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jeffself 07-22-2010 08:58 AM

Essential accessories for a new owner
 
Since I already have an urge to buy stuff for my new Rubicon, I want to spend on the essentials now and save the big stuff for later. So what IS essential?

What are the things that should be in my Rubicon?

Here are some things I'm thinking of now:

1. Hitch mounted rack carrier
2. Tools (Just bought the #40 torx driver last nite, what else?)
3. Tire guage

What am I leaving out?

Vin 07-22-2010 09:34 AM

Recovery straps and an air compressor.

BornInTX 07-22-2010 09:48 AM

^^ This. Add an extra strap and some shackles. I like overkill on recovery gear.

Ravik 07-22-2010 10:03 AM

What do you plan to do with the Jeep? Different driving environments need different essentials... Beaches are different from dirt roads, which are different from mountain passes.

Tools are always a safe bet, recovery tools as mentioned, and duct tape - never forget the duct tape. :thumbsup:

In my Jeep, an 'essential' is my sat-phone as I'm routinely in places where the only communications alternative is smoke signals... While I leave my itinerary with friends, including where I plan to be and when I plan to be back, I'd rather not have to wait out the timer before folks start looking for me. :laugh:

Another example would be that for half the year my Jeep has winter survival gear in it (mylar blanket, old military wool blanket, spare coat / gloves / hat / shirt / pants, spare boots, folding shovel, tarp, tape, 4 MREs, flares, etc.). But this is because I've been stuck out on the road in winter, and being prepared is a real life saver.

McKBrew 07-22-2010 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by BornInTX (Post 9831001)
^^ This. Add an extra strap and some shackles. I like overkill on recovery gear.

Funny story this last weekend regarding recovery. My wife got the minivan stuck in soft sand on the beach. My recovery gear is typically in a rubbermaid tote which I took out and left in the cabin (Fortunately only 1/2 mile up the road). Still a good lesson to make sure your recovery gear is stored somewhere that it will not be moved.

I would recommend having a full set of metric sockets and wrenches from at least 10-21mm. That will handle most of the nuts and bolts on the JK. Also a large set of channel locks and vice grips and an assortment of TORX bits. A cheap 3/8" drive set can be picked up at Sears (Craftsman Evolv line). Also a BFH (Big Fing Hammer). While not 100% necessary to carry on the road/trail, my torque wrench is also in the JK.

A Hi Lift Jack (Which I haven't purchased yet) is a good investment.

Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Warm Blankets or Space Blankets, Fire starters, Rain Ponchos and some survival food are also part of my load out.

McKBrew 07-22-2010 10:10 AM

[QUOTE=Ravik;9831087]What do you plan to do with the Jeep? Different driving environments need different essentials... Beaches are different from dirt roads, which are different from mountain passes.

QUOTE]


True. I have a four door, so I have the advantage of being able to carry a lot more items. Even so, I haven't checked things lately, and I know I am seriously lacking for winter and even an extended issue in the summer.

Rafi 07-22-2010 10:11 AM

where the hell do you guys put all this stuff?

DeepSky 07-22-2010 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McKBrew (Post 9831115)
Still a good lesson to make sure your recovery gear is stored somewhere that it will not be moved.

I'm definitely a believer in this. I keep my strap, shackles, and winch remote in the Jeep at all times even thought there's a chance they could get stolen.



For a brand new Jeep I would recommend getting a nice set of floor & cargo liners; Huskey and Rugged Ridge make nice sets. Also you can do some other cheap (but important "mods") like mounting a fire extinguisher or two to the seats.

Jeepin_Dad 07-22-2010 10:15 AM

Fire extinguisher, rachet straps, zipties

McKBrew 07-22-2010 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Rafi (Post 9831132)
where the hell do you guys put all this stuff?

I have a four door. Plenty of space. A two door will work too, as long as you don't carry any extra passengers.

Honestly though, a basic tool kit and survival kit doesn't take up that much space and the other items can be strapped on the rollbars.

I also forgot to put a full size shovel on the list. I ended up having to change storage locations when I put on the soft top, so I sawed the handle down but definitely have a shovel. It's actually a requirement in some of the national forests.

little_Jeep 07-22-2010 10:41 AM

You are in my area of the World.... so I suspect that the terrian we have is about the same.

Tow strap with LOOPS no metal hooks. 2" X 20' from Wally World works. Bigger straps are not bad, but they are harder to deal with, harder to store, and don't fit into a standard 2" hitch receiver, etc..

CB radio (don't waste your time with a handheld) there are some real nice mini CB that work great for about $50.00 (Cobra M19 at Wally World, but there are others to choose from).

