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With project Yukon on the run now we can look back at the last few weeks and think about things that could have been easier.  For example: bolts and nuts in hard to reach areas. Bolting up exhaust headers to the Y-pipe, for instance, could have been a great deal easier with a set of stubby flex-head wrenches like these one from GearWrench.

The construction is pretty simple: a normal box end wrench on one end with a ratcheting flex head on the other.  The real advantage is that the shaft is small — about 2 to 3 inches. That’s small enough to get into those areas where there’s just enough room for a wrench, head, or hand, but not all of the above.

A set like his can make world of difference to your skinned up bloody knuckles.  Personally, I left a bit too much pink tinge on the Y-pipe to not mention this.

Metric and SAE sets can be found with some careful shopping for around $80.

Stubby Flex Head [GearWrench]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

4 Responses to Finds: Stubby Flex-Head Wrenches from GearWrench

  1. Fletcher says:

    I don’t know if I’d ever use a stubby ratcheting wrench set enough to justify the cost, but I just picked up my first set of ratcheting wrenches (I know, I’m late to the game) and find them invaluable. Shoulda bought these years ago.

  2. Myself says:

    But they were crap years ago! Ratcheting wrenches are a remarkably recent innovation, and today’s versions are soooo much nicer than the originals. Don’t kick yourself for waiting while the kinks got ironed out.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Ratcheting wrenches are like cell phones. Not long ago nobody had one, now nobody leaves home without it. If all you use these tools for is to install/remove u-bolts from driveshaft and half shaft u-joints, they’re worth the price.

  4. shawn says:

    I thought that ratcheting wrenches where a big waste of money until I needed to get a nut off in a really tight space. Then when I was working on my car & it took me 30 minutes to get the first 2 nuts off using my open ended wrench, then I got in my car, drove to the store 5 minutes away bought a set like these, drove home & got the other 2 off in about a 1 minute. So the first time I used them I saved 29 minutes laying under my cursing the designer of the car. Now I am a huge fan & I own a couple different sets, & I use them more than my sockets I think. I don’t have to keep changing sockets onto my ratchet, I just keep the gear wrench in the proper sizes next to me.

    As for the flex head I am glad that Gear Wrench have a lifetime guarantee, so I can take them back to sears, & get a replacement just like my craftsman hand tools.

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