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post #1 of 34 Old 03-28-2015, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Tools for the trail

Hey guys i remember seeing a thread, which I'm sure was on this site, that had a list of tools to take on the trail for common problems/fixes. It was dedicated just to yjs. The list would list what tools where used for specific jobs. Im sure it was this sight but maybe it was a different one. Anybody know what I'm looking for or have a link?

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post #2 of 34 Old 03-28-2015, 02:26 PM
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Look through this thread. Some guys have quite comprehensive lists. Pick and choose from them to suit your needs.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/w...r-jeep-362456/
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wow lots of stuff in there. bookmarked! it wasn't the exact one was looking for must have been on a different form
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Do yourself a favor and walk around the jeep. Point to a failure point and pack the tools and spares to replace that part. When you stick your wrenches up there to size them up, give the replacing scenario a run through. Remove the driveshaft or axle shaft or whatever it is so you can become familiar with the process. It's easiest to practice in the garage to be ready for the trail. It's fun to stay indoors and not be wet when you figure out what you need to do when the time may not be ideal. This also gives you an opportune time to do some inspecting of other components and GREASE YOUR JEEP!!!

Experience is the best tool to pack.

Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says "Give me your best shot. I can take it."

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Do yourself a favor and walk around the jeep. Point to a failure point and pack the tools and spares to replace that part. When you stick your wrenches up there to size them up, give the replacing scenario a run through. Remove the driveshaft or axle shaft or whatever it is so you can become familiar with the process. It's easiest to practice in the garage to be ready for the trail. It's fun to stay indoors and not be wet when you figure out what you need to do when the time may not be ideal. This also gives you an opportune time to do some inspecting of other components and GREASE YOUR JEEP!!!

Experience is the best tool to pack.

Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says "Give me your best shot. I can take it."

What he said. I know plenty of guys that carry every tool they own but if something breaks they don't have a part, the knowledge or proper tool to fix it.

Look for things that will stop you dead; hole in the gas tank, broken axle, water pump, belt, hose, hole in the oil pan, broken tie rod end, u joint, etc. Then make sure you have what it takes to fix it or at least get it home.

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What he said. I know plenty of guys that carry every tool they own but if something breaks they don't have a part, the knowledge or proper tool to fix it.

Look for things that will stop you dead; hole in the gas tank, broken axle, water pump, belt, hose, hole in the oil pan, broken tie rod end, u joint, etc. Then make sure you have what it takes to fix it or at least get it home.
This is the truth - spares are just as important as tools, and take up a bunch more room. Figuring out what spares you can reasonably carry is much more difficult...
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and to re enforce what was already stated, the best trail fixes start before leaving home. Replace your belts, hoses and water pump before it goes bad. Keep everything greased. Properly solder and secure wiring to prevent failures or shorts.

If you wheel enough you will get into situations that will teach what to bring, or not. A simple spare tire valve stem is the difference between a long day or a quick fix.

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Do yourself a favor and walk around the jeep. Point to a failure point and pack the tools and spares to replace that part. When you stick your wrenches up there to size them up, give the replacing scenario a run through. Remove the driveshaft or axle shaft or whatever it is so you can become familiar with the process. It's easiest to practice in the garage to be ready for the trail. It's fun to stay indoors and not be wet when you figure out what you need to do when the time may not be ideal. This also gives you an opportune time to do some inspecting of other components and GREASE YOUR JEEP!!!

Experience is the best tool to pack.

Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says "Give me your best shot. I can take it."

One of my favorite movies.

Torx bits...get a good set of torx bits,
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One of my favorite movies.

Torx bits...get a good set of torx bits,
yeah... let me know where I can get that.

I'm now on my 4th torx bit this week. 1 was a real cheapo from amazon (this turned into a spiral), 2 were husky (these just sheared off immediately). The fourth is great neck (haven't tried it yet). I'm thinking of just calling the snap on truck and asking if I can meet him on his route. I guess I'd have to pay the $35 for a T45 Torx socket.



Also, to the original poster. The best thing you can bring on the trail is: a good jeep mechanic in a second jeep. Preferably one that has a full tool set and his own replacement parts that you can borrow.
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Maybe they're hit or miss on the right heat treatment or metallurgy but surprisingly I have had great results with both a husky set and two or three HF sets. If those didn't work I would be going for snap on or SK or Armstrong. But they do

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Torx are a pre-trip maintenance item. Get rid of all torx screws and never screw around with torx on the trail again.
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post #12 of 34 Old 04-01-2015, 02:50 PM
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Torx are a pre-trip maintenance item. Get rid of all torx screws and never screw around with torx on the trail again.
Amen!!

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One of my idler pulleys came apart, thankfully it happened just as I entered camp after an 80 mile desert run. I replaced both pulleys and the belt since I had to loosen everything up. I now have an extra pulley and spare belt, is there something else I should carry for the belt and pulley system? Seems there are a lot of pulleys, all of which need to work to keep running.

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You could also consider everything that can be wrecked when something breaks. Usually the carnage is far beyond just that specific part failing.

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Torx are a pre-trip maintenance item. Get rid of all torx screws and never screw around with torx on the trail again.

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Until you know exactly what is underneath the, well, not really sure what to call them...mistakes...it's hard to come up with a plan of action.
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