CB antenna, Firestic II, or Wilson (Pilot Truck Stops have a great selection of these antenna). For wheel-n, you want antenna to stick above the roof line only a couple inches, any taller and you will just knock it off in brush. Usually a 3 foot fiberglass antenna works perfect if mounted about tail light high. If you want to use CB for highway use, purchase a second taller antenna.

Heavy Work gloves

My trail tools are typically from Harbor Freight... good tools, that are cheap, so if I lose one, or they get stolen, I don't lose much $$. A 13MM, 12 point, 3/8 drive socket should be in your tool bad. Must be 12 point. If you or someone on the trail with you, ever needs to replace an axle shaft, you will be glad you have this socket.

Zip ties of every size you can find. Small spool of Bailing (utility) wire, duct tape, a couple small ratchet straps.

I have little black tool bags that I keep my tools, recovery gear in..... this way when I'm ready to go wheel-n, I just pop the bags in the Jeep and strap them in place (everything inside your Jeep should be strapped in place).

Once you get into wheel-n, you will add gear to the above list and modify how you do things as your knowledge grows and you become more experienced with items that you will really need/use on the trail versus carring a lot of crap that will never be used.

Never, Never, wheel where you do not personally have permission to be. Hunt up a local 4x4 Club in your area and learn to wheel safely. If you want your wife/GF to be involved, look for a Club that is Family friendly and that has a fair number of women on the trails. Your Wife/GF is NOT going to want to hang out in a "Boys Club".

BenderX 07-22-2010 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by McKBrew (Post 9831215)
I also forgot to put a full size shovel on the list. I ended up having to change storage locations when I put on the soft top, so I sawed the handle down but definitely have a shovel.

I'll second that motion. Even if you go with a smaller camp shovel, it's way better than nothing.

After just one time of trying to dig out snow or dirt with your hands or random branches, it becomes obvious what a great invention the shovel is.

Tireguy 07-22-2010 11:06 AM

Owning a new vehicle, major mechanical failures won't be the most pressing issue. Its the stupid little things that make 'essentials' more practical. Flat/damaged tires, getting stuck, and (lack of) communication can be more vital.
A Tool kit, first-aid kit, CB radio/cell phone, duct tape (mentioned quite a bit here), tow strap/recovery gear, some sort of air source (CO2 tank or mini compressor), flashlight(s), and maybe a HI-Lift jack will always come in handy. Don't forget about personables either- water, something to munch on, and extra britches/jacket. Muddy, wet, and hungry aren't fun all the time.
Granted, you won't need to carry all this if your Jeep is your DD, but when its time to hit the trail, well, you know what to do.

You will always forget/need something and not have it. Being a Jeeper, you'll be among those who might have what you need on the trail (or camping)- because last time, they forgot 'that' too. We all have stories to tell. :D

McKBrew 07-22-2010 11:12 AM

And since it's fairly common for the 4WD linkage clip to break, I highly suggest you learn exactly where it comes out on the bottom of the vehicle and how to shift it by hand so you aren't lying in gravel under a hot Jeep for an hour or so and trying to rip up your center console in the woods.

I figured it out, but could have saved a lot of time had I known about the issue beforehand and where to go.

jeffself 07-22-2010 11:16 AM

These are all great suggestions! I've just ordered the Rugged Ridge floor mats for the front and rear from Northridge 4x4. Hitting the beach in about a week and want to control the sand as much as possible. Will try and get my basic kit set up before hitting the beach.

I have a feeling the wife is going to take my credit cards away from me!

McKBrew 07-22-2010 11:18 AM

Good luck on keeping the sand of of the Jeep. I've got sand all over my seats, carpet, under carpet, etc... from last weekend.

little_Jeep 07-22-2010 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffself (Post 9831460)
These are all great suggestions! I've just ordered the Rugged Ridge floor mats for the front and rear from Northridge 4x4. Hitting the beach in about a week and want to control the sand as much as possible. Will try and get my basic kit set up before hitting the beach.

I have a feeling the wife is going to take my credit cards away from me!

There isn't sand anyway within 500 miles of me so I have never wheeled in sand. However, wheel-n in sand is different than wheel-n in dirt or rock. Maybe a few guys/gals here that have experience in sand, can share some sand driving tips.

Amesbear 07-22-2010 11:27 AM

When I had my Jeep (RIP) I always had the following:

Jumper cables
Camp Shovel
Tow Straps
Socket Set
Ponchos
Foil Blankets
Candles
Flashlight
Matches (in an aspirin bottle)

I'd also recommend a fire extinguisher.

jeffself 07-22-2010 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by little_Jeep (Post 9831516)
There isn't sand anyway within 500 miles of me so I have never wheeled in sand. However, wheel-n in sand is different than wheel-n in dirt or rock. Maybe a few guys/gals here that have experience in sand, can share some sand driving tips.

