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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-23-2017, 03:22 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 86
Tools to DIY ?

I have some tools but their mostly for home repair, not auto. Is there a definitive list of specific tools you'd need for every day maintenance on the 986? For example I'm certain I need a more robust socket set but...what sizes? Is there a set I should put on my wish list? What else will come in handy?

pinksnyper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 03:24 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 86
Never mind just found a thread. Not sure how to delete this one. Sorry for the repeat post!
pinksnyper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 06:58 AM   #3
2003 S, Arctic Silver, M6
 
paulofto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Posts: 1,034
Garage
Get 101 Projects for your Boxster. The opening chapter lists recommended tools and the various projects are good.
paulofto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 07:00 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 86
Question

Quote:
Originally Posted by paulofto View Post
Get 101 Projects for your Boxster. The opening chapter lists recommended tools and the various projects are good.
Thanks that's on my list, didn't realize it had that in it-nice!
pinksnyper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 01:50 PM   #5
Registered User
 
lkchris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 656
Get complete sets rather than specific sizes ... you'll need them all eventually and it's probably cheaper in the long run.
__________________
Kent Christensen
Albuquerque
2001 Boxster
2007 GL320 CDI, 2010 CL550
3 BMW motorcycles
lkchris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 06:14 PM   #6
Registered User
 
kk2002s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: S. New Jersey
Posts: 1,208
Garage
I just buy as I take on specfic jpbs
Get deep socket for your lug bolts and a torque wrench that can handle 96 ft lbs
kk2002s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2017, 08:56 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,083
A set of security torx bits are a cheap investment. You'll need the security style to Remove and clean your MAF sensor. Can think of other spots where torx are used but the MAF is the only one that I can think of that needs the security style. The bits are cheap...~$5 for a set.

The car uses all the typical tools of any other cars for routine maintenance. Good sets of 1/4" and 3/8" metric sockets are needed (deep and shallow) and drives.

Also bought a threaded stud to thread into the wheel hub during wheel R/R. Makes it so much easier to remount a wheel.
dghii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 06:54 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 837
Garage
You will find that it uses some socket sizes that normally aren't in the standard socket sets. When you tackle a repair or service job, check that you have the required sockets.
__________________
2004 Boxster S Silver - FUNTOY
2002 Boxster Base Guardsy Red - FUNBOX
2009 Mercedes Benz CLK 350 convertible
2015 Chevrolet Volt
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
Anker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 07:36 AM   #9
There Is No Substitute.
 
rick3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: West Coast
Posts: 3,124
Garage
Most of my 986 specific tools were purchased as needed, but besides standard sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc, here a few of the 986 specific things I have acquired:

Durametric
Uview Airlift
26mm Deep Socket for LN Oil Filter Adapter
24mm Deep Socket for Drive Belt (Deep not required)
16mm Triple Square for 2.5L Transmission Drain Plug
17mm Hex for Oil Drain Plug
T20 Security Bit for MAF
E12 Socket for Seat Rails
__________________
1999 Ocean Blue Metallic Boxster - blueboxster.com
rick3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 09:17 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Ciao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Denver
Posts: 762
Garage
Need a Breaker Bar and 2 Torque Wrenchs: 1 for large jobs e.g. wheels, alternator, etc, and one for small jobs e.g. oil drain plug, filter, plugs, etc
__________________
5280 Cruising @High Altitude
Seal Gray & K&N Filter
Ciao is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 03:24 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 837
Garage
Make sure that the torque wrenches you buy are high quality. A bad torque wrench can turn a good day into a really bad day!
__________________
2004 Boxster S Silver - FUNTOY
2002 Boxster Base Guardsy Red - FUNBOX
2009 Mercedes Benz CLK 350 convertible
2015 Chevrolet Volt
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
Anker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 03:27 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 86
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anker View Post
Make sure that the torque wrenches you buy are high quality. A bad torque wrench can turn a good day into a really bad day!
Any examples of high quality ? I'm not sure I'd know the difference
pinksnyper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 03:34 PM   #13
Certified Boxster Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,505
I'll just leave this here...

