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    Hi chaps,

    Thinking of changing my front shocks as they've done 92k and I've just done the rears today.

    I did the springs last year and had trouble because I don't have straight through sockets or the long hex key needed to hold the strut whilst removing the spring.

    Can someone recommend where I can pick up reasonably priced tools. They don't have to be pro quality, but I'd like them to stand up to moderate DIY use.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNS View Post
    Hi chaps,

    Thinking of changing my front shocks as they've done 92k and I've just done the rears today.

    I did the springs last year and had trouble because I don't have straight through sockets or the long hex key needed to hold the strut whilst removing the spring.

    Can someone recommend where I can pick up reasonably priced tools. They don't have to be pro quality, but I'd like them to stand up to moderate DIY use.

    Cheers
    halfords pro sets are on sale at the moment

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    I got my vortex sockets from halfords, very nice set it is too, done plenty of sets of suspension changes now...

    think its a 21mm one you need
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    use a spark plug socket

    it has a hex on top so you can use a spanner while still leaving the hole open at the top for an allen key

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    Use a normal socket grip it with water pump pliers/ mole grips etc.

    Then put Allen key/ torx bit down through top.

    Works a treat.

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    Use a normal socket grip it with water pump pliers/ mole grips etc.

    Then put Allen key/ torx bit down through top.

    Works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    use a spark plug socket

    it has a hex on top so you can use a spanner while still leaving the hole open at the top for an allen key
    Aaah, I seem to remember doing something like that.

    I'm a little reluctant to buy a full set because in 10+ years of work on my cars I've never needed one!

    Maybe I'll just buy a set of long hex bits and see how it goes... Halfords is only a 5 minute walk if I get stuck!

    Cheers!

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    Box spanner works just like a vortex, but at a fraction of the price.

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    if you crack the nut while its still on the car, you can do it easy with a deep combination spanner and torx bit.

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    Or buy a swan neck spanner..

    Like This..http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/21MM-23MM-...ht_2185wt_1336

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