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11-17-2014 11:58 AM
JCDriller I'm bumping this, I found it very useful and I'm sure others will too.

I've got a standard 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 socket set along with the following

10mm deep socket
18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 21mm Std and Deep sockets and wrenches.
35 and 36mm Sockets
1/2 Breaker bar
1/2 --> 3/8 adapter
3/8 Torx
07-18-2012 10:29 AM
Jeeperz Creeperz This is a great thread! Thanks for the pics and recommendations. Now I have an excuse to add some more tools. I really like seeing the different ways to carry the tools. I would never of thought of a gym bag style of storage with the zippered pouches. I think I will go with that idea.
07-17-2012 10:23 PM
chim-chim7 Hmm, I always bring a few extra plastic garden sized trash bags with me. Lots of uses.
07-17-2012 09:55 PM
TXJK2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by jppower
T40 and T50 for doors and hard top
I'm going to cheat and use a small cordless and socket adapter for the drill
Metric socket set including the recommended sizes earlier in the thread
And a couple of screw drivers to move my drivers side fart detector
T45 is what fits my doors.
07-17-2012 09:42 PM
vwphibs Thank you for the help I'm going to go ahead and get the breaker bar and torque wrench
07-17-2012 02:06 PM
zmotorsports
Quote:
Originally Posted by vwphibs View Post
I was looking at getting a breaker bar and a 3/8 torque wrench but I was wondering for a little more money would it be worth just getting an impact wrench? Is having the hand tools better then a lithium battery operated impact wrench for being out off-roading?
Personally, I don't carry powered tools mainly due to the fact that the batteries may not be charged when you need them. Also, a cordless impact may not have enough power and a breaker bar or long ratchet would be much more versatile in more situations.

I carry 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" full socket sets plus a large 1/2" breaker bar with a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter just in case I need a little more leverage.

Mike.
07-17-2012 01:33 PM
desertgoose I personally carry a 1/2" breaker bar with a 1/2-3/8 reducer in my gear bag with an assortment of other sockets that are larger than the 18mm that came with my set. I worry about my battery being drained while away from home and the prep of charging the night before. My luck I'd forget the battery at home.
07-17-2012 12:40 PM
vwphibs I was looking at getting a breaker bar and a 3/8 torque wrench but I was wondering for a little more money would it be worth just getting an impact wrench? Is having the hand tools better then a lithium battery operated impact wrench for being out off-roading?
07-08-2012 06:00 PM
Mansizedtarget I managed to get a few things:

Had pliers, screwdrivers, rubber mallet, adjustable wrench, etc.

Bouth this 37 piece socket set from Home Depot along with this set of Torx bits. I bought the former b/c it had the 13mm and 18mm sockets. I need to get metric Allen bits next to deal with the transfer case, and I think 20 and 21mm sockets are a good idea. Not sure I need the much larger sockets yet to address the axles (35mm) and the like. I'm a little chicken to get that far into the Jeep quite yet.
07-04-2012 11:54 AM
oregon Thanks all - great info here. New Jeep, first Jeep, trying to figure out what and how to pack. Wranglers sure remind me of touring motorcycles of the 70s - build your own out of the accessory catalogs and take your tool kit 'cause you can work on it. And you have to think about getting caught in the rain.

Advice from a newb - from my motorcycling experience - use your traveling set when you work on your Jeep at home. Good way to make sure you're packing the tools you'll need.

(Jimbo, love the kit)
07-04-2012 08:24 AM
zmotorsports
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mansizedtarget View Post
This is a ton of information. I'd like to buy one or two things and be done with it if possible for things like changing oil, diff fluid, removing hard top, etc. Can anyone provide a few links to where to buy an affordable set of tools and the minimum required extras. So let's say I need tool set X plus Y additional 18mm socket or whatever, could you provide links, so I don't have to figure out where, how much etc. on tools. I just want tools that work!
Okay, I'll bite. I may get verbally abused but here are my thoughts.

I don't think you can buy one or two tools and be done with it. Granted I don't think you need as many as I have to do BASIC maintenance or repairs. I also don't think you have to have all Snap-On, Matco or Proto but when you wrench for a living it is a little different, you really rely on your tools for your livelihood and don't have the time to run and grap a new one because it broke or quit on you.

