Yep, same here. I have an imperial socket that fits the nut on my VW
steering wheel. I'm sure it must be a metric size, but I inherited the
imperial socket from my step-dad and it works fine. So I've never bothered
tracking down the metric socket.
Sometimes a nut will be deformed just slightly so that the actual metric
socket doesn't fit, but an imperial size will. Six point sockets are much
better for this sort of thing than 12 point sockets.
What, precisely, constitutes a "japanese" (sic) part?
Did you know that when HD bought themselves back from AMF and
developed the Evolution engine, those engines were manufactured (in
the USA) on 40 million dollars worth of newly purchased (from Japan)
Japanese mfrg equipment? That was 1984.
Somehow, I doubt even less of that particular brand of m/c is
currently mfrd in the USA, today. 8|
It goes both ways... Several months ago I needed to replace a bolt for the
seatbelt in my 1976 Rabbit. It's a German car, so I figured it was a metric
bolt. I tried every available metric thread pitch, but nothing fit right.
On a whim I tried a fine thread imperial bolt and it threaded in perfectly!
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