do make a 17mm ratcheting wrench, it's just not in their metric "set"- 10,11,12,13,14,15,18- don't need 11,13,15 or 18.

    This is what they loook like:





    I just ordered individually 10,12,14,17 and w/ my craftsman club tool discount and free shipping rebate got them for $75.

    Stoked (tool fetish )

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