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Old 03-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #31
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What would be a basic set or wrenches or hex bits to have for a starter set?

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:51 PM   #32
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T40 and T50 for doors and hard top
I'm going to cheat and use a small cordless and socket adapter for the drill
Metric socket set including the recommended sizes earlier in the thread
And a couple of screw drivers to move my drivers side fart detector

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:30 PM   #33
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What would be a basic set or wrenches or hex bits to have for a starter set?
Craftsman or NAPA both make great starter sets that are good quality and priced decent. Most starter sets do not include 18mm wrenches or sockets so check closely as Jeep really likes 18mm for suspension components.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #34
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anyone have much experience using the co2 tank removing the hub nut? im in the market for an impact wrench to bring along with me on the trail! whats the minimum torque that i should look for? thanks
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:32 PM   #35
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This is a ton of information. I'd like to buy one or two things and be done with it if possible for things like changing oil, diff fluid, removing hard top, etc. Can anyone provide a few links to where to buy an affordable set of tools and the minimum required extras. So let's say I need tool set X plus Y additional 18mm socket or whatever, could you provide links, so I don't have to figure out where, how much etc. on tools. I just want tools that work!
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #36
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #37
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This is a ton of information. I'd like to buy one or two things and be done with it if possible for things like changing oil, diff fluid, removing hard top, etc. Can anyone provide a few links to where to buy an affordable set of tools and the minimum required extras. So let's say I need tool set X plus Y additional 18mm socket or whatever, could you provide links, so I don't have to figure out where, how much etc. on tools. I just want tools that work!
Okay, I'll bite. I may get verbally abused but here are my thoughts.

I don't think you can buy one or two tools and be done with it. Granted I don't think you need as many as I have to do BASIC maintenance or repairs. I also don't think you have to have all Snap-On, Matco or Proto but when you wrench for a living it is a little different, you really rely on your tools for your livelihood and don't have the time to run and grap a new one because it broke or quit on you.

A good basic Metric and even SAE wrench set and 3/8" socket set, along with basic screwdriver and plier set would be the first purchases. In addition you will need some TORX sockets as well, T25, T30 and T40 are I think the most common on the Jeeps.

Those will get you buy for most of what you have mentioned.

As far as quality, I would highly recommend staying away from Harbor Freight junk. I know a lot of people use them but their quality is so far below what else is available out there it really is not practical to waste the money on junk.

NAPA's brand of hand tools is manufactured by Danaher corporation and are very good quality for the price and they are warranteed for life. A cheap tool may seem like a great savings until the jaws open and you round the head off of that one bolt that is a PITA to get to and you just created a whole lot more work and frustration.

I know you mentioned links so you could buy online and have them shipped to you but I prefer to purchase my tools where I can fondle them a little before buying.

I have purchased a few specialty tools from the following websites though.

http://www.toolwarehouseinc.com/

http://www.ntxtools.com/

Just my .02 cents worth of opinion.

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Old 07-04-2012, 10:54 AM   #38
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Thanks all - great info here. New Jeep, first Jeep, trying to figure out what and how to pack. Wranglers sure remind me of touring motorcycles of the 70s - build your own out of the accessory catalogs and take your tool kit 'cause you can work on it. And you have to think about getting caught in the rain.

Advice from a newb - from my motorcycling experience - use your traveling set when you work on your Jeep at home. Good way to make sure you're packing the tools you'll need.

(Jimbo, love the kit)
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #39
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I managed to get a few things:

Had pliers, screwdrivers, rubber mallet, adjustable wrench, etc.

Bouth this 37 piece socket set from Home Depot along with this set of Torx bits. I bought the former b/c it had the 13mm and 18mm sockets. I need to get metric Allen bits next to deal with the transfer case, and I think 20 and 21mm sockets are a good idea. Not sure I need the much larger sockets yet to address the axles (35mm) and the like. I'm a little chicken to get that far into the Jeep quite yet.
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I was looking at getting a breaker bar and a 3/8 torque wrench but I was wondering for a little more money would it be worth just getting an impact wrench? Is having the hand tools better then a lithium battery operated impact wrench for being out off-roading?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #41
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I personally carry a 1/2" breaker bar with a 1/2-3/8 reducer in my gear bag with an assortment of other sockets that are larger than the 18mm that came with my set. I worry about my battery being drained while away from home and the prep of charging the night before. My luck I'd forget the battery at home.
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I was looking at getting a breaker bar and a 3/8 torque wrench but I was wondering for a little more money would it be worth just getting an impact wrench? Is having the hand tools better then a lithium battery operated impact wrench for being out off-roading?
Personally, I don't carry powered tools mainly due to the fact that the batteries may not be charged when you need them. Also, a cordless impact may not have enough power and a breaker bar or long ratchet would be much more versatile in more situations.

I carry 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" full socket sets plus a large 1/2" breaker bar with a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter just in case I need a little more leverage.

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:42 PM   #43
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Thank you for the help I'm going to go ahead and get the breaker bar and torque wrench
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #44
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T40 and T50 for doors and hard top
I'm going to cheat and use a small cordless and socket adapter for the drill
Metric socket set including the recommended sizes earlier in the thread
And a couple of screw drivers to move my drivers side fart detector
T45 is what fits my doors.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #45
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Hmm, I always bring a few extra plastic garden sized trash bags with me. Lots of uses.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:29 AM   #46
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This is a great thread! Thanks for the pics and recommendations. Now I have an excuse to add some more tools. I really like seeing the different ways to carry the tools. I would never of thought of a gym bag style of storage with the zippered pouches. I think I will go with that idea.

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