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RE: Four ringed exhaust, criminal bad taste or way cool man?
From: Phil Payne[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday,August 06,1997 6:37 AM
Subject: Four ringed exhaust, criminal bad taste or way cool man?
In message <199708061100.MAA00410@mailserver.nhm.ac.uk> email@example.com (Graham Thackrah) writes:
> Also (if anyone is not seeing red after that last comment!), having just
> asked Mr. Haseltine the same thing, I will need to start buying my own set
> of tools soon, as the virtually fully equipped garage facilities I enjoy at
> the moment will disappear in September. I was wondering if anyone can
> recommend a reasonably priced socket set / spanner set available in the UK?
I've spent a fortune on tools over the years, and probably carry a more
complete set than any other driver I know. Snap-On are neither the
best (I have a Snap-On socket that won't go onto one of my Snap-On
extensions) nor the most expensive. I recently paid GBP34 for a single
Stahlwille flare nut socket. (That's $58 for ONE SOCKET!)
I'm not sure that a "set", as put together by a retailer, is
necessarily a good idea. Some sockets/spanners will never be used
because there just aren't any nuts that size on any Audis. I've toyed
with the idea of putting a web page together and asking all those list
members who wrench regularly to submit tools as used, so that we can
put together a comprehensive list of what really _is_ needed to deal
with one of these beasts.
It also depends on what sort of work you plan to undertake yourself.
You won't need a Hazet 2655-2, for instance, unless you start
resetting metering head plungers. But you'll certainly need feeler
gauges for plug gapping - and you won't get those in a socket set.
There are some good posts in the archives on the subject - we
discussed it earlier this year.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club
While I agree that not all sizes in a kit will be used, sometimes you save so much on a kit it ends up being the same price as just buying the tools you need from the same manufacturer. I use Craftsman tools here in the USA and they are decent. When I bought my sockets and Box end wrenches I got a whole set of wrenches, ( llike 8-9 of them) for the same price as buying the 4-5 I would need seperately. You never know, I may need them for another car someday, like a Porsche or something, and they came in neat little carring/storage cases too.
Just my 2 buts worth. L8R