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  Speciality Tools - Posted: 12-08-2012, 08:35 AM
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I am reading some sections I found online from the FSM for my 79 W200 PW and a question came to me. If I need some special tools for some of my work on my project, or down the road even, where is the best place to purchase? Would a Napa or Canadain Tire (for us canucks) have them on the shelf? I would think they aren't that special anymore that I would have to go to a dodge dealership.....
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 Posted: 12-08-2012, 07:33 PM
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depends on what specialty tools you're looking for. sometimes compromise tools work but you could try napa or autozone rental tools
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i usually "borrow" mine from an autoparts store. you basically buy the tool, then return it for a full refund. but its not actually buying it then returning it like a jerk, its how most autoparts stores do their loaner program. not sure if napa does that or not.
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 Posted: 12-09-2012, 09:01 AM
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The only specialty tool I can remember that i had to get was the big socket for doing the breaks on my 90 ram. Didn't have to get anything for any of the work i did on my 78 power wagon. Depends on what you plan on doing. Then again i have quite a bit of tools.
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Also, the manuals will mention using special factory tools (like a steering wheel puller, belt tensioner or pressure tester) but in most cases there is a generic version, a work around or you may have to cobble something together.
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 Posted: 12-10-2012, 12:01 AM
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i usually "borrow" mine from an autoparts store. you basically buy the tool, then return it for a full refund. but its not actually buying it then returning it like a jerk, its how most autoparts stores do their loaner program. not sure if napa does that or not.
This is what I do also. Yes, Napa and Shucks/O'Reilly's does this as well.
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 Posted: 12-10-2012, 12:22 AM
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certain special tools should definitely be bought. i know having the tools to make brake lines has saved my @$$ on a Sunday when everything was closed and i end up blowing 2 or 3 brake lines and end up replacing them all. i also keep a roll of brake line and about a dozen fittings in the tool box since they are cheap. i think the flaring tool is the only specialty tool i can't go a year without using. it can even be used to make fuel lines for carbed or fuel injected engine.
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you may have to find a couple tools for the front end on a 4x4. i had to get a couple sockets, ball joint press and a bearing puller through the years. if you plan on keeping the truck for quite some time then an investment in tools won't hurt
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Princess Auto for a tool you are going to use once in awhile.
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 Posted: 12-17-2012, 11:56 PM
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This is my first fullsized project so to speak...used to build up dirtbikes and quads. I know with them sometimes the tool in the book is as simple as modifying a socket or box wrench. However there are those one or two tools you want to invest in...stripping a recessed swingarm bolthead is never a good time lol.

I guess I will cross this bridge when I get there. Thanks for the advice..and merry christmas!
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 Posted: 12-18-2012, 06:45 AM
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the special tools that are a must on some of these older trucks(4x4) is the pronged socket to remove the locking nuts on the front hubs so when you grease the front bearings and a torque wrench for when you do your engine mods.
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 Posted: 12-18-2012, 07:45 PM
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torque wrench is a necessity for sure
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