how are you guys breaking 10mm sockets??? i break 10mm BOLTS, but not sockets...
since i only work on hondas, i filter all my sockets to just 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19. why bother keeping any other, its just dead weight. they are organized in a separate tool box, just a plain plastic bin thats easily portable.
10-14 i only use 3/8" drive.
14-19 i only use 1/2" drive.
i have both normal and deep sets, both 6 and 12 pts too. id choose 6pt over 12pt if i had only one.
you need a 32mm socket for axle nuts.
for ratchets, i LOVE my snap on fine tooth 3/8" drive ratchet. but its not the best tool for all occasions. i also have a 3/8" drive craftsman FLEX head with a LONG handle i use for most my work. it can take the abuse. (ive broken my snap on from too much use, which i replaced but now i wont use it unless im working with 10-12mm head bolts.) also a great ratchet i like is a small stubby craftman flex head. perfect to put in my pocket and walk around the junkyard with. again, only useful for 10 or 12mm head bolts, but then so many are on a honda.
then for wrenches, i have again, 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19. make sure that 17mm is 6pt. you need it for the transmission bolt. also a 12mm 6pt is needed for distributor bolts that like to strip. otherwise, i recommend a combination 12 and 14mm box end wrench. i find it handy for rear suspension work.
you also need a 22mm wrench. 22mm is needed for the tie rod lock nut. theyre always a pain, which sucks, because honda made that lock nut 19mm in later years. (replace them with the 19mm ones from the junkyard asap).
any removal of brakelines REQUIRES a 10mm flarenut wrench! very important. dont even think about using a regular 10mm. just get the 10 and 12mm combo flarenut wrench from craftsman.
i recommend having a separate set of gear wrenches. theyre great. but not necessary if you already have a set of wrenches and sockets i already listed.
the worst tool i for some reason never have a good set in my tool box is screwdrivers! there really isnt much need for them in general. but you do need em. so i just get a multi tool, 6 in 1 type. its great because without a toolbit, its a 8mm driver. useful for the air box cover.
some other misc things are a 3lb sledge hammer. easiest way to break loose ball joints. another thing is an impact driver. you really only need it for the brake rotor screws. to push back the caliper, you should just get a big channel lock plier. perfect for calipers, instead of a C clamp. its also useful to grip the HUGE steering gear box lock nut. you also need various needle nose pliers and 1 pair of dikes (wire cutters). also a snap ring plier, for balljoints and tranny casing removal. and then a oil filter tool. why struggle with the oil filter by hand. just buy a $3.99 adjustable adaptor.
one more thing. 3 metric taps! 8x1.25, 10x1.25 and 12x1.25. very important. i chase any thread now that i think is questionable. i wasted so much time with stripped threads, i dont ever want to NOT have these. (yeah its a double negative). they also work great to rethread the stretched castle nuts for the balljoints (thats the reason they are always hard to put back on) get the same spec dies as well if you want, you can chase the threads on the balljoints too.
all of this i can keep in a regular toolbag.