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Lisle

Lisle Corporation celebrated the company's founding and 100 years of continuous manufacturing in Clarinda, Iowa in 2003. The privately owned company is led today by third, fourth and fifth generation family members. C.A. Lisle started the company in 1903 with the first product being horse-powered water well drilling machines. To combat the seasonality of the well drilling business, the young company branched out and also manufactured washing machines, cream separators, and push-type reel lawn mowers. In the mid-20s, Lisle Corporation made its first automotive product, a master ignition vibrator for Ford Model T vehicles. The first Lisle tool, a valve refacer, fast became a repair shop must since valves were reground every 20,000 miles at that time. In the 1930s the magnetic drain plug line was launched. The line grew steadily and Lisle plugs were used extensively in many pieces of military equipment during World War II. The company was subsequently awarded the Army/Navy E Award for manufacturing excellence in supporting the war effort. In the post-war 50s, the automotive aftermarket boomed and demand for specialty automotive tools increased. Lisle Corporation made the decision then to grow the company by introducing new tools that could be made in the company's own factory, thereby controlling quality, delivery and costs. The company has branched out even more in the last decades through acquisitions and constant innovation of new products. Today, Lisle specialty automotive tools, mechanic's creepers, and lubrication & tire products are the preferred line among automotive technicians. The specialty automotive tool line now consists of more than 400 products, with the great majority of them being produced at the expanded site of the original factory built in Clarinda, Iowa in 1903.

Tools & Manuals

Browse Bavarian Autosport's catalog of specialty BMW and MINI tools and adapters, along with our library of service manuals to help you complete any service on your vehicle at home.

BMW and MINI vehicles have a reputation for expensive and difficult cars to service, repair, and maintain and that's because dealerships and repair shops charge a lot of money to do what amounts to basic, simple tasks. With the help of Bavarian Autosport, you can do it yourself and save thousands of dollars over the time you own your BMW or MINI. It's our mission to give you the resources like free technical help, 1000+ Q&A's, and more than 100 DIY videos on our blog, that will make nearly any repair or maintenance task easy and inexpensive to do yourself.

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