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Old 04-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #31
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I have the same carrier but only use it to transport propane tanks back and forth to ACE for filling. Works great for that. Same issue as KC Hawker, however. I can't open the gate with it on. No problem for my limited use.

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Old 04-10-2013, 04:40 PM   #32
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:49 PM   #33
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I buy most of my tools from HF, mainly paint guns and air tools. Most recently I bought a Soda Blaster, which stripped the paint off a tj I have in for a custom paint job.
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I have a fair amount of HF tools. Sometimes it hit or miss if they product is worth keeping. Here are some of the the stuff I bought there, that is outstanding:

Ball joint press. Its very stout and well made. As good as an OTC one I saw.
Angle grinder. I have seriously abused that tool. It has never failed.

Auto Darkening Welding Hood. < This is probably one of the best buys anywhere. It has settings for 9-13 plus a grind setting. Two sensors and slow/fast darkening. It fits better than a cheap Miller hood I have that I paid more fore. It is battery powered with a solar booster. I use it all the time. Even for grinding.

Corded Impact gun. It will take off lug nuts the tire change monkeys put on so tight it breaks a breaker bar. I took off a Dana 18 transfer case flange nut that was torqued to 350 ft pounds 40 years prior.

Other items include air chisel, air staple and nail gun. Their plastic boxes of nuts or bolts or washers or nuts and bolts are a really good deal when you wait for a sale. In fact if you can wait HF often has ten percent of coupons. Which makes any of the above a smokin' good deal.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:15 PM   #35
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:56 PM   #36
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I have the cheap 1/2 corded gun by Chicago. I'll trade up to the Earthquake if they'll let me exchange. I've only used it twice, but it has some driveway rash
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I bought a pickle fork, extendable 12"-24" 1/2" ratcheting breaker bar, crescent wrenches. Love em and work great
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:23 AM   #38
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I have used and abused my 3/8 torx bits. I think they were T15 - T55. They have been lifesavers and were cheap.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:18 AM   #39
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Maybe you all can point me to a good tool for the job.

I am removing the grille on my TJ which as has been stated many times is a pita. I have everything unbolted sans 2 bolts at the bottom of the grille - radiator fan on either side...

I cannot reach them with any tool from the top of the engine bay, I simply don't have a tool long enough.

From under the Engine bay I can reach the passenger side bolt with an open wrench but am using my fingertips to turn. (that would equate to about a quarter of a full turn if I can even get the right amount of force/torque). I do not see anyway to reach the bottom bolt on the driverside from under the engine bay as there are control arms in the way.

I suppose if I had a long enough socket wrench I can reach from above the engine bay. The only problem I foresee with this method would be removing the socket wrench as it would be then trapped between the grille and the radiator brackets.
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^ I have a hard time visualizing what you are taking about

A long enough extension or 2 and a swivel won't work ?
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^ I have a hard time visualizing what you are taking about

A long enough extension or 2 and a swivel won't work ?
I'll take a picture when I get home. Ideally if I could get a 20+" Open wrench of the size 7/16" I could slowly work it off.

I'm not sure they even make something of that sort. Next option would be an extended Socket wrench. The reason I'm hesitant of this is the space.
Until I can get you a picture, imagine this:
The offending bolts connecting the Radiator to the Grille are at the bottom of lets say an "elevator shaft", walls on each side. A longer Socket wrench will be able to go down the "elevator shaft" to reach the bottom bolts. However when I begin to loosen the bolt the wrench will not have room to come back, off of, the bolt as there is a wall behind it.
Horrible description but hopefully it is vivid at the least. I think I will pick up an extended socket wrench but like I said Ideally I would rather an extended open ended wrench.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #42
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I purchased one of those foldable 4x8 trailer kits and it went together just fine. The only issue I had with it was one of the fenders for a wheel was bent, but called them up and was sent a new one. Hard to screw up this kit since the builder has to make sure all the lines are straight and bolts tight, etc.

X100000

I LOVE my HF trailer. I've put a gazillion miles on it, not an issue. Well, I did re-wire it but that was because it lived outside for a few years. Thing is dead nuts reliable, I'd buy another in a heart beat. I welded up some parts though to make it more versatile (extra tie down points and things like that) ... which leads into my next post ...
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:23 PM   #43
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What one ya get? Once I move on to bumpers and what not I'm having a buddy teach me how to weld. Not a mooch so plan on picking up my own after him putting me through the gauntlet

Well, the 170 amp MIG/FLUX is the one I have always used. Mine recently broke on me after some HARD use, though they let me return it. I have to order a replacement but in the meantime I am using my little bro's 90 amp which is also fantastic.

These are really nice little units. Replace the flux core wire with some decent quality wire from Lincoln or something similar and you will get less spatter. I don't weld anything crazy thick so I get good coverage with this and my welds always withstand a solid whack from my hammer. So far, so good. Plus, you can fix things around the house. Wife got quotes to replace a section of our wrought iron fence. $590 bucks worth of labor. Took me 1 hrs outside with my little welder and some black lacquer. Looks better than new.

