The Craftsman wrench is too fat, but the Snap-On fits NO problem! Try a Snap-On wrench. Mine fit perfectly!
The bike is
jacked up and the 12 point box is the first thing I tried, but the drain plug is on their so tight, that's what stripped it in the first place. In fact it's *so* tight, it's likely the needle-nose vice-grips would chew it up even worse. I was thinking about snap-on too, I have a feeling that may be my only choice, but it's not easy tracking those guys down. I was hoping I could find something easier before I tried that route. I like the idea of the torch, but if I just heat up the drain plug, wont that make matters worse since metal expands when hot? I'm thinking maybe it'd be better to run the bike until it gets good and hot so the case would expand... maybe even put some ice on the drain plug before I try to remove it.
I'm also thinking about trying something like those Craftsman tools designed specifically for stripped bolts. Has anyone ever tried the the Craftsman Bolt-Out Damaged Bolt/Nut Remover Set
Or maybe even one of these: Craftsman DOG BONE™ Metric Wrench
I'm just wondering if either would fit in the limited space around the drain plug or in between the plug head and the frame. If anyone has experience using either of these tools to remove the left side oil drain plug, please let me know because I'd hate to spend all that time and money, just to find out they don't work. As it is, I have a vice-grip and set of flat wrenches I'm hoping I can return.