Modifications as of 11/12/13:
3.01L, 0.020" pistons, forged crank, NA block, 13T turbos, K&N intake, CX Racing pre turbo pipes, SS Y-pipe, CX Racing oil cooler (mounted in front), SS oil cooler lines, SS oil feed lines, DNP precat deletes, ESP downpipe, test pipe, DSM SMICs, Ninja Performance boost controller, vacuum reduction, RPS Max Street, drilled/slotted rotors, Depo Racing gauges, custom leather seats, and MMCdroid OBDI-Bluetooth datalogging adapter. Everything built and done by me. As always, more to come soon.
Currently on the shelf: KYB GR-2 struts, Tein S-Tech lowering springs, ARC-2, 450cc injectors.
Here is a list of tools I have purchased/received over the past 4 months for using on my VR4:
- Multi meter (must have)
- Floor jack
- 4 jack stands
- Telescoping magnet (must have)
- 1/2" flex head ratchet with extended handle (for removing lug nuts and larger bolts around the car)
- Set of 1/2" impact short well sockets (10mm - 24mm) - would have preferred deep well but both sets were on clearance and the deep wells were out of stock
- 1/2" torque wrench (it's a cheap one but it gets the job done for tightening lug nuts)
- Set of metric combination wrenches
- 138 piece mechanics tool set (includes 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" ratchets with sockets and extensions) - Asked for this for Christmas
- 4 piece set of 3/8" extension bars
- Large set of flat head and philips screwdrivers (also received this for Christmas)
- Small LED flash light (must have)
- Transaxle fluid pump
- Several piece electrical tool kit (included a crimper, cheap wire strippers, needle nose pliers, black electrical tape, zip ties, alligator clips, various crimp on connectors, extra wire, continuity test light, etc.)
Here are some of the tools which I already had that I have used on my VR4:
- Set of metric ratcheting combination wrenches (very useful for things like battery removal)
- Good wire strippers (used these when replaced rear speakers)
- Tin snips / side cutters (a bit overkill but are great for cutting things like zip ties and wire)
- Needle nose pliers
- Crescent wrench
I had various screwdrivers that I had collected over the years and a cheap 3/8" socket set that I had been using before Christmas which got me by but there were several gaps in these two departments and I found myself needing to buy individual sockets, for example, which is a big reason I wanted new sets for Christmas.
I have probably missed some things here but for someone planning on doing most of the maintenance on these cars themselves and don't yet have a lot of tools I see this list as a decent guide as far as what someone can expect to purchase. I probably have over $300 invested just in tools over the past few months, a lot of which is overkill as several of these items (i.e. individual sockets or wrenches) I may rarely use (if ever), at least on my VR4 anyways. The way I look at it is since I didn't have a lot of tools yet, it was/is more cost effective to buy the set of wrenches, for example, instead of just the individual ones which I needed at that particular time and didn't already have. I may very well have a need for some of these things down the road on a different car or around the house.
Every 3s owner should carry this in the car, there are always ricers looking to get their behind raped by a 3s... At least lube them up a little
Lol other than that... Tire iron and jack carry it always, and a spare... Laugh all you want now, one day in the middle of a blizzard, out in bumfaack Egypt some place, wolves howling in the distance and you have no spare or tools... Cellphone shows no bars...
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