A good basic Metric and even SAE wrench set and 3/8" socket set, along with basic screwdriver and plier set would be the first purchases. In addition you will need some TORX sockets as well, T25, T30 and T40 are I think the most common on the Jeeps.

Those will get you buy for most of what you have mentioned.

As far as quality, I would highly recommend staying away from Harbor Freight junk. I know a lot of people use them but their quality is so far below what else is available out there it really is not practical to waste the money on junk.

NAPA's brand of hand tools is manufactured by Danaher corporation and are very good quality for the price and they are warranteed for life. A cheap tool may seem like a great savings until the jaws open and you round the head off of that one bolt that is a PITA to get to and you just created a whole lot more work and frustration.

I know you mentioned links so you could buy online and have them shipped to you but I prefer to purchase my tools where I can fondle them a little before buying.

I have purchased a few specialty tools from the following websites though.

http://www.toolwarehouseinc.com/

http://www.ntxtools.com/

Just my .02 cents worth of opinion.

Mike.
07-03-2012 07:27 PM
Mansizedtarget Bump
06-29-2012 02:32 PM
Mansizedtarget This is a ton of information. I'd like to buy one or two things and be done with it if possible for things like changing oil, diff fluid, removing hard top, etc. Can anyone provide a few links to where to buy an affordable set of tools and the minimum required extras. So let's say I need tool set X plus Y additional 18mm socket or whatever, could you provide links, so I don't have to figure out where, how much etc. on tools. I just want tools that work!
05-06-2012 10:40 AM
beardown anyone have much experience using the co2 tank removing the hub nut? im in the market for an impact wrench to bring along with me on the trail! whats the minimum torque that i should look for? thanks
03-13-2012 07:30 PM
zmotorsports
Quote:
Originally Posted by southpaw75 View Post
What would be a basic set or wrenches or hex bits to have for a starter set?
Craftsman or NAPA both make great starter sets that are good quality and priced decent. Most starter sets do not include 18mm wrenches or sockets so check closely as Jeep really likes 18mm for suspension components.

Mike.
03-12-2012 08:51 PM
jppower T40 and T50 for doors and hard top
I'm going to cheat and use a small cordless and socket adapter for the drill
Metric socket set including the recommended sizes earlier in the thread
And a couple of screw drivers to move my drivers side fart detector
03-11-2012 01:08 PM
southpaw75 What would be a basic set or wrenches or hex bits to have for a starter set?
03-09-2012 08:56 AM
zmotorsports While I was washing her up last night I decided to take a few pictures of my tool bag.

Mike.

Here is a few items I keep in the under floor rear compartment, qt. oil, ATF, brake wash, jumper cables, tie-down strap, spare u-joint and pkg. of fuses.


Rear of Jeep.


Winch accessory bag, ARB tow strap, coolant and shop towels.


Contents of tool bag.


NAPA socket sets (1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"), SAE and Metric wrenches.


Screwdrivers and pliers are a mix match of various sizes/styles.


Almost forgot an important one, a 36MM socket for the front axle shaft nuts.
03-08-2012 09:31 PM
cocky grin Ducttape zip ties and wd40 can salve all the worlds problems
03-08-2012 09:26 PM
JIMBOX Heh Heh, yeah, but like I said it depends on how long my trip is gonna be and-


Quote:
Originally Posted by fireron View Post
JIMBOX, No wonder yer rig is so heavy. Anyone wheelin' in your area should have you on speed dial fer sure!!!
When you add roll cages/chainsaw/(2) winchs/tool/recovery Full boxes/ HiLift& acc/fluids--YUP it gets heavy--about 5200 lbs, not counting my wife and I !!

Still got plenty of power/mileage--(just thought I'd throw that in) !

