Five minute fix – Socket universal joint

If you don’t have a universal joint for your socket set you will shortly; no home mechanic can afford to be without one. If you only use it once a year it’s still worth its weight in gold. Our shots show an oil tank holding bolt on a trail machine. Without the UJ we’d have to remove the down pipe and the silencer which on this machine would also mean disturbing the seat and the rear shock. Half an hour’s unnecessary fettling or in and out like the SAS? You can buy dedicated UJ sockets in most common sizes or a one-size-fits-all adaptor like this for less than a fiver… bargain!

Impossible to get to!
Not so with a universal joint for the socket set…

Words/photos: Steve Cooper