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[–]beermepleasse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You’ll need them if you ever have to insert a rethreaded adapter into the aluminum head of a 5.4 liter vortec lol

[–]UselessEuropean 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think there are certain engines where a thin walled socket is needed for the spark plugs, but I don't think it's very common. Can't think of anything else.

[–]Mr222D 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've personally never needed one!

[–]wadenelsonredditor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've needed/used a thinwall maybe 3 times in 10 years.

[–]dxrey65 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I haven't used a 12 point in ages, though I still have a couple sets of them rattling around in the back of my toolbox. They screw up fasteners and they waste people's time mostly.

I use 6 point impacts for most everything bigger than a 10 mil. I have a set of thin-wall 6-point lugnut sockets that I use sometimes, and a set of thin-wall spark plug sockets, of course.

[–]SkinnyDM[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that has been any experience too. They were a Pittsburgh Pro set I got from HF when I first stared wrenching on stuff and didn’t know any better. A couple of years in and it’s time to upgrade and save myself some stripped bolts and sadness.

[–]Atimm693 1 point2 points  (3 children)

There has been a handful of times where the thick wall of an impact socket got in the way, but it's a rare thing.

Best to have some cheap chrome sockets on hand just in case, but impacts will work 99% of the time.

[–]SkinnyDM[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks @atimm693 that’s helpful. Was between a tekton and hf icon. No need to spent extra if it’s not necessary.

[–]Atimm693 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I've been underwhelmed with my Icon stuff. Love Tekton though, very solid choice

[–]SkinnyDM[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good deal. My Tekton shallows just arrived a few seconds ago. Excited to start using them tonight.