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Old 07-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Tools for the Trail

I am getting my jeep ready to start trailing, and I was wondering what kind of tools should I bring with me. I have already wrenched a little on it and I have come to learn that the bolts that are not Torx are metric and also should I bring any kind of spare parts?

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Old 07-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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Maybe include stuff for last minute "McGuyver" fixes (rescue tape, duct tape, zip ties) , a hammer (ballpein or sledge),some sort of pry bar, can of PB Blaster, extra fluids, and a tire plug kit wouldn't hurt

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Old 07-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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You need both metric and SAE tools. You'll find that most of the drivetrain parts are SAE and most of the other parts are metric. I carry enough tools that I can barely lift the bag, and have needed all of them at one time or another. Ratchet wrench size, I now carry only 3/8" and 1/2" drive sockets, there aren't enough small 1/4" drive size parts to worry about for trail repairs which saves weight.

Spare parts wise, I carry a few... serpentine belt, upper and lower radiator hoses, fiber gasket making material, tire stem valves, u-joints, crankshaft position sensor, auto transmission shifter cable bushing, a big box of spare nuts and bolts to replace those that can break, lubricants (ATF, gear lube, and engine oil), jumper cables, jump start battery, welding kit, and small pieces of scrap steel for welding needs.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Wow. Do you carry that every-time you head out on trails or just for overnighters?
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #5
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I need a bigger jeep. Or we can just wheel with Jerry, he has it covered...
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Or we can just wheel with Jerry, he has it covered...
That's the idea. If you wheel with people you know you can arrange to have everything covered as far as tools go.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:05 PM   #7
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Yeah till you become the guy with all the tools. Ya know it is gonna happen. My tool bag must weigh 60 lbs already and I have no spares in it. Just a brand new Kobalt tool set and Camo duct tape.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:45 PM   #8
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I carry two high lifts, SAE and metric wrench and sockets, 3/8 and 1/2. 1/2 3ft beaker bar with 3 ft of pipe. Bottle jack (6 ton) jumper cables. Straps, snatch blocks, tire plug kit, 6 qts of oil with filter, 2 gallons of distilled water, wd40, PB blaster. I'm sure there more I'm for getting too!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:19 AM   #9
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The standard kit doesn't have a 36mm socket.....just sayin'
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The standard kit doesn't have a 36mm socket.....just sayin'
I think next time I stop buy the flee market, I'm going to look for a 36mm
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Wow. Do you carry that every-time you head out on trails or just for overnighters?
It stays in my TJ all the time. A big aluminum tool box permanently replaced my back seat so it's easier to just keep it all in there not to mention I can't forget anything if it just stays in the Jeep. And all of my trips are at least overnight if not two nights. The trails I enjoy are far enough out that they're just not feasable for a day run. Then again, even if they were day trips, they are the type of trails that often tend to require tools & parts.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #12
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Jerry how sure are you about the SAE sizes? We mostly have metric tools over here and I have yet to come across a fastener that I did not have to perfect size for.

I have an 1/2" sliding t-bar with 3" extension with sockets from 8mm to 36. Some odd sizes inbetween I don't. A couple of wrenches, a Leatherman, cable ties, heatshrink, epoxy, bottle jacks, insulation tape, jumper cables. Most of my trips are very close.
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Jerry how sure are you about the SAE sizes?
Absolutely positively 100%. And pretty sure too.
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Absolutely positively 100%. And pretty sure too.
Now that I think about it I think I went and purchased a 22mm for something or another on the Jeep. It is possibly rather a 7/8". 0.2mm difference one would not notice at all.

SAE sockets and wrenches (or spanners as we call it) is virtually impossible to get individually over here. You have to buy complete sets which I will mostly have no use for. Even though I hate to use it I suppose a crescent wrench ( shifting spanner ) will have to work for some of the smaller SAE bolts/nuts.
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Just a brand new Kobalt tool set and Camo duct tape.
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I take about half of my big roller cabinet haha

Sockets/breaker bars
Spanners
Pliers/shifters of different sorts
BFH/deadblow/ballpein

electrical cables/connections
duct/electrical/cloth tape
small "g" clamps in case of brake line failure

there is much more you can take


Im starting to take more spares as I am pushing the jeep harder and harder each time I go out, and I know, eventually, something will break.
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Well I guess I better start building up my collection. I was wanting to soon and I guess the Jeep thing will be a bigger push.
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Don't forget zip ties! They come in handy when the plastic fitting holding your clutch linkage to the pedal fails and your clutch pedal drops to the flooor
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Well I guess I better start building up my collection. I was wanting to soon and I guess the Jeep thing will be a bigger push.
Jeep are fantastic for allowing you to buy lots of new tools that you didn't have haha and also a great excuse for the missus as you are saving money by doing it yourself!
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My wife bought me these. Pretty versatile set for the amount of space it occupies. Probably not ideal for pro daily work but seems perfect for a Jeep trail set.

http://m.lowes.com/mt/www.lowes.com/...7C1&facetInfo=
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Don't forget zip ties! They come in handy when the plastic fitting holding your clutch linkage to the pedal fails and your clutch pedal drops to the flooor
I have those!!! :P

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Jeep are fantastic for allowing you to buy lots of new tools that you didn't have haha and also a great excuse for the missus as you are saving money by doing it yourself!
Ya, and surprisingly shes pretty cool with everything about it. (Not married yet, but will be.)

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My wife bought me these. Pretty versatile set for the amount of space it occupies. Probably not ideal for pro daily work but seems perfect for a Jeep trail set.

Shop Kobalt 38-Piece 1/4-in and 3/8-in Drive Xtreme Access Socket Set at Lowes.com
I have a small set like that and love it, but it has more SAE than Metric and I just want to start building up my set.

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