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Question Flex Head Spanner Set for MGF.

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Will this (limited) flex head set consisting of 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 19mm spanners:
https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Wrench-P...7+Piece+Metric

Be adequate or should I spend more and get this one consisting of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19mm spanners:
https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-85...2+Piece+Metric

In other words, does anyone know if there are there any 8, 9, 11, 16, or 18mm hard to get to nuts on the MGF?

Apologies for the openness of the question but I'm guessing members have probably taken just about everything apart!

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are you in usa? links are in $ edit new zealand

i got these from uk halfrauds
Halfords Advanced 9 Piece Ratchet...

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Forget the ratchet spanners, not necessary.

Buy yourself a half decent set of standard combination spanners and a half decent socket and ratchet set - for occasional use they will last for many years.

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I bought a very reasonably priced basic set. I thought they would be useful. Up to now I have not used them as I prefer a decent socket set.
The ratchet ring spanners I bought are a bit thick to get in where I want them to compared to a normal ring spanner. If I was to buy them again I would like to see them first before I buy.
I also noticed over in France yesterday, you can buy a Magnusson set for 31 euros in Brico depot. These spanners are not bad at all. You could probably get a similar priced deal on line.
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I have a small set of ratchet rings, very handy for getting the screws out of the engine cover that are obstructed by the T bar.

Also I would recommend a 1/4 drive wobble socket set. Very useful.

Edit. In answer to the other question, Most are.

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The Halfords set is very good value, I've had mine for years and use it a lot.
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I think you've got a match.
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I have a small set of ratchet rings, very handy for getting the screws out of the engine cover that are obstructed by the T bar.

Also I would recommend a 1/4 drive wobble socket set. Very useful.

Edit. In answer to the other question, Most are.
Funnily enough that is what I bought mine for. I found the ring part too deep and it was easier with a more refined ring spanner. I must add the quality of other brands must be better than the ones I have.
Mine are unbranded.
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I think you've got a match.

I also have a set of these, they do come in handy, but I also have a set of ordinary thin ring spanners for tight spots, then 1/4 set of sockets from 4mm up to 15mm, normal depth and also the deeper depth for nuts that are way down a thread, then 3/8 set from 8mm up to 19mmwon't need all on the MG but they do come in handy, and many more tools,

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I have the Halfords ones. Find them pretty handy when space is restricted.
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Not sure whether you have similar nut/bolt sizes on the F and TF that are found on the ZR/ZS, but I have several on my ZR which are 16mm or 18mm; sizes which most of the smaller spanner and socket sets don't tend to include, sonprobably better to go for a set with a more comprehensive range of sizes.
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Since getting the set I have since topped up the missing sizes, luckily my local Halfords is a quick drive when I find I don't have the correct tool on a Sunday afternoon, it helps that Homebase is next door so Mrs TC can have a wander around their garden centre.
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May pay to look in Homebase, much wider range of decent tools since the new owners (Bunnings from Australia) have taken hold. Examples:Craftright Metric Gear Spanner Set - 10 Piece
Craftright Stubby Ratchet Spanner Set - 7 Piece
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May pay to look in Homebase, much wider range of decent tools since the new owners (Bunnings from Australia) have taken hold. Examples:Craftright Metric Gear Spanner Set - 10 Piece
Craftright Stubby Ratchet Spanner Set - 7 Piece
both look like good value, about the one sizes I rarely come across is the 9mm on a car, (yes I have that size as well) not to say you won't come across it, but I truly can't remember the last time I came across that sizes on my car

now having said that, the next bolt/nut I'll come across I'll need the 9mm spanner
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yes there are some odd sized and shaped fixings on the MGF, and some odd sized allen key fixings too. Then of course there are star fixings... and if your into taking the rear brakes to bits.. a right angle long reach set of circlip pliers are needed...

Because parts of the car, were put together before they were fitted in it, access is always a problem.. since what was easy to do before it was put in, becomes the problem of reach,or turning angle, or ability to use the required force because time has meant the fixings are seized, or one cant use a t bar in such a confined space..

i made some minor mods to my f, to reach the cambelt tensioner fixing easier , for example... i really needed to use a t bar.. but just couldnt get one in there.

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I find the felxi head ratchet spanners invaluable Especially 10mm for putting the three screws on the hatch under the tee bar. You will also need 8mm. There is often a great set on special offer for less than a 10 at Aldi's. Make sure you have 10 12 13 and 15 and 17 for alternator.
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Hi All.

Will this (limited) flex head set consisting of 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 19mm spanners:
https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Wrench-P...7+Piece+Metric
Available from Aldi when they have an offer on for 9.99
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Hi All.

Sorry for the very delayed response and thanks for all the feedback.

In answer to the question, I am in New Zealand but know a guy in the US who can get several things from Amazon and post them altogether to me.

I have a socket set that has sizes 6mm to 22mm without 16 or 18mm; the missing sizes aren't lost, they were never in the set.

I haven't seen a locking flex head set locally and people online complain if the spanners don't lock, so thought that sounded the way to go. The above feedback suggests I should get a large set. People online also have problems with the flex head sizes and from the feedback above, it sounds like a standard set is also necessary.

It seemed a different tool might help when removing a front shock absorber, so I started looking on the internet. A rear shock absorber also needs to come out and it seems flex head spanners might help there. That's just what I know about, plenty I want to do but don't know about...

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