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10-29-2011 12:03 PM
shipjim I threw in a pick axe which slides on the handle and can also be used as a pry bar. Regulear recovery stuff, jacks, air, power inverter to charge phones etc, (not that phone are much good if you're really in the boonies) portable drill with 2 batteries, regular socket sets, hand tools, pipe wrench,crescent wrench etc.
I don't do mudding but have had occasion to hit some big rocks underneath which caused some minor stearing concerns. Of course, brake fluid, power steering fluid and oil. Oh yeah, two jerry cans of gas.
10-28-2011 08:18 PM
Beastmaster
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Originally Posted by geiman View Post
We make it a point to never ever use a strap like that with metal hooks on the end. A good recovery strap with D-Rings are what we usually use.
Good point.
I just pulled the pics off the internet but I've never had a problem with hooks as long as they have safety latches (sry, I didn't take a close look @ the pic. before I posted it)
10-27-2011 11:22 AM
tchman46 Good list
10-27-2011 09:43 AM
geiman
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Originally Posted by Beastmaster View Post
We make it a point to never ever use a strap like that with metal hooks on the end. A good recovery strap with D-Rings are what we usually use.
10-26-2011 08:21 PM
Beastmaster
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Hi-Lift Jack
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Tow Strap
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Duct Tape
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Spool of wire
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Good Hammer
  • Did I mention a Leatherman tool would be a good idea (LOL)
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10-26-2011 06:58 PM
MikalCarbine
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Originally Posted by necromancer_tat
This thread kinda turned into a what tools do you carry in your Jeep thread, or a what's the maximum amount of tools you can carry in a Jeep thread...

There has been some good advice, but what I originally intended was weight savings, what tool would be need for what repair on the trail..

A few examples:

36mm socket for the spindle/ axle nut on the front unit bearing.
33mm socket for the pitman arm nut on the steering gear box.

^^^ there would be no need to carry a 30mm through 40mm set of sockets for those repairs, just those 2 sizes, thus resulting in more room, and less weight.

1/2" and 13mm wrench, socket, or both for the brake caliper bolts, and the unit bearing bolts.

5/8" wrench or socket for the gear box bolts.

3/4" wrench or socket for the tie rod end castle nuts...

t55 for the bumper bolts.

t50 for the trackbar bolt and various others.

Tire plug and patch kit.

High lift and bottle jack.

Shovel, and ax.

Ratchet straps and tow straps.

D rings and other recovery gear.

The weight of everything quickly adds up, and while it would be nice to carry every possible size wrench, socket, scewdriver, some air tools, and a huge toolbox, I would also like to carry extra fuel, food, camping gear, a passenger, extra clothes, water, a cooler or two, a first aid kit, etc... so space is at a premium.

I'm not knocking anyone, I'm just trying to clarify what I'm trying to accomplish.
Very well stated
10-26-2011 06:58 PM
mrhog and some type of jack... wether its a bottle of jack, a bottle jack, or a hi lift
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10-26-2011 06:51 PM
camtron3712
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Originally Posted by That99SaharaGuy View Post
Duct tape... period
Dont forget the Zip-ties!
10-26-2011 06:44 PM
necromancer_tat This thread kinda turned into a what tools do you carry in your Jeep thread, or a what's the maximum amount of tools you can carry in a Jeep thread...

There has been some good advice, but what I originally intended was weight savings, what tool would be need for what repair on the trail..

A few examples:

36mm socket for the spindle/ axle nut on the front unit bearing.
33mm socket for the pitman arm nut on the steering gear box.

^^^ there would be no need to carry a 30mm through 40mm set of sockets for those repairs, just those 2 sizes, thus resulting in more room, and less weight.

1/2" and 13mm wrench, socket, or both for the brake caliper bolts, and the unit bearing bolts.

5/8" wrench or socket for the gear box bolts.

3/4" wrench or socket for the tie rod end castle nuts...

t55 for the bumper bolts.

t50 for the trackbar bolt and various others.

Tire plug and patch kit.

High lift and bottle jack.

Shovel, and ax.

Ratchet straps and tow straps.

D rings and other recovery gear.

The weight of everything quickly adds up, and while it would be nice to carry every possible size wrench, socket, scewdriver, some air tools, and a huge toolbox, I would also like to carry extra fuel, food, camping gear, a passenger, extra clothes, water, a cooler or two, a first aid kit, etc... so space is at a premium.

