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Old 01-09-2011, 06:01 PM
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I am about to change the front shock mounts on my GT, and thinking to get an impact wrench for the job. I wanted to get one of those things for long time, since I usually work on my cars myself. The problem is I don't know what to go with. Air tools are out of the question since I live in the city and I don't have a garage. I wanna go electric, corded or cordless. It seems that the tool will be of somewhat limited functionality due to its larger size, since there are many places in the car its simply not gonna fit. I would like to go cordless, but I think they are a bit bigger than corded in size, because of the battery. Can anyone tell me how useful are those things and cons and pros of corded vs cordless if you have experience with those. Is it worth its money? I am so tired of the hand ( non-power ) tools and can afford something nicer... Any help is highly appreciated!
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:13 PM
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I have a Craftsman. It's rated at 250 ft lbs but I don't believe it. And to be honest, that 2 foot long 1/2" breaker bar has greatly reduced the need to pull the electric out. I've probably used the electric 1/2 dozen times in the 10 years I've had.
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I've got a cordless 14.4 Dewalt 1/2 impact and a corded craftsman 1/2. I like them both. I keep the Dewalt in my company car in a small case and use it to change an occasional flat tire. I too still carry a 1/2 breaker bar to crack the nuts loose. The dewalt is awesome for connecting directly to the jack and lifting/ lowering the car in a few seconds. It is also relatively small. If I had to choose between the two, I'd keep the Dewalt..Just my 2 cents...
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The Hilti 18v cordless 1/2" impact gun is probably the best I've seen. Incredible torque with over 350 ft/lbs of torque. More than enough torque for suspension upgrades.

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Old 01-09-2011, 11:07 PM
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we use a Dewalt to change the tires on our racecar.
Very powerful
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:53 AM
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I have a craftsman cordless unit I use at the track to change my wheels. I do have to crack the nuts first old school style but I am glad I bought it. Speeds up the entire process, saves a lot of time, wasnt expensive.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CC4Q8wIwAA#
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Originally Posted by 808muscle View Post
I have a craftsman cordless unit I use at the track to change my wheels. I do have to crack the nuts first old school style but I am glad I bought it. Speeds up the entire process, saves a lot of time, wasnt expensive.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CC4Q8wIwAA#
That's a pretty good price. I'm going to have to look into that
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Originally Posted by Alec View Post
That's a pretty good price. I'm going to have to look into that
That probably doesnt include a battery. The kit I bought came with a carrying case, charger and two batterys. It was about $150 or less, bought it last year.
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Originally Posted by 808muscle View Post
That probably doesnt include a battery. The kit I bought came with a carrying case, charger and two batterys. It was about $150 or less, bought it last year.
That's still not bad compared to some I looked at. For $150 it seems like it would be a nice piece to have and would come in handy
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I got one at walmart about 8 years ago. Mostly I use it for rotating the tires. I don't think I will on my 11, the back tires are getting used way more than the front tires, It doesn't have 2,000 miles on it and I thing I will have to get new ones around 5,000. Nitto 555s.
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