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Old February 17th, 2011, 08:51
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Re: common tools for the trail??

The only tool I bring is xjtrailrider.

ba da bing.

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Old February 17th, 2011, 09:50
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Not where I wheel! No cell service, too far out in the stix. 2-meter for help, CB for Jeep-to-Jeep communications

You have to be on mountain tops to even consider a bar or 2
Same here, I have been out of cellphone range for 3 days before. Ham would be the only way to get help.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 11:03
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Re: common tools for the trail??

and no one yet has mentioned safety wire and ratchet straps. Both are useful when things that are supposed to be attached aren't anymore.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 12:43
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Not where I wheel! No cell service, too far out in the stix. 2-meter for help, CB for Jeep-to-Jeep communications

You have to be on mountain tops to even consider a bar or 2
Totally agreed. And, if you're going to have a ham rig of some sort in the Jeep, keeping a repeater guide for the area that you're travelling in handy would be a very good idea. Most decent radios will let you scan through whatever bands they may cover, but that's only useful if someone happens to be talking on the repeater at the time you happen to be scanning; same applies to PL tone scan.

If you're going to rely on your radio (ham, CB, or otherwise) as oh-s*** communication, as others have said you'll also want a GPS unit. Telling someone "I'm about x number of miles up Buttcrack Hollows trail" isn't necessarily going to get help straight to you - but giving latitude and longitude will. Consider that if you're really out in the back end of nowhere a helicopter may be sent out to spot you and guide people on the ground to your location, so accuracy counts for a lot.

One thing I've been doing for the last couple of years is keeping a copy of the repeater guide and the US Army Field Survival Guide on my phone as a backup to print. There are obvious downsides to this (battery goes out or the phone breaks, you're SOL), but it's at least one way to have the information to hand.

Back to the original question for a moment, though: one thing I haven't yet seen mentioned are the classic axe/hatchet and shovel combination. They may not be tools for working directly on the Jeep itself (until frustration sets in, anyway), but if you're running a D35 and find yourself suddenly needing to keep the wheel against the axle tube, that axe can be worth its weight in gold. Ditto ratchet straps - used them on three occasions to keep snapped leaf springs together enough to get the vehicle off the trail.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 15:49
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The only tool I bring is xjtrailrider.

ba da bing.
Oh Man that hurts
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Old February 17th, 2011, 15:50
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Not where I wheel! No cell service, too far out in the stix. 2-meter for help, CB for Jeep-to-Jeep communications

You have to be on mountain tops to even consider a bar or 2
I say this and I have yet to get my novice tech license. I have to move that up my "to do" list!
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Old February 17th, 2011, 15:58
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I say this and I have yet to get my novice tech license. I have to move that up my "to do" list!
I believe the Novice licence has now gone by the wayside - Technician is the entry-level class. No Morse requirement anymore, either.

Google the online practice tests - a few runs through them and a little reading-up and you'll be good to go.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 16:02
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Tech is in fact the entry level license class these days. It's not that tough to pass... at least as an electrical engineer.

My feeling on the matter is to bring a 2 meter or 6 meter ham rig even if you are not licensed. Don't use it unless you really get into trouble, if you do get into trouble, remember that distress calls are permitted on any and all frequencies at your disposal. It's better to be alive and explaining your actions to the FCC (as long as you do not use crude language or cause interference and use it only for getting yourself rescued they probably won't do anything mean to you) than it is to be dead, but in full compliance with the law.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 20:15
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Oh Man that hurts
Sometimes I can't help myself.

Anyway I carry a a full compliment of sockets in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2".

Open and box end wrenches and gear wrench's in all sizes. A hammer.

Various diagnostics. Multimeter.

I carry about 70 obs of tools.

Spare rear drive shaft and axle shafts.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 23:43
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Some of you guys carry more tools than I own.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 08:19
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Re: common tools for the trail??

That's because somebody has needed pretty much off of them at some point.
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That's because somebody has needed pretty much off of them at some point.
Ya, I pretty much take everything in my box with me... I even have a handful of custom made tools for hard to get to parts...
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Old February 18th, 2012, 20:32
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Here is what I carry and where I carry it. And yes it all fits in three 8 gallon rubbermaid containers. Some of it goes under where the rear seat use to be. Everything is strapped down tightly to eye bolts bolted through the floor and re-enforced with steel plate. I use medium 1"/good quality ratchet straps. Nothing moves around on the trail

Center console
Mini Mag Lite and extra batteries
Tire Gauge
Bug spray, sun-block
Spare Fuses
Swiss Army Knife
Staun tire deflaters

In door pouch
2 Ponchos

Recovery, stored in the right rear fender area

2 pieces of Plywood 12”x12”, for jacking in the mud/sand

2 10” long 2x4's
Folding Shovel
3"x6' Tree Saver Strap
3"x30' Snatch Strap
Gloves
Assorted D-Rings

