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Old 09-02-2001, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Toolset for use on my MY98 RS

I don't have tools (sockets/wrenches/torque wrench/ socket wrench) that have sizes for subarus. I only have this old stardard toolset (inches rather than mms). I posted in this forum because it'd be what I need to work on an RS with, as I don't have any other subaru. Maybe the wrong forum, but this seemed like the best choice for me. So, I don't want overkill, I want to be able perform all the bolt on mods with this set of tools. As well, I don't need Snap-On quality tools because a) I won't use them to their fullest and b) I don't have that much money. I'm looking to spend under 100, i'm not sure how many pc. toolset I'd need and what sizes of the things I'd need. So I'm asking you guys what you use to do installs and stuff on your RS. Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2001, 05:48 PM   #2
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Despite your lack of funds at least get craftsman. (that is what I have and have not had a problem yet). Get yourself a small to medium sized socket set that has metric sockets. Your most used ones will be: 10,11, and 12mm sized sockets. Other than that get a couple of quality screw drivers, again I like craftsman. strip 'em out? Take 'em back and get new ones. I would much rather have only a couple of quality tools, than to have a whole lot of crappy junk. Check Ebay, check your local papers, and check your local pawn shops. When you buy craftsman, they don't care where you bought it, they will replace it no questions asked.

BTW I have a cordless drill that I have a "Quick release" change out adapter for. I use it for EVERYTHING. IF you have a drill, get one of these. You can get the adapters for screw drivers heads, asn well as 1/4 and 3/8 sockest as well.

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Old 09-02-2001, 05:55 PM   #3
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yea, that's what i meant =P i want as few pieces as will work for most mods that i will do so i can get better quality ones rather than ones ill never use... so craftsman = lifetime warranty?
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Old 09-02-2001, 06:09 PM   #4
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Make sure to try and get 6 point sockets instead of 12 point. 12 point is a bit easier to fit on the bolt but will strip things down in no time at all.

I have a 12 point socket set and have had to go out and buy individual 6 point pieces for various parts of the car (that require lots of torque) to keep from stripping the bolts.

I'd say the most common sizes I've found on the subie are 12mm, 13mm, and 14mm.


Getting a 12" breaker bar will help you out when doing the exhaust. Also soaking the bolts with liquid wrench overnight for two days will ease your pain.
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Old 09-02-2001, 08:40 PM   #5
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17mm is also not uncommon and if you plan on changing the crank pully or doing suspension work, get a 22mm socket... air tools are nice too :-)
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Old 09-02-2001, 09:37 PM   #6
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so craftsman = lifetime warranty?
Yep. No matter where you get them from.
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Old 09-03-2001, 10:36 AM   #7
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the general consensus is that you can completely tear down a subie to the frame with 10,12,14,17 and 22mm sockets, and a few screwdrivers. while that may be radically simplified, i have found it to generally be true.
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Old 09-03-2001, 11:19 AM   #8
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the general consensus is that you can completely tear down a subie to the frame with 10,12,14,17 and 22mm sockets, and a few screwdrivers. while that may be radically simplified, i have found it to generally be true.
And a hammer!
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Old 09-03-2001, 05:39 PM   #9
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don't forget a 5 ft breaker bar for those 22mm bolts.... if you wanna do cams, you'll need some torx plus drivers too... there are a few allen bolts as well... size 7, if I remember... whatever size it is, you probably don't have it... out of 5 allen key sets of my dads, mine, and my roommates, only 1 came the proper size... a pair of good pliers is handy too.
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Old 09-04-2001, 10:48 AM   #10
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You'll need a set of metric wrenches as well, in the same sizes as the sockets. More times than not, you'll need to hold the bolt head with something while your ratcheting off the nut. Also, when selecting your sockets, Craftsman makes these medium length sockets which are pretty much perfect for all subie jobs. They're deep enough to get onto almost every bolt but shallow enough where they'll fit into tight places. The only deep socket you'll need to buy is the one for the spark plugs.

I can't even count how many rachets I've brought back to sears for replacements. You may want to consider getting a larger drive socket wrench for your larger (17mm & 22mm) sockets. The smaller drive wrenches will break under gobs of torque.
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