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Old February 15th, 2011, 10:27
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common tools for the trail??

Hey
Is there a list some where of the most common tools needed to take on the trail.
Mostly wrenches and sockets is what I am looking for.
I had a list some where but my computer crashed and I lost it.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 13:05
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Re: common tools for the trail??

I ran across a guy with a comprehensive list of tools and equipment under the "Share pictures your rear cargo area" thread. Navigate to page 6 and you'll see photos and detailed lists. Must have been $5k worth of parts and tools. Give it a look.

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Old February 15th, 2011, 13:12
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Lessee.... Mostly metric fasteners, with the occasional SAE thrown in to just irritate the owners.

36mm socket for the front axle nut.
12pt 13mm socket for the front hub bolts.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 13:15
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Re: common tools for the trail??

A Big Hammer to get the hub out after pulling those bolts. I'd suggest the power steering method but I wouldn't want to try using that while supporting the jeep with a hi-lift on the trail.

I came up with a fairly (I think) complete list once upon a time, not sure where I posted it. It's basically just my whole tool collection tossed in a carrying case along with enough spare parts to rebuild most of the drivetrain and suspension.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 13:19
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Re: common tools for the trail??

36MM socket for the front hub nut
12pt 13mm socket for the hub bolts
Spare hub bolts to beat the hub out.

7mm allen socket for the caliper slide pins if you have AMC era brakes

15MM deep well, you need this to change an alternator in the campground.

other than that, just your average assortment of wrenches and common sockets. Most everything is 12,13,14 MM or the SAE 7/16, 1/2, 9/16 equivalent. U bolt straps are 5/16
Torx sockets for the random Torx screws under the hood/doors.

spare fluids
spare filters

fluid spill cleanup kit.

I used to carry probably 200 lbs of tools, now I pretty much carry just the basic wrench set and 3/8 socket set, with the exception of special tools I know I'll need to change axle shafts or some such.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 13:25
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Re: common tools for the trail??

oh yeah, get a sheet (9x12 or so is fine) of 6mil painters plastic at home depot. It makes lying in a streambed fixing something under your jeep a hell of a lot less displeasing.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 14:33
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Thanks
I tend to carry to much and would like to narrow it down some. Of course then there is the time you need it and dont have it so I am trying to get together with the guys I wheel with and work together so we dont have so many of the same things.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 14:39
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Re: common tools for the trail??

I like cardboard, also a good pair of medium sized channel locks and needle nose, also some of that magical fix it tape for hoses is a good idea. Big pry bars for tire seating.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 15:28
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Re: common tools for the trail??

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I tend to carry to much and would like to narrow it down some. Of course then there is the time you need it and dont have it so I am trying to get together with the guys I wheel with and work together so we dont have so many of the same things.
Me too, I carry at least 140lbs of tools and 150lbs of spare parts. I'm in the process of narrowing it down some right now to reduce weight on the Jeep.
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Re: common tools for the trail??

a good (complete) set of sockets, metric and standard, 6pt and 12pt, shallow and deep, 3/8" drive [a typical 100+ piece set will have all of these and more]
36mm hub socket w/ 1/2" breaker bar
screwdrivers (phillips and straight)
allen wrench set
hammer
PB blaster
duct tape
knife
spare fluids (oil, coolant, tranny)
adjustable crescent wrench
pliers (standard, needle nose, channel lock)
vise grips
bungie cords / rope / baling twine
portable air compressor / tire inflater
air pressure gauge
jumper cables
work gloves (eg. mechanix)
flashlight
spare fuses
a roll of electrical wire
electrical tape
tow strap
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Old February 15th, 2011, 17:15
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Re: common tools for the trail??

costco has a cresent tool kit with folding case for $100 that is pretty complete, 1/4 3/8 1/2 drive, deep sockets, wrench set, everything is in metric and standard etc., just need to throw a bfh and a couple odds and ends under the seat and you're good to go. the case fits perfectly behind the passenger seat on the floor too. the kit is probably 40ish pounds total
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Old February 15th, 2011, 20:36
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Re: common tools for the trail??

Here is a list of what I carry;
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
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Old February 15th, 2011, 20:45
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Re: common tools for the trail??

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Hey
Is there a list some where of the most common tools needed to take on the trail.
Really??

Take ALL your Jeep tools or take none, you'll ALWAYS be missing a crucial T-40 torx or even a 1/2" socket.

Oh, and take a AAA Plus card...they won't go off road but they will go on a 12 mile dirt/gravel road...ask me how I know.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 11:34
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Re: common tools for the trail??

most important tool is a cell phone and charger. in any circumstance you can call for help. if you cant fix the heep, call someone who can. call someone to post online that you need help. call someone that can give you a ride home to get the big truck and trailer. yep, a cell phone. a GPS is a great thing to have also. even a cheap one that can give you your location.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 18:35
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most important tool is a cell phone and charger. in any circumstance you can call for help. if you cant fix the heep, call someone who can. call someone to post online that you need help. call someone that can give you a ride home to get the big truck and trailer. yep, a cell phone. a GPS is a great thing to have also. even a cheap one that can give you your location.
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
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