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Hey,

I am in the process of buying mods and other items for my new civic, and will be starting this upcoming weekend fitting new parts such as the Type S sport grille which I just bought from Cox.

Now, its been a while since I've done anything 'DIY', so my tool kit selection is quite sparse.

What 'need' to have tools will I need for the above job and others over the coming weeks?
 

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A decent socket set is always a good start. I got a massive kit from costco for about £80 with just sbout everything in. it's helped with induction kit, iPod kit, grille, horns, bumper removal oil service and Eibachs. Spanners aren't much use for detailing though, someone like Robbo can help you there!
 
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A decent socket set is always a good start. I got a massive kit from costco for about £80 with just sbout everything in. it's helped with induction kit, iPod kit, grille, horns, bumper removal oil service and Eibachs. Spanners aren't much use for detailing though, someone like Robbo can help you there!
Hi Jonny,

Well for spanners, I was thinking of starting with this set of eBay for a more reasonable price lol.

ROLSON TOOLS 11PC SPANNER SET KIT 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19mm | eBay
 

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A good socket set will give you more than just spanners at a pretty good price. I've got at least 3 variants of each socket size, 3 ratchets, screw drivers, magnetic retrieval tool(priceless when leaning over the engine bay) pliers, allen keys...

I'm a firm believer in buying quality tools. Some ratchets seem ok till your in a tight space and you find theres too much play in the movement. You'll appreciate quality tools when you get stuck into tinkering with your car! It's just as good to befriend someone with good tools though ;)
 
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you will need a bit more than spanners mate lol.

trolley jack, axle stands, socket set with extension bars, various screwdrivers, torx bits, caliper wind back tools, allen keys, those spanners that you use on brake pipes lol.

Plus all the other little things you realise you need after you have ripped most of the dash out :D

sandpaper, pliers, knives, soldering iron, wire cutters, crimps. oil, filter wrench, cutting disks

then stuff like-WD40, Penetrating spray, copper slip, brake fluid, oil, rags,

the list is pretty big.
 

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Well I'm starting out quite small, will be fitting the new grille, some DRL's and a spoiler over the coming weeks.

So only really need the basics at the moment to get by. No doubt as the bug takes me I will need more and more. :)

So, some spanners to start with, anything else?
 

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That's more comprehensive lol. You're better off getting any specialist tools as and when you need them or you'll be skint before you start. And research well before you buy, I bought 3 filter wrenches and the worst of all was my expensive snap-on one.
 
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That's more comprehensive lol. You're better off getting any specialist tools as and when you need them or you'll be skint before you start. And research well before you buy, I bought 3 filter wrenches and the worst of all was my expensive snap-on one.
Ok, well, I'll see if I can get by with what I have at the minute, which is not a lot, but the grille and DRL seems fairly straight forward to fit, bit of brute force here, a tap here etc lol. :)
 

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Ok, well, I'll see if I can get by with what I have at the minute, which is not a lot, but the grille and DRL seems fairly straight forward to fit, bit of brute force here, a tap here etc lol. :)
Just be careful of the clips on the grille. If you're doing DRLs at the same time it may be worthwhile taking your bumper off, with a blanket to put it on. You should be fine with minimum tools for that.
 
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Oh if your planning any interior mods i STRONGLY (and i mean STRONGLY) suggest you get yourself some bojo plastic interior tools.

taped up screwdriver still scratch things.

probebly the most used tool in my toolkit tbh.

and i got them FREE from impulse sounds :)
 

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Oh if your planning any interior mods i STRONGLY (and i mean STRONGLY) suggest you get yourself some bojo plastic interior tools.

taped up screwdriver still scratch things.

probebly the most used tool in my toolkit tbh.

and i got them FREE from impulse sounds :)
I first read that as inferior mods. Either way you're right lol :)
That's one thing I really need to get before I start on my reverse cameras. Well reminded, thanks!
 
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To answer the original question for the grille you will need;
10mm socket (you could use a spanner but will be awkward),
Large flat head screwdriver for the clips on the slam panel,
A pair of thin or needle nose pliars (i use a paor with a bent end as its easier to get to the clips without removing the bumper)
For the grille that should be about it.
 
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Thanks for the hints/tips.

I've just bought some vinyl and fly eyes kit for wrapping and covering my perspex rear screen, can anyone recommend what type of knife I will need to trim/cut this sort of stuff?
 

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Detailing wise a good starting point would be a couple of buckets, wash mitt, decent shampoo, detailing spray, some wheel cleaner, wheel brush, some tyre slick, glass cleaner, a selection of microfibre cloths, and a drying towel.

There's an infinite amount of selections available, the choice is yours dependant on budget and skill level.
 

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Thanks for the hints/tips.

I've just bought some vinyl and fly eyes kit for wrapping and covering my perspex rear screen, can anyone recommend what type of knife I will need to trim/cut this sort of stuff?
When I got my fly eyes kit they provided a cutting knife included in the box which did the job.
 

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