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Plastic Panel removal tools #4658255
02/06/18 05:25 PM
02/06/18 05:25 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline OP
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I ordered this kit from Ebay a few weeks ago. Showed up today.

Not bad 11 pcs for $7 Canadian including free shipping.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/11-Pcs-Universal...im/192404310679

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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4658270
02/06/18 05:34 PM
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How can you go wrong for that price? I have a kit like that (in orange) that I can't find. Still takes a bit of skill to remove panels. I'm horrible at it.


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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4658368
02/06/18 07:14 PM
02/06/18 07:14 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline OP
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This kit has a few pieces that are very thin and will slide in between very tight panels. I will give it a try this weekend.


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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: Leo99] #4658452
02/06/18 08:40 PM
02/06/18 08:40 PM
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Taiwan
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If you don't put them back, you only have to do it once, and the tools used aren't so critical.

Better access, more storage cubby-holes, better ventilation and corrosion resistance, fewer rattles, less weight (ok, only a little), less to damage.

Lots of advantages.

Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4658834
02/07/18 08:43 AM
02/07/18 08:43 AM
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Connecticut, USA
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Get a set of BOJO... Snap-On re-labels them and their the best I've used. Their very good and reasonably priced: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bojo-7-Pc-Pry-Trim-Removal-Tools-for-car-panels-and-radios-/232532472638

Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4658947
02/07/18 10:49 AM
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I have the Astro 4524 set, which looks identical to the OP's but in orange, so that probably means I paid too much at $16.49 5 years ago, but they've more than paid for themselves. It's done 2 stereo installs, two BlueTooth adapter installs and a dashcam cable run or two. I see it's down to $13.99 at the moment.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NMCE04
Originally Posted By: bmwpowere36m3
Get a set of BOJO... Snap-On re-labels them and their the best I've used. Their very good and reasonably priced: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bojo-7-Pc-Pry-Trim-Removal-Tools-for-car-panels-and-radios-/232532472638

I think that for the pros like a stereo installer, these are tools that have a limited life, so getting the Snappy (or equivalent) is worth it, but for the occasional user, the cheapest are fine. That thing we call "plastic" comes in all kinds and grades, and I'm sure you get what you pay for (unless you fail to do your homework). But at these prices, anyone can splurge at $20 and have the finest. Or still go cheap at $6, and be OK for the occasional job.


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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4659403
02/07/18 06:52 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline OP
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The thing that amazes me, is how much money can they make on a $7 price for those tools plus shipping. If we were trying to ship the same package from North America to China, I'm sure it would be a lot more than $7.


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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: HangFire] #4659436
02/07/18 07:33 PM
02/07/18 07:33 PM
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Valencia, CA
Richie Offline
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Good price and comes in a nice carry case


Originally Posted By: HangFire
I have the Astro 4524 set, which looks identical to the OP's but in orange, so that probably means I paid too much at $16.49 5 years ago, but they've more than paid for themselves. It's done 2 stereo installs, two BlueTooth adapter installs and a dashcam cable run or two. I see it's down to $13.99 at the moment.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NMCE04
Originally Posted By: bmwpowere36m3
Get a set of BOJO... Snap-On re-labels them and their the best I've used. Their very good and reasonably priced: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bojo-7-Pc-Pry-Trim-Removal-Tools-for-car-panels-and-radios-/232532472638

I think that for the pros like a stereo installer, these are tools that have a limited life, so getting the Snappy (or equivalent) is worth it, but for the occasional user, the cheapest are fine. That thing we call "plastic" comes in all kinds and grades, and I'm sure you get what you pay for (unless you fail to do your homework). But at these prices, anyone can splurge at $20 and have the finest. Or still go cheap at $6, and be OK for the occasional job.

Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4659751
02/08/18 07:25 AM
02/08/18 07:25 AM
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Ontario Canada
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Originally Posted By: JC1
This kit has a few pieces that are very thin and will slide in between very tight panels. I will give it a try this weekend.
If you can postpone it to warmer weather I would. The plastic trim especially if the vehicle is older is prone to cracking when it is cold.
Don't ask how I know this. smile

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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4660528
02/09/18 12:39 AM
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Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4661028
02/09/18 01:44 PM
02/09/18 01:44 PM
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New Mexico
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New Mexico
Originally Posted By: JC1
The thing that amazes me, is how much money can they make on a $7 price for those tools plus shipping. If we were trying to ship the same package from North America to China, I'm sure it would be a lot more than $7.


I understand China, not necessarily Hong Kong, subsidized shipping/postage making it almost a non-issue for sellers.

Re: Plastic Panel removal tools [Re: JC1] #4661073
02/09/18 02:47 PM
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NorthEast
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these are the exact replica of Harbor Frieght!


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