Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 434
Favorite tools? Post up!

I just picked up a pair of mechanic's gloves after resisiting for years. How stupid I've been - my hands are spotless (no dirt, no blood, no dangling skin) after swapping out my wheels for next weekend's AX. This new-found treasure got me thinking about the tools I've accumulated over the years - and especially those that make life so dang much easier.

My faves:
  • Compressor and impact wrench - 4-wheel swaps take 20 minutes!
  • Extendable magnetic tool/part retriever
  • LED headlight - looks stupid, but it's really nice to be able to see...
  • 12-pound long-handle sledge hammer - there are few things I love better than wrecking stuff
  • RotoZip spiral saw with angle grinder attachment
  • A _GOOD_ socket set. It's amazing how much better life is after you pitch the crappy set and get a decent one.
  • JB Stick - if you can't fix it with epoxy putty, it is not worth saving!

Post up a few of your faves!
__________________
1999 Carrera 4 Aero kit 4" UD Pulley
My Corvette doesn't leak oil... it sweats horsepower.

Last edited by sd_boxster; 10-17-2009 at 02:09 PM.
sd_boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
ddb
www.klisstle.com
 
ddb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 926
Garage
I like torque wrenches, and have a few. I tend to over-tighten things so if I can find a torque specification I break out a torque wrench.

My next favorite is the specialty tool I needed most recently to change my alternator pulley. I'll probably never need it again but find it clever.


ddb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Use 2B NW Ohio, now NE Ohio
Posts: 563
For the car: Good set of english / Metric sockets and a floor jack
For the house: Good hammer, utility knife and a set of wood chisles
__________________
My Porsche mechanic drives a Saturn.
'98 Artic Silver w/ Tip
vath2001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NV
Posts: 160
Just added recently to my collection the Motive Products pressure bleeder, and a Torin 'Big Red' floor jack. It's very low, all aluminum, and lifts low cars fast. I also really like my cordless impact wrenches.
941MXVET is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 05:44 PM   #5
Fred Demara
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
favvvvvorite tool

this thing has made my life so much easier - I'm no longer fumbling to balance a flashlight in just the right spot....it was only 12bucks

  Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 07:46 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 526
My favorite tools are all the ones I "don't" have to buy
__________________
I'll take my Guns, Religion, and Money; You can keep the "CHANGE" B.O.!!

SO, GROW A PAIR NANCY AND DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!
http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/z...Main/MyBox.jpg
mptoledo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 08:29 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The City
Posts: 1,084
Garage
i was always a fan of the dewalt 18v impact portable and packs a great punch
Lobo1186 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 11:29 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Posts: 114
I agree, mechanix (or equivalent) gloves are great for changing tires and such. For more involved and dirty automotive work, I use latex gloves. It can make some operations more difficult, but when you've finished a really filthy job, and you can strip off the gloves and throw them away and your hands are clean, it's worth it. I buy 3 or 4 boxes at a time at harbor freight (~$4 per box).

Other favorite tool: Set of Gearwrench wrenches. I don't use them that often, but sometimes they come in Really handy. Just saw them on sale at Sears for $30 (for 8). Reg price is around $60 to $70.

Another favorite tool, although not used much for automotive work, is a GOOD cordless screwdriver. Milwaukee makes the best ones I've used.
__________________
Demick
'04 Boxster S

Last edited by demick; 10-18-2009 at 11:32 AM.
demick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 3
Skewdriver!
Drewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 11:03 PM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sydney
Posts: 15
A two post hoist.

Once you have one, and never have to lie down under a car ever again, you wonder why didnt you do this earlier.
Hawke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 04:11 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Dave S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 317
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawke
A two post hoist.

Once you have one, and never have to lie down under a car ever again, you wonder why didn't you do this earlier.
I've got some nice tools but a lift would be the best. Wish I had one of those ;-)

I think my favorite tool to use is my pneumatic grease gun.
__________________
Dave S.
2003 Boxster S
Dave S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 05:49 AM   #12
Registered User
 
tonycarreon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 1,396
the knife from the kitchen drawer.

__________________
"Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that's what gets you."
tonycarreon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 12:05 PM   #13
Registered User
 
JAAY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: shoreham, ny
Posts: 1,619
Six pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I always wind up with extra bolts.. JK
__________________
996 3.4 engine with 2.7 986 5speed transmission
Ebay Headers, Fabspeed high flow cats, JIC Cross, IPD Plenum, H&R Coilovers, B&M Short Shifter, AEM Uego Gauge Type Analog, Apexi S-AFC Select, 987 air box, Litronics, 2000 Tails and side markers, painted center console, 18" 987 S-Wheels, GT3 Front bumper with splitter.
JAAY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 01:01 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 319
Can't really say I have one particular favorite but:

Motive Power Bleeder. What a life saver (and $$$ too).

Rhino Ramps.

A good socket set and an accurate torque wrench

oh.. and a cheapo ($10 iirc) micrometer from either Harbor Freight or Cummins Tools for measuring the rotor thickness

Spaten Octoberfest thank you

Bob

Now how can I convince wifey that I need that lift? hmmmmm
__________________
79 911SC Targa.. gone but not forgotten
2001 Boxster Black/Savanah Beige
RoW M030 suspension
7/15 mm spacers
Deambered
Desnorked
SS door sills
Debadged
Clear tails
Technobrace
Technobra
I'll never own another black car!
Bob O is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 01:27 PM   #15
Registered User
 
ChrisZang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Carlos, CA 94070
Posts: 1,450
Dremel tool
__________________
I still wave at Boxsters, but they no longer wave back :-(
2002 Boxster S "Violet" (sold but not forgotten)
2009 Carrera 4S "Kelsey" (current ride)
2015 FIAT 500e "Nikki" my commuter car
ChrisZang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 02:37 PM   #16
onshore
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
The tools my friends own.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 04:24 PM   #17
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Use 2B NW Ohio, now NE Ohio
Posts: 563
Quote:
Originally Posted by JAAY
Six pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I always wind up with extra bolts.. JK
I got the same set!! A screw drive will double as a bottle opener.
__________________
My Porsche mechanic drives a Saturn.
'98 Artic Silver w/ Tip
vath2001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 04:47 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 434
+1 on the rhino ramps.
__________________
1999 Carrera 4 Aero kit 4" UD Pulley
My Corvette doesn't leak oil... it sweats horsepower.
sd_boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 08:21 PM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Freeport, New York
Posts: 470
UView Airlift Vacuum Tool for refilling coolant.

Only about $100 on Amazon.com.

If you want the SAME tool with the Porsche sticker on it, you can pick it up at the dealer...for $500.

This is far and away one of the best tools I have ever run across:

Excellent, no expense spared quality, and a tremendous time saver!

It just does a stupendous job of giving you total control over refilling the Porsche cooling system and does so with zero air pockets.

Regards, Maurice.
schoir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2009, 08:59 PM   #20
There Is No Substitute.
 
rick3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: West Coast
Posts: 3,066
Garage
My favorite Boxster related tool is:

Then there's the Bentley Manual, and a huge number of other great websites.

And since I love electrical stuff these:


Honestly, there are too many great tools! Like this.
__________________
1999 Ocean Blue Metallic Boxster - blueboxster.com
rick3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page