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    What tools should I carry in my Jeep when wheeling?

    Eventually, we discover that our rigs are not completely immune from damage caused by mud, rocks or even power line roads. The Jeep family of vehicles are very purpose built, but parts that are worn have a tendency to fail at the worst times. If you're a smart Jeeper, you have a few other vehicles wheeling out there with you that can help with extraction if you get stuck, but it's always a good idea to have some basic tools on hand. My 2 door JK Wrangler has awesome sexiness appeal, (miles past the 4 door versions) however, the cargo space leaves a little to be desired. I have a packing list and load plan for wheeling and daily driving as well.

    Essentials - I keep all my gear in surplus military backpacks or the original cases. In my main bag, I have two multi tools, (think Gerber or Leatherman), a Surefire flashlight, a cheap energizer headlamp, some pliers (locking, needlenose and wire cutters), zip ties, a few red high-intensity chemical lights, (glow sticks, in case I break on the road and need to let other cars know I'm down), jumper cables and a reflective vest. I also keep wet weather gear and a MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) in there.

    Socket Set - You can get as wild or as mild as you want with these. I have a few from cheap-o Task Force to Craftsman, but I always carry my 154 piece "Easy Read" Craftsman set in my Jeep. The bigger, laser etched numbers help me find what I need in lowlight conditions and the case fits nightly in the cargo area of the Jeep. This one also came with some regular wrenches, it's metric and standard, and it's guaranteed forever.

    Wrenches - These have been accumulated on an as-needed basis over time. I have a JK, so I started with the standard box-end style wrench set and have added other metric sizes over time. Tools, much like parts, can be addicting once you get started! I also carry a few adjustable wrenches (crescent wrenches) in varying sizes that I keep easy to access for minor repairs.

    Screwdrivers - Nothing fancy for me here, as most parts that break seem to require wrenches. I have a cheap craftsman set with 3 each of the flathead and phillips.

    Air compressor and tire repair kit - I have a 12 volt compressor that connects to my battery with small jumper cable-type connections and some generic tire repair kit. It can be used in any puncture, as long as it's not the sidewall. NEVER LET ANYONE TRY TO TALK YOU INTO REPAIRING A TORN SIDEWALL AS A PERMANENT REPAIR!! Maybe for low speed movement to get off the trail, but never ever travel at highway speed on a repaired sidewall.

    Recovery - I have a sweet Rugged Ridge recovery kit that I won on this site! It has a recovery "snatch" strap, and various other winching accessories that help in extraction. I also carry some Australian Tyre Plyers to break tire beads if I absolutely have to.

    This is by no means an all encompassing list of must-haves, but it's a decent start. Feel free to chime in on whatever it is that you can't wheel without!
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    ill add that some tool kits dont have large enough sizes for things like controll arm and track bar bolts, add those if your just going to carry a all in one kit. i really need to get a better kit together in my jeep.

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    36 mm socket for when you blow a front shaft and have to pull it. Small piece of pipe for a breaker bar has also helped.

    Is this thing on?

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    Date Committed
    Aug 2012
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Vise grips for pinching off brake line. Brake fluid. Dead blow hammer. Splice kit for syn rope.

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    Manic bump's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Jun 2013
    Socialist Republic of NJ
    13mm ratchet wrench for the front hub bolts
    18mm for brake caliper bracket
    20-22 for suspension components

    Torx 15, 25 for various fasteners.

    BFH for separating TRE's and u-joints
    Snap ring pliers for u-joints

    Big, beefy C-Clamp for resetting brake calipers and

    Small tarp to lay parts out

    Magnetic bowl to hold nuts, bolts and screws
    Magnetic parts retriever, because, you know

    LED Headlight to work in the dark
    Flashlight(s) for others to hold while you wok in the dark

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    What tools should I carry in my Jeep when wheeling?

    Keep it simple.

    Any aftermarket part that was installed carry the tools to fit the hardware.

    Don't wheel like a 16 year old and you shouldn't break anything

    Done !

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    Very thorough lists, gentlemen (and I use that term loosely).

    Not "tools" per se, but I also carry a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadAssGirlsHaveBadAssToys View Post
    Very thorough lists, gentlemen (and I use that term loosely).

    Not "tools" per se, but I also carry a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
    You said "loosely".

    But a fire extinguisher and first aid kit are very important.

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    Bat Shit Crazy tcDawg's Avatar
    Date Committed
    Dec 2011
    Woodstock, Ga
    If you wheel a JK, have a few of the plastic clips that connect the TC cable to the case and the shifter.

    Part number 68064273AA

    They are less than 50 cents each.
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