They don’t have to be Snap-Ons, but things like 6-point sockets instead of cheap 12-point ones greatly increase your chances of successfully taking crusty old things apart, and when aren’t things crusty and old? The good news is you can buy good tools like Johnny Cash got his Cadillac, one piece at a time. Which is the #1 reason why Sears still exists.


Get some hex keys with ball ends while you’re at it. Who knew how much easier they access fasteners in inaccessible places? And if you have any doubts about where to insert your tool, all kinds of manuals and Youtube videos are a Google search away for almost every moto-mechanical endeavor.