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      10-13-2017, 12:53 PM   #331
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I want to do trans & diff soon. This DIY is a fabulous help. One issue is access to trans filler plug. I think OP said low profile tool needed. My 8mm hex socket is 1/2 inch drive and 2 1/8 inch long. Its got vice grip marks on the body so obviously I've used it before in a tight situation. With my 1/2 inch breaker bar on the socket, I'm now at 3 inches. Will report after I do the work on exactly how things work out, ie: how much clearance we have to access the fill plug.
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I want to do trans & diff soon. This DIY is a fabulous help. One issue is access to trans filler plug. I think OP said low profile tool needed. My 8mm hex socket is 1/2 inch drive and 2 1/8 inch long. Its got vice grip marks on the body so obviously I've used it before in a tight situation. With my 1/2 inch breaker bar on the socket, I'm now at 3 inches. Will report after I do the work on exactly how things work out, ie: how much clearance we have to access the fill plug.
FWIW on an N54 1M, a regular 3/8" 8mm hex bit socket fit without any need for low profile tool modifications.
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I want to do trans & diff soon. This DIY is a fabulous help. One issue is access to trans filler plug. I think OP said low profile tool needed. My 8mm hex socket is 1/2 inch drive and 2 1/8 inch long. Its got vice grip marks on the body so obviously I've used it before in a tight situation. With my 1/2 inch breaker bar on the socket, I'm now at 3 inches. Will report after I do the work on exactly how things work out, ie: how much clearance we have to access the fill plug.
I don't know IF there is three inches of clearance up on the side of the trans. I think there is... but I am not 100% sure. Please report back.

Here is the Hazet tool I use... I got mine locally here in DE years ago for ~30 euros. I can't believe what they are charging for it now...


Here it is on Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/HAZET-Chrom-V...+tool+17mm+hex

Here it is on Amazon.de
https://www.amazon.de/HAZET-2760-Haz...rds=hazet+2760

And here on KC Tools...
https://www.kctoolco.com/search.php?...ection=product

Maybe get yourself a "stubby" 17 mm hex socket in 3/8th from Harbor Frieght. Or from SnapOn.

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