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Old 01-24-2020, 12:05 AM
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My question is what compressor, tire air down ,
D-rings , tow straps is everyone running without breaking the bank?

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Get something that connects to the battery terminal. Anything that plugs into the lighter won’t last.

Even then, I burned through several of them. Ended up with this one: https://www.quadratec.com/products/92044_0008_07.htm


Airs up a 35-inch tire from 15 to 35 PSI in less than 4 minutes.

PS - Smittybilt has a nearly identical air compressor but has different air hose fittings that will break after 1 year. The catch is the fittings are a custom size so you won’t be able to just replace them. When I went back to Smittybilt, their response was that the warranty was up and that I had to buy a new compressor. I went a bought the above from Quadratec instead. Three years later, the air fittings are still in good shape.
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I have a Viair 88p air pump that I paid $65 for and it works very well. I paid about $15 each for several Smittybilt shackles and around $100 for several recovery straps - a couple 8’ and a couple 30’. I keep a spade shovel in the back along with some odds and ends of tools.

I just added a Warn winch for about another $1k. I planned to add one but waited one day too long and had to get pulled out.

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Thanks for the replies, I just had total knee replacement so this will give me something to read up on.
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Old 01-28-2020, 07:12 AM   #5
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Smittybuilt air compressor (exactly like what is pictured above), Poly Performance CO2 tank (backup air supply for tires and air tools), TrailHead deflators, hardware store D-rings, Harbor Freight tow and tree straps.
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What is everyones take on jacks? Is HiLift the way to go and can you use them on factory steel Mopar bumpers? Also, thoughts on bottle jacks?
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I use this ARB compressor. I wanted something portable so i can use it on multiple vehicles. I have Staun deflaters that work perfectly. For tire swaps i have a 60" Hi-Lift.

For recovery i have a Warn Zeon 10S Winch, Warn snatch block, Bubba Rope 30' recovery rope, Bubba Rope soft shackles and a Bubba Rope 10' tree saver.

I also keep a small shovel, a flashlight and a pair of gloves in the Jeep because you never know.
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I use via air but the pictured one posted earlier is interesting, yes you want a battery hookup compressor. For airing down i use a valve stem removal tool and just count down and put stem back in. A 20’ 2” strap without hooks is plenty strong. Rather than drings go with soft shackles but you should not need them if your Jeep has tow hooks. Of course the other vehicle needs hooks too. I am not a fan of hilift jacks, a second Jeep and a strap should be good enough.
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I bought the Viair 45043 back in 2014. I have used it a ton on my own Jeep and to help others. Great product but not cheap.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bottle jack that I like:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Spoiled I guess but I love these Staun air downs:

https://www.amazon.com/Staun-Automat.../dp/B00QBPBLWY

I also have this knife right on my roll cage above my head on the drivers side just in case.

https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Grylls.../dp/B003R0LSMO
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I have not seen this before. That is a nice looking bottle jack.
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Get something that connects to the battery terminal. Anything that plugs into the lighter won’t last.

Even then, I burned through several of them. Ended up with this one: https://www.quadratec.com/products/92044_0008_07.htm


Airs up a 35-inch tire from 15 to 35 PSI in less than 4 minutes.

PS - Smittybilt has a nearly identical air compressor but has different air hose fittings that will break after 1 year. The catch is the fittings are a custom size so you won’t be able to just replace them. When I went back to Smittybilt, their response was that the warranty was up and that I had to buy a new compressor. I went a bought the above from Quadratec instead. Three years later, the air fittings are still in good shape.
I have the same one with a different wrapper. I got mine from Pep Boys and is called Tsunami. I got it as there was a coupon for buying online and I picked it up at my local store. I think it wound up being $45, I have had this one for about 3 years also.
I regularly carry a towel, blanket, 30' strap, generic D-ring, gloves, various tie downs, 1st aid kit (most important). I have a small duffel bag I throw in with a hat, rain gear, spare shoes and socks. I also throw in a small utility folding shovel. It wouldn't hurt to put together a small electrical repair kit with a roll of wire, tape, connectors and crimpers as you don't have to be on a tough trail to get something snagged by a branch.
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I have the same one with a different wrapper. I got mine from Pep Boys and is called Tsunami. I got it as there was a coupon for buying online and I picked it up at my local store. I think it wound up being $45, I have had this one for about 3 years also.
I regularly carry a towel, blanket, 30' strap, generic D-ring, gloves, various tie downs, 1st aid kit (most important). I have a small duffel bag I throw in with a hat, rain gear, spare shoes and socks. I also throw in a small utility folding shovel. It wouldn't hurt to put together a small electrical repair kit with a roll of wire, tape, connectors and crimpers as you don't have to be on a tough trail to get something snagged by a branch.
Thank you for the ideas and list, I ended up ordering the smittybilt compressor. I had planned on ordering the ARB but decided to hold off on that until I become more seasoned. One question I have is soft D-rings and how strong are the tow hooks on the stock steel bumper?

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