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Old 08-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi All, I am new to Jeeps so please bear with me. I have an '05 TJ Unlimited and I am in the process of getting a tool box together to carry with me. I have a couple questions for the group:
1. Will I need any metric tools for the TJL?
2. What are some of the common tools you would/do carry for your TJ?
I really don't want to lug around a 30 pound tool box all the time, but do want to be prepared if I need a guick off road repair. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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Old 08-30-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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I carry a bag with torx bits, screw drivers, few sockets and basic wrenches, a torque wrench, a pipe wrench and a tape measure. Also a lug wrench. I have changed light bulbs in parking lots and re-aligned it on the side of the highway, and i am always retorquing the track bar bolt at the gas stations

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Old 08-30-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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A good set of metric and standard 3/8 drive sockets, ratchet, breaker bar, PB blaster, big hammer, lug wrench, some type of jack (make sure its tall enough), ratchet straps, zip tires, prybar, screw drivers, plyers, needle nose, couple wrenches, 36mm socket, 1/2" drive breaker bar for socket

Most of it is in 2 ammo cans and i throw the stuff that don't fit right next to em wrapper up in a towel because its always good to have one of those too.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:17 PM   #4
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Get a good set (Quality) of both SAE and Metric wrenches, make sure you have all the metric sizes 8mm-22mm. Also a good set of 3/8 socket set in the same sizes. Torx/Allen wrenches and sockets in both SAE and Metric. Screw drivers, pliers, vise grips, hammer, duct tape, super glue, first aid kit.

I also use ammo cans in my Jeep. I also use bungy cords to secure the cans to the floor.

Now is also the time to start building up your shop tools if you don't have them yet, ie Air compressor, floor jack (3-4 ton), Jack stands (3 ton or more), air tools, impact sockets, etc. It the wife complains, just explain to her that all these items are required to own a Jeep. (That didn't work for me, but it might work for you.)

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of the valuable information. I have a lot of the tools already mentioned. I am a bit disappointed that metrics would be required, however, I'm not surprised. I picked up two cloth tool bags at Harbor Freight and have them marked SAE and Metric. I will also be making a trip to my favorite tool store tomorrow for the tools I am missing. One of the most important things I picked up the last time I was at the local parts store was a Chilton's for my Wrangler. I have worked on cars since I was in T&I Auto in high school, of course that was 40 years ago, so I know the basics of turning a wrench. As far as getting the SWMBOs permission, I am a recent widower, however, everytime I spend extra money on something I hear her whispering in my ear. LOL
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:02 AM   #6
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My tool box has the minimum. A Crescent or adjustable wrench, a Phillips and Flat Head screw driver, a pair of Pliers ( Vise Grips are prefferable), a Flashlight, a 12volt Air Compressor, a set of "Jumper" cables, a small hatchet, and a Quart of motor oil.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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BFH BFH BFH. a must have tool for every fix. oh and duct tape.
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You need to carry both SAE and metric size tools, no matter what model year TJ you own. I use SAE tools as much, if not more, as I do metric. The engine and drivetrain is mostly SAE since it has been around for many years, everything else is mostly metric.
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I am the guy that packs tools/equipment to accommodate my wheeling and the 'what ifs' that I may encounter. This NOT an everyday packout, just for wheelin, but you get the idea of what you can use.....

-Full set of SAE and Metric ratchet wrenches ( 1/4"-1" and 6mm to 30mm)
-Complimentary set of SAE and Metric 3/8-1/2" dr sockets.. some deep some standard
- 3/8"-1/2" dr ratchets and 2 long breaker bars for the stubborn junk
- vice grips... needle nose and 2-3 pair of standard of various sizes
- screwdrivers, standard and phillips
-BFH and dead blow mallet
-pliers, dikes, needlenose
- 3 adjustable wrenches.... 6", 12", 18"
- 2 prybars and 2 heel bars
- metric and standard sets of allen wrenches
- Torx sets..... driver style and socket style
-duct tape , electrical tape, teflon tape
-small spools of 16-10g wire, crimps, connectors, splices etc...
- various sizes of zip-ties
- spare ujoints for front axle and drivelines (yes... I keep a stock for me and others )
- flat repair kit
- recovery kit... snatch strap, tow straps, tree strap, snatch block and several extra d shackles, recovery multi-tool
-hilift jack
-4 way tire iron
- portable air compressor ( until my OBA is done )
- oil, brake fluid, PS fluid, 50/50 mix coolant )

This is 99% of what I take when I wheel... not everyday... but ALWAYS when I wheel... which is weekly

Condensed into 1 toolbox, 2 small 10x10 bags and strapped in tight
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:26 PM   #10
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Good list. To that I also carry a sheet of gasket material I can cut gaskets out of, a couple spare tire stem valves and tire stem valve tool, a tire plug kit (could be different than a flat repair kit), and the old radiator hoses and serpentine belt from when I replaced them. Oh and a spare tie rod.
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some type of jack (make sure its tall enough
An aftermarket jack cannot be stressed enough. The stock one sucks to begin with and if you increase the tire size at all it becomes completely useless. I found this out when I shredded a sidewall in the middle of nowhere wheeling alone. I had a spare and a lug wrench and everything needed to change a tire but the jack wouldn't even reach the axle. Don't make my mistakes

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BFH BFH BFH. a must have tool for every fix. oh and duct tape.
^everything you'll ever need
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An aftermarket jack cannot be stressed enough. The stock one sucks to begin with and if you increase the tire size at all it becomes completely useless. I found this out when I shredded a sidewall in the middle of nowhere wheeling alone. I had a spare and a lug wrench and everything needed to change a tire but the jack wouldn't even reach the axle.
It wouldn't work with your 31" tires? The stock OE jack works fine for 35" tires and is even tall enough to work in a pinch for 37" tires. It sounds like you either didn't get it screwed up all the way or was placing it at the wrong location.

This is the factory jack giving over 2" of clearance under my 35" tires...
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It wouldn't work with your 31" tires? The stock OE jack works fine for 35" tires and is even tall enough to work in a pinch for 37" tires. It sounds like you either didn't get it screwed up all the way or was placing it at the wrong location.

This is the factory jack giving over 2" of clearance under my 35" tires...
That thing is badass. The jack that was in my Jeep when I got it looks nothing like that. I guess it wasn't stock. I stand corrected.

I gotta get me a stock jack now haha...
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Good list. To that I also carry a sheet of gasket material I can cut gaskets out of, a couple spare tire stem valves and tire stem valve tool, a tire plug kit (could be different than a flat repair kit), and the old radiator hoses and serpentine belt from when I replaced them. Oh and a spare tie rod.
Gasket material is a great idea.... I forgot the tube of RTV I carry... lol
plug kit is what I have....for flats.

Yeah... I also carry a spare full steering setup UNDER my TJ, strapped to the body mounts above the frame and two spare shafts for the front axle... my 1.25" BL gives me the room there where I need it.

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