I'm not knocking anyone, I'm just trying to clarify what I'm trying to accomplish.
10-26-2011 06:12 PM
Colo-TJ I have a 150 pc Craftsman "mechanic" tool set that comes in its own nice little compact case. it has everything that I would probaly need for trail repairs and fits very nicely on the floor behind the rear seat. It stays in my Jeep at all times. also a shovel (foldable military type) Fire Ext., and a tow strap just in case I can't fix it as well a good jack the fits your vehicle. other than that it is seasonal, or expedition related. now thats what I have and has always worked for me. you might find some other stuff that works for you as well
10-26-2011 05:13 PM
Splnkr This is perhaps my most important tool, and I carry it whenever I jeep.....



Keeping an eye on it can negate the needed use of many of the other tools I carry in my rig!
10-26-2011 04:05 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by Moroney167 View Post
Figure to ad mine in and keep going w thread. Girlfriend seems to do pretty good an surprised me with this kit an a few plier sets and crescent wrenches. Little big but leaves me ton of room to add to it and keep other stuff on top. There's a lot of 1/4" but doesn't hurt to have being I'm not just carrying tools to work on jeep but whatever I'm around out on road, bikes, snowmobiles. I'm damn pumped! Just need to get a big hammer and that's it. Select bigger wrenches and crap.

Was only 220 at sears all pieces and box. And she got me a torq kit that has 55 in it which was cool. Box fits PERFECT w seat up an door shut so won't wiggle around.

Here's few pics how I have it now. Plenty to add to it.
Very nice! I need a girlfriend like yours!
10-26-2011 12:48 PM
Jerry Bransford I carry a lot of tools but there always seems to be those times when you still don't have what you need. I needed a cold chisel a few trips ago which of course I didn't have with me. I discovered not many offroaders carry a cold chisel that day.
10-26-2011 12:33 PM
Moroney167 Figure to ad mine in and keep going w thread. Girlfriend seems to do pretty good an surprised me with this kit an a few plier sets and crescent wrenches. Little big but leaves me ton of room to add to it and keep other stuff on top. There's a lot of 1/4" but doesn't hurt to have being I'm not just carrying tools to work on jeep but whatever I'm around out on road, bikes, snowmobiles. I'm damn pumped! Just need to get a big hammer and that's it. Select bigger wrenches and crap.

Was only 220 at sears all pieces and box. And she got me a torq kit that has 55 in it which was cool. Box fits PERFECT w seat up an door shut so won't wiggle around.

Here's few pics how I have it now. Plenty to add to it.
09-25-2011 09:56 PM
Lee311 Sat phone and credit card. Its a plus to have a friend with access to a helicopter. Seriously most important thing IMO is people who know where u are and when u should be back. Life is a team sport. Ooo forgot the beer cooler
09-05-2011 08:42 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Ha yeah, that is one of my essentials I forgot to mention above. Keep some TP in your Jeep, you'll need it sooner or later!

I was on a very remote part of an island (Catalina) off the SOCAL coast preparing for a scuba dive when the call of nature suddenly hit me with a vengence. With no time to waste, I felt lucky to spot an old Tide soapbox laying on the ground to tear up to use. Using the unprinted side was a mistake, it had a Tide detergent soap residue on it. Yeouch!!! My next fast move was a dive into the water to get the powdered detergent off my backend.

Lmao!!!! That's an awesome story!!!! I think you just won post of the day!

I already carry a custom made first aid kit, and a "bug out bag" with me any time I go off road, here are a couple of links to both of them...

Bug out bag: Coleman Max Elate 65L backpack review - KMA Off Road Forums

First aid kit: Voodoo Tactical first aid bag review. - KMA Off Road Forums
09-05-2011 07:57 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Shelby427 View Post
TOILET PAPER!!! you will thank me sometime.
Ha yeah, that is one of my essentials I forgot to mention above. Keep some TP in your Jeep, you'll need it sooner or later!

I was on a very remote part of an island (Catalina) off the SOCAL coast preparing for a scuba dive when the call of nature suddenly hit me with a vengence. With no time to waste, I felt lucky to spot an old Tide soapbox laying on the ground to tear up to use. Using the unprinted side was a mistake, it had a Tide detergent soap residue on it. Yeouch!!! My next fast move was a dive into the water to get the powdered detergent off my backend.
09-05-2011 07:37 PM
Shelby427 Eliminate the need for the Torx bolt on the track bar, replace it with a grade 8 regular bolt.
(thanks Jerry!)

TOILET PAPER!!! you will thank me sometime.

