Rick writes: “I came across this tool on one of the BMW boards I frequent. Like the poster said, it’s not pretty… but it gets the job done. I thought it was pretty ingenious and I was curious what other home-grown tools the Toolmongers out there have created and/or come across.”
According to the original forum post over at bimmer.info (link below), a guy made this tool to get the 22mm banjo bolt out while replacing the power steering hose on his M5. It’s a shortened 22mm combo wrench with a 1/2″ drive socket welded on.
We’ve run across a number of similarly creative home-engineering solutions. The BMW airhead we picked up earlier this year came with a couple of funky-looking sockets in the seat — in particular there was one large one that’d been turned down a bit in a lathe. It turned out to be a perfect fit for the large bolt on the forks.
We also saw some guys weld up a metal-only body hammer after the wood handle broke for the umpteenth time in a hard-workin’ body shop environment.
What have you seen?
Custom PS Banjo Bolt Installer [Forum Post, bimmer.info]