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    soft sockets?

    When I was a kid, my Dad had a rubber-lined soft socket for 911 lugs. All I can find these days are the teflon-sleeved soft sockets for the same purpose.
    Stoddard offers a plastic-sleeved soft socket, but the plastic is on the outside, which seems completely backwards to me.
    I prefer the rubber-lined socket, but can't find them. Does anyone still make them?
    Thanks Much!
    Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange71S View Post
    Stoddard offers a plastic-sleeved soft socket, but the plastic is on the outside, which seems completely backwards to me.
    Jay, I couldn't find a plastic-sleeved socket from Stoddard, only a socket made of aluminum. Can you post a link?
    Here is Stoddard's aluminum socket... http://www.stoddard.com/t52508300.html

    The original factory tool from Porsche was a steel Stahlwille socket with an aluminum core.

    Jon B.
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    Jon,
    Now that I think about it a bit, I bought this from SMC: http://www.sierramadrecollection.com...mm-p26698.html
    But, I want the rubber-lined socket if it's still available.
    Thanks Much!
    Jay
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    Never saw a rubber lined, saw plastic and Alu. Be careful the ones I used and saw were nice to the lugs but the outside diameter was large and they left marks on the wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gled49 View Post
    Never saw a rubber lined, saw plastic and Alu. Be careful the ones I used and saw were nice to the lugs but the outside diameter was large and they left marks on the wheels!
    +1.
    Save the nuts but still end up with a scar.

    D’oh!

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    I got mine in the mid 80's my guess they don't make them any longer.
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    The mid-80's would have been about the time I first laid eyes on one of these.
    My Dad did a lot of business with Brett at PB Tweeks back then.
    Could this type of rubber-lined socket have come from them? If so......man......they're gone.....
    Thanks Much!
    Jay
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    1957 356A Speedster
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    1974 Ford Ranchero
    1986 911 Carrera Cab
    1993 Audi V8Q
    2001 Mazda Miata 'Daughters Car'
    2008 Audi S6
    2018 M-B/AMG GLE 43 'Wife's Car'

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    https://store.snapon.com/Non-marRing...s-C754106.aspx

    this is what you are after. you use a socket a few sizes up and insert these.

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    Interesting stuff. Thanks very much!
    Jay
    1946 Willys Army Jeep
    1956 356A Cab
    1957 356A Speedster
    1959 Austin-Healey Sprite
    1962 356B Notchback
    1969 911T 'Speedster'
    1971 911S
    1974 Ford Ranchero
    1986 911 Carrera Cab
    1993 Audi V8Q
    2001 Mazda Miata 'Daughters Car'
    2008 Audi S6
    2018 M-B/AMG GLE 43 'Wife's Car'

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    The tapered end on the Stoddard socket solves the problem of marring the wheels with the Stahlwille aluminum/steel socket, at least in my experience. A possible drawback is that the Stoddard socket is all aluminum, so it might not be strong enough if you have some stuck wheel nuts. But this has never been a problem for me.
    Tom F.
    Long Beach, CA

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