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Old 02-08-2020, 04:33 PM
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Hi fellow Jeepers,

Itís occurred to me that while we have a wide choice of suppliers for Jeep parts, there is no tool reseller that tailors exclusively to the need of our community. Yes, there are plenty of mechanical supply sites and big box stores, but one can struggle figuring out what tool to get, whoís got the best one, and how durable it is.

I am thinking of starting a business selling quality trail, repair and maintenance tools for Jeep enthusiasts. Not the cheap Made-in-China stuff you can find on e-Bay but quality tools you can rely on when something breaks on the trail. Tools recommended for Jeepers by Jeepers and professional mechanics.

Iíd like your opinion on what tool you think we should sell on our site; body, axle, trail repair, electrical, whatever. And any brand youíve had a good experience with and can recommend.

And of course, if we get this idea off the ground thereíll be discounts available for Wrangler Forum members!

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I recall seeing a post where someone had laid out a precise list of hand tools needed for the the Jeep. A curated toolkit of quality tools like that, with the option of a nice tool roll or bag would be nice.

I donít want to carry full sets of wrenches and sockets when I donít need all those sizes, and I donít want to split up my organized tools at home to have a bag for the trail.
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A trailbag of tools specific to jeeps torx,etorx, wrenches, sockets.

Check out Tekton, excellent warranty.
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A trailbag of tools specific to jeeps torx,etorx, wrenches, sockets.

Check out Tekton, excellent warranty.
Yes. I'm thinking of having prebuilt lists of tools your can choose for a specific situation; like "axle shaft replacement", "oil cooler replacement", "brake job" and so on.

Good call on Tekton, I have their torque wrench, good stuff.
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I use the same tools on jeeps, bmw, honda, boats, trucks, etc...
Jeep specific tools sounds silly to me... anyone who knows how to use tools already has tools...

I imagine that if you put an assortment in a clunky plastic box that somehow latches into the back of a jk or jl and call it an 'expedition' kit tho you can pretty much charge whatever you want from the 'buy anything orange' crowd... the box will need to double as something too... combine w a highlift jack, a shovel, and shackle mounts to be a 'trail workbench'... toss in a battery pack, some led's and dual usb ports and you could get $2500 for $50 worth of tools...
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Jeep specific tools sounds silly to me... anyone who knows how to use tools already has tools...
I don't think he meant Jeep specific tools...
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Yes. I'm thinking of having prebuilt lists of tools your can choose for a specific situation; like "axle shaft replacement", "oil cooler replacement", "brake job" and so on.

Good call on Tekton, I have their torque wrench, good stuff.
That is a brilliant idea - you could also link David Pikeís (MotorcityMechanic) youtube vids to each tool list.

I have some tekton tools - impressive with a great warranty.
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I usually use "OEM" tools, its the Autozone in house brand (aside from Duralast), used to be called PowerTools, and before that (showing my age I think.....) the tools were the "GreatNeck" brand...have had decient success my self.

Tools I typically use are as follows


3/4" impact (cordless electric)
1/2" impact (cordless electric)

Small "bit driver" (drill like device, also electric)
Right angle drives (can provide pictures if needed)
12" bit extension (dewalt brand from Home Depot)

My hands (no waranty on those)
my phone

OBDLinkMX (Older Android only unit)
OBDLinkMX+ (I think this is a revised unit that works with more devices besides just "Android only")

Computer (For looking up things as required)

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There are no "Jeep specific" tools, however as Jeepers we tend to use slightly less common tools than other car owners.

Until I owned a Jeep I never worried about carrying a 36mm socket; or needed to use a nutsert tool; or needed an external Torx socket.

Not that any of these is hard to find, it's (1) knowing you'll need them and (2) finding a good one not made of cheap Chinesium that's time consuming.
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A good sticky thread on uncommon tools we should have as Jeep owners and brand recommendations would be cool. I'm not sure there's a business to be had there though.
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A good sticky thread on uncommon tools we should have as Jeep owners and brand recommendations would be cool. I'm not sure there's a business to be had there though.
Maybe, maybe not. Iím testing the waters. I know enough about e-commerce, IT and logistics to make it happen if I decide to do it. 30 years in IT, manufacturing and management...
The key differentiator will be quality, made in USA whenever possible. Not Harbor Freight quality.
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@cdeslandes , why posted in TJ section?
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@cdeslandes , why posted in TJ section?
Arenít TJs Jeeps?

