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post #1 of 7 Old 08-22-2017, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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2004 Wrangler - Metric & American Mix?

Hi Gang

Sorry guys I know this question has been asked many times before. It seems the best answer is this one from the forum:

"You'll absolutely need both SAE and metric to work on your TJ"


I have both sets of sockets including Torx - Guess it all depends what you're working on?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-22-2017, 01:03 PM
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If you're asking whether a TJ has a mix of metric and SAE, the answer is yes. My experience has shown metric tools are needed far more often than SAE though.

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welcome to Jeeps ! they did it just to **** with us and they added Torx for icing on the cake

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Ha Ha - That's fer sure!

I just recently had to drill all the 'Hinge Bolt Torx Heads' out of the tailgate.

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If you're asking whether a TJ has a mix of metric and SAE, the answer is yes. My experience has shown metric tools are needed far more often than SAE though.
Depends on which part you are working on. Most of the fasteners that go into the block are SAE. Most of the fasteners in the 97-02 frame are SAE. Most of the fasteners in the 03-06 frame are Metric. Most of the Suspension fasteners are Metric. The tub is a mix biased more towards Metric. Torx Head can be either Metric or SAE thread.

Accessory drive is mostly Metric.

If you working on the suspension of the later frame, you'll walk away wondering why you own SAE tools.

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Depends on which part you are working on. Most of the fasteners that go into the block are SAE. Most of the fasteners in the 97-02 frame are SAE. Most of the fasteners in the 03-06 frame are Metric. Most of the Suspension fasteners are Metric. The tub is a mix biased more towards Metric. Torx Head can be either Metric or SAE thread.

Accessory drive is mostly Metric.

If you working on the suspension of the later frame, you'll walk away wondering why you own SAE tools.
...Then you put on a lift, which can shift things back towards SAE.

Could be worse. A friend of mine had an old MG. He also needed a full set of Whitworth wrenches.
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...Then you put on a lift, which can shift things back towards SAE.
Depends on the kit. I've seen a lot of Metric bolts included in kits, I've seen them all converted to SAE.

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Could be worse. A friend of mine had an old MG. He also needed a full set of Whitworth wrenches
Given how I've seen folks describe bolts around here, I don't know that calling out a wrench based on shank size is a bad way to go. At least if the Metric folks stuck to it, we wouldn't get so many 12mm bolts with 18 and 19mm heads.

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