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post #1 of 10 Old 08-21-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I'm just starting with self-maintenance on my '97 2WD Jeep Cherokee, and I plan to soon purchase an early-model 4x4 Cherokee. I've begun purchasing reading materials to teach me what to do, but one thing that the books I've gotten don't cover are the specifics of tools. They give a list of tools, but the list is very generic.

For example, the Haynes repair manual for '84-'93 Cherokees says that a toolset for maintenance and minor repair should include a "Combination wrench set (1/4-inch to 1 inch or 6 mm to 19mm)". I would think that only standard or metric would be required, but don't even know which is needed for Jeeps. I would guess standard, but a confirmation of that would be appreciated.

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for the brand of tools I should get. I don't need the best on the market, as my skills level wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but a good beginners set recommendation would be appreciated.


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post #2 of 10 Old 08-21-2008, 06:34 PM
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craftsman are great theres a sears everywhere and they never question tool returns both shallow and deep sockets are a great thing to have as well as many extra wrenches to heat and bend to fit places others wont go
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a complete craftsman set is a good start. you really only need basic tools for most things.
something like this:
or this

Completely stock, and keeping it that way...

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-21-2008, 06:48 PM
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I got my craftsman tools cheap on craiglist and any broken one simply bring to sears and get a replacement. You need both standard and metric. (at least on mine you do)

If I can get there I can wheel it!

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The best tool that every jeep needs is 16" Water Pump Pliers. They are great for everything. Also a full set of screwdrivers, phillips and flat head. And ratcheting flex head wrenches are a life saver....
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Don't leave them in your jeep if you want to keep it...Theives!
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-22-2008, 10:46 AM
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Grab a set of Torx sockets
Big f****** hammer
Quality pry bar if your jeep is rusty like mine
A case of PB Blaster
Several pairs of quality channel locks or vise grips
A Chilton's Manual
A decent creeper (Your back will DEFINATELY hurt after laying on concrete under your jeep!)
Jack stands
A nice floor jack
Good set of mechanic's gloves (dont skimp, your knuckles will hate you)

I've learned that if the part you're installing requires a specialty tool...go find THAT tool! It saves a lot of headache! Advance Auto Parts rents tons of tools so that you don't have to buy them (i.e. spring compressors).

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-22-2008, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'll begin shopping for a Craftsman set of tools. The links provided to the Sears web site show sets with about 260 pieces. On eBay there are a number of sets available ranging in the number of pieces from about 50 to over 500 pieces. Is there a minimum number I should consider the floor?
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-22-2008, 04:50 PM
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I know for daily wrenching on my jeep i wish i had the following on hand at all times...

-Standard and Metric Sockets, shallow and deep (rated for impact otherwise they seem to just shatter trying to get those rusty bolts off).
-Impact and other air tools
-High quality torx set, I wouldnt even bother with some brands. I know the cheaper sets just twist and break
-Breaker bar
-Torq wrench
-6 ton stands

For me, those would get me through a lot.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-22-2008, 07:34 PM
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I haven't purchased them yet but they are highly recommended by a few of my mechanic friends. They say they like them better than their pricey snap-on set.

Hurry there is a great deal but it ends tomorrow I think..... I already placed my order

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