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    TOOLS!! - your recommendations/experience

    I am looking to renew my rear shocks now.
    I understand that I will need the following tools/equipment:

    Trolley jack
    Axle stands
    Torque wrench

    I think I will also need some type of breaker bar to loosen those wheel nuts/bolts which are always murder to remove with the standard cross-wrench. i couldn't get them off last time anyway!

    Can anyone recommend places/links to go for the above items? Obviously I would not want to spend a small fortune and I am looking for decent working quality for my own DIY.

    Many thanks.

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    if i remember correctly the bolts that hold the shocks in place are male torx bolts so you may need a torx socket set also. try machine mart think there good stuff and quite cheap also.

    www.machinemart.co.uk
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    also instead of getting the breaker bar you could use some pipe to put on the cross wrench or the ring end of a ring spanner for more leverage
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    just invest in a simple socket and spanner set, you will always need them
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    for the trolley jack the low entry clarke one from Machine Mart is probably your best bet
    get the axle stands and a Clarke torque wrench from there aswell

    breaker bars are available for about 5 quid on ebay
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    snap on if you want quality but if not then any halfords gear is generally reliable hth
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    WOW! Thanks for the quick replies!

    Does anyone know what size Torx socket I'll need for the rear shocks? (mk4 derv)



    I've already got a 1/2" and 3/8" socket wrench and assorted sockets. But no adapters for Torx as far as I can tell..

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    You can buy a rail like that ^ from ebay, no brand name for about £12 delivered. I have a set and they have never failed me.

    Just depends how much wonga you want to splash.


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    halfords tools, cant go wrong if you break them (with in normal use) they replace them, life time warrenty
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