If you like tools, you’ve come to the right place! We do, too!
Below are some of our custom-made tools that we made specifically for use on the Cirrus, and then there are some general tools too that we find very useful as we maintain the fleet. We know all of these tools work and they are of good quality. If you’re looking to buy some tools, you can be confident in purchasing any of these knowing that these are the tools that we use in our shop every day to get the job done!
Custom Cirrus-Specific Tools
Gascolator Drain Valve Tool
This tool was made specifically to safely and securely hold the Curtis drain valve while removing the retaining nut. Using a 3/4″ drive wrench or socket, the two field-replaceable pins secure the drain valve against rotation. Counter-bored to fit old and new style Curtis drain valves, the tool sites flush with the surface to prevent rocking. No more channel locks or vise grips needed to do the job!Buy Here
Short-Flex Turbo Spark Plug Socket
The Short Flex Turbo Spark Plug Socket has been custom-made for removing spark plugs hidden behind the intercooler on the Cirrus SR22 (turbo and turbo normalized). Utilizing a Snap-On socket and 1/2″ S7 tool steel, the components are waterjet-cut, the edges are deburred, and everything is hand polished!
Based on years of working on Cirrus engines, we’ve developed this tool to assist with the removal of Turbo or Turbo Normalized spark plugs. This tool extends the length of your 7/8″ 12-point flare nut adapter wrench to make removal easier. Saves time and frustration!
Removing a wheel pant involves spreading the wheel pant to clear the tow bar lugs. An easier way is to first remove the front tow bar lugs themselves. But don’t use a vise grip or improperly sized screwdriver!
Use our custom-designed tow bar lug adapter to make removal and reinstallation quick and easy!
Each adapter is machined from S7 tool steel and heat-treated for long service life. Designed with a ½” hex drive, the adapter can be used with a socket or wrench.
There are two lug designs used on the Cirrus aircraft. Check the chart below before ordering. *Please note that the below chart is referring to OEM lugs. If your lug has been replaced recently, you may actually have a rounded lug, as all new lugs are of the rounded style. After visually checking your plane, select the adapter that fits your lug style.
|AIRCRAFT||S/N||OEM LUG STYLE/ PART #|
|SR20||1005-2270||Square - 11869-001|
|SR20||2271 and subsequent||Round - 11869-002|
|SR22||0002-4144||Square - 11869-001|
|SR22||4435 and subsequent||Square - 11869-001|
|SR22T||0001-0908||Square - 11869-001|
|SR22T||0910 and subsequent||Round - 11869-002|
Wastegate Adjustment Kit
This kit was designed specifically to assist the mechanic with clocking the wastegates. The clocking jig is a handy device to obtain a uniform butterfly angle which evens exhaust system back-pressure and reduces even-odd CHT temperature spreads. Also reduces the number of test flights required to fine-tune the turbo-normalized system. Also included in the kit is a universal wastegate actuation adapter. Instructions included.
Aviation Oil Filter Wrench
Snap-On oil filter wrench specifically made for general aviation 1″ hex oil filters. Its compact size allows for reach into restricted areas. 3/8″ drive, 1″ ratcheting box wrench. Made in USA.
Magnetic Spark Plug Socket
This spark plug socket features a thin-walled design to get into the tightest confines. Its magnetic interior helps ensure that you won’t accidentally drop the plug. Fits Champion, Autolite and Tempest 7/8″ spark plugs. 3/8″ drive, 3½” overall length.
Spark Plug Gap Expansion Tool
This tool expands the spark gap of any massive electrode aviation plug safely and efficiently. Simply hook the tool under the outer electrode and apply a bit of downward pressure to gently and safely expand the gap without any contact to the center electrode. No risk of cracking the ceramic casing which could result in reduced spark plug performance or total spark plug failure. 5.6″ long, .375″diameter. Made in USA.
Convenient gap gauge for all aircraft massive and fine-wire electrode spark plugs. Slider design keeps gauge wires stowed away when not in use. Includes wire for .015″, .019″, .018″, and .022″. Works with all Champion, Tempest, AC, and Autolite spark plugs.
Spark Plug Tray
This spark plug tray holds up to 12 spark plugs. Spark plug positions are marked 1-6, top and bottom. All metal construction.
Fine Wire Spark Plug Gap Tool
Fine-wire spark plug gap tool. Designed exclusively for adjusting fine-wire electrode spark plug gaps. Two slot sizes fit all platinum or iridium ground electrodes for quick, safe adjustment.
