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Old 01-26-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Here are the tools I've needed to accomplish every mod I've done so far. Many of these can be purchased all at once if you pick up one of the decent 200+ piece mechanic toolkits from Craftsman or Kobalt.

Still others, like the torque and ratcheting wrenches, need to be purchased separately... BUT DON'T GO TOO CHEAP!

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1. complete sets of metric and SAE sockets (including torx T9 to T50...mine are 3/8) -- for 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drivers.

2. a 1/2 driver torque wrench rated up to 200 ft lbs (mine is 25 to 250). It's probably not a bad idea to also pick up a smaller 3/8 torque wrench somewhere along the line...

3. Complete sets of metric and SAE ratcheting wrenches

4. various adapters/extensions for the drivers.

5. Some good vice grip pliers (round and needle-nose)

6. Small, medium, and large adjustable wrenches -- good ones!

7. Assortment of screwdrivers in every type, size, and shape

8. Lots of blue and red Loctite

9. WD40 and/or PB Blaster

10. Complete sets of metric and SAE Allen wrenches

11. Wire cutter/stripper, electrical tape, and a collection of wire connectors and heat shrink tubes.

12. One medium-sized rubber mallet

13. At least two (preferably four) 6-ton Jack stands

14. One floor jack rated at least 2.25 tons.

15. One 1/2 breaker bar (NEVER use your torque wrench as a breaker bar!)

16. Lots of rags

17. A good drill and impact driver set! (If cordless, then at least 18V!)

18. Complete set of drill bits

19. A table-mounted vice and several table clamps in varying sizes

20. Drop cloths and painters tape.

21. Mechanics gloves

22. Safety glasses/goggles

23. A good pair of scissors

24. A wire hanger

25. Various types of grease

26. A nice Dremel tool with an assortment of cutting and grinding attachments.

27. A soldering iron.

28. Touch-up paint, Bedliner paint, and high heat paint.

29. A few powerful (and cordless) LED lights or flashlights to place strategically while working in dark corners of your Jeep.

30. Multimeter

31. Lots of black zip ties, assorted sizes. (Get them at a Dollar Store!)

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That just about covers it. If I can think of any more, I'll add them later... If anyone else can think of anything I didn't mention, please post it below.

I'll also try to throw together a list with the subset of tools I keep in my Jeep at all times. If anyone else has a list like that already, please paste it below!

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While not required, an air compressor, impact wrench, and impact sockets sometimes come in handy.

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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While not required, an air compressor, impact wrench, and impact sockets sometimes come in handy.
Definitely a bonus if you can replace (or augment) the cordless drill and impact with a compressor set. I'd kill to have my own garage!
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I wish my garage was bigger so I could add more tools. LOL
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #7
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Pliers - side cutters, lineman pliers, channel lock, duckbill pliers, the latter were in the Craftsman combo I got many years ago and have turned out to be one of the most versatile and frequently used pliers in my tool chest.

Robo-Pliers (parallel jaw clamping pliers) - convenient and probably more useful around the house (assembling that BBQ). Overall, and unlike my son-in-law, I am not a big proponent of using pliers on nuts/bolts esp. where they count.

Long narrow #15 torx screwdriver (adjusting headlights)

Good-High quality duct tape - one of those things that you definitely get what you pay for.

A variety of misc. hose clamps.
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Pliers - side cutters, lineman pliers, channel lock, duckbill pliers, the latter were in the Craftsman combo I got many years ago and have turned out to be one of the most versatile and frequently used pliers in my tool chest.

Robo-Pliers (parallel jaw clamping pliers) - convenient and probably more useful around the house (assembling that BBQ). Overall, and unlike my son-in-law, I am not a big proponent of using pliers on nuts/bolts esp. where they count.

Long narrow #15 torx screwdriver (adjusting headlights)

Good-High quality duct tape - one of those things that you definitely get what you pay for.

A variety of misc. hose clamps.
Excellent additions!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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gotta have air tools.

A creeper, milk crates (to sit on), and a magnetic dish or two. Telescoping retractable magnet.
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Seriously, I did buy a high quality impact wrench, adapters, and sockets. Great add for my work on my Jeep. I like your suggestion of a smaller torque wrench right now all I have is two 1/2" drive torque wrenches.
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I've got most of what has mentioned here, but I was thinking just the other day. If I am out on the trail/road and need to do some work, tightening bolts, etc. I need to have the stuff with me.

Now, obviously you can't take everything you would have in your garage. I've got basic tools in there, but not all of the larger sockets, etc. that I have in my garage tool chest. So what all would you make sure you had in the jeep? i.e. sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, misc. items, etc. etc. Please be as specific as possible with your list.

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palehOrse thanks for this thread it has been very beneficial to me!! I have always been a woodworker and know a lot about those tools but being new to the mechanics side this post has helped me pull together my first real mechanics tool set.
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I'm pretty sure most of my tools migrated to my kids garages...though I keep replacing them as needed. So ditto on that Credit Card tool which occasionally migrates as well.
What constitutes a "reasonable" road-trip array of tools?
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I'm pretty sure most of my tools migrated to my kids garages...though I keep replacing them as needed. So ditto on that Credit Card tool which occasionally migrates as well.
What constitutes a "reasonable" road-trip array of tools?
I have a similar question (see above post)? Interested to see what everyone list for road-trip tools and compare to shop tools.
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Best tool for working on your jeep?

Patience... Truckloads of it.
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All I carry is a pair of pliers and the tools to take the doors off. I keep the 15/16 socket for the oil filter in the back so I can find it when I want it....

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