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    Thread: Best Tool Set For Under $200 & $500

    1. 01-03-2005 09:31 PM #1
      I see all the time how more and more people are buying their first MKII's. From coast to coast, continent to continent, people are choosing this car. One of the basic elements to making owning a MKII enjoyable, and rewarding is doing the work yourself.
      Even if you've never even changed oil before, with a bentley and a resource like a friend or the vortex you can learn to do just about anything.
      But of course you need tools. So all the expert techs and shadetree's chime in and let everyone know, in your opinion, what is the most complete, and durable tool set you can get or would need to specifically wrench on MKII's?
      Pics, prices and links would be appreciated by all.
      Best Under $200
      &
      Best Under $500
      p.4.v.




      Modified by Front9 at 2:39 AM 1-4-2005

    2. 01-03-2005 09:35 PM #2
      great thread. I've owned other dubs but the a2 is the first one i'm planning on really tearing apart and getting dirty. Figrured the best way to learn is buy a cheap car with a blown motor and try to install a new running motor.

    3. 01-03-2005 09:42 PM #3
      I do all my practicing on the New Beetle....then if I screw up something...."Really, I have no idea how that happened"....hehehe....Warranty is 'da bomb!

    4. 01-03-2005 09:55 PM #4
      I really need a bentley.
      To be a Rok, and not to roll

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      01-03-2005 11:16 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by VWA2MKII »
      I really need a bentley.
      same...i think there is a group buy on them rite now, but i don't have a pay pal....looks like i'm beat

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      01-04-2005 12:16 AM #6
      Just go to Sears... I got a tool set for i think $250 (it was an Xmas gift) has a cmplete set of 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4" drive, metric and standard. It's Craftsman, so they got a free lifetime replacement warranty. Coupled with a few special tools from VW (which i get as i need), and some other basic tools (pliers, hammer, etc) it's awesome. It also has a complete allen wrench/torx set and wrenches too.


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      01-04-2005 12:23 AM #7
      definately get Craftsman, they are lifetime warranty just like snap-on and others, the only difference is you have to goto them rather than make a call to get you snap-on supplier to show up early (they normally show up once a week) not all tool are lifetime warranty, but the ones you use the most will be (specialty tools generally aren't lifetime)
      definately invest in a good air compressor and air tools it make jobs go alot faster (just be careful to not break bolts) i am getting good at fixing broken studs

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      01-04-2005 12:33 AM #8
      I like the pic of the snapon box.. 200 bux will buy you some socket clips and like 3 screw drivers from them
      Craftsman is good, and the Husky tools from Home Depot are pretty decent. Only thing that sucks about the Husky is HD quit selling stuff in singles so I dont know how you go about getting things replaced when they break.
      Also get yourself a set of 12 point tools for CV joints and headbolts from Autozone.
      AND A DECENT FLOOR JACK AND JACKSTANDS. Pepboys has a beefy ass 6 ton jack, stands, etc for like 60 bux.

    9. 01-04-2005 01:24 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by BoostedOne »
      I like the pic of the snapon box.. 200 bux will buy you some socket clips and like 3 screw drivers from them
      Craftsman is good, and the Husky tools from Home Depot are pretty decent. Only thing that sucks about the Husky is HD quit selling stuff in singles so I dont know how you go about getting things replaced when they break.
      Also get yourself a set of 12 point tools for CV joints and headbolts from Autozone.
      AND A DECENT FLOOR JACK AND JACKSTANDS. Pepboys has a beefy ass 6 ton jack, stands, etc for like 60 bux.

      I have Husky tools from HD and I liked them - considering the price that I payed. I have a Craftsman set from Canadian Tire, it's not too bad at all. That was probably $70 on sale and it's one of those complete 1/4, 3/8,1/2 drive sets. It also has Allen keys and Torx sockets. You could probably get a wrench set there for $40 and then you're pretty much set to go.
      However, I would like to interject on that 12pt tool - I bought 1 and I managed to get 1 halfshaft out of it before I stripped the tool out. Go to Napa or Snap On and get a really good lifetime warranty tool because you probably WILL wear that tool from autozone out.

    10. 01-04-2005 01:29 AM #10
      snap on is some good stuff wish i could afford those tools. I cant wait to get my hands on them up at wyotech. Ooo its gonna be crazy.

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      01-04-2005 02:16 AM #11
      A bentley and the craftsmen 254 piece set is perfect. Usually its on sale for 199.99. They also offer an all metric tool set that is a 140 piece for 199.99 in the catolog.

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      01-04-2005 02:20 AM #12
      i got a craftsmen all metric mechanics set for $300 something and it pretty has everything you need to dismantle a vw. ive picked up a couple hundred dollars worth of other odds and ends but that starter set is great.

    13. 01-04-2005 02:23 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by ValveCoverGasket »
      i got a craftsmen all metric mechanics set for $300 something and it pretty has everything you need to dismantle a vw. ive picked up a couple hundred dollars worth of other odds and ends but that starter set is great.

      sounds good seeing as how craftsman has gotten a general seal of approval from everyone that has/wants/can't afford snap-on.
      did you get it straight from sears, or did you find a better deal online.
      what all did the set come with?

