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    1. Member stealthmk1's Avatar
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      01-15-2009 03:26 PM #1
      Let's see what people have come up with. Here's a few of mine:
      This is a wider extension for my two arm puller. Made it for removing a pulley on an AMG.

      This is for attaching to the starter mounting holes on 02J trannys then using a big ass C clamp to secure it to the bench for disassembly.

      This is me accessory belt tensioner tool for ABAs

      Made this one to tighten the coolant line banjo bolt on a drivers side turbo on a B5 S4 with the turbo in the car.

      Let's see some ingenuity [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    3. 01-15-2009 04:06 PM #2
      Is that seriously a Taiwanese socket and a snap on wrench? ... I usually use 2 cheap tools when building a boogerig tool. I do love threads like this. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] I'll have to take some pics...

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      01-15-2009 04:15 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by spasticone »
      Is that seriously a Taiwanese socket and a snap on wrench?

      Don't remind me.
      But actually, that box end was left over from when I had to shorten the 19mm wrench for tightening the s/c belt on an R32, so really 2 special tools came from the sacrifice of one Snap On wrench. Still painful, but not quite as bad.
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      01-18-2009 03:21 AM #4
      ha i got one for ya kind of reversed tho, back about 8 months ago i had a 1987 mazda rx7 and when i got the car it had no exhaust, so i completely built the exhaust myself, thought i had bought enough steel stock for making the hangers but ended up bein one too short, so what did i do? took a cheap 3/4 inch wrench and welded it in there, bam problem solved
      Mk4 shift knob, boot and trim ring into your mk3/mk2 DIY:
      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ng-to-your-mk3

    6. 01-19-2009 08:42 PM #5
      i made a sick bead rolling tool, out of slipjoints, an exhaust hanger, and a washer, but i don't have a pic, maybe i'll put one up later.

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      01-19-2009 10:52 PM #6
      come on guys, lets see some pics [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    8. 01-20-2009 01:20 AM #7


      lolololol

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      01-20-2009 02:46 PM #8
      interesting. Do you just work it around the tubing, or somehow secure the tool and spin the tubing?
      DCI

    10. 01-21-2009 12:51 PM #9
      work around it, since the washer is welded to the tip of the pliers.

    11. 01-21-2009 05:37 PM #10
      any action pics or results?

    12. 01-22-2009 06:02 PM #11
      not really, i mean, you just put the pipe around the washer, close the jaws, and hit the end with a hammer and then turn the pipe, results in a bead. not the cleanest bead, but very functional

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      01-22-2009 09:15 PM #12
      Here is a tool I made to compress the spring tensioner on my G60 Passat. It worked like a charm. Alot easier and less stressful than a huge set of channel lock pliers

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      01-24-2009 07:11 PM #13
      I didn't make this, but my wife's car inspired it, does that count? Used for a mk4 suspension removal / install. No more messing with conventional spring compressors - just a floor jack and it lifts right out of the control arm [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      EDIT: To give credit where credit is due, this was made by jtikompressor - I'm just sharing


      Modified by Veedub_junky at 9:37 AM 1-30-2009

    15. 01-24-2009 08:20 PM #14
      Crank locking tool....

      Front wheel bearing tool....
      http://www.corrado-club.ca/for...=9170

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      01-26-2009 10:19 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Veedub_junky »
      No more messing with conventional spring compressors - just a floor jack and it lifts right out of the control arm [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      can you explain a little more how this works?
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      01-26-2009 10:22 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by AbsoluteNovice »
      Crank locking tool....

      that reminds me, I made one of these too.
      Also have some flywheel counter hold tools I made. I'll get pics today.
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      01-26-2009 02:43 PM #17
      Yeah - the plate (down on the bench) has a notch to go around the strut tube, and slips underneath the lower cup for the spring. We used a bit of bailing wire to hold it in place. Put a floor jack under the other end and slowly jack it up. this will compress the spring and lift the bottom of the strut out of the control arm. On mk4's, and specifically the passenger side, this is a PITA and takes the most time/energy. With this tool, you can be done in just a few minutes vs. 30 minutes or so...
      My buddy built that in about the time it normally takes to do the job on one side, and that was after fighting with a conventional spring compressor for a while. Our jaws dropped at how effective/easy it was, and it's been used on well over a dozen suspension jobs by now without issue [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      We also used it on a mk3, FWIW. I don't know about use on other models, but it's really simple and effective.

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      01-26-2009 04:37 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Veedub_junky »
      Yeah - the plate (down on the bench) has a notch to go around the strut tube, and slips underneath the lower cup for the spring. We used a bit of bailing wire to hold it in place. Put a floor jack under the other end and slowly jack it up. this will compress the spring and lift the bottom of the strut out of the control arm. On mk4's, and specifically the passenger side, this is a PITA and takes the most time/energy. With this tool, you can be done in just a few minutes vs. 30 minutes or so...
      My buddy built that in about the time it normally takes to do the job on one side, and that was after fighting with a conventional spring compressor for a while. Our jaws dropped at how effective/easy it was, and it's been used on well over a dozen suspension jobs by now without issue [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      We also used it on a mk3, FWIW. I don't know about use on other models, but it's really simple and effective.

      Cool. BTW if it works on Mk3s it will work on Mk2, Mk1, B3, B4, Corrado, etc.
      DCI

    20. 01-30-2009 06:35 AM #19
      I am totally building one of those!!!!!
      You are right. Fighting with the spring compressor is maddening; particularly when putting the strut back into the well. You have to position it just right or you're in for a world of hurt.
      So, if I get this right, you use the tool inverted, with the jack simply pushing up on the rod to apply force to the bottom spring cup. Then for reinstallation, you can simply maneuvre the strut over the hole in the spindle and let the pressure off?

    21. 01-30-2009 06:45 AM #20
      Did this one as a c-clip spreader then found out you can just use two exhaust clamps with the "C's" reversed. Yes, it was one of the first things I ever built, thus the gnarly welds, and it was a bit of a pain in the ass to use. If I had to build it again, I would put a long arm on it and find a way to have a 6-sided sliding mechanism so it wouldn't twist under tension.

      Got tired of trying to reach in to get the tie rod clips with the conventional tool. The long piece going across the jaws is to keep them aligned. They are cheapie $3 vice grips.




      Modified by dubCanuck1 at 3:51 AM 1-30-2009

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      01-30-2009 08:45 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by dubCanuck1 »
      I am totally building one of those!!!!!
      You are right. Fighting with the spring compressor is maddening; particularly when putting the strut back into the well. You have to position it just right or you're in for a world of hurt.
      So, if I get this right, you use the tool inverted, with the jack simply pushing up on the rod to apply force to the bottom spring cup. Then for reinstallation, you can simply maneuvre the strut over the hole in the spindle and let the pressure off?

      You got it


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      01-30-2009 08:38 PM #23
      Brake Drum Puller

    24. 02-27-2009 12:01 AM #24
      Anyone make a timing belt tensioner spanner wrench? I need some inspiration. I saw a wooden handle with two nails.

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      02-27-2009 10:50 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by jeepnut27 »
      Anyone make a timing belt tensioner spanner wrench? I need some inspiration. I saw a wooden handle with two nails.

      Right angle lock ring pliers

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