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11-19-2015 12:45 PM
propped1
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Originally Posted by jeffself View Post
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.
11-19-2015 12:12 PM
motoguy1251 To me the most essential tools for a Jeep is a Torque wrench and preventative maintenance.
11-19-2015 10:22 AM
fastfreddie Essential?
GraBars.


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.
11-19-2015 10:05 AM
jay-h Pocket code scanner
11-19-2015 09:47 AM
cranbiz I mounted my CB using the Rugged Ridge Footman loop mount. It's holding a Bearcat 990 radio and it's solid.
11-19-2015 09:16 AM
Silvercreek 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.
07-24-2010 02:31 AM
Mudhound0530 Maglite and cb
07-23-2010 11:00 PM
fernjack
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Originally Posted by 1222 View Post
I also carry a top rated tire plug kit. Not only is it good for your vehicle but others too. I’ve used it several times over the years. Of course you’ll need an air compressor which I feel is a must have anyway.
That has been a trip saver for me in the past ....... I strongly second this for sure
07-23-2010 01:11 PM
little_Jeep
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Originally Posted by krip View Post
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.
07-23-2010 11:47 AM
krip
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Originally Posted by little_Jeep View Post
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
07-22-2010 11:10 AM
1222 I also carry a top rated tire plug kit. Not only is it good for your vehicle but others too. I’ve used it several times over the years. Of course you’ll need an air compressor which I feel is a must have anyway.
07-22-2010 10:32 AM
little_Jeep
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Originally Posted by Amesbear View Post
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.
07-22-2010 10:27 AM
jeffself
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Originally Posted by little_Jeep View Post
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!
07-22-2010 10:27 AM
Amesbear 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.
07-22-2010 10:23 AM
little_Jeep
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Originally Posted by jeffself View Post
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.
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