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      11-22-2019, 10:49 PM   #10671
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Probably not going to be a problem, but manufacturers are recommending replacing helmets every 5 years.

Snell/SA 2020 helmets will be sold October 1st, 2020 at the very earliest. You’ll only have SA 2015 helmets to choose from until then, which may still be in production part way through 2021 so they’re not a bad choice.
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Anyone run a Racetech seat? Been planning on staying with my OMP HTE-R - but after putting a 3 hour stint in this weekend in a M240iR that had the same OMP HTE-R I'm rethinking it. I hadn't really noticed that I had a decent amount of upper body movement in that seat until after feeling it for this extended run length. Briefly set in a Racetech and it seemed like it might hold the upper body in place better. Just wanted to see if anyone had any experience with them. Thinking about the RT4100.
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      11-25-2019, 10:13 PM   #10673
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does anyone have a brand recommendation for a nice set of sockets and extensions? snap-on is cool and all but you almost have to piece together their sets from what i've seen and its a bajillion dollars. i have a 25 year old craftsman case i've been lugging around for years that my dad let me have and the extensions and crap are just worn out. the extension kept sticking and slipping off when i was putting my plenum on the other day and i had to be super super careful and i still dropped a socket down into the engine.

i'm working on mrs beef to let me buy a bigger tool box and get rid of a wood storage cabinet in the garage and get rid of my cheap harbor freight tool chest too.
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      11-25-2019, 10:51 PM   #10674
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does anyone have a brand recommendation for a nice set of sockets and extensions? snap-on is cool and all but you almost have to piece together their sets from what i've seen and its a bajillion dollars. i have a 25 year old craftsman case i've been lugging around for years that my dad let me have and the extensions and crap are just worn out. the extension kept sticking and slipping off when i was putting my plenum on the other day and i had to be super super careful and i still dropped a socket down into the engine.

i'm working on mrs beef to let me buy a bigger tool box and get rid of a wood storage cabinet in the garage and get rid of my cheap harbor freight. tool chest too.
SK Tools. Reasonably priced yet high quality sockets, wrenches, and ratchets.
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      11-26-2019, 12:07 AM   #10675
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does anyone have a brand recommendation for a nice set of sockets and extensions? snap-on is cool and all but you almost have to piece together their sets from what i've seen and its a bajillion dollars. i have a 25 year old craftsman case i've been lugging around for years that my dad let me have and the extensions and crap are just worn out. the extension kept sticking and slipping off when i was putting my plenum on the other day and i had to be super super careful and i still dropped a socket down into the engine.

i'm working on mrs beef to let me buy a bigger tool box and get rid of a wood storage cabinet in the garage and get rid of my cheap harbor freight. tool chest too.
SK Tools. Reasonably priced yet high quality sockets, wrenches, and ratchets.
I liked SK! Tekton is not bad too. They are Taiwanese based with lifetime warranty.

https://www.tekton.com/3-8-in-dr-skt...1-inch-6-24-mm

I like they make sets without skipping sizes
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      11-26-2019, 12:12 AM   #10676
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i have a few tekton items and they do have the uncommon sizes like 16mm stuff.
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      11-26-2019, 01:18 AM   #10677
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Why not another craftsman set? Like you, mine have lasted 10+ years and the 10mm socket still fits 10mm heads (go figure).

Save your money for tires.
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      11-26-2019, 05:36 AM   #10678
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does anyone have a brand recommendation for a nice set of sockets and extensions? snap-on is cool and all but you almost have to piece together their sets from what i've seen and its a bajillion dollars. i have a 25 year old craftsman case i've been lugging around for years that my dad let me have and the extensions and crap are just worn out. the extension kept sticking and slipping off when i was putting my plenum on the other day and i had to be super super careful and i still dropped a socket down into the engine.

i'm working on mrs beef to let me buy a bigger tool box and get rid of a wood storage cabinet in the garage and get rid of my cheap harbor freight tool chest too.
Sonic tools


https://sonictoolsusa.com/s9-tools-328-pcs-bmw/
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      11-26-2019, 06:45 AM   #10679
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Why not another craftsman set? Like you, mine have lasted 10+ years and the 10mm socket still fits 10mm heads (go figure).

Save your money for tires.
i've read mixed reviews on their new tools...
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      11-26-2019, 08:28 AM   #10680
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I didn't know about Tekton tools - Fantastic prices for sockets and bits. Going to put in an order for various torx bits, and the female versions for the bolts surrounding the diff.

That said, I think it's worth getting a couple premium ratchets with a high teeth count for those bolts with minimal clearance. Greatly speeds things up!
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      11-26-2019, 03:10 PM   #10681
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Why not another craftsman set? Like you, mine have lasted 10+ years and the 10mm socket still fits 10mm heads (go figure).

Save your money for tires.
Made in America Craftsman was great. But that was before Sears move production over to China. Now that Black and Decker own them, the new sets are main in Taiwan. I bet the quality could be similar to Tekton which is also Taiwanese based. The crazy thing is the new craftsman kits are sold at Lowes and Ace now.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-1...Set/1000596571

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I didn't know about Tekton tools - Fantastic prices for sockets and bits. Going to put in an order for various torx bits, and the female versions for the bolts surrounding the diff.

That said, I think it's worth getting a couple premium ratchets with a high teeth count for those bolts with minimal clearance. Greatly speeds things up!
The Tekton Etorx kit has been working out very well for me.

https://www.tekton.com/3-8-inch-driv...t-set-skt15402

I have their torque wrench and misc stuff.
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      11-26-2019, 03:38 PM   #10682
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Great point about new vs old craftsman. Forgot about that. My "edc" is my grandfathers ratchet. The gear head gene started with him and I still use his 3/8" ratchet. I have my dads too. Both are reliable.

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Great point about new vs old craftsman. Forgot about that. My "edc" is my grandfathers ratchet. The gear head gene started with him and I still use his 3/8" ratchet. I have my dads too. Both are reliable.

#coolstorybro
Made in America stuff is awesome. I still have a few of those working perfectly.
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      11-26-2019, 09:01 PM   #10684
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looking at set prices, i might just have to build a new collection little by little. i've been eyeballing this husky chest and i'm hoping it goes on sale. if not, i'll have to hit up a military buddy for that 10% veteran discount. lol
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thats incredible man. what shop do you work for? whats a typical race-ification like that cost? that level of clean and paint just works for me.
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thats incredible man. what shop do you work for? whats a typical race-ification like that cost? that level of clean and paint just works for me.
I'm the tech for trinity Autosport

I've done quite a few builds now, just trying new things each time
This one being the cleanest wiring yet, no chassis grounds showing down the sides, battery moved up, fuel pump relays hidden, no wires visible going to the rear

And my custom aim mount and block off from scrap carbon lol
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As for cost , obviously not cheap
But with the amount of time it takes me to pay attention to littlest of details nobody cares about, it's a bargain in my eyes
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thats incredible man. what shop do you work for? whats a typical race-ification like that cost? that level of clean and paint just works for me.
I'm the tech for trinity Autosport

I've done quite a few builds now, just trying new things each time
This one being the cleanest wiring yet, no chassis grounds showing down the sides, battery moved up, fuel pump relays hidden, no wires visible going to the rear

And my custom aim mount and block off from scrap carbon lol
Another awesome build! Looks unreal.
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What's the process for cleaning up wiring? Like if you wanted to get rid of every single wire that wasn't necessary?
Is there a bmw manual that is detailed enough to state which wire does what, or do you have to figure it out with a multimeter with trial and error?
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