Fuel Injector Socket
Custom-made fuel injector socket for replacing TCM 550 series fuel nozzles. Made of S7 tool steel, counter-bored, EDM processed, heat treated, and clear zinc finished for corrosion protection. Will handle your brass fuel nozzles with ease without removing induction tubes. (Use 1/2″ 6-pt 1/4″ drive swivel socket to turn this adapter.)
The PRO360 digital protractor is a revolutionary measuring tool that provides an immediate, digital reading of all angles in a 360o circle. The machined aluminum frame is a rigid, light-weight, ultra-precise platform that allows the patented liquid-filled sensor and its microprocessor circuitry to provide unsurpassed accuracy throughout the protractor’s 360o range. As the protractor is moved, the liquid seeks a new position, resulting in changes in the electrical properties of the sensor. A microprocessor analyzes the changes and calculates the numbers seen on the display. Maximum accuracy of +/- 0.1o and maximum resolution of 0.1o. The easy-to-read LCD display intelligently flips over when the unit is upside down. The unit operates for up to 500 hours on a single 9-volt battery and can be recalibrated to factory accuracy in the field without special tools or fixtures. Comes with a rigid plastic case. 11.5 ounces
Precision instrument designed specifically for aircraft magneto synchronization and engine timing. Eliminates all guesswork and provides a greater safety factor by creating perfect timing quickly and reliably. Features dual channels (left and right) (no audible tone). Uses electronic inductance to accurately signal when points break. Simply attach three clips to the magneto and adjust until the illuminated LED is extinguished. 9-volt battery included. 2 lbs.
6″ Safety Wire Twister
Used for installing safety wire on oil filters and aircraft hardware. 6″ length is great for limited access areas. .041 wire capacity, 6″ automatic return.
Propeller Torque Adapter Wrench
Finally, a custom tool for removing and installing hard-to-access propeller nuts. Double-ended, one end features a standard open-end jaw for initial loosening and final tightening, and a speed wrench for quick removal and faster installation is on the other end.
7/8″ Martin Wrench
7/8″ Martin wrench is used for loosening and tightening top spark plug ignition lead nuts on Cirrus SR22s (normally aspirated, turbo normalized, and turbo) and late model SR20s. Finish may vary.
Soft Grip Stubby Ratcheting Screwdriver
Snap-On soft-grip handle and 2″ hex shank (interchangeable). 4-1/2″ OAL. Made in USA. Handle color may vary.
Soft Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver
Snap-On soft-grip handle and 4″ hex shank (interchangeable), includes flat tip bit and #2 Phillips bit. 9-3/4″ OAL. Made in USA. Handle color may vary.
7/8″ Crowfoot 12-Point Flare Nut
Snap-On 7/8″ Crowfoot 3/8″ Drive used in conjunction with the 90-Degree Adapter 3/8″ Drive (or any 3/8″ drive extension) makes for fast removal of ignition leads and hidden spark plugs! 12-points allow for maximum fit options in tight places. Made in USA.
3/4″ Crowfoot 12-Point Flare Nut
Snap-On 3/4″ Crowfoot 3/8″ Drive used in conjunction with the 90-Degree Adapter 3/8″ Drive (or any 3/8″ drive extension) makes for fast removal of ignition leads and hidden spark plugs. 12-points allow for maximum fit options in tight places. Made in USA.
3/8″ 6-Point Shallow Socket
Snap-On 3/8″ 6-Point Shallow Socket 1/4″ Drive fits 3/8″ bolts and nuts as well as 6-point fasteners, and provides maximum contact to prevent round-off. Made in USA.
11″ Wobble Extension
Snap-On 11″L Wobble Extension 3/8″ Drive greatly assists in the removal of spark plugs when obstructed by baffling and exhaust systems. Wobble function provides up to 16 degrees of off-center flexibility. Knurled shank for easy fingertip turning. Made in USA.
Bent Nose Pliers
Snap-On bent needle nose pliers. Great for pulling back seat attach point pins and smaller cotter pins on engine control castle nuts. 9″ long, 35° bend. The Talon Grip™ design provides up to a 57% increase in pulling power (compared to pliers with straight serrated jaws) with a relocated joint, optimized handle shape, and diamond-serrated jaws. Made in USA.