And a first aid kit!
09-05-2011 05:16 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 View Post
i just added this junkyard beauty to my tool kit -



Land Rover bottle jack, lifts 16" high cost: $6
Oooooooh, I likey! :drools:
09-05-2011 03:38 PM
UnlimitedLJ04 i just added this junkyard beauty to my tool kit -



Land Rover bottle jack, lifts 16" high cost: $6
09-05-2011 03:08 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by jgorm View Post
This is my starter kit. It has more junk in it now. I have another bag with a fire extinguisher, winch stuff, straps, air pumps, etc.



This was the kit in my last jeep before it was stolen.
I like the small Husky set in the above right of your first pic, looks nice and simple without having 300 screwdriver bits and a bunch of loose allen keys so it can claim it's "200 pieces"... The needle nose, channel locks, and folding hex key sets seem like good additions, and the mini hack saw is pretty neat too

+1 on the beer! Always makes wrenching more fun!
09-05-2011 03:04 PM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by Black Magic Brakes View Post
That's the two most common sizes of lug nuts plus the 13/16's will fit the head of most lower control arm bolts and you can get the pipe wrench on the nut.

In our normal rigs, we always carry one of the small folding lug wrenches beside the driver's seat. Many a time on the trail I grab that and have a tire off before the owner can hook up his whiz bang air power impact or find his fancy high dollar lug wrench.
I've seen those folding 4 ways in the auto parts stores, they always looked kinda flimsy to me... Ever had one break on you?
09-05-2011 12:08 PM
jgorm This is my starter kit. It has more junk in it now. I have another bag with a fire extinguisher, winch stuff, straps, air pumps, etc.



This was the kit in my last jeep before it was stolen.
09-05-2011 11:33 AM
NHWRANGLER deep pockets, and long arms. $$
09-05-2011 11:10 AM
Black Magic Brakes
Quote:
Originally Posted by necromancer_tat View Post
I can see where a large prybar would come in handy on the trail, as well as the pipe wrench. I know what the 13mm 12 points are used for, but what would the 3/4 inch and 13/16 sockets be used for?
That's the two most common sizes of lug nuts plus the 13/16's will fit the head of most lower control arm bolts and you can get the pipe wrench on the nut.

In our normal rigs, we always carry one of the small folding lug wrenches beside the driver's seat. Many a time on the trail I grab that and have a tire off before the owner can hook up his whiz bang air power impact or find his fancy high dollar lug wrench.
09-05-2011 04:57 AM
necromancer_tat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Black Magic Brakes View Post
There are a few things I consider mandatory besides a lot of the stuff already listed.

Large quality 24" or larger prybar.
18" high quality aluminum pipe wrench.
3 lb shop hammer with an unbreakable handle.
Ratcheting breaker bar in 1/2" drive with a 13mm 12 point socket.
1- 8" 1/2" extension for same.
1- 3/4" deep socket 1/2" drive
1- 13/16" deep socket 1/2" drive
1- 13mm ratchet wrench.

The 1/2" drive stuff will get 99% of the tires off of rigs and the unitbearings out of the knuckles. I don't carry a 36mm socket because I've only ever needed it one time and Mr. Bransford had the wrong spare axle with him.
I can see where a large prybar would come in handy on the trail, as well as the pipe wrench. I know what the 13mm 12 points are used for, but what would the 3/4 inch and 13/16 sockets be used for?
09-05-2011 04:54 AM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by PeteH View Post
A two-foot piece of 2x6 to put under the jack on soft ground.

BTW, with all the talk of LED flashlights -- if ever you have one that doesn't work, pop out the battery carrier and "roll" the batteries a little bit... the things are very sensitive to any oxidation on the battery contacts, and it probably will come back on again.

BTW2, also on LED flashlights, those "twofer-pack" ones at Horror Fright are not the most reliable. I've got three or four of them that've gone belly-up for no apparent reason. You can get LED versions of Mag-Lites that probably will be more durable/reliable.
Good advice about the 2x6, and the flashlight battery fix as well. I've never had any problems with my LED flashlights, but I'll keep the battery spinning idea in mine if I do
09-05-2011 04:52 AM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by TJe0454 View Post
a cell phone/cb to call out to a friend in case of emergency!
I agree on both of these, both have saved my butt countless times!
09-05-2011 04:52 AM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by WRX PELICAN View Post
jack, tow strap, chain, socket set, screwdrivers, and shovel
Chain or chains is a great trail tool, If you had to choose to only carry a few sockets instead of an entire selection which ones would you carry?
09-05-2011 04:50 AM
necromancer_tat
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 View Post
carry the tools you have the ability to use, for the skills you have at repairing your junk - proportional to the terrain & distance you'll be traveling. a AAA card is pretty important too.
Will triple A come out on a remote trail to rescue you? I'm just curious because that would be really cool, lol
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