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SK Tool Review ~ DT120 1/4" Drive Ratchet

SK Tool Review ~ DT120 1/4" Drive Ratchet

Today we review the SK Tools 1/4″ DT120 ratcheting wrench. This 1/4″ drive ratchet is designed to have a high tooth count for low swing, but also be strong. As a VW technician 1/4″ drive ratchets were one of my main go to tools. This 1/4″ ratchet mechanism can also be dropped into any SK Tools 1/4″ drive ratchet. There are things I think are really cool about this ratchet, and 2 things I might change if I designed it. Thank you to SK tools for providing me the ratchet for review.

Its important to remember that tools can be very personal. Just because I don’t like something, doesn’t make it a bad product. On the flip side, I may love a feature that you hate. My main goal with reviews like this is to bring products you guys that you may not know about. Then to talk about the product and give my honest opinion. As always if you have a tool you would like to see reviews, use the contact me form and let me know.

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VW Atlas Review 2018 R Line ~ What's Good?

Today we review the 2018 VW Atlas R line. The Atlas R line is the biggest 3rd row SUV in the Volkswagen Fleet. If you have been wondering what the Atlas MPG is, how the interior of the Atlas feels, or how it drives, you’re in for a treat. The 2018 Atlas R line is also equipped with wheel upgrade and styling improvements. As a VW technician I am very critical on the VW atlas. There is a fair amount to like, and somethings I don’t like. As I mention in the video, the Atlas will always be a little special for me. It was the last training class I went to as a VW technician. I also went to the Atlas launch in Atlanta. There I got to do the ride and drive with the Atlas, the Pilot, and the Explorer.

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What Is Corner Balancing and Why Your Car Needs It

What is corner balancing you say? After you have modified your car’s suspension you need to do a few things. We talked about it a little in the video 5 Tips For Coilover Adjustment and Installation. On the GTI I installed adjustable suspension called coilovers. This means we can adjust ride hight to dial in exactly what we what. But we also need to be sure the load of the car is even. Corner balancing a car allows us to get it right. Corner balancing is the shifting of weight carried by each wheel. Many things can impact a car’s “balance”. Simply having a few passengers in the car will change the car’s behavior under braking, acceleration and steering. Today I will show you exactly what corner balancing is, why it’s important and how its done.

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5 Tips For Coilover Adjustment and Installation

Adding an adjustable suspension to a car is a great way to maximize the performance. But installing and adjusting coilovers can be a little intimidating. What happens if you get the ride height wrong? What if it’s too low? Will my car flip over? These questions may seem a little extreme, but I have seen them asked over and over. Well I made the “will my car flip” one up.

A coilover is an a spring and shock absorber assembly that allows for adjustments to be made to the vehicle’s ride height, damping, rebound and more. This will allow us to dial in the suspension for our exact needs. The coilovers we are using for this video only allow for ride height adjustment. The folks at New German Performance sent me their MK3 coilover kit to check on on the GTI.

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5 Tips For Coilover Adjustment and Installation

  1. Use proper tools
  2. Replace worn bushings and bearings (2.5 Replace bolts)
  3. Follow recommend maintenance
  4. Make good adjustments and measurements
  5. Have the vehicle properly aligned

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How To Install A Boost Gauge On Any Car

If you have a turbocharged engine, installing a boost gauge is a great modification. Boost gauges can read boost level, and many read engine vacuum. Whether you’re installing a digital boost gauge, or a manual boost gauge, the installation process is very similar. The AEM gauge we are using here also has a boost controller built into the gauge. But we are only focusing on the boost gauge in this video.

The ability to monitor both boost and engine vacuum is vital on a performance car. There are even some cars that come with a boost gauge from the factory. If you are adding a turbo like we did the the GTI, it is a must. Proper installation is important. I truly believe that the routing of vacuum lines, and wiring is even more important to long term performance.

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The Must Have Tools For VW and Audi Repairs

There is not surprise that working on VW or Audi cars require tools, a LOT of tools. Many of those tools are beyond the basic hand tools like wrenches, ratchets, and screwdrivers. So today I want to show you guys some of the tools that you will really need for working on Volkswagens and on Audi cars. This is a great list for most European cars. Now there is no way I can include every tool needed to fix and maintain cars. This is just some of the most important tools needed. Feel free to add to the list down in the comments.

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Links to the tools in this video 

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Do Catch Cans REALLY Work?

Catch cans are a common upgrade for many cars including direct injection engines. They are said to keep oil out of the intake, and reduce carbon build up. But does the catch can really work? This is the results of a 3,000 mile service on the Black Forest Industries Catch Can installed on my 2015 Tiguan. The result of reducing carbon buildup is still unknown. Testing the truth about a catch can fixing carbon issues is a long and high mile test with so many variables. I wish I could do that test, and do it right.

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