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    Greetings and Salutations.

    I'm getting a new STI and I thought I'd start learning how to work on my car. Up until now, I know how to put gas in and my knowledge base ends there (sad, I know). I know some people say they don't know about cars, but I really mean it. :P

    So, I put some money on the side to buy some tools. Assume I don't even own a set of real socket wrenches. Can you please suggest what kind of tools to start buying? I don't plan on doing any serious work on the car for a little while, but I thought I'd start building a collection for the future since I know tools are quite expensive. I seem to hear about tuning computers(?) and the like. In addition to new tools, what other accessory-type things like this should eventually be purchased?

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    go look at the tutorial for puttin on a cbe/dp/up it is really well written and a great place to start modding your car. there is no point in buying any tools if you dont plan on using them so plan out what mods you will do and then buy tools based on that.
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    Start off by going to the official Subaru Techinical site and buy a 72-hour subscription to download the service manual for your subie. People will tell you to get one off e-bay, but hey, go legit... its only $35, plus you're sure to get your car's service manual.

    Then, a set of sockets is a good start... both imperial and metric. I'd also get a decent torque wrench so you don't over-tighten things.

    Get a good jack and stands and you're set. have fun!
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    I suggest buying Craftsman tools from Sears. You'll pay a little more than other brands, but they're guaranteed for life. No questions asked. It's nice knowing you wont ever get hasseled taking something back. I have a small set that pretty much helps cover basic tune ups & aftermarket mods. You shouldn't have to pay more than $200 for a real good set. I also have a small $50 set in my car for emergencies.
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    bleh,


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    Quote Originally Posted by 20WRX04
    I suggest buying Craftsman tools. You'll pay a little more than other brands
    Hah Im betting youve never set foot on a Snap-on/Matco/Cornwell/Mac truck
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobVee
    Hah Im betting youve never set foot on a Snap-on/Matco/Cornwell/Mac truck
    Actually i have. I used to work in a dealership. All the techs hated waiting for stuf to get replaced by those companies cuz they never had it in stock. And us DIYers don't have the priviledge of a tool guy coming to our houses.
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    Thank you. All of your suggestions are greratly appreciated.

    I have already purchased (unfortunately, from eBay..$33) the mechanics manual. It also came with several tutorials and other guides, so I thought that would help. I also picked up a decent jack with stands, so I'm happy to know I'm headed in the right direction.

    I'll look into those sets and check out the Craftsman...I like the idea of a lifetime warranty.

    I probably should wait until I need them, but I just wanted to get a head start when I bought the car. I'll make sure not to go nuts...I hear buying tools can be an addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20WRX04
    Actually i have. I used to work in a dealership. All the techs hated waiting for stuf to get replaced by those companies cuz they never had it in stock. And us DIYers don't have the priviledge of a tool guy coming to our houses.
    Thats why I would recommend Sears for any @ homers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vez
    I probably should wait until I need them
    Its always a good idea to have a baisic set of tools around bc you never know when youll need em
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    on top of regular sockets make sure you have a set of deep sockets and a variety of extensions and a universal joint never hurt anyone especially for spark plugs, i would say get some air tool (I just did and I don't how I managed before) but that can get costly, also a 24" breaker bar is really helpful on stock stuck on bolts
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    Limerick, eh? Welcome!

    Craftsman are fine for most jobs. The tutorials on this site (and other Subaru forums) will be of a great help.
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    No doubt Snap on/Mac/other tool companies are great... but if you go with Craftsman and break something. Just bring it back to sears and they give you a brand new tool for free. No questions asked. It would suck to be with out a tool that you need to complete a task for a few days.
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    Great stuff, but not a lot in the way of heavy duty mechanics tools. Totally unmatched for what they do make.

    Edit: Just checked them out again. They have a growing amount of sockets and the like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vez
    I probably should wait until I need them, but I just wanted to get a head start when I bought the car. I'll make sure not to go nuts...I hear buying tools can be an addiction.

    Thanks, again.
    It really is... we went from a basic socket set to pretty much everything we'd need to work on a car... have a full air compressor with ratchet and impact gun and other air tools. I think we're just missing a lift! heheh.

    And bkotzman is right... get some deep sockets and universals. The universals will come in handy for those tight spots. The breaker bar is also good. The factory tends to over-torque everything and if you don't touch anything for years, those bolts and nuts can become pretty siezed... on that note, get some good anti-sieze to put on the bolts when putting everything back to make things easier later on should you need to take them apart again.... you'll always find something else to buy heheh.
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