Tool Recommendations - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Cherokee & Comanche Forums > XJ Cherokee Non-Technical Forum > Tool Recommendations

Stainless Steel Door Hinge PinsPoly Door Hinge BushingsDisc Brake Kits from ECGS

Reply
Unread 08-21-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
Chivalry
Registered User
1997 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Temecula, CA
Posts: 6
Tool Recommendations

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.

Thanks,
Chuck

Chivalry is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-21-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
98muddyjeep
rockin lil red wagon
 
98muddyjeep's Avatar
1998 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hatboro PA
Posts: 1,209
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
98muddyjeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-21-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
1990JEEPXJ
Web Wheeler
 
1990JEEPXJ's Avatar
1990 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 7,009
a complete craftsman set is a good start. you really only need basic tools for most things.
something like this:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...000P?adCell=A3
or this
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...nics+Tool+Sets
__________________
Completely stock, and keeping it that way...

My POS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Dillard View Post
Yea, and I thought it was one of the 11 Commandments:
11) Thou shalt love, cherish, and honor till death, thine square headlights above all other earthy things sayith the Lord.
1990JEEPXJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-21-2008, 06:48 PM   #4
Luckyduck
Registered User
1999 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Worcester, Mass
Posts: 2,100
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!

CentralMass4wd.com

1993 Ranger 2wd - dd
1999 wranger 2.5 - it gets used for something
1978 international scout - being built
1998 Cherokee sport 4.0 auto
1957 CJ5 - restoring back to stock http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...54#post5168554
Bikes:2000 Ducati Monster 900: 2001 CBR 600 F4i: 1980 CB 900
my build http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-build-thread-those-us-low-budgets-550786/
Luckyduck is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-21-2008, 08:16 PM   #5
PorkPile
Registered User
1992 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Posts: 10
The best tool that every jeep needs is 16" Water Pump Pliers. http://www.channellock.com/acb/store...roov_P21C3.cfm They are great for everything. Also a full set of screwdrivers, phillips and flat head. And ratcheting flex head wrenches are a life saver....
PorkPile is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-21-2008, 09:07 PM   #6
tigeowner
Registered User
2000 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: St.Louis, MO
Posts: 188
Don't leave them in your jeep if you want to keep it...Theives!
tigeowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-22-2008, 10:46 AM   #7
AbsolutXJ
Registered User
1953 M-38 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Farmville, Virginia
Posts: 214
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).
__________________
Willys M38A1 - project vehicle
AbsolutXJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-22-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
Chivalry
Registered User
1997 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Temecula, CA
Posts: 6
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?
Chivalry is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-22-2008, 04:50 PM   #9
ReconMill
Flat-4 Turbo
 
ReconMill's Avatar
2005  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Dover, OH
Posts: 3,863
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.
__________________
Kyle - I mod stuff®
2005 Subaru Legacy GT
SOLD!!! - 1999 XJ Build Thread
ReconMill is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-22-2008, 07:34 PM   #10
4X4XJJeep
Registered User
1998 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 209
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

Gear wrenches: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...sbv=GearWrench

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00944004000P

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...000P?adCell=A3
4X4XJJeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.