Tool s (in a 8 gal Action Packer)
BFH
C-clamp
1/2" Drive Socket Wrench
1/2" Drive 15-22mm, 24mm, 32mm, 36mm Sockets
1/2" Drive 3/8"-1" , 1 1/8”, 1 1/4” Sockets
1/4" Extensions
” drive socket wrench
1/4" Drive 7-10mm Deep Sockets
1/4" Drive 1/4"-5/16" Deep Sockets
7-23mm Combination Wrenches
1/4"-1" Combination Wrenches
Hack Saw w/extra blades
Large torx 40, 45, 50 Sockets
Spark Plug Socket w/swivel
Pliers
Channel locks
Medium size pipe wrench
Needle Nose Pliers
Vise Grips(small, large and needle nose)
EMT Sheers
Side cutters/dykes
Adjustable Wrench
1/2" Drive Breaker Bar
1/2" Drive Extensions
1/2" Drive to 3/8" Socket Adapter
” drive swivel
3/8" Drive 10-14mm Deep Sockets
3/8" Drive 3/8"-5/8" Deep Sockets
3/8" Drive Socket Wrench
3/8" Drive 12 point 8-19mm Sockets
3/8" Drive 3/8"-3/4" Sockets
3/8" Drive Extensions assorted(you will need enough to put together to reach the CPS)
3/8" Drive to 1/4" Socket Adapter
3/8" Drive to 1/2" Socket Adapter
3/8” drive swivel
1/4" Drive to 3/8" Socket Adapter
Tubing cutter and flare tool and flare fittings
10mm-19mm swivel sockets
6 pt 8 mm box wrench, 12 pt 8 mm socket
Small prybar
Punches, chisels and alignment pins
Channel locks, large/small
Feeler gauge
DVohm meter
Test light
Wire crimpers and assorted connectors/extra wire
OBD2 scan tool
Metric Allen Keys
SAE Allen Keys
1/4” drive swivel
Flathead Screwdrivers
Phillips Screwdrivers
Torx Screwdrivers
Jumper Cables
D-Cell Mag Lite and extra batteries


In left rear cargo area
Fire Extinguisher
10 ton Bottle Jack
CO2 tank
ARB Compressor and hose


FLUIDS (in 8 gal Action Packer)
4 Qts. of Oil
4 Qts. of ATF
1 Gallon Potable Water
Screw on pour spout
WD-40/PB blaster
Fix-a-Flat
Brake fluid

Spare parts (under rear seat and in rear floorboard) or in 3rd action packer

Spare U-Bolts
1 Spare C8.25 29 spline Axle Shaft
1 Spare Tie Rod w/ TRE's
Broom handle to push out broken shafts
Spare F/R yokes
Spare Driveshaft U-joint
Spare Nuts and Bolts
1 Spare XJ front drive shaft(can be used front or rear with my SYE)
1 Spare Serpentine Belt
1 Spare Fuel Pump
1 Spare IAC
1 Spare CPS
Spare relays and fuses
2’ of 10,12,14,16 gauge wire
Electrical tape
Haynes Jeep Cherokee Repair Manual
Small Grease Gun
Duct Tape
Spare Valve Stems
Tire Repair Kit
Garbage Bags
Vaccum Line Repair Kit
Hose Repair Kit
Spare U-joint Straps
Spare Lug Nuts
2 Spare Leaf Center Pins
Assorted Spare Hose Clamps
1 Spare Diff. Plug
1 Spare U-joint C-clips
Spare Snap Rings
Right Stuff sealant
JB Weld
Spare unit bearing mounting bolts and cotterpins
3’ of 3/8” tranny cooler hose
2’ of ” heater hose
2’ of 5/8” heater hose
2’ of 5/16” FI hose
2’ of 3/8” FI hose
Hose mending fittings of all sizes
Zip Ties
Towel
8’x10’ tarp/4 spikes
First aid kit
Spare Tire in rear floorboard held down with the hilift and straps

Small resealable drain pan, 8 quart
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Old February 18th, 2012, 20:49
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Re: common tools for the trail??

i dont see why peaple take the 36mm socket for the axle nut, just have a hub already installed on the shaft then you will just need a 1/2 or 13mm 12pt socket

in my last jeep that had a hp30/8.25 combo on 33's

i had
spare set of d30 shafts
1 8.25 shaft
1/2 breaker bar
1/2 to 3/8 adapter
1/2 12pt socket
3/4 socket
5/16 racheting wrench
big hammer
stock bottle jack

basicly mimimal shit to change a axle or driveshaft, jeep did so much better without all the wieght and alot safer
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Old February 18th, 2012, 20:53
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Re: common tools for the trail??

current jeep is a trailer queen on 60's

i just have a small bag that carries
sockets for the lug nuts, rear shaft bolts, frt spindle nut
couple of screw drivers
vice grips
adjustable wrench
spare 1310 ujoint
zip ties
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