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Old 10-11-2011, 09:41 PM
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I'm going to be buying new tools. What tools do you recommend for working on the truck? I want to be able to do the basics like install a leveling kit, change the breaks, oil, Sparkspark plugs, and any other little task I may come across.

I have done mechanical work to my other vehicles but used my dads tools.Wanting to get some of my own and slowly add tools as I need them.
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What kinda budget do you have? I have actually started using duralast ratchets and sockets from autozone(because I have a budget), they seem to be more durable then the newest craftsman (what you buy at Sears is not there commercial grade and is garbage IMO) and they also have a no questions asked warranty
The wrenches from Harbor Freight arent too bad either and they also have a lifetime warranty, although I would stay away from there ratchet sets. I have a set of ratcheting wrenches (SAE and Metric) that have more then paid for them selves
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Is the Ram mainly metric?
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Well, to work on brakes and other systems, you are gonna need SAE & Metric standard tools (sockets, wratchets, extensions), torque wrenches, torx drivers, etc...the list sometimes seems endless.

I have Craftsmen tools primarily, with some special tools by Miller for pulling press fit parts such as balancers and pulleys. I also have a few Snap-On and Kobalt tools. I've been impressed by the Kobalt tools.

Anyway, good luck!
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Don't forget a good floor jack and most important is the floor stands! The use proper use of quality floor stands can save your life or prevent injury. NEVER NEVER NEVER get under any thing heavy that is not properly supported.

The Shop Service Manual will be a big help. The '09 forum hsa a link for the '09 Ram. The '11 is mostly the same, and you can't beat the price.

You will find METRIC and SAE on most vehicles today. I like to use 6 point wrenches and/or sockets when possible, less skined knuckles.
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I'm a Kobalt man my self and any job that I end up doing around the house or in the garage always goes without issue when it comes to my tools. If you get the good ones they can be a little on the high side, but I like the fact that Kobalt has almost everything you'd need. There are probably better brands out there depending on who you talk to, but I know this guy is happy with Kobalt, plus if your in the military, Lowe's (where Kobalt is sold) will give you a 10% discount everytime you buy something from them... I don't know if your still in, but if your active/nat Guard/Resrv just show your ID card and instint 10% off and it works with any other discount/coupon you may have...
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i like going with the duralast stuff myself. i just started building my tool collection when i wanted to learn my truck more. although i didnt know about the Lowes discount or i might have gone with them. i have no problems with autozone and their pricing.
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I too agree, the Kobalt stuff seems to be pretty good stuff. The prices are good and Lowe's is always having a sale on them.

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get yourself a cheap scan tool, it will be VERY handy. i bought one from the snapon guy for like $55 and i use it a lot.
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I primarily use craftsman hand tools. They haven't done me wrong yet. Just make sure to use the right tool for the job.
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