As we’ve been doing some car audio installation work around the Toolmonger shop this week, we’ve taken a sudden interest in any kind of tool that’ll help us get at difficult-to-reach fasteners. (You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried to reach a screw that’s 6″ inside the dash with a 1-1/2″ clearance. Damn!)
Besides picking up a Skewdriver (which we mentioned a while back and saw some great comments on — watch for a hands-on soon), we’re also thinking about grabbing Spec Tools’ “dual action ratchet.” Think of it as a GearWrench-style pass-thru ratchet that also rotates when you squeeze the handles.
Seriously, if you’re planning on doing any serious work inside your vehicle, you’re going to need a full compliment of 0-degree-swing-angle tools like the Skewdriver and this. Any job behind the dash starts with a stream of absurdly-placed and ludicrously-tight fasteners.
The dual action ratchet comes with fifteen differently-sized sockets (scattered across the range of metric and SAE sizes), and you can always turn the ratchet normally if there’s room.
Froogle finds one for $41, but most retailers sell it for $50. There is a knockoff on eBay for $6 if you want to play around a bit before you commit. Amazon has ’em for $51. I think I’ll order mine now.