Iíd like to know what quality tools TJ owners like!
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Whatever you decide on, include a half dozen 10mm sockets.


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What customer base are you trying to sell to? Just my opinions.

1. A mall crawler who as someone else do their build probably won't really need/want a set of tools to carry around, except maybe a battery jumper.
2. Serious off-roader who does his own work, probably already has tools.
3. Occasional wheeler who does some of his own work probably has the basic tools needed and would have more if it was a priority.
4. Someone just getting into the Jeep life may be interested in this type of kit assuming that he doesn't already have tools.

Myself, I wheel almost every other weekend. I do all my own work except gears and internal motor and transmission work. Carry a bag of Kobolt tools. Box/open wrenches, ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers, vise-grip set, pliers, torx, etc.. At the house I keep a 110V electric 1/2" impact set, jack stands, torque wrench, etc.. I can't think of why I would buy any type of tool kit you are thinking.

Any specialized tools also require the special parts to go with it. For example: I broke a break line. If I had a flare kit, I would still need to carry the tubing and fittings to repair it. Tools to replace driveshafts or axles aren't needed unless you carry a drive shaft or axle with you. At the house, a specialty tool like an axle puller is rarely used and can be borrowed from the auto parts store.

If I had $1k or more, I wouldn't buy more tools, I would buy more Jeep parts. The one thing I am looking for is a better way to organize the tools I have. Don't want a toolbox with draws because it would be less portable, take up more space and the tools might bounce around and rattle. It is easy to carry the tool bag, but the tool needed is always on the bottom and pretty much have to take everything out to get to it.
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I can't think of why I would buy any type of tool kit you are thinking.
He never said anything about selling a kit. He wants to open an online store that has tools Jeep owners need and only carry brands with vetted quality.
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He never said anything about selling a kit. He wants to open an online store that has tools Jeep owners need and only carry brands with vetted quality.
I took it as a kit of tools or a specialty tool needed for working on a Jeep specifically. Otherwise just open a online tool store. Don't think it is much of a secret as to which brand tools hold up and which are crap.
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That’s a great idea! Maybe a small bucket of 10mm sockets in some hi-visibility color!
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Just be sure to add “overlander or expedition ready kit” on the tool bag.
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Just be sure to add ďoverlander or expedition ready kitĒ on the tool bag.

Yes, then you can charge 50x more!
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This is a great idea you can make a lot of money off suckers that dont know how to change their own oil. Just make sure it fits in an existing compartment and put a jeep logo on it. It will be so cute every JK/JL owner will buy one.

The tools dont even need to be made in the USA use the same suppler that makes sockets for Tekton/Harbor Freight. Then pay Americans to package them and you can put "assembled in America" with an american flag and fool everyone. Pretty standard recipe that works works well on facebook americans they will never know the difference anyways.
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Donít forget to label them ďTrail Ready.Ē
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Tool Kit for Jeeps?

Snap on is the only way to go if you want the best quality, especially when dealing with line wrenches and things that get crusty! Opened my first shop while in school up in Chicago and Iíll never forget trying to get the brake lines off a CJ that did plowing. I stripped one with a Craftsman line wrench, tried a MAC, & a Matco, same thing. Called my Snap On guy and he came over a few hours later & helped me remove all the rusted lines without anymore ruined fittings with Snap On wrenches. It even took off the rounded ones! 30 years later I have 9 full Snap On boxes that have followed me around the country. Kind of nice to be able to reach in and grab what you need without even looking so familiar. I keep two of the Jerry Can tool boxes mounted on my back bumper when wheelin, never know what carnage youíll see on the trail! My first Jeep was a CJ5 with a Chevy 327 in it and I crawled all over the SoCal desert with that beast!
I think your idea might grab some newbies, but itís an awful thin vertical to launch a business on...
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Snap on is the only way to go if you want the best quality
I heard snap on is made in China now, has that affected their quality?
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I heard snap on is made in China now, has that affected their quality?

Could you provide a reference for that statement?
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Could you provide a reference for that statement?
It looks like most of their hand tools are still made in the USA, it's their other tools like cordless drills that are made in China.

https://allamericanreviews.com/snap-on-tools/
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I think most all cordless tools are made in China. The one exception I found was Bosch corded products (grinder, jack hammer). As far as hand tools, I have predominantly Snap On, most I buy used on eBay. But I also buy some new, and they all have a USA logo on them.

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