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05-11-2012, 02:24 AM
Anyone know if a 34mm or 1 5/16 inch socket is available in 3/8 or smaller drive? And while I'm wishing preferably in shallow?
My pitman arm but is in a "sheltered" location and my half inch drive with or with out the 3/8 inch adapter just won't squeeze in there. An open end wrench won't fit enough to get it snugged down.
how about this?
05-11-2012, 02:45 AM
The nut sinks into the pitman arm. So it requires a socket...that, like my open end, will just slip off the top. Sooo close!
Keep 'em coming though!
05-11-2012, 05:13 AM
Offset socket wrenches come to mind as well as offset wrenches. Also, it is quite possible to take a cheap tool and grind it, weld it, heat it/bend it to fit the need. If your 1/2 socket fits, but the driver does not, how about cutting the socket to the minimum length that will still turn the nut?
Of course, I cannot see it from here, but rather than shopping- just make something that works.
05-11-2012, 03:20 PM
Typically you won't find sockets that large in 3/8" drive as most items that size can have a torque rating higher than what a typical 3/8" drive setup will handle.
I have more than once bought an inexpensive socket or wrench and modified it to work for what I needed. That becomes a single application use tool. Have even welded a impact torx socket to a large wrench to create a tool for removing the oil filter adapter bolt for a Jeep 4.0L engine. Worked perfect.
Cutting down a 1/2" drive socket (chop saw or band saw) is likely your best, easiest and cheapest route. Good luck.
05-12-2012, 02:29 AM
Would something like these give the clearance you need? They only protrude the thickness of a box end.
I have a set with industrial finish. I think they are Chraftsman.
05-15-2012, 02:27 AM
Have you tried the dealer? Chances are if its really that much of a pain in the butt the dealer has a specialized tool for the job. Might be worth picking up.
05-27-2012, 04:29 PM
It's a custom set up. A boxed pitman arm. Going back to the place who made it in a couple weeks. Going see if they made the hole around the diameter of a certain socket... And buy it...or have them open up the hole...
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