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Old 01-13-2013, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face Building a mechanics tool box

I have decided for 2013 to lower my Lotus's cost of ownership and start doing some of my own basic labor. I also recently added a Miata to the family for my GF that needed a bunch of little stuff done it. (Although I am looking forward to playing with it as well).

What do you guys who wrench consider essential?

I have a nice two ton low profile speed jack, jack stands ext.... Some basic tools but looking to build out a new box just for the cars.


Metric sockets, a few deep sockets, metric allen head set. Various long and short screw drivers, viceclips, adjustable crescent wrenches etc...

What else do you guys recommend? Any clever set of wrenches worth more than a good set of conventional?

For breaker bar, sockets and my torque wrench should I be going all 1/4" , 3/8" drive or should I be using 1/2?

A little help in the right direction so I don't have to make repurchases would be great.

I was thinking about something like this:
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Sku:934118 if it does not load.

But feel there is probably a lot of stuff in that kit I don't need.

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Old 01-13-2013, 01:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Start here and then just click thru the linked threads

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When I bought my Elise nearly 5 years ago I put some tools together and have built from there. I would recommend a socket set 1/4 3/8 inch drive combination (Supatool has been totally reliable). And a set of ratch ring spanners (Kincrome). All metric.
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I have WAYYY too many tools. But I guess that comes with being a tech in the past. Honestly, there really isn't all that much needed to take apart a lotus.
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You can get away without 1/2 except for wheel hubs and lower ball joints. I find that deep-offsets can come in handy in a few places as well as shorty box wrenches.

A good set of Allen sockets short and long is handy as well as gear wrench ratcheting box wrenches.
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Honestly Id start with a little bigger base set. If you don't have much in the way of tools it is convient and cost effective to buy "big" sets espescially when they go on sale at sears.

I have the set you list as my portable set to throw in the car. It isnt too bad, but of course you need a set of pliers, screw drivers, hex bits, wire cutters, vice grips, etc. THe list goes on and on but you can buy that stuff as needed.

My only advice is to look for sales, buy decent tools, and always buy the extended sets even if you only need one tool.
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Honestly Id start with a little bigger base set. If you don't have much in the way of tools it is convient and cost effective to buy "big" sets espescially when they go on sale at sears.
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