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    On-car Brake lathe. I can't wait for the brakes to wear out on my truck. I just did the brakes on the wife's Toyota Corolla.

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    1996 land Rover Discovery, 32" tires, 2" lift, running boards/Rock sliders, Blue LED dome lights and a custom cup holder. (project in progress)
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    My favorite tool every year is my breaker bar
    "I hope you get hit by a goose, right in the sway bar!" -anon

    2015 Tacoma Access 4-banger (aka 'Scratchy') -> 255/85r16 ST Maxx, FJC wheels, 3" OME 887s/full dakar pack, CBI sliders and full skids, Pelfreybilt Hybrid bumper, ****tybilt 9.5 XRC winch, sway bar go by bye, ARB on-board air, many many zip-tie
    1989 Ford Bronco II (aka 'Babe the Blue Pig') -> 31x10.5r15 Cheap ATs, 1.5" lift (RC coils/shocks and WULF shackles), 2.9l hamster-power

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    My favorite non-automotive tool this year is my corded Milwaukee multi-cut tool (I call him Mr. Bizz Buzz). He is a real MVP when it comes to cutting all hard to reach things. A must have tool when performing ANY kind of house work.

    As for automotive oriented tools - I have to go with the Hi-Lift jack. Specifically the handle, it makes the best breaker bar! Second to that is an impact grade universal joint that made my life SO MUCH easier when changing ball joints and rear shackles on my project S10 pickup.
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    Nothing like a good wire crimper.
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    For automotive, still one of my favorites, especially up here in the salt/rust belt -- my CT6850 with 400 ft./lbs. torque output and 620 ft./lbs. Bolt Breakaway Torque output. It may not be the most, but it gets the job done ;)

    Like Mitch, I will second my ball joint press as a savior. I use it way more than my pitman arm puller :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mb523 View Post
    My favorite non-automotive tool this year is my corded Milwaukee multi-cut tool (I call him Mr. Bizz Buzz). He is a real MVP when it comes to cutting all hard to reach things. A must have tool when performing ANY kind of house work.

    As for automotive oriented tools - I have to go with the Hi-Lift jack. Specifically the handle, it makes the best breaker bar! Second to that is an impact grade universal joint that made my life SO MUCH easier when changing ball joints and rear shackles on my project S10 pickup.
    High lift handle, oh yeah, so many uses!
    "I hope you get hit by a goose, right in the sway bar!" -anon

    2015 Tacoma Access 4-banger (aka 'Scratchy') -> 255/85r16 ST Maxx, FJC wheels, 3" OME 887s/full dakar pack, CBI sliders and full skids, Pelfreybilt Hybrid bumper, ****tybilt 9.5 XRC winch, sway bar go by bye, ARB on-board air, many many zip-tie
    1989 Ford Bronco II (aka 'Babe the Blue Pig') -> 31x10.5r15 Cheap ATs, 1.5" lift (RC coils/shocks and WULF shackles), 2.9l hamster-power

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    Milwaukee High Torque cordless impact gun. Close second (not really a tool) but anti seize I put that on almost everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJ Rubicon View Post
    ... Close second (not really a tool) but anti seize I put that on almost everything.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    I have to go with my favorite "tool" being my two-post lift.

    There's nothing quite like being able to work on your Jeep while standing comfortably like a gentleman of leisure, rather than laying on the floor like a peasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakinJeep View Post
    I have to go with my favorite "tool" being my two-post lift.

    There's nothing quite like being able to work on your Jeep while standing comfortably like a gentleman of leisure, rather than laying on the floor like a peasant.

    That would have been my favorite this morning guess I am just a peasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakinJeep View Post
    I have to go with my favorite "tool" being my two-post lift.
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    I picked up a mini-ducter after a pretty hairy situation involving seized upper rear shock bolts/ the proximity to the gas tank. I dont even break out the torches anymore, this thing is worth every penny spent so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakinJeep View Post
    I have to go with my favorite "tool" being my two-post lift.

    There's nothing quite like being able to work on your Jeep while standing comfortably like a gentleman of leisure, rather than laying on the floor like a peasant.

    You win this one. Every time I finish a project that went south that took longer than I anticipated (all of them), I come in and tell my wife I’m buying a lift. I think she doesn’t realize just how serious I am sometimes lol


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    My favortie automotive tool has to be the Milwaukee M12 cordless ratchet. That tools has saved me loads of time breaking down my 6.0

    For work (construction) I just picked up the M12 surge impact gun. We use impact guns on a daily basis. Having one thats not as heavy as the M18 but still packs some power is great.
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