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      01-04-2005 02:34 AM #14
      well i am/was an auto mechanic and when you first start out you don't buy all snap on, cause if you did you'd spend about 20,000 on tools

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      01-04-2005 02:37 AM #15
      i bought it off of their website a couple of years ago although id imagine if you asked the store could probably order it for you...
      it was one of these guys, but i cant seem to find the metric only version which ends up having more sizes because they dont need duplicates of everything....so youve got 1/4" drive 12 or so sizes in deep and shallow, 3/8" drive 12 or so sizes in deep and shallow and 1/2" drive same thing. along with the hex keys and screw driver things and whatnot...but you get the idea

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      01-04-2005 03:16 AM #16
      you want decent tools for cheap, check this:
      http://www.harborfreight.com/
      some are REALLY cheap, and most made in China, but hey WTF?
      I got a 1/2" drive 150lb dial torque wrench for $15. YES

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      01-04-2005 03:56 AM #17
      DO NOT BUY HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS....
      Craftsman sells a 256 piece mechanics sets for like 199 bucks. That's all I've ever had, and they come in a plastic box with spots for everything now (at least when I got MINE). (The set that is in valvecovergasket's picture is the one I'm talking about)
      Craftsman only has one quality issue as far as I'm concerned and that's their ratchets stop ratcheting and start busting your knuckles under high torque (especially the 1/4 inch) and also I've had it reverse the ratchet mechanism on me before while loostening a bolt....but it has a snap ring holding it in and can be cleaned and lubricated if you want, or take it back and get a new one.
      Anyways Harbor freight is good for jacks and jack stands, a good 19 inch lift 2 1/2 ton jack is only 40 bucks, been using mine for 7 years now, jackstands are cheap there too.
      Some people swear by Snap on, and don't get me wrong, they ARE good tools, but in my opinion they're no better than craftsman, their wrenches hurt my hands when I have to pull on them hard because of their shape, they're WAY WAYYYYY TO EXPENSIVE, and if you break one you have to wait for the truck instead of driving to the mall and walking into sears....something to think about


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    18. 01-04-2005 04:00 AM #18
      get craftsman. you think you can't break something, but there my ass is, breakin' sockets left and right. just show up, tell the person working that you're sorry, and they'll hook you up. lol

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      01-04-2005 04:01 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by mechsoldier »
      (The set that is in valvecovergasket's picture is the one I'm talking about)

      mine came in a huge cardboard box all wrapped in various semi organized plastic bags. which is kinda lame cause it forces you to spend another $75on a decent box (go as big as you can afford cause eventually youll have to upgrade anyway) and then another few bucks on those organizer clips for sockets. but oh well...
      and i definetly agree on harbor freight tools. i had one of their torque wrenches and it was horrible, used it for about 2 days...completely inaccurate [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

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      01-04-2005 04:02 AM #20
      I don't know how you broke a craftsman socket (unless you're using a non-impact socket on a impact gun) Only one I've ever broke was an 8 mm attatched to a ratchet that I had on an L shaped allen wrench and pushing on (trying to get the valve cover plug off a 944 to get the head off if you've ever worked on one )
      and @ valve cover gasket, I don't know when you bought them, but the first set I got about 6 years ago was like that, but I got another set about 2 years ago when I moved and left my old ones at home while at school, and it had a box....

      EDIT I lied, I got a 213 piece set the second time I believe, I don't know what all the other pieces were from the other set that this didn't have.....but I never really even noticed it.....THIS SET rules



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      01-04-2005 04:08 AM #21
      bought em a couple years back off their website

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      01-04-2005 04:11 AM #22
      Yeah I edited and I just looked, basically, it's missing the lame ass nutdrivers that I never use and a couple other BS things, it still has the allens and the sockets and all, I think it has less 12 points (which I don't like anyways), but the bottom drawer is virtually empty when you get it, so you can pack it with a bunch of specialty tools, flywheel locks, etc.
      I just couldn't afford a good tool set back then, when I get out of the army I'll blow a couple g's
      OH YEAH PS go out and buy yourself a Multimeter, best tool in your box.


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      01-04-2005 07:53 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by mechsoldier »

      Thats EXACTLY what I have. I cracked a 15mm deep socket on a door bolt once, and the 3/4" drive's ratchet lever thingy broke (I dropped a hammer on it lol) and they replaced both free. Awesome.
      Oh, and you might also be missing the special set of golden wrenches


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    24. 01-04-2005 08:03 AM #24
      Just be careful with the tool trucks (snap on, cornwell, matco) You start with a few tools from them then before you know it your bill is completly out of control But then again Tools are a lifetime investment and worth spending $$$ on

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      01-04-2005 09:27 AM #25
      don't forget a set of big a$$ vice grips....and a breaker bar

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