Fortunately for me, I'm 3 hrs from the mountains and only a little over an hour from riding on the beach. I'll mostly do the sand, but I definitely look forward to hitting the mountains either this fall or next summer.

May have to arrange a little Jeep excursion around a Virginia Tech football game!

little_Jeep 07-22-2010 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amesbear (Post 9831535)
When I had my Jeep (RIP) I always had the following:

Jumper cables
Camp Shovel
Tow Straps
Socket Set
Ponchos
Foil Blankets
Candles
Flashlight
Matches (in an aspirin bottle)

I'd also recommend a fire extinguisher.

FYI, Stick matches painted with clear finger nail polish are pretty much water proof.

1222 07-22-2010 12:10 PM

I also carry a top rated tire plug kit. Not only is it good for your vehicle but others too. Iíve used it several times over the years. Of course youíll need an air compressor which I feel is a must have anyway.
:cheers2:

krip 07-23-2010 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by little_Jeep (Post 9831282)
You are in my area of the World.... so I suspect that the terrian we have is about the same.


CB radio (don't waste your time with a handheld) there are some real nice mini CB that work great for about $50.00 (Cobra M19 at Wally World, but there are others to choose from).

CB antenna, Firestic II, or Wilson (Pilot Truck Stops have a great selection of these antenna). For wheel-n, you want antenna to stick above the roof line only a couple inches, any taller and you will just knock it off in brush. Usually a 3 foot fiberglass antenna works perfect if mounted about tail light high. If you want to use CB for highway use, purchase a second taller antenna.

Great tips. I like the idea of teh Cobra 19 (especially the small size) Curious to know where and how you mounted the unit inside your jeep?

Thanks
Krip

little_Jeep 07-23-2010 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krip (Post 9838044)
Great tips. I like the idea of teh Cobra 19 (especially the small size) Curious to know where and how you mounted the unit inside your jeep?

Thanks
Krip

I actually have the Cobra 19 in my tow rig and I have it setup to be a loaner when needed... I zip tie it to a roll bar, and have a long power cord that plugs into cigerette lighter, add my magnetic antenna, and a newbie without a CB now has a CB. You can mount it under the dash, beside the console, there is a mount that you can mount it on dash by driver's side door, basically, you can mount it anywhere if you also attach a $10.00 external speaker so you can hear what is being said.

fernjack 07-24-2010 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1222 (Post 9831849)
I also carry a top rated tire plug kit. Not only is it good for your vehicle but others too. Iíve used it several times over the years. Of course youíll need an air compressor which I feel is a must have anyway.
:cheers2:

That has been a trip saver for me in the past ....... I strongly second this for sure :cheers::wave:

Mudhound0530 07-24-2010 03:31 AM

Maglite and cb

Silvercreek 11-19-2015 10:16 AM

Just as a note, I think the word essential is a very mis-used word. Of course the aftermarket retailers are taking advantage of it in their advertising. Check out what you get when you search Jeep Wrangler Essentials.

cranbiz 11-19-2015 10:47 AM

I mounted my CB using the Rugged Ridge Footman loop mount. It's holding a Bearcat 990 radio and it's solid.

jay-h 11-19-2015 11:05 AM

Pocket code scanner

fastfreddie 11-19-2015 11:22 AM

Essential?
GraBars.
:D

After your sandy, play time is through, make sure you hose out the sand that accumulates in the nooks and crannies of the undercarriage. The sand will act like a localized sandblaster due to vibrations, not to mention it being a moisture trap.

motoguy1251 11-19-2015 01:12 PM

To me the most essential tools for a Jeep is a Torque wrench and preventative maintenance.

propped1 11-19-2015 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffself (Post 9830770)
Since I already have an urge to buy stuff for my new Rubicon, I want to spend on the essentials now and save the big stuff for later. So what IS essential?

What are the things that should be in my Rubicon?

Here are some things I'm thinking of now:

1. Hitch mounted rack carrier
2. Tools (Just bought the #40 torx driver last nite, what else?)
3. Tire guage

What am I leaving out?

None of these listed are essential. Accessories are by definition, in addition to the basics.

If you're going off road, communication, inflation, deflation, recovery points front and rear, something to attach to those recovery points... like a 10K+ strap. A friend is a good idea too.

If you are driving it on the street only, other than gasoline in the tank, nothing. It comes with all you need.

Take care of these things, then go on some trips, join a club or 6, stay on the forums... you'll find out what you "need". Eventually the answer will be "all of the accessories."

Lesson one, dont let other people tell you what brands or what things to do to your own Jeep. If you don't have fabrication and automotive mechanical skills, find yourself a reputable shop with guys you trust. Ask a lot of questions. Thats essential. A tire rack on your bumper is not.


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