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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Tools to Keep close?

I'm getting ready for my first road trip (St. Louis to Outer Banks, NC) and am looking to put a small tool bag together to keep in the back. I'm looking for some help figuring out what to have around to be able to take off the hard top, take off the doors, things like that. Any horror stories that end in "man I wish i had ________" would be great. Thanks all.

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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:36 PM   #2
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A set of torx sockets an a ratchet/small extenion 3/8" drive would be helpful and a mulit screwdriver with the smaller torx and other standard bits .
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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #3
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a couple flashlights in case you need to get under the hood or vehicle
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Unread 07-22-2010, 01:32 AM   #4
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A hammer a crescent wrench and a fire extinguisher
What I do is whenever I need to get a special tool out of the box i.e. torx for the top or doors, it goes in the cubby in the back!
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Unread 07-22-2010, 01:36 AM   #5
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After today (not that youll need this on your trip) I realized that the main tools I need to have on a wheeling trip is a 35mm socket, breaker, and 13mm/12 point and 20 mm socket...along with a 3/4 for the wheels. Thats about all you need to pull the wheels and front hub to get the axle shafts out in case of a breakage
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Bring one of those tool sets with various sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. Bring vice grips, and a good size cresent wrench, and a decent hammer.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 03:14 AM   #7
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wire, extra fuses, wire cutters, zip ties, cresent wrench, Multi screwdriver, few sockets, end wrenches, grease gun, air compressor, power bars, flashlights, matches/lighter, hammer, torx set, tow strap and like AFhockey said (he should know) the tools needed for a broken axle/gears.

I bring all that with me and theres probably more I left out....
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Unread 07-22-2010, 06:05 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone...regarding the air compressor - i know i'll need to let some air out for riding on the beach, and i've seen some of these smaller compressors for sale - but do these guys have enough to fill 4 tires back up afterwards?
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Unread 07-22-2010, 06:47 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone...regarding the air compressor - i know i'll need to let some air out for riding on the beach, and i've seen some of these smaller compressors for sale - but do these guys have enough to fill 4 tires back up afterwards?
A lot of guys here run CO2 systems (big can strapped down in the back) for airing up. If you are only needing on board air occasionally, just getting the tank refilled every few months might be more cost effective.

Anyone have one of these and can chime in?
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Unread 07-22-2010, 08:14 AM   #10
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I have a harber freight like $60 compressor, it airs up my 35" tires from 8psi to 34psi in maybe like 15mins. It really doesnt seem that long at all and I think its great being that is so small and comes with a case. I have used it atleast 10-15 times so far. Thinking of buying another and mounting both under the jeep somewhere and having 1 compressor per 2 tires, having a hose for each tire so I can air them all up at the same time.

Just make sure you get a compressor that connects directly to the battery, not the cigarette lighter.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
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Anyone have one of these and can chime in?[/QUOTE]

I've had my CO2 tank (Powertank) for some time now. Don't use it a whole lot, so it doesn't need refilling often, and when it does, its only $1.00/lb to fill it.
Pros- Its very portable, easy to use, and gives the option of using air tools in remote locations. Its has plenty of 'juice' to it for airing up tires and enough pressure to seat a bead. (I aired up 5/6 jeeps' tires after a trail run a few years back, still had plenty left.)

Cons- Initial cost to purchase, it has to be refilled, no way to 'gauge' how much liquid is left (except by weight), tank has to be pressure tested every couple-o-years (bout 15 bucks per test).

Co2 tank vs. mini-compressor? Thats another thread for another day.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:16 AM   #13
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The MV-50 compressor is probably one of the most inexpensive and reliable compressors out there. I love mine. It's not overly fast, but usually I'm off doing some other thing on the Jeep and don't worry about the time.

I have a quick tire deflator, so if I slightly overfill a tire, I just let the air out to the desired pressure.

Plus it's really handy when on a trip or at soccer practice for the kids and they need a ball aired up.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 11:13 AM   #14
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I love the Outer Banks. Anyway, regarding the air, some of the beach accesses have air available. The spot I was on is down near Bodie Island lighthouse. There is a marina or something across the street for air. Anyway, I dont think you should need many tools as you will just be beach driving. The tools for tire changing and top removal should have you set I would think.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 09:20 PM   #15
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I have a harber freight like $60 compressor, it airs up my 35" tires from 8psi to 34psi in maybe like 15mins. It really doesnt seem that long at all and I think its great being that is so small and comes with a case.

Just make sure you get a compressor that connects directly to the battery, not the cigarette lighter.
Hey - is this the one that you are talking about? Looks to match the price and comes with the battery clamps:

12 Volt, 150 PSI High Volume Air Compressor

Seems like a good investment for such a small price....
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