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Old 10-11-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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I just bought a Wrangler, 2000 TJ. What would you guys say are some MUST-HAVE things that a Wrangler owner should keep in his/her Jeep at all times, and what would they use it for? I was a little... eager when I first got my Jeep and promptly got it quite stuck, in the process of getting it out I got the following items:

8000lb Come-Along - Poor Man's Winch

200 feet of cable (thinking of replacing it with a recovery strap instead). - The nearest tree was over 150 feet away, hence the long cable. It was kind of a pain to get the cable that long and keep the slack out of it. Used another 10 feet of cable to tie come-along to the tree.

15 foot recovery strap with metal hooks - Used to connect the cable to my rear bumper.

1 60" High-Lift jack. - TO jack up my Jeep. I used it by placing it directly under the middle of my front bumper to lift it up and fill in the holes. Did the same for the rear but had a little trouble with the stock spare tire carrier getting in the way.

I also now keep a collapsible shovel, hatchet, thermal blanket, first-aid kit, fire starters, wind-up flashlight and radio and a small toolkit as a survival kit at all times.

What else should I, or any Wrangler owner for that matter, add? And is there any good websites/resources that show or teach some good recovery techniques? I was kind of making it up as I went along out there.

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wow, i would love to see an 8K come-a-long..i thought the most you could get was 2K.

I carry a 30ft X 2inch recovery strap
tree saver
fire extinguisher
CB Radio
D-Clevis
Jumper Cables
Fold up Shovel
Tree Saw
Flares
10ft chain with hooks on either end.
Leather gloves
Full set of standard and metric wrenches
Hammer
10ft plus of 16gauge wire
3 replacement U-Joints
10ft X 10Ft Tarp
Air Compressor
Duct Tape
Electrical Tape
HVAC Tape
and a few other things.

Oh, and I always go trail riding with another rig. Don't go solo unless you have a real winch.

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Old 10-11-2007, 01:49 PM   #3
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I know I shouldn't go solo, but it was just behind my house... and I was trying to impress a girl (funny, all of my problems seem to start out that way). We were doing fine, nothing too extreme driving on a basically level trail that I have walked 100 times until I hit a hidden mud pit, sunk up to the door on the driver side in less then 5 minutes.

I bought the come-along from a local hardware store called AIH. Cost me about $70 I believe. Its pretty nice.

What is a tree saver and a d-clevis?

Also, what are the pros and cons of using metal cable as opposed to a recovery strap (assuming the are the same length and rated for the same weight)?
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Nice.
Women the root of all evil!!!...

A tree saver is a 6ft long X 2in wide nylon strap with loops on the end that is for wrapping around a tree before you winch to it. It is for using so that you don't tear up the tree with metal cabling. Hence the name, tree saver.

Well a recovery strap is used when there is two rigs and you need to be pulled out. I don't personally trust metal cables with a large amount of weight. I have seen too many bad things happen with cable, plus it just snaps when it wants too.

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I know I shouldn't go solo, but it was just behind my house... and I was trying to impress a girl (funny, all of my problems seem to start out that way). We were doing fine, nothing too extreme driving on a basically level trail that I have walked 100 times until I hit a hidden mud pit, sunk up to the door on the driver side in less then 5 minutes.

I bought the come-along from a local hardware store called AIH. Cost me about $70 I believe. Its pretty nice.

What is a tree saver and a d-clevis?

Also, what are the pros and cons of using metal cable as opposed to a recovery strap (assuming the are the same length and rated for the same weight)?
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:19 PM   #5
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Sounds like you've got a great start, TH. Along with a lot of the things you listed, I also have MREs/emergency food, water, esbit stove, a change of clothes, toilet paper, a means of self defense and other stuff that I can't think of right now.

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Nice.
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Well, ok.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:52 PM   #6
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I installed a cb radio and I carry a cell phone so I can call my buddy with a winch until I get my own
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:58 AM   #7
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Leave the recovery strap with metal hooks at home, those things can kill if they brake.

1st aid kit of some kind.

CB/Cell Phone

Flash light

Snacks

Water

matches

Basic hand tools

and of course if wheeling alone, tell somebody where your going and when you will be back.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:01 AM   #8
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Oh, and I always go trail riding with another rig. Don't go solo unless you have a real winch.
*2 on that one!

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I know I shouldn't go solo, but it was just behind my house... and I was trying to impress a girl (funny, all of my problems seem to start out that way).
So, after all that...was she impressed? ()
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OK Guys and Gals....Where in the hell do you put all of this stuff?
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OK Guys and Gals....Where in the hell do you put all of this stuff?
Yes please elaborate, you could fill a truck bed with that much stuff, if I had all that stuff I wouldn't be able to see out the windows. plus its all only one zip or cut away from getting stolen if you have a soft top.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:55 PM   #11
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Carnuba wax and detailing cloth. Also a bottle opener mounted to the bumper
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:02 PM   #12
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I also have every fluid known to man in my Jeep to.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:16 PM   #13
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Can you take a pic of that 8k Come-along?
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^ X2
I carry:
-20 ft strap
-clevis
-mini grill
-thermal blanket
-hi-lift jack
-warn 8274 winch w/ 150ft of cable
-cb radio (got a spare one in there too)
-diff and engine oil
-electrical tape and wire/connectors
-tool box with a wide range of tools (sockets, hammers, tin snips, spare nuts and bolts)
-spare u-joints and axle shafts
-fold up shovel

Thats the usual that is always in there. On longer trips I usually bring a cooler with food and drinks too and sometimes a few more spare parts. A quick reminder though, always check your equipment before you go out. This past weekend I was wheelin and I got myself stuck fairly well. Figured no problem and plugged in my winch remote to power out my winch. *click, and nothing. There ended up being a problem and my winch wouldnt power in or out. Luckly a buddy just hooked up and yanked me right out but had I been alone (even with my winch) I could have been in trouble. Ended up just being a loose conection but you should always look things over before you head out.
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I wouldn't use the 15ft strap w/ metal hooks, definately a no-no and problems waiting to happen, such as becoming a flying projectile.

Sounds like your on track with stuff to have. With the HI-Lift your better off using it on the corners of your bumper so the Jeep isn't to tipy.

Tools, tools, tools... need them if you plan on doing any repairs, either trail reapirs or on the street.

I typically carry the following:
Bag of Tools, almost every one or important ones
Misc fluids, PB Blaster, Diff Oil, Brake Fluid, etc.
Tow Straps / Snatch straps
Hi-Lift Jack
Jumper Cables
Collapsible
Air Gauge for tires
Shop rags or towels
Hand cleaner
Pry Bar
Zip Ties
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I just carry

collapsable shovel
Maps
Zip ties
Tie downs
Recovery strap
Socket set with torx heads, wrench set
Gloves,hat,blanket
and When I go wheelin or on a trip I usually have my backpack with some camping gear and homeade beef jerky.
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