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      Well with all the DIYs lately thought it might be a good time to get a list from fanatics of some great inexpensive tool finds that really make the job easier.

      If possible post the tool, approximate price, and the DIY its helpful for.

      I'll start with this from Harbor Frieght. T-bar Flexible Ratchet. Super helpful on the E46 starter removal and installation because of the hard to reach bolts. About $20 ($16 with 20% coupon).

      https://www.harborfreight.com/t-bar-with-3-8-eighth-inch-flexible-ratchet-98484.html

       
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      Well with all the DIYs lately thought it might be a good time to get a list from fanatics of some great inexpensive tool finds that really make the job easier.

      If possible post the tool, approximate price, and the DIY its helpful for.

      I'll start with this from Harbor Frieght. T-bar Flexible Ratchet. Super helpful on the E46 starter removal and installation because of the hard to reach bolts. About $20 ($16 with 20% coupon).

      https://www.harborfreight.com/t-bar-with-3-8-eighth-inch-flexible-ratchet-98484.html

      looks like something you can use from above, to unscrew/screw in FCA inner ball joints.
       
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      this is the tool you want for doing the starter the first time. it helps so much and inexpensive. it’s like it was designed for the job’s angle, reach and torque requirements.
      3/8 in. Drive T-Bar With Flexible Ratchet
       
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      this is the tool you want for doing the starter the first time. it helps so much and inexpensive. it’s like it was designed for the job’s angle, reach and torque requirements.
      3/8 in. Drive T-Bar With Flexible Ratchet
      You've successfully used this tool? Looks like the firewall would get in the way since the head isn't flat on it like a wrench. But if it worked for you then awesome 👍
       
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      You will all remember the first day you use this tool for blind, firewall work:

      Its a T handle. Its got a joint in the middle. Its got a ratchet head. The ratchet head even swivels!!! A true blue ribbon tool, and I was steered to it for pesky starter bolts.
       
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      You will all remember the first day you use this tool for blind, firewall work:
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      Its a T handle. Its got a joint in the middle. Its got a ratchet head. The ratchet head even swivels!!! A true blue ribbon tool, and I was steered to it for pesky starter bolts.
      Interesting! I’ve been doing as much research as I can on an upcoming clutch replacement and there’s been universal warnings of the high frustration of getting at the hidden torx bolt at the top of bell housing – like it’s a show stopper. Would this tool work for that you think?
       
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