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      03-31-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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List of "must haves" in Bimmer tool box

Hello all,

I have started my "Bimmer" tool box with the following essentials:
  • hydraulic jack
  • jack stand
  • breaker bar
  • torque wrench for lug nuts
  • set of metric hex keys
  • 15-piece set of metric wrenches
  • power bleeder
  • screwdrivers

but was wondering what else you guys would recommend I should add at this point, especially if someone could recommend a set of ratchet/sockets that would cover most of the basic needs.

As I understand that the tools needed are a function of the use intended, let me just describe that: I am only planning on doing basic work such as: break pads, wheel swap, break fluid, oil changes, etc...

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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      03-31-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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I would get a set of sockets made specifically to protect wheels like these:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-M3-...l_Tire/ES6225/

It's a small price to pay to not have scratched and gouged wheels.
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I would get a set of sockets made specifically to protect wheels like these:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-M3-...l_Tire/ES6225/

It's a small price to pay to not have scratched and gouged wheels.
I agree... I got my set from BavAuto.
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Lift adapter to fit the BMW template.
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Lift adapter to fit the BMW template.
So far I am using a hockey puck and it works great too but your solution would be more elegant...
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The exact size escapes me, but I think the socket needed to remove the oil filter cap is 36mm.
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You're eventually going to need Torx and reverse Torx sockets as well
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essentials to any tool box... condoms and lube.... LOL! j/k....
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Something like this -- a magnetic parts picker upper. There's a lot of stuff BMW crammed into not a lot of space. I always seem to be dropping things under the hood. This helps me pick them up. Also, one with a claw at the end would be good for things that aren't metallic.

And band-aids.


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The Allen wrench for the trans and diff, and the 32 mm (if I remember correctly) wrench for the fan
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Recommendation for torque wrench? What is a good value?

Or jack stands?
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Great combo......







http://www.esco.net/tire-changing-eq...&cat=13&page=1




http://atdtools.com/product.php?id=7325
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Anyone know where to order one of those jack adapters? I cut a block of wood to fit in the plastic hole, but it doesn't work that great. Looking for something better quality and more durable then a piece of wood.
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Anyone know where to order one of those jack adapters? I cut a block of wood to fit in the plastic hole, but it doesn't work that great. Looking for something better quality and more durable then a piece of wood.
Here you go.... http://www.ecstuning.com/ES251251/

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Recommendation for torque wrench? What is a good value?
Precision Instruments make some high quality wrenches that are not inexpensive, but very reasonable for the quality. Google "Precision Instruments C3FR250F" for a good one. There are several styles and ranges. I got mine from TheToolWarehouse.net, but there are many vendors.
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Already ordered a set of those sockets to protect the wheels and the jack adapter because of this tread
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That precision instruments piece is pricey for something I won't use much. Brands like Mountain and Gorilla not worth considering?
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