While I have a bunch of tools laying around I didn't have some of the stuff I needed for this job. Even though the bolts look very accessible there's not much space between the tail light housing and the bolts so you can't use many of the sockets and wrenches you probably have laying around. The sockets I have with a 3/8 drive (if you have no idea what I'm talking about read this
) were too wide and I couldn't get to the bolts. I ended up needing to get 1/4 in drive sockets because they're narrower. These are the tools I ended up using and you can see them in the picture.
1. Ratchet wrench, 3/8 in drive
2. Adapter, 3/8 in drive to 1/4 in drive
3. 6 in long extension, 1/4 in drive
4. 10 mm socket
5. 7 mm socket
There's a very good reason I didn't use a 1/4 in drive ratchet, I don't own one. In fact, I didn't own a single 1/4 drive socket at all so I had to go out and buy some tools. Now, I could have bought a 1/4 in ratchet for this job but I decided against it because the adapter was cheaper and works fine for this job. Other than that I spent $30 on a cheaper socket set, an extension set, and an adapter set from the home depot. These are sizes I'm only going to use very occasionally so unlike most of my tools I felt ok getting cheaper ones. I highly recommend though when you buy tools like this you buy them in sets. Sometimes you can buy single sockets or a single extension, but I guarantee for your next job you're going to have everything except the one socket that you actually need.