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Re: tool kit suggestions

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Anyone have suggestions on what should be included as essential tools to keep in their Jeep? I have a '14.

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Well in 40 years of driving I can't recall once using any hand tools I was carrying once I transitioned from carbureted to fuel injected vehicles. Now I've plugged a number of tires on the side of the road and always have a compressor. Other than tire repair equipment it's jumper cables, volt/ohm meter, spare fuses, assorted pliers and screw drivers and a very basic 3/8 drive socket set. Other than the tire repair equipment a cell phone and credit card is usually needed on the vehicles we're driving these days.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:35 AM
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tool kit suggestions

Thanks for those who have provided suggestions so far.

First off, I don't have a super well defined role for this tool kit. As has been noted, around town, I am more likely to call for a tow. But I did want something for when I'm away from town that might come in useful, maybe if I bent something up and wanted to try to patch things together. Sort of better to have than to want idea.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been collecting a set of tools for the Jeep. Some I had and some I picked up at my local box stores, and a few I ordered.

In general, I wasn't looking to spend a huge amount of money as I don't intend to use them that much, so they aren't top of the line tools.

I decided to get metric sockets only for now. If I can find evidence of US sizing, I can reconsider.

I thought about the socket sizes quite a bit. I didn't want several sizes of socket wrenches and a minimal number of different drives. What I ended up doing was getting a 1/2" drive wrench with a 1/2" to 3/8" drive adapter. Most of the sockets are 3/8" drive with the big ones being 1/2". I think this works out pretty well as the 3/8" is nice and stable driven with the 1/2" wrench.

I went with standard screwdrivers in addition to a bit driver for a number of reasons. First, I've found that trying to remove stubborn screws, you really need high quality screwdrivers and fiddly things like bit drivers don't work so well. Also, sometimes the bulk of the bit driver head gets in the way. And sometimes having a big #3 comes in handy.

Note, I do have a few tools in the Jeep not included in the "tool kit". I tend to have some things that could be useful in vehicle extrication kept separately:

* hack saw
* bolt cutters
* 3' crowbar

Likewise, I have a set of jumper cables, but I keep those in the main storage compartment for ease of access.

At some point, I plan to pick up a Diablo Sport DCX INTune 1000 at some point, mostly so I can set the tire size, but it should cover diagnostics as well.

Diablo Sport - I-1000-DCX inTune for 11-14 Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Ram Gas Vehicles

Everything fit into a small canvas bag that came with my Hi-Lift kit. Right now, I'm not carrying the Hi-Lift as I don't have a good way to carry it and good jack points.

Although I do have a couple of items like a d ring receiver hitch, a couple of d rings, etc. in the bag as well since I had room and to avoid having to find an alternate place for them.

I have a couple of recovery straps that roll up and fit in the forward nooks in the spare tire well.

I removed the styrofoam spare tire insert, and the bag fit there along with the jack, Viair 88P compressor, and a bit of tie-down rope.

Amazon.com: Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor: Automotive

So here is my tool-kit so far:

small cresent wrench
large cresent wrench
multi-meter
small "needle nose style" vice grips
large vice grips
needle nose pliers
slip joint pliers
small diagonal cutters (little 4" style, good for wiring)
heavy duty diagonal cutters (ones capable of cutting structural wire)
screwdriver, slotted, #1 (Klein tools)
screwdriver, slotted, #2 (Klein tools)
screwdriver, slotted, #3 (long handle)
screwdriver, philips, #1 (Klein tools)
screwdriver, philips, #2 (Klein tools)
screwdriver, philips, #3 (long handle)
screwdriver bit driver (Felo 0715732348 1/4-Inch x 4-Inch Hex Bit Holder Screwdriver, 538 Series - - Amazon.com)
screwdriver large bit set, metric and us sizes (Amazon.com: Neiko 100-Piece Security Bits Set with Hard Storage Case: Home Improvement)
small sledge hammer
file
cold chisel
1/2" drive socket wrench
1/2" to 3/8" drive adapter (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002T5BD0)
3/8" drive socket set, metric, 6mm to 19mm
1/2" drive sockets, 20mm to 24mm
3/8" drive torq driver set (up to t50?)
3/8" drive allen driver set
3/8" drive 3" extension 3/8" drive flexible joint
adapter to fit 3/8" drive sockets into bit driver (SE 3 Pc. Power Extension Socket Bits for Drills - Jobber Drill Bits - Amazon.com)

Probably should add:

breaker bar

Notably missing:

Service manual, spare parts.
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Re: tool kit suggestions

Are you going off roading into the wilderness?

My off roading is typically just the beach. I carry a "Jump Start", air compressor, and a well equipped Swiss Army knife.


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Not really "off roading", but yah, more remote roads and trails.

Here in the Pacific Nothwest there was a lot of logging and as a result a maze of unimproved roads through the forest.

In general, we tend to stick to what are mainly decent dirt roads, but you never really know what you are going to get into.

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