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Old 03-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Extra parts to take on the trail?

What are some extra (used) parts I should think about taking on the trail in case I brake something? What would be the most common things to brake?

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Old 03-14-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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The only thing I would take is a jack, tire tool, spare tire, tow strap and some D-links...and if you are going alone, which I would never recommend, a cell phone (preferably you know someone that LOVES you enough to tow your butt outta the boonies).

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Old 03-14-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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U-Joints (both driveshaft and axle) at the bare minimum, if you are more than a mile from paved roads. Axle shafts and a rear driveshaft wouldn't hurt if you do expedition type driving, where you might be 10-20 miles from paved roads. Other miscellaneous might be spark plugs, serpentine belt, fluids, fuses/relays.
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Spare tie rod ends
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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1000 dollars and you can pay someone to bring you parts. Hahaha. Buy really all good suggestions. How modified are you? That's a good starting question. That will have a lot of bearing on what parts are gona be at risk the most.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #6
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I'm running a 3inch BD lift with quick discontents on 31's. This is how I bought the jeep a few weeks ago. I was already figuring on U-joints & tie rods & ends.

Would picking up a drive shaft from the junk yard just for a "back up" be a good idea?
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
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I'm running a 3inch BD lift with quick discontents on 31's. This is how I bought the jeep a few weeks ago. I was already figuring on U-joints & tie rods & ends.

Would picking up a drive shaft from the junk yard just for a "back up" be a good idea?
If your mudding or just trail riding, in most cases your not going to break that drive shaft. If your playing on rocks at all, I would definitely say it wouldn't hurt.
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You're asking a wide open question. I 've been doin the jeep thing a few years now, mostly un-improved, un-maintained, forest roads, that can be about anything from the occasional rock garden, to mud, to extremely off camber stuff, steep hills, etc etc.. About 30 years worth.. Never broke an axle. Of course, if your into the hardcore rock crawling stuff, or trying to run 35" rubber with weak dana 35 axles, or really into beating your equipment,,, then by all means carry extra axles, We go out, way out, alone, all the time. I carry extra hoses, clamps, serpentine belt, u joints, two spare tires, an extra battery, and all the tools needed to get us back, if anything should break....Take the time to get to know your jeep, really know it. Then, when out on the trail, don't ask it to do anything that it isn't designed to do, or any more than your mods will allow it to do.. Enjoy!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:29 PM   #9
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Bring a hi-lift,a comealong, and some loose cable with you. Then you can do this when the tie rod snaps....



Drove off the trail and 6 miles to town with this. Sat a Starbucks and drank coffee 'til the flatbed showed up.


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Now thats some MacGyver stuff there lol!
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Spares on the trail?

Friend, you could tow a 95% complete TJ along with you and odds are you still won't have what breaks....So lets increase those odds in your favor.

I won't mention the obvious spares you should always have even when streeting.

Get to KNOW your Jeep....Inspect it totally....The old sayin goes, "You don't get what you expect, you get what you inspect", so start there...If it looks iffy, be ready to replace it...Oh, and also be ABLE to replace it-carry tools and spares based on expected repairs. But first start with INSPECTION.

Sitting in the driveway, flex her...jack each wheel up to max and check for binding, travel limits, loose ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, wiggly u joints....loose fasteners...grease everything...look for dangling wires and hoses..leaks-leaking seals often mean bad bearings, so look with a critical eye.

Once you have REALLY checked her out, then evaluate what must be repaired/replaced before you leave home.....From there, each trail will offer differing challenges, so be familar with the extremes of those trails and compare the condition of your Jeep to the demands you expect to place on it....If when compared, you see high odds something might break, replace it before you leave or carry a spare for it and the tools to fix it.

Please remember this: breaking something out there don't always mean you will have to walk or get towed out, it can kill or seriously injure you or someone else depending on what breaks when.

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Bring a hi-lift,a comealong, and some loose cable with you. Then you can do this when the tie rod snaps....



Drove off the trail and 6 miles to town with this. Sat a Starbucks and drank coffee 'til the flatbed showed up.


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Old 03-15-2012, 01:34 AM   #13
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Bring a hi-lift,a comealong, and some loose cable with you. Then you can do this when the tie rod snaps....



Drove off the trail and 6 miles to town with this. Sat a Starbucks and drank coffee 'til the flatbed showed up.


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Old 03-15-2012, 01:55 AM   #14
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This is how I bought the jeep a few weeks ago
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:37 AM   #15
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Not trying to knock anyone but this most of us aren't running for a Camel Trophy...hahaa

I can't imagine carrying extra tie rod ends, u-joints, etc. with me out on the trail...even when my rig was on 31's and stock axles. Around here we do Uwharrie, rocks, mud, mountains, sand pits, and just about every terrain imaginable. I've seen some serious carnage done, but nothing that couldn't be dragged back to a road where we could call a rollback. Working on stuff on the trail SUCKS. I keep an extra serp belt and a small bag of tools... but other than that I have my snatch block, two straps, some d-links, and a pair of good leather gloves for my winch line. I've made it home every time...although sometimes towed
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:14 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input guys!

Most all of our wheeling will be done at a OHV Park's here in MN. I think I will go with the basic's and go from there.

When you say flexing it in the driveway. You mean to put a jack under the tire itself, not just jacking up the side?
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Oh...and a roll of TP isn't a bad idea
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:23 PM   #19
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Beyond the usual recommendations made above... carry your old radiator hoses and serpentine belt. Tire plug kit, and spare tire stem valves. A tape measure to reset your toe-in after bending the tie rod. Spare fuses, wire, and crimp on wiring connectors. A test light for when something electrical stops working. I carry a lot more than that but those are items that not many people think to carry.
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Would you really need all that stuff if you only do bunny trails?
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If you're only doing easy stuff you probably don't need much. After wheeling for a while and seeing what myself and others have broken on the trail, I typically carry:

old steering setup (includes tie-rod, drag link, TREs)
axle shafts
u-joints
belts
hoses (and clamps)
stock rear drive shaft
idler pulleys
a few common sizes of bolts/nuts
tire repair kit
valve stems
fluids
necessary tools

There are certainly things I'm missing, but those are the main things I try to always have. You certainly can't carry everything, but after seeing what most commonly breaks you can start to bring things that will keep you (and your group) wheeling when things do go bad.

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