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  • #81614

    masrs
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    Hi all,

     

    I’m pretty much completely new mechanically but want to do a few jobs on the RS myself in future! Please recommend me some tools to use on the RS for more basic tasks like removing wheels, fitting an induction kit and changing brake pads etc.

    Ive already got my eye on the Costco Arcan jack and a set of the 3 tonne ratchet axle stands from Halfords. I know I will need a torque wrench and a basic socket set too but which for these 2? Anything else would come in handy?

     

    I know now they will sit and collect dust the majority of the time but for some reason I’m currently itching to buy some tools!

     

    Thanks!

    #81624
    71-bda
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    dont get me started ! heres what i used on a headgasket job recently…

    best to stay away from tinkerring with cars, one day you could even end up with crankshafts being stored in your fireplace..

    but seriously, I’d recommend a 1/4″ drive socket set, and a 3/8″ drive set, something like a draper set?maybe  get some 1/2 inch drive sockets and a knuckle bar and ratchet of a good make, like Proto or Snap on or britool, possible second hand off fleabay? Some quality various size screwdrivers, pliers, side cutters, big and little hammer, big and little hacksaw and maybe a set of metric Combination spanners 8mm to 20mm?



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit.

    Presently hunting down A Badger

    #81634

    RsFforddman
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    As above, tools can be a minefield, been working on me own cars for best part of 30 years, some things you buy get used once or not very often, others get used all the time, two things i wouldn’t be without is  BIG fuck off hammer and an angle grinder as they usually sort most things out, but being serious again as above really just get the most common spanners / sockets and small tools that you’ll need on a day to day basis

    #81647
    rampant
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    Don’t dismiss Halfords own brand. I have been constantly pleased at my socket set. Robust and lasted a long time on many jobs.



    // ’17 Nitrous Blue // Forged Alloys // Michelin Super Sports // Painted Calipers // Sync 3 // Lux Pack // Winter Pack // Black Gel Spoiler Badges // Blue Gel Wheel Inserts // GTechniq Liquid Crystal // GTechniq Alloy Armour // sold Jun ’18

    #81652
    Adw
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    All I’d say for starter is make sure you keep that 10mm handy



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    FOCUS RS HEAD GASKET/AccessPort / Tune+ Tune / Burble+ (high intensity) / Boomba Racing short throw plate / DMB inlays / Mountune air filter / Mountune RMM / Mountune Recirc / Milltek Non Res Cat Back

    #81667
    71-bda
    71-bda
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    correct Adw !  when i was a Fiat/Lancia tech you could near on strip and rebuild a Fiat or lancia with just 8, 10, 13, 17 and 19mm spanners !



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit.

    Presently hunting down A Badger

    #81671

    masrs
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    How is this Bahco kit for a socket set and this Silverline wrench which seems to get good reviews?

     

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  masrs.
    #81675
    andy thornton
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    Halfords  £120 perfectly good enough



    2018/67 Focus RS Edition extended warranty, gel inserts,ALA Gap insurance,NB styling stainless bonnet struts ,standard for now.

    #81680
    frenk
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    Ha-ha, 71-bda, you’re my main man, especially as a former Lancia mechanic. I keep my Ford dealer around the corner handy for 18 years now, he has all the tools I’ll ever need 😎

    #81705

    yorkirs
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    Ha ha

    Don’t get me started on 10mm spanners, they have special powers.

    Brought 4 last year down to one now, dog must have eaten them (and we don’t even have a dog!!)

    Strange that I have had a set of whitworth spanners for years and they are still complete.

    #81706
    ipwnswiss
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    It is always good to work on your own car. gives some more connection to it than just bring to dealer.

    But make sure you do not overbuy everything. as above they told you what is really needed. Most of time I start something and when a tool is missing, I find another way to solve it without that tool. but put it on a list. when I need the same tool more than 2 times and it is already on the list, then I go for shopping.

    There is no need to buy the most expensive expert super tool set but do not buy very cheap crap. then you buy twice and maybe damage parts on your car because cheap tools that maybe break with to much power and so on.



    Ford Focus RS / frozen white / fifteen52 tarmac / lowering springs kw / milltek exhaust / exhaust valve deleter / K&N airfilter / Maxton rear upper spoiler / Mishimoto oil cooler / Auto specialist 40% short shifter /

    #81718
    andy thornton
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    Maybe something to keep them in



    2018/67 Focus RS Edition extended warranty, gel inserts,ALA Gap insurance,NB styling stainless bonnet struts ,standard for now.

    #81720
    white-rs2
    white-rs2
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    @andy Thornton

    If you buy a Halfords set makes sure its the Advanced set, as if it breaks its replaced for free.

    Don’t buy know as their due a sale and normally reduce their prices in the region of 40-55% on their 90, 120 and 180 piece sets.



    RS Edition (RED), Sunroof, Door Guards & DSC.

    Mountune Everything, Good Quality (Well Ripped off), Over Priced

    #81724
    RS77
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    Read the small print of the Halfords “guarantee”. Friend of mine had a claim rejected because Halfords ruled that he’d used “too much force” on one of their “advanced” ratchet spanners!

    #81824
    ipwnswiss
    ipwnswiss
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    @rs77 : like all tool suppliers… they are printing smaller than size 0 😉 thats why we think we are safe 100% for replacement. then boom in your face. customer is king was in the past. customer is the cunt is future 😀



    Ford Focus RS / frozen white / fifteen52 tarmac / lowering springs kw / milltek exhaust / exhaust valve deleter / K&N airfilter / Maxton rear upper spoiler / Mishimoto oil cooler / Auto specialist 40% short shifter /

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