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Unread 05-31-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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So I know there may be a post about this already I looked and had no luck. I need a good set of Torx bits in the socket form I keep stripping or snapping the ones I have if any one has some advice on a good brand it would be great thanks for any advice you guys give

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Unread 05-31-2012, 12:32 PM   #2
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I have a set of Craftsman and they have worked pretty good. If you keep stripping or snapping them you might need to use more PB or heat up the bolsts.
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I have a set of Craftsman and they have worked pretty good. If you keep stripping or snapping them you might need to use more PB or heat up the bolsts.
^This

Even the best set of Torx will get beat up and lose a few battles on a Jeep. Craftsman are nice because they are guaranteed for life, break it? they replace it free. I think the Lowes brand "Husky" and maybe the Home Depot brand has the same type of guarantee. Look into it.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #4
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I've started buying NAPA bits that slip into a socket. They are sold in a 2-pack, priced right, hold up better than most I've used and have a lifetime guarantee.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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I use S-K's, they also have a lifetime guarantee (and because the shop that carries them is on my route home from work, which is real handy...)

I've had to replace a few that lost battles with the seat belt and roll bar bolts, so I know first hand that they honor that guarantee, without any questions/issues about how long the cheater pipe was or what setting you were using on the impact gun when you broke them.
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I went to a local retailer (Tool Town) that sells impact torx sockets. The ones I bought were made in Taiwan, but they have held up pretty good and they gave a lifetime warranty so its hard to beat that.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 06:29 PM   #7
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I've found the biggest thing you can do to help stop breaking and stripping torx bits is to give the socket a good whack with a hammer to help seat it in the torx bolt before removing also my 3/8 Snap-on inpact gun helps a ton.
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I've found the biggest thing you can do to help stop breaking and stripping torx bits is to give the socket a good whack with a hammer to help seat it in the torx bolt before removing also my 3/8 Snap-on inpact gun helps a ton.
I like to tap mine too. Makes sure they are seated fully and helps keep from stripping. I've got a set of Craftsman and a set of Huskys and both are about the same.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
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Snap On has a set the call heavy duty removal that are very good, Pretty spendy though at over $200 a set
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Unread 05-31-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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I've started buying NAPA bits that slip into a socket. They are sold in a 2-pack, priced right, hold up better than most I've used and have a lifetime guarantee.
I got something similar at Advance Auto. It's a set of about a dozen different torx inserts and an adapter for a 3/8" ratchet. I also got an impact driver and mostly use these bits with the impact driver and lots of PB Blaster.

I found out today that if a torx screw is at that point between stripped and rounded out, you can sometimes fit an allen bit into it and still get it off. I believe that the larger T50 bolts will use a 3/8" allen wrench after the star shape has been stripped. Anyways, it's worth a try before you start drilling for an easy out.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 10:26 PM   #12
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^This

Even the best set of Torx will get beat up and lose a few battles on a Jeep. Craftsman are nice because they are guaranteed for life, break it? they replace it free. I think the Lowes brand "Husky" and maybe the Home Depot brand has the same type of guarantee. Look into it.
Lowes is Kobalt. Home Depot is Husky. And Kobalt will always be greater than Husky lol. They have a warranty similar to craftsman too.
My Kobalt set has held up very well.

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I could've swore snap on makes craftsman or craftsman makes snap on. But either way I'd choose craftsman for price and easy of exchange being there are sears everywhere.
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I had 2-3 Craftsman lose the battle in the last couple of weeks. That was after the PB didn't work, heads stripped, didn't budge. I picked up a set of Gear Wrench security Tork at Advance Auto that has held up pretty well (Sucked that I had to buy the whole set to get one socket to just to remove the Front Roll Bar)
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Unread 06-01-2012, 04:25 AM   #14
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The best torx set you can get is sometimes not goin to get the bolt out without stripping one now and again. Once you get the bolt out, opt for a hex head replacement when you can unlike places like door mounts that may require a direct replacement. I have found that cone washers are immensely helpful when replacing tapered torx bolts with hex head bolts.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 11:46 PM   #15
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Home depot sells the hex bolts to replace the Torx I got 16 stainless steel hex that I can screw right it looks much nicer and I kno I may have a chance to get the out
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