Tools for new owner

Bohunker

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I ordered a JLUR 4xe and it will be the first Jeep I have owned. I wanted a Jeep because I wanted to get into over landing and also liked the idea of an expansive aftermarket where I could personalize my rig. The question I have is what tools would you recommend for a new owner that plans on modding such as replacing bumpers, grills and adding skids and lights? I would leave things such as a lift to professionals.
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For wrenches and sockets buy large complete sets. Individual sockets and wrenches are pricey compared to buying a kit that includes many. As you learn to wrench go back to the store and buy quality tools as you need them. It will take a few years to gather a nice collection. Don't buy junk or you will hate yourself for it as time goes by.
 

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Impact Socket driver an Bit drivers are very useful for most after market installs
 

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I Jeep Tavel a lot. I store my tools in this.

tool roll from Amazon

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I also at times stick it under the rear seat. I also carry some cordless tools like an Impact gun and an impact driver and drill. They are cordless....... I basically have sufficient tools with me when I am 1000+ miles from home to address potential problems. This may very well be over kill for many. But with that said, the tool bag from Amazon has held up great for 2 years and well worth the $21.
 

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Might see if there's a good used tool shop nearby. You can find full sets of quality older tools (before everything was made in China) for bargains. And these older tools, at least the hand tools will typically last much longer than new cheap stuff.
 

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Buy quality, new or used. I avoid boxed sets in the big stores, I don't want 12 pt stuff.

One should have a decent wrench set 6-2?mm, Wright makes a nice US set for the money.

Nice 1/2 drive ratchet and 6pt set from 10-23 will get you through fluid changes, tire rotations, etc. 3/8 and 1/4 later, avoid 12 pt stuff.

SAE stuff is nice to have around, a lot of the aftermarket stuff uses SAE bolts.

metric allen and torx sockets and bit drivers

ratcheting screwdriver of good quality.

Lotta plastic trim tools and metal ones too.

I have impact stuff, but rarely use it.

Jeeps are easy to work on and get under without having stands. Have fun doing your own stuff, this forum is a great resource for help if you get in over your head, because shit does happen.

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Not too sure of the probability of an electrail issue while out on trails, but if one doesn't want to leave any thing to chance, some wire strippers and crimpers with some butt-connectors may be a handy thing to have.
 

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Duct tape, black tape and a roll of bailing wire.
 

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Check out Dominion Offroad. They make a really great holder for the JLU that holds an almost full size shovel, ax and high lift. Puts them up against the roof and you don't even know they are there. Next you need a good recovery rope or strap. After that a good air compressor so you can air up and down. Then a small collection of hand tools. Don't pack a lot of crap you don't know how to use. My idea is I'm not trying to repair the Jeep, I'm just doing enough to get it back home. I also pack just enough to overnight if I can't get the Jeep back home. As you see a need, add to your kit but also take out of your kit what you no longer use/need. Avoid crap creep. I know I take too much and need to be careful not to overload.
 

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being a retired FF, I am sure you have seen close to the same.
Actually I have seen a LOT of the same-and a lot worse!

I remember going to a call, where a guy had been squeezing a small tube of "crazy glue" because the end was plugged. Unfortunately for him, the back of the tube gave out on both sides sending two steams of crazy glue into each one of his eyes, completely gluing them shut. What are the odds... Making matters worse was that it was Thanksgiving day and then according to the ER doctor(s) there was nothing they could do. He had to wait several days for it to naturally break down and allow his eyes to re-open.

Let's just say he wasn't a happy camper.

That even by it self always serves as a reminder to wear safety glasses when in doubt.
 
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