Poor artisans may blame their tools, but try telling that to the man whose blowtorch-and-vise grip shenanigans resulted in another snapped-off bolt. The proper tool can mean the difference between satisfying frustration and doing work.
Consider your most recent large project in the garage. Was it a new suspension, an engine swap, performance tweaks, or other car maintenance? Regardless of the difficulty, today’s engine compartments are crammed with electronics enclosed in large, bulky plastics and can be a nightmare.
Your progress will undoubtedly come to a halt when you encounter a bolt or nut that is impossible to reach. Grab a U-joint, a mirror, and an extension, and say a quick prayer. Instead of raising your blood pressure, you could have reached for the Tite-Reach Extension Wrench.
What Exactly Is the Tite-Reach Tool?
The Tite-Reach Extension Wrench is a versatile, strong, and convenient solution for hard-to-reach bolts. It is designed to work with regular 38-inch and 14-inch-drive impact guns and ratchets (excluding the DIY models). The Tite-Reach Extension Wrench has a 1-to-1 gear ratio and can turn a bolt or nut as quickly as spinning your ratchet or pulling the trigger on your impact gun.
The Tite-Reach requires no degree of arc to spin the socket, which is a big help when getting to those pesky bolts and nuts. This means that installing and removing hardware will be easier, faster, and less frustrating because there will be no ratchet to try to fit into tight spots.
The case is made of die-cast aluminum, houses inserts with low-friction bushings, and chrome vanadium hardened gears. This results in smooth operation and a good sense of torque settings.
What Is the Purpose of the Tite-Reach Tool?
Tite-Reach Extension Wrench is useful for brake jobs, engine upgrades (check out how to prolong the life of your engine!), and suspension modifications. Your sockets won’t ever slip or fail to remove a bolt due to their excellent construction and engineering, even at 125 lb-ft of torque. The Extension Wrench, measuring nearly a foot in length, is like having an extended hand reach into those narrow engine confines.
Different Tite-Reach Extension Wrenches
3/8″ Professional Tite-Reach Extension Wrench
The concept originated with the 3/8″ professional wrench. These 3/8″ “Tite-Reach wrenches have the flexibility to work from either side and are specially designed to bear the adversities of daily use in the shop and on the farm.
With 10″ of reach, the 3/8″ pro wrench will extend your reach away from what you’re working on, saving your knuckles and time. If you want to get the job done faster, pair this wrench with your impact driver, saving you even more time and making that awkward bolt or nut easy to work on. This wrench also has a lifetime warranty to ensure customer satisfaction.
1/2″ Professional Tite-Reach Extension Wrench
This 1/2″ professional extension wrench is built to last, and farmers and heavy equipment mechanics have tested it for two years. Because of its #40 chain, die-cast aluminum frame, and roller bearings instead of bushings, it is rated on 225ft/lbs of direct torque and has an impact of up to 1,200ft/lbs.
This wrench has 14″ of reach rather than 10″, increasing your chances of extending far enough to use an impact wrench. The 1/2″ even includes a 3/8″ adapter, allowing you to switch between 1/2″ and 3/8″ sockets easily.
1/4″ Professional Tite-Reach Extension Wrench
The 1/4″ Tite-Reach wrench is distinguished by its slim design. This tool allows you to go through places where your 3/8″ wrench will not fit because the die-cast aluminum housing matches the 10 inches of reach provided by the 3/8″ while fitting into smaller spaces.
Because of this, the bodywork and aero industries love the 14″ wrench. Like the 3/8″ wrench, the 14″ wrench has a lifetime warranty and is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver and work with.
3/8″ Tite-Reach Do-It-Yourself Extension Wrench
The 3/8″ DIY version was designed to be an “everyman’s tool.” “Every guy should have one of these in his toolbox. The DIY version has the same high-quality parts as the professional models, including UHMW low friction bushings, low friction, and chrome vanadium gears.
The 3/8″ DIY extension wrench is an excellent tool for the garage and around the house, providing an 8″ extension for those “tight” spots. The housing on the Pro models is made of ultrasonically welded plastic, which distinguishes it from the DIY wrench.
Other Tite-Reach Tools
Tite-Reach Extension Clamp
The Tite-Reach Extension Clamp is an excellent addition to any toolbox. We’ve all been in those vexing situations where your hand can’t quite reach or where you have to wait for a radiator or hot muffler to cool before reinstalling a bolt. You will also save time by not needing to remove other parts of your equipment to get through a tight spot with the extension clamp.
The clamp’s jaws open to 1.125″ or 1 1/8″ wide, allowing you to hold a ¾” bolt or nut. Its vice-like design also guarantees you won’t drop the component it’s holding until the tension nut is loosened. This means that, unlike pliers, you do not have to maintain tension to hold what you’re clutching in place; this is very beneficial when you’re in a tricky position where it will be gone if you drop whatever is clamped.
The Tite-Reach extension clamp has been used in various applications ranging from airline maintenance to auto body repair and is an excellent addition to any toolbox.
3/8″ Drive Low Profile Socket Set
The 3/8″ Drive low profile socket set allows the Tite-Reach wrench to reach tighter spaces than ever before, as these sockets are up to 50% shorter than standard socket sizes, and each socket includes a magnet to hold the bolt or nut in place, unlike a regular socket.
1/4″ Hex Standard Drill Bit Set + Chuck Adapter
This standard drill set is made of High-Speed Steel (HSS) and titanium coated for increased durability. This multi-purpose drill bit set is suitable for wood, plastic, metal, glass, aluminum, ceramic, and other materials.
With these chain-driven wrench extenders, you can extend your reach and transfer torque into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Socket drive heads come in various sizes and lengths, and some are compatible with impact drivers. We can’t promise that bloody knuckles will disappear, but these should help.