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    Which socket set size
    on: Jan 09, 2021, 09.45 am
    Jan 09, 2021, 09.45 am
    Going to get a socket set to do some maintenance on the bike, what size drive should I get, 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2". Is smaller better for access?

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2021, 10.55 am
    Jan 09, 2021, 10.55 am
    For the majority of things a decent 3/8" drive will do most things.
    But anything over 22mm and you would need something bigger. (Wheel nuts for example)
    Some socket 'handles' now have extending handles which can give a little more leverage,
    so a 3/8" extended, could give you the same leverage as a standard 1/2" drive handle.

    The one thing I would suggest is to look out for one with six point sockets rather than 12.
    The 12 point version allows the socket to go over the nut in twice as many positions but
    as it only grips on the points if you have a stubborn nut there is more chance of rounding it.

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2021, 11.50 am
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    I’d agree, with all that. If only one it’d be 3/8 drive.
    If you can I’d stretch to a set with 1/4 and 3/8 as sometimes a 3/8 drive on a small fixing will give you no “feel”.

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2021, 01.04 pm
    Jan 09, 2021, 01.04 pm
    i just had to get a set of adaptors -my torque wrench is 3/8 and sockets 1/2 so check that a toque tool has the same drive size

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #4 on: Jan 09, 2021, 01.35 pm
    Jan 09, 2021, 01.35 pm
    If you already have a torque wrench or other items like an oil filter socket then that's a valid point.
    As the fitting size of those items should sway you towards what you get.
    If the socket set is the first of your purchases, then things like torque wrenches should then be bought to suit the socket set.

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2021, 02.58 pm
    Jan 09, 2021, 02.58 pm
    I think most of us have tools that have been acquired over the years -and some lost, lent and not returned ! Sure sensible to get a big set -and a torque at the same time/size matched but if just starting out it can be quite an investment.As mentioned sometimes you want a small drive to make access easier.
    The only thing thats ALWAYS right -is you never have all the tools you need!
    I am thinking of a couple of small clamps to squeeze in brake pistons -good idea?

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2021, 03.34 pm
    Jan 09, 2021, 03.34 pm
    *Originally Posted by bazza950 [+]
    I am thinking of a couple of small clamps to squeeze in brake pistons -good idea?
    To do that, I leave the old pads in, tilt the calliper clear of the disc, or drop the wheel to gain access, then put my biggest flat bladed screw driver in
    and twist it so it pushes the pads open. Usually quite easy.

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    Re: Which socket set size
    Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2021, 03.38 pm
    Jan 09, 2021, 03.38 pm
    Besides Halfords, as mentioned in another thread, if you like tools have a look here.

    https://www.bikerstoolbox.co.uk/

    Not bought from them for a while but I regularly have a look in to see what they have.

     



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