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Old 11-27-2006, 11:09 PM
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I'd rather buy parts from Russell, and support him, such that he finds the means to produce more DIY pages, than to support a chain store. I also like to shop at a local parts store with old guys at the counter (my local NAPA) as opposed to the 20yo kid at a fits everything chain. I bought the extreme kit from DG with the valve adjust wrenches and was happy with the fit and quality of everything. I'm also only two hours from Atlanta, so shipping is quick too. I did have an order where I bought parts I didn't need from DG, sent him an e-mail, mailed the new un-used stuff back with a wish list, and two days later had spare parts and stuff I needed.

On another note I've been very happy with Phil at Fastlane (link at top of this page). A neat guy to chat with and again, I like to support the people that help support us.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:38 PM
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That's the only thing I'd change on that list. I would MUCH prefer to see a click type torque wrench in somebody's tool box. It's more accurate, not much more expensive, it lasts longer, and you can set it to the exact torque you need instead of guesstimating what you are putting out. Just NEVER use it CCW, to loosen bolts, or as a breaker bar.
I bought a nice one from snap on. I know, expensive. but it torques accurately both ways, which is what I need for some machinery that my dad and I work on. if you can find one, the snap on techwrench is great. It's a load celeniod mounted in the handle. can be used both ways. besides, can you beat lifetime no fault warranty???
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:42 PM
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That's the only thing I'd change on that list. I would MUCH prefer to see a click type torque wrench in somebody's tool box. It's more accurate, not much more expensive, it lasts longer, and you can set it to the exact torque you need instead of guesstimating what you are putting out. Just NEVER use it CCW, to loosen bolts, or as a breaker bar.
I bought a nice one from snap on. I know, expensive. but it torques accurately both ways, which is what I need for some machinery that my dad and I work on. if you can find one, the snap on techwrench is great. It's a load celeniod mounted in the handle. can be used both ways. besides, can you beat lifetime no fault warranty??? BTW, I avoid chinese made stuff too. Broken way too much of it while working on farm machinery.
I had a chinese made torque wrench, and twisted the shaft off of the turbo tha tI was rebuilding. damned thing refused to click.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:00 AM
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Like the person above, I have and will continue to support DG. His efforts into his website have made working on my car a breeze (as has this website!!) I am down to one oil filter, and will be making a multi-filter purchase as well as some other items in the near future.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:58 AM
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Diesel Giant is the man. Check your warranty on the Snap-on torque wrench, it will be replaced or rebuilt at something like 3/4 cost of a new one. They do not carry the same warranty as their other wrenches ,ask how I know.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:29 AM
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Thanks a ton guys. After reading this website I can tell that it's regulars really know what they're talking about. One other question:
What tools in addition to the kits should I purchase?
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A MityVac(vacuum gauge and hand pump) is a must have for a Mercedes diesel owner. With so many vacuum operated dodads you have to have one to find leaks.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:48 AM
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Most of the Diesel Giant kits are aimed at 123 and 126 cars. A lot of it will not be compatible with 115 cars. Nothing against Diesel Giant, just be sure what you are buying is compatible with your specific chassis and engine.
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Old 11-30-2006, 09:03 AM
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I don't know if Russell has the stuff for your 115 or not, but I do know that whenever I order the form asks for the VIN. I doubt Russell references the VIN on every part, but he has never sent me the wrong thing. I have always received an accurate order and always have received it quickly.

If only Russell lived closer to me so I could have him do some work on my car, Diesel Giant would be perfect.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:37 AM
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I'd rather buy parts from Russell, and support him..... A neat guy to chat with and again, I like to support the people that help support us.
Sorry for asking this .... is Russell with DieselGiant? So, who is Phil with?
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:47 PM
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Russ IS dieselgiant. Phil runs fastlane (this site's sponser)
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:52 PM
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DG kits good

The heater kit that I bought from Russel worked out great. It replaced my lower radiator hose. Easy installation, good instructions. I'll have a chance to use it when I visit Snow Country next month.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:56 PM
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Russell's head has got to be inflated after this thread!
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:11 PM
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Russell's head has got to be inflated after this thread!
Not unjustly though. I have yet to buy parts from him (likely will be this winter though). I have used his tutorials to fill in my understanding of a procedure, and I greatly appreciate his work. I used to do similar tutorials for a certain modifiable game console and even the most basic tutorial is a lot of work if it going to be useful to anyone. Russel has done the community an immense service and deserves the praise.
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:51 PM
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amen on diesel giant, russell will respond with your questions, buy good stuff
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:21 PM
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If you are new such kits are not a bad deal. But remember Fastlane supports this site.
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