Wasn't sure where to put this, but figured the Cheap Tricks section applied the best.
Do y'all use cheap tools on your Jeep? I have an old socket set that I've used around the house from time to time, but I broke my 5/8 socket trying to remove an old crusty step bar mount the other day. I think it is a Sharper Image set. That's my first problem. The second is that the socket handle is pretty short, and I couldn't get any leverage. Probably wouldn't have mattered since the actual socket was crap.
But I went and bought a longer socket handle, and a deepwell 5/8 socket, and it popped the bolt right off last night. I had been straining with the old one, putting everything I had into it, and it just wouldn't budge. A good pull with this one and it loosened right up.
Which leads me to my question. The longer socket driver I bought was a 13 inch handle. It was $16 at Napa. I asked if they had anything longer, thinking something beefier and longer would come in handy in the future. He had a 15 inch handled version. The price was $79. Now I know we'd all like to add 2 inches but not at 5X the cost. So at what point do you sacrifice quality for price?
And I was buying a Torx bit to remove my bumpers, and figured I'd buy a set. It was like $180. I just bought the bit I needed for the bumper, and one of those swiss army torx sets that was $10 and has all the smaller sizes in it.