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Old 02-27-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Tool Recommendations?

I'm a noob with auto maintenance, but since I've had my JK, I somehow feel a lot more comfortable doing things myself. I had the first oil change done at the dealership, but from here on out, I'm doing my own - as well as diff fluid changes when needed.

Thus far, I have done all my maintenance with the $30 set of Pittsburgh sockets and Torx bits I got from Harbor Freight. The most obvious thing I don't have is a torque wrench. Since I know I am going to have to buy one or more of those, I was wondering if there was anything else that would come in handy. For instance, I don't have a proper set of wrenches, either.

That got me to thinking whether or not there was some kind of a setup I could get all at once - or if I needed to piecemeal a tool set together. It would be a big help to me if some of my fellow forum members could share their toolbox setups here - where you got it, what you recommend, etc. Pics would be great - if available.

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I just got a 240 piece tool set from Craftsman. I do all my work at my buddy's house though. He has air tools and a big collection of misc tools and a welder.

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Here is a thread I had a while back that might help.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/bes...jk-120093.html
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I'm a noob with auto maintenance, but since I've had my JK, I somehow feel a lot more comfortable doing things myself. I had the first oil change done at the dealership, but from here on out, I'm doing my own - as well as diff fluid changes when needed.

Thus far, I have done all my maintenance with the $30 set of Pittsburgh sockets and Torx bits I got from Harbor Freight. The most obvious thing I don't have is a torque wrench. Since I know I am going to have to buy one or more of those, I was wondering if there was anything else that would come in handy. For instance, I don't have a proper set of wrenches, either.

That got me to thinking whether or not there was some kind of a setup I could get all at once - or if I needed to piecemeal a tool set together. It would be a big help to me if some of my fellow forum members could share their toolbox setups here - where you got it, what you recommend, etc. Pics would be great - if available.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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I own almost every tool ever made. Not quite, but close.

Start with a good floor jack. Not one from kmart or walmart. A wide base one from sears comes with a creeper, and jackstands for about $150. 6pt and 12pt sockets. You probably don't need a torque wrench just yet, but you'll find that you will want more than one as small bolts require a smaller torque wrench. A code reader and one that clears the codes (under $100) is another item. Breaker bar and air tools should be on your short list. Swivels and extensions, nut drivers, all useful. So is a telescopic magnet and a good flashlight.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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It seems like one thing that's needed..........which I don't seem to have any of in the tools I inherited from my grandfather or the handful I had myself already......is a set of metric sockets. I have two tons of standard sockets, but had to break into the gf's cheapo toolkit to find a 10 & 13mm socket to put my grab handles in the other night.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:32 PM   #7
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I'm excited to see that I'm not the only one that is doing this too. Just did my first oil change as well (completely worth it). I only had 1/4 socket set when I went to change my oil filter I didn't realize the one I bought was actually for a 3/8 wrench. So far that's the only tool I've had to buy since maintaining my jeep. Glad to hear a fellow jeeper wanting to do the same as me.

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