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Old 06-18-2008, 07:32 AM
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While setting valve lash, my Craftsman socket kept getting stuck in the rocker arm (Comp Cam Magnum roller tip) and actually machined a groove around the socket. Measure my 5/8 socket and it is 7/8 wide. Does anyone make a thinwall socket?

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I know a cheap solution.. lawn mower spark plug wrenches are thin, and have a 5/8" side... I have to use 1 to get the plugs out of my AMC 196 6cyl
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A <$3.00 Craftsman/Lowes/Home Depot/Harbor Freight socket and a grinding wheel will work wonders with clearance problems

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A <$3.00 Craftsman/Lowes/Home Depot/Harbor Freight socket and a grinding wheel will work wonders with clearance problems

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Now we would NEVER do THAT to a socket now would we?

When I still ran my shop I had a separate compartment in my service truck tool box for these "Special" tools, these consisted of thin-(ned) sockets (but on a lathe instead of a grinder), wrenches of various contortions and odd lengths, and a hodge-podge of home-made specialty tools.
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Now we would NEVER do THAT to a socket now would we?

When I still ran my shop I had a separate compartment in my service truck tool box for these "Special" tools, these consisted of thin-(ned) sockets (but on a lathe instead of a grinder), wrenches of various contortions and odd lengths, and a hodge-podge of home-made specialty tools.
Me - do something like that?? Nah I only made a suggestion



I do have a couple (well, more then a couple special tools ) but since my only lathe is a wood turning version, the good ol' grinder will work miracles. I tend not to use any but cheapies though I do have one Snap-on 6 point 7/16 shorty that I had to 'fix' - and that was a $10-12 pain in my wallet

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Matt, that's a good tip, thanks

Now that you fellas suggested trimming the socket width it seems so obvious, thankyou
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Me - do something like that?? Nah I only made a suggestion



I do have a couple (well, more then a couple special tools ) but since my only lathe is a wood turning version, the good ol' grinder will work miracles. I tend not to use any but cheapies though I do have one Snap-on 6 point 7/16 shorty that I had to 'fix' - and that was a $10-12 pain in my wallet

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Lathes? Man, you guys got sophisticated tools! To make a thin-walled socket, I popped one onto my impact wrench, and spun it against my running belt sander. That gave me a fairly consistent wall thickness. Did a whole metric set like this, for my old BMW motorcycles. It's a must-have for these old ****-boxes!
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I popped one onto my impact wrench, and spun it against my running belt sander.


I just love ingenuity!
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Not ingenuity like so of the above members, but Snap-On offers thin wall sockets and boxed end wrenches. Pricey, but good quality, tough tools for special jobs. Nothing says you can't use them for regular jobs as well. The US Air Force had a special contract with Snap On for years to supply the special thin wall tools for jet engines. Some of these tools have made their way to surplus stores, I'm sure. Probably do not last long there.

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