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    Absolute must-have on ratchet wrenches, especially ones with swivel heads.

    I also sell the Gearwrench brand "Pass-Thru" ratchet set, it was just in sale at Christmas in fact. Got a set myself, they are BADASS for swaybar adjusters!


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    Something that's been on my list, and that I keep forgetting to pick up, is a deadblow hammer (or several in various sizes).
    Whoomah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by novicius View Post
    Yep, bookmarked.
    The only thing that Craftsman set is missing is a hollow drive extension. Gearwrench has a similar set, with extension, but only 6pt sockets which can be less useful for tight situations (ie, Z32s ).

    Edit - here it is. Or here, for the chrome version which might have more availability.
    Last edited by CudaMan; January 8th, 2014 at 01:36 PM.

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    And $5 too!

    I bought this dead blow:

    http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-3...5&blockType=G5

    back when I was fixing the sheet metal on that red convertible in '06 (?). I didn't expect it to really last, but I use it fairly frequently and it's in great shape. Kills me that a hammer full of sand costs as much as a prepaid cell phone or an Android tablet, but whaddayagonnado? That and this ball peen

    http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-3...3&blockType=G3

    are the two blunt instruments I use most often.

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    I ordered and received my Mityvac 8500 from Amazon... apparently just in time, as it's now $10 more than it was on Tuesday...

    http://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-MITMV8.../dp/B0002SQYUA

    In case it ever comes up again, I think I made a mistake. I defaulted to the "Silver Line" (aka aluminum) 8500 instead of the "Select Line" (aka plastic) 8255 because the price difference was only $10, and the metal version seemed like it'd be more durable. It probably is, but good Lord is it ever heavy. I'd never seen a metal Mityvac prior to this one, so I didn't really know what to expect. It sure feels solid, but I also feel like it's going to a pain to handle. I'm going to employ it to set the WGA on the XR this weekend, so I guess I'll see.

    One nice aspect, though, is that it does have pretty strong action. Compared to the Craftsman vacuum pump I've been using (also metal), the Mityvac generates substantially more suction per stroke (giggity) than the Craftsman model. I see why the Mityvac was cloned for sex organ enlargement instead of the Sears pump. Heh.

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    I am increasingly irked about the lack of good quality torx screwdrivers. It's easy to find those dumb multitools that have torx bits, and 1/4" drivers that take torx sockets, but what I want is a handful of torx drivers.

    Like this:

    http://www.sears.com/craftsman-5-pc-...p-00941404000P

    but with a few more sizes and substantially more strength. I'm on my third set of these, and they round without notice.

    It's easy to find these for computer or other electronic use, but difficult for manly automotive use.

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    Seems like Bondhus is the source for these!

    http://www.amazon.com/Bondhus-13532-...=bondhus+13532

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ondhus%2034532

    http://www.amazon.com/Bondhus-75534-...hus+stardriver

    Man, just gotta complain about stuff I guess! I swear I've done a bazillion Google searches for these things in the past and always come up empty handed!
    Last edited by thesameguy; January 14th, 2014 at 03:30 PM.

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    Snap-On's got them for about $20+ each.
    Whoomah!

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    Yeah, no. I'd keep breaking Craftsman tools before forking over $20ea! I just ordered the Bondhus 34534 and 13532 (ball tip). 16 drivers, $70. I've bought Bondhus torx tools before and they are top notch. I don't know why it never occurred to me to see if they made screw driver versions! I am very excited about the ball tip ones - so many times in recent memory being able to turn a torx screw at a slight angle would have saved much work (and cursing!).

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    Not exactly a "tool," but still a vehicle repair device...

    Has anyone ever used anything like this:

    http://www.leatherrepairkits.com/

    ?

    It's like some sort of epoxy or rubber or something. I dunno. Maybe it is magic. Since I'm now on a mission to buy a '90s Mercedes or Volvo, there is a high probability whatever I end up with will have a leather interior and I'm looking for a way to prevent any upholstery issues that may exist from getting worse. There are actually two Benzes I'm interested in, and both have rips in exactly the same place. Left alone they will get much worse very fast, but I think that if I can fix the weak spot, the seats should stay nice looking for a while. I truthfully don't care about "a perfect repair" so much as a presentable repair that keeps minor damage from getting worse.

    I've seen informercials on these types of products years ago, but have zero firsthand experience. Anyone?

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