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      09-19-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Did I buy the right tool?

Never really had to used torx before but did I buy the right tool for diy jobs on my bimmer? Here's what I got. Am I missing anything critical? What about spark plug changes?

# 5 pc 1/4" Drive Female Sockets E4, E5, E6, E7, E8
# 6 pc 3/8" Drive Female Sockets E10, E12, E14, E16, E18, E20
# 6 pc 1/4" Drive TAMPER PROOF Male Bits T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30
# 6 pc 3/8" Drive TAMPER PROOF Male Bits T40, T45, T47, T50, T55, T60
# 1 pc reducer adapter 3/8"Fx1/4"M
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You should be set as far as torx bits go. You might also want to pick up a metric Allen key socket set, as they are always useful as well. Home depot has a nice set that's reasonably priced. For spark plugs you shouldn't need any special tools, some ratchets and sockets along with a spark plug socket should cover it. A torque wrench is recommended when tightening them as well.

Only N54 guys need a special socket I believe, and that can be bought at ECS for $15.


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