Highly recommend getting a book, a welder, a comfy chair for some YouTube videos and learning the ropes. Instruction from a friend is helpful too if you know someone but far from necessary. Be safe and enjoy the ability to add parts anywhere you want them at basically any time!
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #44
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Transmission jack and a 20 ton press, both work well (well, the press did till it found a new place to live...).

Lots of hand tools that I've at least not wasted my money on and the only thing to disappoint was a $20 18V cordless drill.
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I'll take a picture when I get home. Ideally if I could get a 20+" Open wrench of the size 7/16" I could slowly work it off.

I'm not sure they even make something of that sort. Next option would be an extended Socket wrench. The reason I'm hesitant of this is the space.
Until I can get you a picture, imagine this:
The offending bolts connecting the Radiator to the Grille are at the bottom of lets say an "elevator shaft", walls on each side. A longer Socket wrench will be able to go down the "elevator shaft" to reach the bottom bolts. However when I begin to loosen the bolt the wrench will not have room to come back, off of, the bolt as there is a wall behind it.
Horrible description but hopefully it is vivid at the least. I think I will pick up an extended socket wrench but like I said Ideally I would rather an extended open ended wrench.
I understand. Ratcheting wrench ?
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I understand. Ratcheting wrench ?
Ratcheting wrench would be fine if it were long enough. They act like a socket wrench in the enclosed portion right?
The problem is all the extended length wrenches I've seen are for oversized bolts. The bolts I'm trying to get off require the second to smallest wrench in my collection (7/16").

I'm wondering if it wouldn't be easier to get an extended socket wrench / have a friend hold the grille and radiator apart slightly / wrench fast as I can before their arms fall off.

Reassembling the grille will be another pita but we'll deal with that when i get there.
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. I don't weld anything crazy thick so I get good coverage with this and my welds always withstand a solid whack from my hammer. !
How thick and how strong are we talkin'? Think it'll do fabbing up bumper and rocker guards?
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I purchased one of those foldable 4x8 trailer kits and it went together just fine. The only issue I had with it was one of the fenders for a wheel was bent, but called them up and was sent a new one. Hard to screw up this kit since the builder has to make sure all the lines are straight and bolts tight, etc.

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X100000

I LOVE my HF trailer. I've put a gazillion miles on it, not an issue. Well, I did re-wire it but that was because it lived outside for a few years. Thing is dead nuts reliable, I'd buy another in a heart beat. I welded up some parts though to make it more versatile (extra tie down points and things like that) ... which leads into my next post ...
I have that same trailer...plus the Harbor Freight steel ramps (and other stuff).

Love that trailer and the ramps.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:08 PM   #49
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HF has never let me down. I have most of my tools from there. I have a large kobalt kit that goes in the jeep for the weekend trips tho.

I have the trailer pictured above. It has been put to use and not let me down the least little bit.

Just got the 12v tire inflator. Sure it takes 5 minutes a tire but it gets the job done and came with a storage bag.
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Anybody use their ratcheting wrenches ?

I bought a set from sears (not craftsman) and they are the best.
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Anybody use their ratcheting wrenches ?

I bought a set from sears (not craftsman) and they are the best.
Box wrenches? I wouldn't trust a socket wrench unless it had a lifetime warranty. I have a set of the Husky brand mechanical box wrenches and no fails. I've had em for a few years and they even work great in murky water.
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Yea the internal ratcheting ones. The set i have is standard and metric and also includes stubby's.
Perfect for the small driveshaft u-bolts.
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Oooo stuby's would be awesome. Wish I had some at times.
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Freakin awesome ill derail my own thread and take a pic. Gotta see this kit
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:55 PM   #56
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Just bought a Drillmaster angle grinder on sale for $10. I don't need a grinder all the time like I do at work and so far so good.

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I also like my red plastic 300lb creeper from HF.
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I love my 6 ton jackstands. Not sure it's possible to do those wrong, and I don't wanna find out if it is!
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:36 PM   #58
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I bought their farm jack last weekend. I'm not sure if I'm just 100% retard or they really are complicated to work, but the craftsmanship is impressive for a $50 jack.
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I get fliers in the junk mail that have coupons for free flashlights, screwdriver sets, tape measures, and multi meters. I have the little flashlights stashed all over the place now. I have a drill press that hasn't let me down and lots of small tools. I have a coupon somewhere for a Farm Jack and that wil probably be the next purchase.
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I got a 1/2" torque wrench, a 1/2" high torque corded drill, some sockets, a few other odds and ends. For what it's worth, stuff I'm using all the time, I put down some cash for, generally. The tools I use infrequently, I absolutely go to harbor freight. Oh, I also have an 8 gallon air compressor which has lasted me about 5 years this summer.

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