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TFI removal tool alternative
Kev Offline
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#1
The tech articles here say to use a ground down 7/32 socket or you could buy the tfi removal tool from a parts store. I found that a 5.5 mm socket fits perfectly on the screw, but it won't fit in the hole either. An RC hobby 4-way tool has a 5.5 mm end and is made with thin walls to fit in the tiny spaces of RC vehicles, and it works just fine to extract those pesky TFI screws. Just an FYI for any other RC enthusiasts out there.

Kev
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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RDOG Offline
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#2
Sears and Autzoo sells this handy dandy tool that has a circular grip and the correct socket at the end. You slide it in and then turn it initially with a 13mm to break it loose if its too tight and then you can just turn it out by hand using the circular grip.
1986 Turbo Coupe. Boport StageIII head, Boport 2.1, Performance Techniques 50 trim hybird, StageII.63, stinger 3" exhaust, Phenolic spacer, Boglog header,NPR FMIC intercooler setup, kirban fpr, bigrmotorsports fuel rail, diablo water meth kit, CAI, remote mount TFI, CHE rear adj control arms, MAC girdle, 8.8 rear disc, aluminum drive shaft, H&R lowerings springs Tbird Turbo Specific, y MAS!!
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
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#3
yes AFAIK it is actually a 5.5mm

and yes most normal 1/4" drive sockets will not fit, yo need a thinwall deep well

as a 'side of the road' emergency, I did a little whittlin' of the TFI plastic, to make my normal 5.5 fit
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
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etc1006 Offline
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#4
I ground down my 5.5, it's the only thing I've ever used it for... I have just said screw it and broke open the hole to get moving.
-Eric
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thumper Offline
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#5
I've taken the whole dizzy into Ace Hardware and used the appropriate sized socket to remove the hex head screws without even purchasing the little socket. I then replaced the screws with philips head screws.
A.K.A. Corey Bennett

1988 TC: white, all options, 5-speed swap, K&N cone filter, "Ranger" roller camshaft, .60/.63 T3, NXS (Gillis-style) Boost Valve, Bosch BOV w/ check valve, Stinger 3" with axle dump (18" glass pack), 95A 3G

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