Trail gear writeup soonish but no rush?
The first toolkit write up is almost finished. It's really not that difficult a job...I just kept finding ways to reduce what I was carrying and re-format the article. Every time I would lay the tools out and think "Okay, this is pretty good" and start writing down my thoughts on the matter, I would then suddenly look at a particular tool and say "Do I really need that...?" and unintentionally re-start the entire process. I must have reformatted and re-analyzed this list about fifteen times, now, and this has caused a LOT of delays.
The upside to the process is that I've finally realized that this does not need to be a single article. I need to generate a starting point, and then move forwards from there...thus, I will generate a series
of articles on tools and my current load-out. This has two benefits: 1) the tool list gets constantly upgraded and improved through experience, usage and reader suggestions, and 2) it gives me more material to put in the thread to keep people interested.
The first article, then, that I'm finishing is an "Ultralight" kit. No extras...just basic, smartly-chosen tools that will effect a surprising number of repairs. This is not to say that it's lightweight
, but merely stripped-down and practical. After that article is completed, I can build off of that point and consequently add tools that make life easier by making repairs faster, simpler or - in some cases - possible at all. This way, there's as little replacement
in the kit as is possible; the kit just gets a little bigger as you add to it.
Something worth mentioning is this: I found is that there are very, very few "buy it now" solutions to a TJ toolkit. To get a good, light, stripped-down-and-still-useful kit, I had to assemble what I wanted and then do a bit of modification work here and there; in one case I had to do some cutting and grinding in order to have the tool that I wanted. I'm hoping that these portions of the articles will be well-received...lots of people cut and hack on their Jeeps, but I don't see much about making or improving the tools that you carry with you.
In any case, I do apologize for the unseasonable delay...it will not be put-off for too much longer. I made a couple of small purchases yesterday and those finalized the load-out for the Ultralight Kit. Now I need a couple of additional photos and some time to polish the writing...nothing a sammich can't fix.
Now, the gear write up...as far as parts and repair items and all that fun stuff? That'll take longer...that's a two-sammich job.