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post #1 of 8 Old 06-13-2002, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Majority rules.
Popular vote.
Taking a concensus.

Whatever cliche you want to use will apply here. I'm talking about a thread in which we discuss the validity of each and every tool in a super-duper tool kit you would take with you on a weekend trail ride, which would include an overnight or two out on the trail.

This ULTIMATE TOOL KIT would include ONLY tools to be used for maintenance of your rig. Fluids like extra oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc. will be a given. So here would be my "proposed rules" for building an ultimate tool kit for taking with you into the great unknown:

1. Tools only, no supplies. If a non-tool is essential for a repair, such as duct tape, then it becomes a "supply"... get the picture?

2. The tool kit should be as comprehensive as possible, but should also be as lightweight as possible. This means that tools which could serve more than a single function would be most desired here.

3. Accessibilty and storage should also be included here. Nothing is more annoying than having to search for a tool, well... maybe the tools rattling around inside a metal box with every jolt your rig takes might be. So, talk about your favorite tool-container. It should be secure, quiet, waterproof, accessible, etc.

And that is about it! I'll start off with a few tools I would most likely take with me, and the rest of you can either agree, nix them and add your own, or just say "Ooo! You forgot this" So here goes:

1. Vise Grips. Best tool in the world, hands down. VGs have gotten me out of more binds than I can remember. Toss 'em when the jaws get too dulled. A standard 8" pair, although heavy, is a must-have.

2. Claw Hammer. A BIG claw hammer. What??? You say that's for building houses??? I say yer darn right, but the hammer face carries all the punch of a ball-pein, and the claw part is indispensible for prying, scraping, and dozens of other uses. Remember, this is TRAIL maintenance. No luxuries, only results.

3. Multi-tipped Screwdriver. Multi-tips. Multi-applications. Nuff said.

4. A Multi-Tool. Multi-tools are the "Leatherman" -style of tool. Most are cumbersome to use daily, but contain enough variety of tools to repair many many things. My fave is the Leatherman "Wave" at the moment. It seems to balance functionality and comfort.

5. 3/8" Drive Deep Socket Set, sizes 3/8" thru 5/8". a couple extentions, and a hinge handle. Be sure to include a spark-plug socket. Heavy, but I saw no way around this.

6. GearWrenches. These things are cool, and despite the Tai-imported-ness of them, they are finshed nicely and work amazingly well.

7. Folding Torx Set. This is a Jeep after all. =)

8. A cheap multimeter. Its amazing how valuable one of these can be. Any electrical problem can be diagnosed much easier with one of these. Get one. Learn to use it. Oh yeah... make sure you bring extra batteries (SHUT UP!&*#@!! I know they are "supplies!). <grin>

9. Hmmm... what to use for a container... Hmmm...
I would maybe get a big plastic tool box from Craftsman, or maybe Dewalt and line it with foam. I would then cut out a form-fitted slot for every single item I put in it. This would accomplish a couple things. First, the tools would never bang around or rattle, causing massive hemmorraghing in my head from all the noise. Secondly, a quick glance at the trays would immediately indentify any missing tools. It sucks to leave nice tools on the trail for a hunter or someone else to pick up.

So what do you all have to add? Certainly SOMEONE must have an argument for what I have written. Some folks are minimalists, and some are of the philosophy that more is better. Which are YOU??


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post #2 of 8 Old 06-13-2002, 05:23 PM
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pry bar - you never know when a little gentle persuasion is required.

5lb. hand sledge - again for a little gentle persuasion.

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diagonal cutters
large channel lock plyers
crescent wrench
lock for tool box
cell phone
jumper cables
flashlight
pistol

That about covers it!

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I know this isn't necessarily a tool, but with all of the sand around here, a small fold-up army-style shovel sure comes in handy--much faster than digging myself out by hand <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> .

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by Jeep Daddy:
[QB]diagonal cutters
large channel lock plyers
crescent wrench
lock for tool box
cell phone
jumper cables
flashlight
pistol
QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Hmm, let's see...

*diagonal cutters - Could be eliminated becuase of the multi-tool

*large channel lock plyers - Wow good choice, and I considered actually listing these. Must have slipped my mind. I have wracked my brain and the only use this would have (unless I am missing something), is prying off a stubborn hose so you won't have to slit the end.

*crescent wrench - I hate these. Rounded nuts, bruised knuckles, and lots of "pissoffedness" comes from using these. An adjustable wrench is easily replaced by a vise-grip. Remember, TRAIL repairs. Quick, dirty, get your *** back home.

*lock for tool box - Not a tool, but a good point.

*cell phone - not a tool, more like heroin for some folks, hehe!

*jumper cables - BINGO! I think you owe me a good slappin for missing this one!

*flashlight - Make it two. =(

*pistol - Not really a tool, unless you need to let the air out of your tires real quick. =)

Anyone else? Come on, this is a decent thread!

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Pistol </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yes it is a tool, bear near camp fire a shot( not into the bear) scares him away. Jerk in area site of pistol makes them behave better.
Also a leatherman tool very usefull.
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GLOVES-PREFERABLY HEAT RESISTANT BUT NOT NECESSARY.MAYBE SOME T.P. FOR WHEN THINGS GET REALLY SH...Y.

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by Steelhead:
<strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Pistol </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yes it is a tool, bear near camp fire a shot( not into the bear) scares him away. Jerk in area site of pistol makes them behave better.
Also a leatherman tool very usefull.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Okay I'll agree that SOME folks NEED a pistol for protection. Fact is, up here in New Hampshire Bears are pretty scared of getting attacked by horny rednecks like me.

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