01-06-2011, 08:18 AM #1
Hey guys I am in the market for a good tool set to work on my ski with. I had to take my set to work cause I work at a ford dealership. So what are the common and special tools we need? I can get 60% off MATCO and SNAP ON through school.
01-06-2011, 08:27 AM #2
I've slowly accumulated mine over the years, most important I think are:-
Torx female sockets, hex and Allan keys, sockets and wrenches, spanners, screw drivers.
More specialist type tools for the s/c include, a good dial type 1/4inch torque wrench, all the gear holding tools and support plate (available from the online store)
the impeller removal tool and the vts nut tool are a must for pump removal and prop changing.
Depending how much further you want to go, crank and cam lock tools are handy.
I don't think I often use too much more than that.
Hope this helps
01-06-2011, 12:23 PM #3
Dont forget an inspection mirror a long magnet on a flexible stick, and one of those flexible grabby things. Can't tell you how many times I've lost something under the motor and said a lot of bad words while bouncing the trailer up and down hoping it would find it's wayto the back...lol...
If you're gonna be workin on that 2 stroke, and depending on how far your're gonna work on it, get a timing wheel. Also a prop tool. Make sure you have a couple 10mm sockets and wrenches. I think you can take the whole ski down with just a 10mm, 13mm, 15mm and 17mm. Also a good set of allens and ball allens will help. The ball allens have saved my ass more than once.
01-06-2011, 01:02 PM #4
01-06-2011, 04:34 PM #5
matco ect are great if you use them to make a living...but way expensive especially for 2 sets..if you have money to burn go for it..
sears has good kits on sale especially at xmas time...and fathers day ..
and you can get enough for the house..fairly inexpensively ..probably about the same as you would pay fro just a socket set w snap on...even with a discount..they try real hard to get you hooked and in debt forever..
i know with most mechanics it is like the bigger the tool box the bigger the ...???? the tools dont make the ski go any faster...save the loot ski go fast parts are expensive..
i bought a set from sears in 1985 they all still work fine...i use them every day ..sears is in almost every town dont need to wait for a snap-on truck to come buy ...
i had the same issue when i opened my shop...went to do something at the house and didnt even have a screwdriver..bought a small to med set at sears on fathers day ..like 150 bucks and been fine there ever since..if i need something special i just bring it home for the day ..IE torque wrench
the only specialty stuff you may need is the star sockets..and charger tools..hard to say spend big moey on them because they get wet w salt water ect being in the ski...i got that stuff from harbor freight..cheap and working fine for 4 years now..
01-06-2011, 11:06 PM #6
01-07-2011, 07:35 AM #7
true forgot about the likely hood of dropping them in the water.....for the tools i carry on the ski almost all harbor freight..
sometimes you want to buy the best you can other times ther just isnt a need to spent top dollar
01-07-2011, 07:39 AM #8
I have one of the Lowe's sets that was like 200 and a craftsmen set that was like 100 bucks. A Torx set that was about 40 bucks that I have used LOTS. The good SC tools from the store. A Magnetic pen for things dropped in the hull, two torque wrenches, a bunch of wrench/socket extensions in all sizes from ungodly long to real short. one of the electric screwdrivers that has a swivel head for those hard to reach screws, a good laptop with a blazing connection to the net, and lastly the best tool of all which is PATIENCE..
01-07-2011, 06:57 PM #9
01-07-2011, 07:16 PM #10
Depends on what Model/Year ski's you are working on.
With your new 4-Tech I would go with what others have said with a good "E" and "T" series Torx Driver and Socket set. Deep Socket Metric 3/8" and 1/4" Drive Socket Sets and 8,10,13,18mm Ratchet Wrenches. *BALL-END* long shank Allen drivers are essential to get to certain bolts on your XP. Impeller Spline tool is essential as well as a 12mm Straight End Allen Key (and a Vise) to hold the Jet Pump internal Shaft on the P-X. Various length Extension Bars and U-joints. Foot and Inch Pound torque Wrenches.
It just depends on what type of work you plan on doing for which "special" Sea-Doo tools may be required. The most
essential "tool" is the Sea-Doo Shop Manual for your Ski(s). All other Sea-Doo tools, their part numbers for ordering and what operations they are used for is listed in the Shop Manual.
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