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  1. #61
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    Hey guys, just came across what may be the bargain of the year - only time will tell. I had noticed the last few times I was in my local Pep Boys that they had a new cordless impact wrench, but because of the price had always dismissed it a probably a cheap pos. But this past Friday when I was in there I decided to ask one of the store employees about it, and when he told me they had sold a bunch and he hadn't seen one come back, and I had 30 days to return it if it was crap, that convinced me to try it.

    The wrench is called the "Goodyear Racing" cordless impact wrench. It's a 24-volt wrench, comes in a blue case, and IS made in China. It sells for $79 (after a $10 mail-in rebate), comes with one battery (extras are $40), and I have to say I would have bet anything it was going to be worthless. I charged the battery (3-hour charge time) that night, but hadn't had a chance to try it until this afternoon. I decided the tow truck would be a perfect test, as I could take 3 lugs at a time off each wheel without jacking the truck up. I started by checking the torque of all the lug nuts (90 lbs/ft), and then set out to test the new toy. 12 lugs off, 12 lugs on, re-torque, then repeat. After 4 trips around the truck I was beginning to drip with sweat (who am I kidding - I was sweating after the first wheel!), so I called it a day. The wrench wasn't even beginning to get warm yet. The 48th lug nut came off with the same ease as the first; and let me tell you this thing zings them off too! I didn't get to try it on anything bigger than the lug nuts, but since this is the main reason I wanted the wrench I can say without a doubt this looks to be an incredible bargain.

    I do want to mention two things to look out for. The first is quality-control oriented; I noticed after the first round of lugs that one of the allen-head bolts that hold the front of the wrench to the body was loose. I tightened it, and checked all the other bolts on the wrench and didn't find anything else loose, so I'll assume it was a fluke. The other thing is you have to be really careful when tightening lugs - this thing runs so fast that it only takes a split second to run the nuts well past the 90 lbs/ft torque I was shooting for.

    The only question is my mind is how long will the wrench/batteries live. For the price, even if it only makes it 2 - 3 seasons it is still a bargain in my opinion.

    Oh, and I'll be at MARRS V - if anyone wants to take it for a test run feel free to stop by.
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    i too set my expectations low and bought one of these things. expectations far exceeded! used it for marrs 9 to service two cars for the three days. lots of tire changes and brake work....the one charge lasted all weekend! used it at road atlanta last weekend for a three day event. again, lasted the whole weekend on one charge. no problems getting trailer lug nuts off either. pleasantly surprised by this one.

  2. #62
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    Is Pep Boys carry this gun currently?

    No Pep Boys around here, but my son is coming back from California for Thanksgiving . . .
    Dave Webb
    Bare Bones Racing
    '84 VW GTI
    #17 ITB

  3. #63
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    Is Pep Boys carry this gun currently?

    No Pep Boys around here, but my son is coming back from California for Thanksgiving . . . [/b]
    My local store (Fredericksburg VA) still had them last time I was in there (last week); and still $89.

    To follow up on my original post, mine is still going strong after three race weekends and much use at home. I also did get the chance to try it on something just a little more difficult than lug nuts when I had to pull the head after my little incident during MARRS 5 qualifying. The gun broke the cam and damper bolts free with no more effort than the lug nuts, in fact I almost thought for a minute the bolts were loose to begin with. It's still a little early to know about the life expectency, but in every other category I have to give the wrench a 10, and in the bang-for-your-buck category it's off the scale.

    Earl R.
    240SX
    ITA/ST5

  4. #64
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    Have been enjoying my Pep Boys "Goodyear" impact.

    Can't say it has been fully tested yet, but has performed quite well so far.

    Limit seems to be 100# torque removal and about 85# or so on installation of nuts.

    That works just dandy for me!
    Dave Webb
    Bare Bones Racing
    '84 VW GTI
    #17 ITB

  5. #65
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    The Pepboys/Goodyear rebate is now $20, I bought mine for $79 before rebate, then signed up for the email and got another $5 coupon.

    Perfect for wheels, it doesn't like extensions.

    Excellent for junkyard use
    BoneSpec Transmissions
    Honda D-series tranny specialist

  6. #66
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    I've been using the wrench, love it...but need a spare battery. Where did you guys find one?

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