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  • Tools beyond impact and gear wrenches

    Let's say you have a bunch of Craftsman level 1/4 3/8 and 1/2 drive, wrenches, gear wrenches, torque wreches, the 1/2 impact, and a 3/8 baby impact for spinning bolts down.

    What's the next move? Hinged gear wrenches? Snap on ratchets? Shorty wrenches? Crow feet?

    What would you get next for working in tight spaces?

  • #2
    Food for thought.

    Or not . . .

    Snap On's version:


    • #3
      I'm looking for the smallest 1/4" and 3/8" drive cordless socket wrench with a good long lasting battery. I hate battery things running out of power when I need them or always having batteries on chargers. I hate the weight and hose drag I get and the noise from my air driven ratchet. I don't like taking the 20 nuts of a manifold or valve cover without some motorized assistance...I'm impatient and I'm not 20 anymore.


      • #4
        Do you have wobbler and universal joint extensions? I find I use the wobblers especially quite a bit on the Miata.
        99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
        '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon


        • #5
          Wobblers are great. I like using these for the header removal / installation.

          I also like the flex end 1/2" and 3/8" ratchet:

          SuperMiata S2 Class #33


          • #6
            I've always liked having line wrenches on hand. I don't use them often, but when I need them, they're invaluable for removing stuck brake line fittings, etc.


            • #7


              • #8
                This one is really handy for a Miata racer. It's sold at Harbor Freight. It's a thin, double-ended ratchet, 3/8-inch on one end and 1/4-inch on the other. I use it most for rotating the crankshaft with the sway bar attached. It fits between them unlike nearly any other ratchet or breaker bar. It gives better grip than a big 21 mm box wrench.

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                • #9
                  I only have the Craftsman 1/2" flex end ratchet. Might have to get this on my next trip to HF.
                  SuperMiata S2 Class #33


                  • #10
                    I have a set of metric Allens that fit on a 3/8-inch drive, and Allens in a "Swiss Army knife" kind of thing, but I've always thought about those nice, big T-handle Allen wrench sets.


                    • #11
                      Surprisingly, I mounted a 27” LCD on the wall with a gen3 AppleTV at the front of my garage. I have my car’s factory service manual on a cloud drive. I use my phone to find the section/repair/diagnostic, then cast it over to the TV to see the info larger. This was just electronics I had in storage, didn’t think I would use it as much as I do. It’s really helpful seeing those diagrams and values up on the wall like that, can see it from across the garage.

                      Also, I tend to take quick pictures of stuff I disassemble to see how it should look when I change parts. Throwing these up on the TV is also a big help.
                      Last edited by Force McCocken; 05-07-2019, 10:29 AM.
                      Yer pal,