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Old 01-19-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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the TJ tool bag

Ok since the jeep is small and 4 cyl I dont want to haul more tools than nessiasary.

Basically I am a long time chevy guy and you can do a TON of work on a older chevy with just some screw drivers and 9/16, 1/2 end wrenchs.

Whats the TJ tool bag essentials?

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Old 01-19-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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At a minimum, both SAE and metric size tools. The engine & drivetrain is mostly SAE while the rest of the Jeep is mostly SAE. The key word on both groups being "mostly". My tool bag is pretty heavy, I'd hate to try to second-guess what size wrench or socket I'd need on the trail. Torx bits including T-55 would be good to carry too.

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Old 01-19-2010, 01:07 PM   #3
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13mm 12pt does a lot of things.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #4
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Torx, extra spark plug, plug socket, assorted sockets, pliers, wire, screw drivers, duct tape, water, food, matches, stuff like that.
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Having both Metric & SAE works the best.

Get a Torx bit set as well, or atleast the main ones, T45, T55 and have a couple spares since sometimes the points like to round off.

A breaker bar with adapter socket it great as well and with having the breaker bar, get a piece of pipe to fit over bar for extra leverage.

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You're saying you wanna haul tools. I'd advise that you prepare to have everything stolen that you leave in there.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:06 PM   #7
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You're saying you wanna haul tools. I'd advise that you prepare to have everything stolen that you leave in there.
luckily I live in a low crime area. Just to set you mind at ease no I dont want to haul tools around all the time but if I go on a trail ride I deffinatly want some basics with me.

Thanks for your input though.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:30 PM   #8
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You're saying you wanna haul tools. I'd advise that you prepare to have everything stolen that you leave in there.
I mounted an ammo box under the hood that has worked great for the last few years.
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i mounted an ammo box under the hood that has worked great for the last few years.
pictures. Now!
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:53 PM   #10
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I would also like to see how and where you mounted it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:01 PM   #11
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Here is what is in my Tool Bag So far (Still a work in progress) Black 15" tool bag (Harbor Freight)
Hammer
Wire Cutters
Pliers,Vise Grips,Channel Locks
Magnetic Screwdriver & Bits
3/8" Drive Ratchet,Various Extentions,U Joint
3/8" Drive Sockets Metric & SAE
Metric & SAE Wrench Sets
Wire Strippers & Assorted Electrical Terminals,Electrical Tape,Some Wire
10" Crescent Wrench
Small Can of WD40
Gloves
Spark Plug Socket
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Something I've always noticed about tools... no matter how many tools you have, you'll always learn the hard way that you're missing something you need. Whether you never had it or it mysteriously vanished between now and the last time you used it (ie you used it and misplaced it, etc).

Usually I learn that while I might have the right size...it's for a 1/2" ratchet which is too big to fit in the empty space, but I don't have that size in a 3/8" or 1/4"...so I would say adapters would be a very smart idea.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:33 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried one of those one-size-fits-all sockets? If it works it sure would help to make the tool kit smaller.
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I mounted an ammo box under the hood that has worked great for the last few years.
like to see pics also,want to do something with my intake maybe a cowl set up,use air box for tool or that space
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:18 PM   #15
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It works great. It stores my tow rope, socket set, tire plugs, star wrenches and all that jazz.
I removed the handle because it would interfere with the hood closing if it was left up.
I suppose you could put a lock on it if you wanted to. It beats paying $100 for the box in the catalog. I just drilled three sheet metal screws though the bottom.

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dude that is one of the coolest jeep mods i have ever seen!
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:41 PM   #17
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Ammo can idea is epic. Thanks for the pics... and ideas.
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dude that is one of the coolest jeep mods i have ever seen!
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that's my weekend project starting tomorrow
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #19
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Toolbox...

I've got a lot of tools similar to what gmiller0737 listed and keep everything in a two drawer toolbox in my "add-a-trunk" in the back. It managed to stay put when someone rear-ended my Jeep and sent me on my side, and the toolbox stayed locked in the trunk without anything falling out.

Re: the ammo can idea, that's a great location assuming nothing is there already (that's where my ARB compressor is located) but if you're serious about only using a couple sheet metal screws I'd recommend upgrading that to something a little more substantial. Three bolts with fender washers would hold up to significantly more abuse and prevent additional repairs should that ammo can manage to come free and wreak havoc inside your engine compartment. I'd hate to think what kinda of damage that could cause under your hood if it does. Vacuum lines, electrical wires, fan blades, fuel lines, throttle cable.
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I've got a lot of tools similar to what gmiller0737 listed and keep everything in a two drawer toolbox in my "add-a-trunk" in the back. It managed to stay put when someone rear-ended my Jeep and sent me on my side, and the toolbox stayed locked in the trunk without anything falling out.

Re: the ammo can idea, that's a great location assuming nothing is there already (that's where my ARB compressor is located) but if you're serious about only using a couple sheet metal screws I'd recommend upgrading that to something a little more substantial. Three bolts with fender washers would hold up to significantly more abuse and prevent additional repairs should that ammo can manage to come free and wreak havoc inside your engine compartment. I'd hate to think what kinda of damage that could cause under your hood if it does. Vacuum lines, electrical wires, fan blades, fuel lines, throttle cable.
Agree with the box coming un done but I don't think it can if the hood is shut... Like he said, you can put a lock on it, but sometimes those cans are hard to open. (have to use some force)..
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Great idea I will doing the samething this weekend but I do agree with using nuts and bolts instead of screws.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:56 PM   #22
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Oh, I thought this thread was about some "doosh" in a TJ. Hmpf. I like the ammo-box kit. Great idea; with a locking hood, even better. But, my TJ never breaks down. Can I put ice in an ammo-box, to store cold drinks and other sundry items?
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I carry a Swiss army knife and some duct tape, fits in the glove box and can fix anything
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Oh, I thought this thread was about some "doosh" in a TJ. Hmpf. I like the ammo-box kit. Great idea; with a locking hood, even better. But, my TJ never breaks down. Can I put ice in an ammo-box, to store cold drinks and other sundry items?
I meant for repairing other peoples junk when they are blocking the trail of course a jeep would never break down LOL Maybe if you insulate the outside of the ammo can and add a drain valve.

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you forgot bailing wire............. zip ties are another favorite of mine too.
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Use the center console. It can hold ice and drinks fine!
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Use the center console. It can hold ice and drinks fine!
really? lol
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what center console?
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It's been a few years with the ammo can so I guess I forgot how a mounted it.
I just looked at it from underneath and it looks like there are four existing threaded holes that I used. It's still in there tight.
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Hey there!

I was hoping to see a picture of the ammo-box hood mount mod, but the images have been replaced with a "this image removed" notification. Any chance of seeing it reposted for those new to these forums?

If there are others that have done the same thing maybe they could post their tips and tricks. This sounds like a neat idea.

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