Originally Posted by Mansizedtarget
This is a ton of information. I'd like to buy one or two things and be done with it if possible for things like changing oil, diff fluid, removing hard top, etc. Can anyone provide a few links to where to buy an affordable set of tools and the minimum required extras. So let's say I need tool set X plus Y additional 18mm socket or whatever, could you provide links, so I don't have to figure out where, how much etc. on tools. I just want tools that work!
Okay, I'll bite. I may get verbally abused but here are my thoughts.
I don't think you can buy one or two tools and be done with it. Granted I don't think you need as many as I have to do BASIC maintenance or repairs. I also don't think you have to have all Snap-On, Matco or Proto but when you wrench for a living it is a little different, you really rely on your tools for your livelihood and don't have the time to run and grap a new one because it broke or quit on you.
A good basic Metric and even SAE wrench set and 3/8" socket set, along with basic screwdriver and plier set would be the first purchases. In addition you will need some TORX sockets as well, T25, T30 and T40 are I think the most common on the Jeeps.
Those will get you buy for most of what you have mentioned.
As far as quality, I would highly recommend staying away from Harbor Freight junk. I know a lot of people use them but their quality is so far below what else is available out there it really is not practical to waste the money on junk.
NAPA's brand of hand tools is manufactured by Danaher corporation and are very good quality for the price and they are warranteed for life. A cheap tool may seem like a great savings until the jaws open and you round the head off of that one bolt that is a PITA to get to and you just created a whole lot more work and frustration.
I know you mentioned links so you could buy online and have them shipped to you but I prefer to purchase my tools where I can fondle them a little before buying.
I have purchased a few specialty tools from the following websites though.
Just my .02 cents worth of opinion.