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    Default Finally a tool thats as good as it says it is!

    Changed all the dampers and springs on my other halfs Tigra with a lowered set yesterday.

    Hit a problem taking apart the front stuts and did not have the special tool to do it. Well my nearest car place was Halfrauds and I needed to get the job done.

    They did not have the tool to do the job but they did have a socket set which has hollow sockets:

    Halfords Professional 19 Piece Vortex Socket Set:

    • Made from professional quality Chrome Vanadium Steel
    • Vortex Hollow Socket design removes the depth restrictions of normal sockets Contents:
      • 14 Metric Vortex Sockets - 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 30, 32, 34mm
      • Ratchet Handle
      • Vortex Hollow Extension 3" and 6"
      • 3/8 Drive Ratchet adapter
      • 1/2" Drive ratchet adapter
    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...Id_165572#dtab

    I paid £19.99 for the set but they are on the web for £59.99 which is a bit strange.

    Well to say the wrench and socket are the easiest to use would be an understatement. I used far less force to get nuts off and they allowed me to put another wrench and socket inside the hollow socket to hold the strut will I undone the main bolt.

    I have to say its the best bit of kit I have ever brought and a fantastic price. Only down side is the sockets cannot be used with my Torque wrench so I have to use standard sockets.
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    That was £20?! Crikey, I'm off to Halfords now! I needed an 18mm deeper socket the other day when I did my drop links as the 18mm socket in the Halfords 150 piece kit was a smidge too shallow to get a good purchase and they don't do an 18" socket in 1/2" that I could see. Had to borrow and 18" 1/2" off my neighbour.

    Can you not use the sockets on your torque wrench (1/2" I assume?) with the adapter?

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    i have had quite alot of tools from halfords and they all seem good.the screwdriver set i had was better than my snap on set.but £20 is a bargain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Can you not use the sockets on your torque wrench (1/2" I assume?) with the adapter?
    There are adapter's to change the Vortex wrench to 1/2 and 3/4 so you can use normal sockets but not the otherway round
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    Ah right.

    I've just nipped down to my local Halfords as it's only 5 mins away and they had the kit you mentioned, priced on the shelf at £59.99. Asked the guy to get it out the cabinet and scan and it came up at the same price - told the guy about somebody I knew getting it for much less and he wondered if it was with a trade card (although it's still a hefty discount for a trade card!).

    Was it with a card, or simply what it scanned at at the till? i.e. how did you know it was going to be that price. Was it priced like that on the shelf?

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    Right just got my receipt out my wallet and...................









    I only paid £10 for the set!

    They were marked up in the tool cupboard at £39.99 1/2 price now £19.99 which I was more than happy with. I remember the assistant saying thats a good price at 1/2 off. I think she took another 1/2 off through the till, dozy mare.
    Going to see if I can scan my till receipt in and post it up
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    Had a closer look and it says 47pc Vortex set and mine was 19pc, even more confused now!

    No trade card involved

    If I get the chance I will check to see if they have anymore
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    looks like a coc k up m8, you lucky devil lol

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    makes a change for me to be up on a deal!
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    Jeez, only a tenner now!! They weren't even marked up at half-price at my store, only the full £59.99

    Don't 'spose you fancy getting me a set do you?

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