JIMBO
03-08-2012 09:08 PM
fireron JIMBOX, No wonder yer rig is so heavy. Anyone wheelin' in your area should have you on speed dial fer sure!!!
03-08-2012 08:42 PM
JIMBOX Yeah, I mentioned earlier (?) I have some individual 10/21/22mm long sockets--just for the LCA/skids/track bars--


Quote:
Originally Posted by monkers View Post
nice setup Jimbox, I gotta get mine set up like that. I have some things, but not complete yet. Also, for everyone who has changed out their LCA and track bar bolts, throw in wrenches and sockets for them as they are standard not metric. The stock LCA and TB bolts are 21mm I think no? I also have a small selection of wire terminals, some short chunks of wire...lots of good info on this thread............gonna go back now and check out Jimboxs setup more closely......
The only reason I've gotta lotta mobile tools, is I've been doing this a long time-

I have several tool/recovery "Cache" combos that I use for the length of time and distance trips I make, when we go over to places like Rubicon/Fordyce/camping around Bowman/sawmill/Faucherie/White Rock lake, man, I take my trailer and LOTTA STUFF !

JIMBO
03-08-2012 08:38 PM
GoldenSahara00 I really like the 360ish piece tool kits from craftsmen, has nearly everything you need to work on your jeep both metric and SAE. I would also buy one good set of torx, or two, they are easy to twist off. I actually twisted 1/2 inch of the head off a lifetime warranty T45, guess I don't know my own strength

anyways, buy an extra driver of your choice and an extra collection of the common sockets to carry. Build your own kit as seen above. I have the basic tools with me that I need, but I wheel at a local place that I can be home and bring tools back VERY fast. I am putting together a much better kit for a trip coming up though.
03-08-2012 08:34 PM
monkers nice setup Jimbox, I gotta get mine set up like that. I have some things, but not complete yet. Also, for everyone who has changed out their LCA and track bar bolts, throw in wrenches and sockets for them as they are standard not metric. The stock LCA and TB bolts are 21mm I think no? I also have a small selection of wire terminals, some short chunks of wire...lots of good info on this thread............gonna go back now and check out Jimboxs setup more closely......
03-08-2012 08:28 PM
desertgoose
Quote:
Originally Posted by craymond
co2 tank? no keg?
Need a JKU like Jimbox to fit that. The price was right (free) and fills about 20 35" tires 0-35 psi per tank. Been filling bike tires and my 33's for 3 trips now, still got plenty left according to the regulator.
03-08-2012 08:13 PM
craymond co2 tank? no keg?
03-08-2012 07:52 PM
jppower Accessorizing a tool set is looking to get me in as much trouble as any mods for the Jeep itself lol
03-08-2012 04:51 PM
desertgoose My "tool bag" on left has been upsized to a medium sized gym bag.

Attachment 103239

Husky socket/wrench set, 18mm, 13/16 and 3/4 box end wrenches. (For Lca, tb, suspension)T40 torx bit with ratcheting t handle, 21mm and 35mm to pull axle. Not sure why I carry them as I don't carry a spare axle. 2 recovery straps, 3 flashlights, air hose for the co2 tank, mallet, spare hitch pin, a couple bright colored blankets, channel locks, wire ties, hose clamps, crescent wrench, utility knife, leatherman multi tool, and spare batteries for handheld GPS/flashlights.

Still have room in the bag.
03-08-2012 04:21 PM
zmotorsports
Quote:
Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
Zipties-far right and





Duct tape and 26" zipties in box-



JIMBO
Jimbo, that looks about like mine. I have a full set of 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" SAE and Metric sockets. Torx sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, two full sets of SAE and Metric wrenches (one good set and one inexpensive set), hammers/mallets, set of prybars, VOM, shop towels, as well as miscelaneous zip-ties, electrical connectors, assorted bolts/nuts, extra oil and coolant.

Then my tow bag which has a 30' ARB tow strap and all of my winch accessories (tree saver, snatch block, chain, etc.).

Basically all of the rear of the Jeep, probably why I had to get the Unlimited, for the extra room behind the seat and under the seats.

On a side note: I don't necessarily beleive in "cheap" tools in the Jeep. I prefer to buy quality tools but they don't have to be Snap-On, MAC, Proto or Matco in the Jeep. However, a cheap tool will round off a bolt or break and if in the shop it is bad enough, out on the trail it is disaster.

Just my opinion. I would suggest purchasing a good quality tool to carry with you in your Jeep. I don't care if I am working on mine or trying to help someone else on the trail, I want to use a quality tool.


Mike.
03-08-2012 03:08 PM
JIMBOX Don't forget the 21/22mm long sockets-

I just got mine from Lowes, cause they're close to my jeeps house in NorNv !

JIMBO
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