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What tools do you carry on you rig?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mattman4x4, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. mattman4x4

    mattman4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I know this belongs in the tool forum, but since I cannot post in it. I will post it here. o.k. I read the tech article on the site about what you "should" pack for pretty rough trails. I am in the process of putting together a too box for my truck (73-87 K20) and I have a few basic questions:

    1. do you use inexpensive harbor freight tools as trail repair tools (wrenches and sockets ect), or do you use something more expensive (Stanley, craftsman, or Snap-on)?

    2. what would you all have in a basic tool box for beginner to intermediate trials?

    3. What do you think is a must in you tools for trail fixes?

    Thanks for your advice in advance:)


    Matt
     
  2. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    the only tool I need is a BFH :haha:
     
  3. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I carry a full supply of 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" craftsman sockets, craftsman wrenches from 3/8"-3/4", craftsman flat blade and phillips screw drivers. This is a basic tool set you can get in a nice carry box from craftsman. I think my set is 110 pieces then i throw in whatever other small tools i think i'll need such as an allen wrench set, and special size wrenches. I do have OBA so i carry my craftsman impact gun and also air hoses with blow nozzles and tire chuck. A must have is a Hub nut/spindle nut socket, and maybe a cheap torque wrench for tightening hub nut or wheel nuts. I'm sure someone else will chime in with other good items to keep aboard.
     
  4. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I wont even try to list the tools I bring. In order to really get an idea of what I bring you would need to see it. I am the mobile 4x4 mechanic on the trail.

    I am one of the few that enjoy wrenching more than wheeling so i jump at any opportunity to help in fixing any broken rig. My tools are mostly Craftsman, but I have a few Snap On, Matco, KD and SK tools.

    • Basically I carry every hand tool you could want including sockets from 5mm up to 36mm, and 1/4" up to 1 1/2" in every drive size form 1/4 to 3/4. Various ratchets, breakers and extensions. Screwdrivers...ect...
    • 20Lb CO2 tank and all air tools. Impact, ratchet, cutters, grinders, tire inflators.
    • Electrical repair tools. Fluke DVM, electrical tape and miles of wire...
    • Approx 1 gallon of every fluid used in a 4x4, All stored in a waterproof CIWS ammo can bolted in the bed
    • Hi-Lift, 4 shackles rated from 4ton to 18ton, no less than 4, 30' x 3" straps.
    • Tons of rags and a tarp to work on.
    There is much more but I can't think of it all off hand.
     
  5. resurrected_jimmy

    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    He's got me beat on sockets but when I hit the trail I have every tool I need to fix stuff and a few hammers, punches and drifts, files so I can make something work on the trail. then there is the spare parts.......
     
  6. FOR MUD

    FOR MUD 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Besides common hand tools , it depends on what spare parts you are carrying , it's no good if you don't have the right tools to install them with . One other thing I always have with me is tie wire it has 101 uses.
     
  7. Skigirl

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    I would carry readymix.
     
  8. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    :haha::haha:

    On a serious note. I really doubt that anyone carries more tools than I do while on the trail. Here are a few of the trail repairs that I have made. And none are half asses repairs either.

    -replaced main bearings on a 351W
    -Replaced carrier & ring/pinion on a 10 Bolt rear.
    -Rebuils Sandawgk5's NP208.
    -changed head gasket on a Toy.
    -replaced a clutch/pressureplate and flywheel.

    BTW. none of those repairs required any further work afterwords. There have been a few occasions when I wish that I had brought a tool that I left at home
     
  9. FOR MUD

    FOR MUD 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    It never seems to fail the one tool you need is the one you didn't think to bring.
     
  10. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Not that I know how to use them, but my tool bag weighs about 150lbs. Also enough of every fluid in the truck to change it out completely, OBA, and a full set of air tools. I basically have everything that I have at house except for a MIG. I am trying to figure out where to put an on board welder now.
     
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    damn man i want a CIWS ammo can, that would bee sweet!!!!


    i carry a combo Crescent set(ratchets,wrenches,sockets its like 120 pieces) i got from costco, 60 bucks, and i don't care if i loose them, wont take my nice tools, (what little i have) on the trail.
    i also bring a 18V combo kit(drill,saws-all,light) came in handy on willyswanter's truck:D , and some fluids, i need to buy some spares and acquire more nuts and bolts before MOAB
     
  12. readymix

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    Well I happen to be a CIWS tech. Only issue is that I am currently attached to a Pre-Comm and we don't really expend any ammo. If I get my hands one one I will mail it to you if you want.
     
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    What the heck is a CIWS ?????
     
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    Close In Weapons System aka Phalanx aka a big ass radar guided gatlin gun that shoots big freakin DU rounds at like 4500 a min or something insane

    Ira
     
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    Ira is correct.

    Looks like R2D2 with a gun
    6 Barrel gatlin gun with a cyclic rate of 4500Rpm / 75Rps
    Shoots 20mm DU or Tungsten rounds
    Radar aimed / computer controlled
     
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    :haha:
    [​IMG]



    I carry my toolbox with every hand tool I own, a high lift, shovel, wood-cutting saw, chains, straps, spare fluids, spare electrical wire, spare bolts galore and a whole bunch more I can't think of now :)
     
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    To name some things i didn't see yet: tube of hand cleaner, shop rags, tube of RTV, a roll of plumbers strap, extra nut, bolts and washers (so you can make brakets), spare fuses (jumpers if fuses keep poping, just to get off the trail), extra wire, and a flashlight....
     
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    Fire extinguisher
    hose clamps
    crimp connectors and wire
    JB weld
    shrink tube
    tons of spare nuts bolts washers of all sizes
    spare u-joints (2 1480 D-60 spicer joints, 1 1350)
    hub tool
    1/2 drive breaker bar
    hi-lift
    shop rags
    electrical tape
    150 pc socket set
    brake kleen
    mag light
    cordless drill and bit set
    couple of 'leatherman tools'
    plumbers propane torch
    spare battery terminals
    battery post cleaner
    folding shovel
    regular 'D' handle shovel
    30' x 4" strap
    2 tree saver straps
    2 8 1/3 ton clevis's on the truck (need two more)

    That's what's in my trail box(s) right now. Still adding some stuff as I think of it. All the small crap I have in a pair of plastic organizer boxs with a bunch of adjustable compartments. Once I'm reasonably satisfied I have enough stuff to deal with most situations I'll inset some tie downs into the rear floor so it'll stay put.

    Rene
     
  19. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    WHAT no duct tape???????
    Every tool kit needs duct tape.
    Anyone else carry a spare oil filter?​

    Oh yea I carry my stuff in a 81 mm ammo box
    [​IMG]


    :haha:


    If it ain't broke your not trying hard enough!
     
  20. resurrected_jimmy

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    tape stays in the glove box, electrical and 100mph tape. And no I don't carry a spare filter. Filled my motor up with water once and took the filter off and drained it out but just put it back on to get home.....


    Its not really a tool but I carry a well equiped first aid kit always. It actually started as a CLS bag with some other stuff added as well.
     

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