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Old 02-21-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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I'm planning on changing out my transmission fluid tonight with the "cocktail" formula, but found out I have that nice T-70 drain bolt. Anybody in the PDX-Vancouver area have a T-70 Torx Bit I can borrow? I've looked around to purchase, but nobody seems to carry that big (T-60 is the biggest I can find). Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-21-2006, 02:19 PM   #2
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You should be able to use an Allen bit instead.

T55 = 8mm Hex, I bet T70 = 10mm. One of my other cars uses a T55 for the rear seatbelts, I got tired of stripping them, and have been just fine using an 8MM since.

I'm in Vancouver as well, I think I have a 10MM hex kickin' around if you wanna try it out.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:48 PM   #3
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Awesome! Thanks for the tip! I actually have a 10mm and it was just a hair too small. I wonder if I could find an 11mm or 12mm and if it would work? I HATE torx bits because they are so easy to strip! I think I'll hit Sears again on my way home and see if they have some bigger allen sockets in stock! Thanks again!

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You should be able to use an Allen bit instead.

T55 = 8mm Hex, I bet T70 = 10mm. One of my other cars uses a T55 for the rear seatbelts, I got tired of stripping them, and have been just fine using an 8MM since.

I'm in Vancouver as well, I think I have a 10MM hex kickin' around if you wanna try it out.
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:02 PM   #4
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Yep, I think i recall seeing 11mm when i was in there last week looking for a hex to undo the cam-gear with.

If not, maybe 3/8ths SAE might do it.
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:52 PM   #5
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you can use a 10 inch pipe wrench around the outside of the bolt head works real well as long as someone didn't over tighten the bolt when they installed it.
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Old 02-22-2006, 01:32 AM   #6
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So what came of the Drain Plug? Did an 11MM remove it?
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:07 PM   #7
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I ended up picking up a T-60 torx bit at Sears (since they'll let you return it if it doesn't work) and after checking to see if it makes a decent amount of contact with the torx bolt so not to round it I bit the bullet and went at it. What do you know! Came right off! ! So as long as a Gorilla didn't put it on there from the factory (WRX service manual says its only to be tightened 32.5ft/lbs...yes...32 Point 5 ha ha) you should have no problem using a T-60, but be careful if you try this route. Last thing you want to do is round that SOB.

So I've now got the cocktail mix in my tranny and it feels nice! Reverse is much more pleasant to get into even when the car is cold. The rest of the gears slide in with a nice reassuring notch (I've got the STi shortshift from the factory). I'm very pleased

Thanks again for the help Noizemaker!
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:03 PM   #8
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Where'd you source the Syncromesh from? I tried all the usual suspects (baxter/tonys/costless) and struck out. Wound up going to Redline 75/90 instead, and i'm not pleased.
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Where'd you source the Syncromesh from? I tried all the usual suspects (baxter/tonys/costless) and struck out. Wound up going to Redline 75/90 instead, and i'm not pleased.
I got the Synchromesh at AutoZone off of 117th. It's Penzoil who makes the GM stuff. It was less than $8 IIRC. I got the Redline Lightweight shockproof at Baxters and the Penzoil 80w90 dino oil at Costless.
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