__________________
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2017, 04:50 PM   #14
Damn Yankee
 
TeamOxford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Dallas
Posts: 995
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by thstone View Post
I'll just leave this here...

Heck, you could fix ANYTHING, not just Boxsters, with this toolkit. I understand it's even standard equipment on the International Space Station.

Just sayin'..............

TO
TeamOxford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 06:44 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 837
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by pinksnyper View Post
Any examples of high quality ? I'm not sure I'd know the difference
Snap-on and Craftsman are examples of high and good quality. Harbor Freight is an example of low quality. Price is usually a very good indicator. Spend a minimum $50 to $100 for the 1/2" wrench for the bigger jobs. A Snap-on will run you several hundred dollars.
__________________
2004 Boxster S Silver - FUNTOY
2002 Boxster Base Guardsy Red - FUNBOX
2009 Mercedes Benz CLK 350 convertible
2015 Chevrolet Volt
1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Coupe
Anker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 07:17 AM   #16
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,614
Quote:
Originally Posted by rick3000 View Post
Most of my 986 specific tools were purchased as needed, but besides standard sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc, here a few of the 986 specific things I have acquired:

Durametric
Uview Airlift
26mm Deep Socket for LN Oil Filter Adapter
24mm Deep Socket for Drive Belt (Deep not required)
16mm Triple Square for 2.5L Transmission Drain Plug
17mm Hex for Oil Drain Plug
T20 Security Bit for MAF
E12 Socket for Seat Rails
You mean 8 mm Hex for Oil Drain Plug, right?
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 07:28 AM   #17
Registered User
 
Xpit77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 468
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeamOxford View Post
Heck, you could fix ANYTHING, not just Boxsters, with this toolkit. I understand it's even standard equipment on the International Space Station.

Just sayin'..............

TO
If you can`t fix the problem with a hammer then it`s lectrical.
__________________
99 Boxster 88 944S sold
Xpit Formula Four sold
95 Integra Solo I sold
71 Opel GT sold
63 MG Midget sold
Xpit77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 10:23 AM   #18
There Is No Substitute.
 
rick3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: West Coast
Posts: 3,124
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
You mean 8 mm Hex for Oil Drain Plug, right?
Good catch, I meant the Transmission Fluid Fill Plug.
__________________
1999 Ocean Blue Metallic Boxster - blueboxster.com

Last edited by rick3000; 11-26-2017 at 10:25 AM.
rick3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 01:00 PM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,614
^^^Right---unless he drives an S model, of course. Then it's a 10 mm for both filling and draining the transmission. Crazy, the inconsistency, eh?
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2017, 01:32 PM   #20
Registered User
 
BirdDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 417
Get a good set of metric sockets - a mix of 1/4" and 3/8" drive.

2 good quality (or better) torque wrenches (Craftsman - good, Snap-on - better). A 1/4" drive for the small/usual stuff, a 1/2" for things like wheel lug bolts, suspension parts, etc.

Then the Boxster specific tools others have mentioned. That will depend on which model/year you have. For instance, someone suggested 10mm and a triple square for the transmission - right, if you have a manual transmission. If you have a tiptronic, you'll need (I think) a 17mm socket (for the drain/fill plug) and a 2X mm (varies) torx bit to get the pan off.

Someone suggested the 101 Projects book. Absolutely! It has a nice description of general tools you will need, and each project has a list of tools specific to that job. The cheapest place I found to get a new one was to order it through the Pelican web site - it can sell for up to twice that price on ebay.

With Christmas coming up, you might want to put a Craftsman multi-piece set on your list for Santa. Sears usually runs some pretty steep discounts on multi-piece sets between now and then.

__________________
2001 Boxster S - Speed Yellow, Black Leather, Tiptronic, Jake Raby rebuilt 3.2 with IMS Solution
BirdDog 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 01:31 PM.


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