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Old 01-30-2014, 04:54 PM   #1
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Recommendation for Torque/Ratchet Set

Hello to all again, can anyone provide me with a recommendation for a decently price affordable Torque Socket/Ratchet Set to use for my '13 JK to remove the mirrors and doors? Any help would be beneficial, thank you.

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Old 01-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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Check out Harbor Freight they have a lifetime warranty on their hand tools. They work well for small light weight jobs.

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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That's a Torx bit. According to another thread, a T-50 is the correct size for the door. There are many different brands of tools out there. Torx bits are not that expensive and you can find them at any auto parts store, as well as Sears, Loews, and Home Depot. As far as ratchet sets go, since you're asking the question, I'm going to assume that you're not going to use them daily and therefore don't need professional quality tools, such as Snap-on and Mac. They are more expensive than consumer brands, but they're nice and you won't bust your knuckles using them. That said, Sears' Craftsman hand tools are decent enough....Mine are generally 40+ years old. I haven't used the Loews Kobalt wrenches, but I was disappointed with the Kobalt side cutters that I bought a few years ago. The knurling that helps grip objects wore out quickly....and it's not like I use the side cutters that often.

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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Also, just a tip I learned elsewhere on this forum, when using the ratchet with torx bit to remove the door pin bolt, put a refrigerator magnet (the ones that Quadratech sends works GREAT), on the door so that the ratchet doesn't scratch the paint if you happen to rub against it or if the wrench slips. I keep all my Q-Tech magnets stuck to the side of my tool chest drawers to that they're readily available for this.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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Check out Harbor Freight they have a lifetime warranty on their hand tools. They work well for small light weight jobs.
Yep, for small jobs and low price HF tools are hard to beat. However, today it's doors and the mirrors. Tomorrow its a bumper and lift kit. Once you get bug of taking parts off your Jeep you the addiction of modifying it. This requires more and more tools.

As mentioned before, I would also consider the Craftsman tools. There is never any questions asked when replacing them. When Sears was doing better in the past once or twice they replaced the whole set of wrenches or sockets for me.

The brand you can buy at Lowes sometimes has some innovative (almost novelty) tools but they are low to middle grade. For top shelf consider: SnapOn.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:30 PM   #6
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I've got a Craftsman torque wrench... but that's before I discovered Harbor Freight. Sure... you get what you pay for in most cases, but I've bought some very cheap, yet very useful tools from there. Good enough for me.

People on the motorcycle forum that profess to be much more techno-mechanical than I, actually claim that Harbor Freight torque wrenches are surprisingly accurate.

I did buy a 1/4" drive inch-pound torque wrench from them I use for valve adjustments. No issues.

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