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Old 10-19-2017, 01:11 PM
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Going to be buying a set of wrenches - which are need for a C5 - SAE or metric?

Also - can you tell me which sizes are most common for a Vette?

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Old 10-19-2017, 01:42 PM
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Both. It's kind of a random mix of SAE and metric, just like most other American cars of this era. My 96 Mustang was a totally random mix too.
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Mostly metric, 11, 13 I think are pretty common, but just buy a set.
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I'd get an entire set of both.....there are countless uses for them and it's good to be prepared to handle a project.
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I would get a set of metric wrenches in a range from 8mm to at least 19mm. Most sets will be in 10mm to 19mm range so smaller and larger wrenches like 8 and 9mm and 20 and 21 mm will have to be purchased separately. Note that there are some metric sizes that are almost the same as SAE sizes.

Certainly won't hurt to get a set of SAE wrenches too. Most sets will have 1/4" thru 3/4" sizes.

I would also recommend getting ratcheting/swivel wrenches These will help removing nuts and bolts without having to have sockets and ratchets.
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As stated, its best to have both. Seems like most on the C5 are metric. Smallest ones I remember are the 7mm on the cover under the headlights (on each side) and the biggest was 32 or 33mm on the rear axle nuts. Most fall in between those sizes with 10mm to 19mm covering the vast majority. A good tool set is something that will last a lifetime so get what you need. It's best to have on hand when you need it. I will say the rear axle nuts was special order item for me.
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As stated, its best to have both. Seems like most on the C5 are metric. Smallest ones I remember are the 7mm on the cover under the headlights (on each side) and the biggest was 32 or 33mm on the rear axle nuts. Most fall in between those sizes with 10mm to 19mm covering the vast majority. A good tool set is something that will last a lifetime so get what you need. It's best to have on hand when you need it. I will say the rear axle nuts was special order item for me.
If you wrench a lot, both.
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Originally Posted by IMXCITD View Post
I'd get an entire set of both.....there are countless uses for them and it's good to be prepared to handle a project.
The C5 uses mostly metric, but you would be surprised how many uses you will have for a set of SAE sockets/wrenches.
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both but get an extra dozen 10mm sockets
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Originally Posted by pewter99 View Post
both but get an extra dozen 10mm sockets
no ****. regular and deep well, they disappear like the second sock in a pair.
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Ah yes, the elusive 10mm and 13mm sockets... you can never have enough of them. They always go missing!
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And an assortment of "torx" screw driver tips.


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Virtually everything is metric on C-5 from 7MM to 21MM (engine cradle).
7,10,13 15 are most used.
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Originally Posted by pewter99 View Post
both but get an extra dozen 10mm sockets
Good advice
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Originally Posted by Phanni View Post
Virtually everything is metric on C-5 from 7MM to 21MM (engine cradle).
7,10,13 15 are most used.
Interesting, my 96 Mustang is still a mix of both. I wonder what made GM go almost full metric with the Corvette. Probably for ease of assembly as more and more components became metric?
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And metric allen wrenches if you are doing any suspension work.
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13 = 1/2 14 = 9/16 19 = 3/4
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Originally Posted by juanvaldez View Post
13 = 1/2 14 = 9/16 19 = 3/4
Not exactly.
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Originally Posted by fuggles View Post
Not exactly.
Close enough!
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