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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