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Forgive me if a thread like this already exists - If so, please point me to it!!

 

I recently posted to a hose / fuel line clamp thread started by Worzella, that I found some clamps I really loved: 

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GFC9RN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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I also realized that I found some great heat shrink electrical terminals that changed my life (OK, I'm being a bit dramatic) not long ago:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07124B886/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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This made me start to think about all the great maintenance/repair parts and tools I haven't yet stumbled upon.

 

What are some of your favorites?!

 

 

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Heat shrink is up there for me too. I love the stuff for adding strain relief to crimp terminals and proving a neat finish to wiring in a number of ways. 

 

@markmac even used it for coating axle half shafts to provide a tough black finish. Genius. 

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Going with the title of the thread, and maybe outside the box

the best tool for repairing a car I’ve ever bought is a 4 post lift

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I'm on board with everything posted so far.

 

Milwaukee also makes an M12 stubby impact that's good for 250 ft-lbs that's very handy. For both tools, nano impact sockets have proven surprisingly useful: https://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-Tool-78314-Profile/dp/B01JBK1FHG

 

In addition to the heat shrink crimp connectors, I've also fallen in love with heat shrink self-soldering butt connectors like these: https://www.amazon.com/Sopoby-Connectors-Electrical-Waterproof-Automotive/dp/B01DPS8DPM

 

But the best money I've spent in a while has been on upgrading basic hand tools. I bought full sets of Wera wrenches and sockets, and it's shocking how much better they are to use than my old mostly Craftsman stuff (and that's old Made in USA Craftsman, not the modern Chinese stuff). The tilting ratchet head is especially useful.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wera-Zyklop-Metric-Ratchet-Piece/dp/B0024LOT6Y

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wera-05020013001-Combination-Wrench-Set-Pieces/dp/B00BT0AYG0

 

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Gear wrenches are helpful on those rare occasions where a socket & ratchet are too bulky (rear shock mount nuts on later BMWs).

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9 hours ago, gwb72tii said:

Going with the title of the thread, and maybe outside the box

the best tool for repairing a car I’ve ever bought is a 4 post lift

 

How much searching did you do before buying? Can you recommend a brand/model?

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This kit has paid for itself many times.

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These two might be my favorite children at the moment.

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Hell I have tools thats only use is to fix other tools, but IMHO the best tool in the box as it says on the top of the page is this here board:D

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A dremel has been mentioned but I recommend a cordless one. I only use my dremel for fine work and not having a cord hanging off the end make it surprisingly easier to control for me. It’s also quieter. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Bare-Tool-Milwaukee-2460-20-12-Volt-Rotary/dp/B004WBFERM/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3Q9U7HZX4SPH7&keywords=milwaukee+dremel+tool+12v&qid=1556732264&s=gateway&sprefix=milwaukee+dremel&sr=8-1

 

I like an oscillating tool for a lot of things but with a smooth blade it works very well at removing sound deafening material. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCS355B-Oscillating-Multi-Tool-Tool/dp/B00FM4E3SE/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=2H71D88D3JRYC&keywords=dewalt+oscillating+tool&qid=1556732395&s=gateway&sprefix=dewalt+osc&sr=8-3

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In no particular order... my favs

 

- Phone camera

- Good lighting

- Cheap Harbor Freight press

- BMW service manual

- Socket extenders, swivels and size converters

- Variable timing light (All hail Mint!)

- Eastwood small parts cleaner/tumbler

- Fluke multimeter

- Fire extinguishers all over

- Beer fridge 😂😂

 

Randy

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Zip ties.

electrical tape.

gaffer's tape.

twine.

That silicone self- fusing tape.

Longer zip ties.

a crescent wrench

a picquic screwdriver, with extra bits for #3 philips, robertson, etc  http://picquic.ca/

a pry bar

my cellphone.

the faq

a credit card

 

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