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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:17 pm 
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I thought we could do a thread for people wanting to work on your rigs instead of having a dealer do it. In this thread I figured we could list some tools that will make your project a little easier. Now these are not necessary but like I mentioned they'll help ya out.

Now if you have any tools that are helpful then feel free to list em up.;)

Seal Driver - This is a great useful tool for the aid in setting your seals. Especially the seals on your hubs.
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Pitman arm puller - Here's a tool that's a must for removing your pitman arm.
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Seal Puller - Here's another useful tool that helps removing various seals. (one in particular the bearing seals when you re-pack your bearings)
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5lb. hammer aka BFH (big F**king Hammer) - Now this is truly a multi-tasker. It can be used for many many things. For example popping your ball joints out of your UCA's.
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Snap-ring pliers - here's another tool that's needed for removing and installing snap-rings.
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Pry bar set -This is another tool/tools that are multi-taskers
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Bearing retaining nut socket - This is a tool that's used to used to remove the bearing retaining nut that holds in the bearing and such.
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where can i get the socket for the hubs?

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silversuper wrote:
where can i get the socket for the hubs?


Buy one made for a GMC/Chevy half-ton truck at Autozone for about $10. Grind off two of the four ears and you have one.
...or you can order one for about $25 through Xterraparts.com


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Good idea for a thread Gene.

As with many things, you can get by with other tools you have, but there's nothing like having the right tool for the job. One of the handiest all around tools I have is a good set of ViseGrips. I have about ten variations and they come in handy for a lot of tasks. Of course, the BFH solves about any problem.

If you do your rear brakes, these come in really handy. Again you can get by with pliers, screwdrivers and a lot of swearing, but these are worth having and saving a ton of effort,

Universal brake spring tool
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Brake Shoe Retainer Spring tool

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These tools are fairly inexpensive, mine are probably 30 years old, but they come in handy.


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Punches - these come in all different sizes and come in very handy. You can use them for all sorts of different projects. Like lining up bolt holes to getting a broken carter pin out of a bolt.
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Picks - These are usefull for all sorts of things.
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The Fire Wrench: one of the most useful and overlooked tools.


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Ball Joint/Universal Joint Press
Used one of these yesterday to press in a ball joint into the LCA. Made the job much easier. Would buy one but Autozone lent us one for $100 deposit. Left them $100 on my credit card, used it, brought it back and they credited my card the $100! Why buy one?

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I have been to autozone recently and they will rent you tool for free (you pay for it and when you return it they credit you the money)

The list of tools you can use are on the mat on the counter at the checkout

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Here's something every tool box in the North East should have in it.

Anti-sieze - Used to put on the threads of bolts to prevent them from getting locked on due to rust.
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Brake 4-piston spreader - Here's a tool that makes spreading the pistons open on a 4-piston caliper.
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I agree, this was a great idea for a thread. :thumbup:

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Damn Gene, do you have all the tools you've listed?
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I think having basic air tools (impact wrench, ratchet and air hammer) is a major plus. Saves sooo much time, I even carry the tools on the trail!

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Tom not all. I'm working on getting the Seal driver kit. Which you can find all over Ebay for pretty cheap and getting the 4-piston spreader. That made compressing the calipers easy. Especially on our calipers that don't have the wholes to allow the use of alot of other compressors.

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Perhaps this thread should be pinned?

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silversuper wrote:
where can i get the socket for the hubs?

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The Pitman Arm puller also works on the idler arm, and can be used to remove the tie rod ends as well.

Bearing Packer
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Torque Wrench
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C-Clamps - good for loosening calipers, and for holding spring packs together, or keeping skids in place while you drill - amongst other things.
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A dremel - multiple uses, but can be used with a cutting disk to resize/reshape a bolt head, or cut one off.
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EZ Out bits - for getting broken screws/bolts out.
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Impact Screwdriver - helps to get those stuck/frozen screws out without stripping them
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Combo wire strippers/cutters/crimpers.
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Soldering Gun
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