Top 10 parts to carry

Submitted: Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 19:34
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Hi I am soon to set up a list of the top ten parts to carry in case of mecanical problems in the bush for our club and new members , I was woundering what others would consider esentual,this list is based on resonable easy repairs that can be handled by hopfully most drivers with a basic tool kit (laths and diagnostic equipment not included )Peter York 4x4
ALSO does anyone know where I can get a book listing towns etc positions in Australia by UTM grid referance not lat / long ??
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Reply By: bob - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 20:22

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 20:22
Peter
Dicks Smith has a gps location guide which contains the majority of Australian towns. Although the references are in Lat and Longitude, why not just get your GPS to convert the figures over to UTM. My gps A 315 Magellan has the function to show both Lat/Log and UTM on the one screen. Hope it helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:17

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:17
Thanks for the help. Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: diamond - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:11

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:11
this is what i carry but will be interesting to see what other people have and bet top 10 will soon become top 20
1 first aid kit
2air compressor
3snatch strap
4fan belts
5 oil
6coolant
7puncture repair kit
8electical fitting kit
9tool kit
10spare spark plugs
and lots more but thats the first 10 i can think of
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Reply By: GaryInOz - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:27

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:27
11 Flexible emergency radiator hose with clips
12 EPIRB
13 Chewing gum for radiator/fuel tank repairs
14 12v 7Ah gelcell with solar cell charger for back up power to UHF radio
15 Two sheets of clear plastic 6' x 6' for recovery of water.

So far my additions would add occupy a space of 6" x 6" x 12".
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Follow Up By: rickwagupatrol - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:54

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 21:54
where's the shovel??????????
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Reply By: Voxson - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 22:10

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 22:10
16) long handled shovel

17) spare - spare wheel + a carcass

18) 60 litres of water

19) torch

20) bog roll

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Follow Up By: GaryInOz - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 22:41

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 22:41
Now, bog roll SHOULD be number 1!!!
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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:06

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:06
I note you say mechanical problems rather than recovery gear.
A comprehensive tool kit needn't be bulky.
I carry a quality socket kit with any specialist tools necessary
Ring spanner kit, screwdriver set and allan keys
Small medium and large vice grips and pliers
A quality hydraulic jack wheel brace and substantial jacking plate
Tire repair equipment and compressor
Jumper leads, fuses, wire, split pins, hack saw
Araldite, plastic steel, silastic, wire brush
Gaffer tape and assortment of nuts and bolts and hammer
A winch extension strap as a tow rope
and a tarp to keep me and all parts clean whilst working
Cheers Rob


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Reply By: Kev. - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:41

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:41
Fan belts
Radiator hoses
Puncher kit
First aid kit
Tool kit (sockets & spanners ect)
Spark plugs (petrol)
Rope , duct tape , cable ties , wire.
Jack
Fuel filter



............Extra beer !!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:10

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:10
Extra beer 'yes' makes the biggest problem seem easy Peter york4x4
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Reply By: Bruce from Budget Signs - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:41

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:41
G day Peter
in 20 years of 4wd the one piece of equipment i have found that i use over & over is a roll of fencing wire & a pair of pliers its got othuosand uses from tieing things back on even used it to by pass a broken fusable link so might be an idea to add to your list
Regards BruceBudget Signs
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Reply By: johnsy - Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:51

Monday, Mar 17, 2003 at 23:51
what about patience a workshop manual and commonsense to start with ? amazing how essential these items are and are generally left home.
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 13:09

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 13:09
Agree with that!

Patience is an absolute must. You must be patient to make commonsense decisions.

I recall one beach trip where I lost patience and the whole day just became one big stress attack. And for no reason other than the sea was too rough that day, too windy, the vehicle accompanying us had a 6 week old baby in it, the sand was too soft, it was past lunch time and the kids had to eat (but not where we were) etc, etc.

I was bottling everything up and that led to some mistakes that didn't have serious consequences at the time but were downright dumb and could have made things a whole lot worse.

If you feel you're getting impatient....stop the car, get out and relax. It really is "stop, revive, survive".




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Reply By: rojac - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 07:06

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 07:06
Parts:

Fan/AC Belts
Radiator Hoses/clamps
Fuses/light bulbs
tubes (have splits)
oil/grease/water
wheel bearings
jumper leads
2 pack expoxy and arildite
tie/fencing wire for all the bush mechanics situations
manual

and a comprehensive toolkit including sockets/spanners/allens/tire levers/torque wrench/soldering iron&wire/testing light/tape/compressor/screw drivers&impact wrench.

Cheers

Rob
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Reply By: Tony - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:02

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:02
From my set of tool and parts I've been able to replace a broken CV joint, swivell housing (from wreakers in Mareba) weld up broken engine mount, replace centre bearing on tail shaft. All this on a mates Hi Lux on our last trip to the cape.
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:15

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 11:15
Thankyou everyone for some great ideas, I will even revise my own on board list after reading your lists .Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Nordave - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 15:23

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 15:23
You have all missed the most important thing of all. when all else fails you need a credit card.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 16:28

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 16:28
NO money left on itARB has it all
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Reply By: GOB - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 20:01

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 20:01
peter i saw torch mentioned should be high on list; as for credit card its probably more important for someone at home to have that number and details on our last trip north we were listening to vks737 try to help someone but the person who was stuck would not give his card details over the network airwaves (fairenough ) but parts wetre available transport available but no money to pay no parts did not hear the end of tale only that he was out of trouble but if someone safe has credit card details for these emergencies it could save a lot of stress

ps i do agree with the extra beer

gob89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Reply By: Drew - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 22:45

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003 at 22:45
A fair bit of recovery gear but no mention of a hand winch? Is this worth taking as well?
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 13:39

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 13:39
on all our club runs we take 2 winches ,one electric and a turfor hand winch. My hand winch (turfor) never leaves my 4x4 you just never know Peter York4x4
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 17:49

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 17:49
I agree with the fencing wire and pliers. You can make almost anything with enough turns of the wire. I've found that it is one thing to have all the tools, but another to repair or replace what has broken. Bits of carpet, sheet rubber, cut up metal containers, odd bits of metal harvested from the trailer all can be useful. Selleys Unead it from the Handyman bar is useful (and better than chewing gum).

So the proirities for me are directed at repairing

tyres
cooling system
electrical
structural
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Reply By: mitch - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:11

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:11
I agree with all the things above but theres one little thing everyone should take cause if this goes AWOL then you arnt going anywhere and thats your humble water pump , if it fails no matter who you are or what you do your not driving.And dont worry if you cant fit it,if l come across you l can but l dont carry a spare pump for your car with me.Our pump failed 7500km into a 10000km trip and my good lady wife Mrs Mitch suggested l should have checked before we left,which ofcourse l did when l fitted the new belts,7500km ago.
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