"MUST HAVES"

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:31
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To help in overcoming mechanical catastrophes what are the things in IN YOUR TOOLBOX you wouldn't go bush without? silverback NO not fridges!!
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:44

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:44
Good tools to start with. Apart from the vehicle standards like jacks etc, a decent socket and spanner sets in both metric and imperial, wiring pliers (small box of electrical connectors and a few lengths of electrical; wiring), multi tester, 24 volt stick weld handlepiece, three heavy duty jump cables, a few G/P welding rods up to 3.3mm, multigrips, cork screw, Can opener and bottle opener (hey how many times have you lost tool...never, stands to reason the back-up essentials wont get lost from a toolbox), Gaffer and electrical tape, full set of pliers and shifters, a small angle grinder, and a comprehensive mix of nuts, bolts, switches, fuses, fasteners and cable ties. Can of WD40, a torch and a cigarette lighter.

Plenty of other stuff but that's what I don't leave home without.

Cheers. Mick
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:47

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:47
Oh yeah, the most important things....Top level RACV cover and a satphone. I'm a lousy mechanic! Other is a decent bottle of something alcoholic and a good chair. That way I can sit in the shade of the vehicle and wait for someone who knows what they're doing to come along!


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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:50

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:50
Workshop Manual, tools, wire ,tape, rope, bolts/nuts/washers,
wheel bearings/seals, stuff to fix tyres, oil, water,grease, coolant,
shovel/axe, jacks, tow /snatch ropes, spare hoses, clamps, battery
booster, lights, matches, fire extinguisher, rags, silicone/WD40
sealant, adhesive, tarps....& most importantly.....Bundy. :)).
What I've forgotten, will be answered......oldbaz... & toiletpaper.
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Follow Up By: obee - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:35

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:35
Toyota would not sell me a workshop manual. I dont wonder why.

Owen
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:44

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:44
At the price I wouldnt want one Get a Haynes manual from Repco or a Gregorys from Kmart about $50 each
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Follow Up By: warfer69 - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 02:15

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 02:15
*Toyota would not sell me a workshop manual. I dont wonder why*

Because it wont break down silly ! lol
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:53

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:53
I've been lucky enough not to have too many mechanical problems when away. I put this down to preparation. If something is starting to look/sound sus, replace it before you go. I get a mech to do a pre trip inspection, and talk to him about the terrain I hope to traverse.
I've found most of my problems are either tyres or electrical, so I carry the appropriate bits to get out of strife.
Toolbox wise, I carry a small cheap multimeter, and know how to use it.
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:22

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:22
I am particularly interested in the 2 pack putty type products and tape such as Extreme Tape etc.... silverback
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Follow Up By: TD100 - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 19:36

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 19:36
David,

take it from me buy some seleys "Kneed-it steel" i punctured my trans sump a few months ago on some rocks,in the middle of nowhere, it had a good size hole in it and leaking fast,pull out the putty,jam a blob in the hole oily and all,make another patch to go over the blob and it had already set.stopped it leaking there and then,no fuss,no real drama.cant rave about this stuff enough.as for other tools,i have spanner sets,socket sets,cheapo battery drill and bits,hammer,hack and bow saws,multimeter,wire,crimp lug variety,fuses and globes,relays and soldering iron-solder.duct and normal tapes,cable ties of various sizes,silicon gasket maker,contact adhesive and super glue.could go on and on but im not.i have given the majority of the stuff i carry but KNEED IT is #1 on my list.cheers Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:35

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:35
Hi Paul, dont know what brand I have, but yr right brilliant....silverback
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:28

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:28
As well as most things already mentioned .... a decent round file.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 13:37

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 13:37
Trolley Jack and aircompressor
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Reply By: Anglo - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 14:42

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 14:42
My answer would be to make sure that you know how to use a tool before adding it to the box... Personally I'm a complete arse when it comes to mechanical problems, so I've got a punture repair kit, and premium RAA cover...
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Reply By: obee - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:38

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:38
I am always looking out for a big pair of fencing pliers. They can be put to a lot of uses including cutting and bending fencing wire into useful things like a kelly hitch. The price puts me off but I should bite the bullet and get some next trip.

I probably carry too many tools apart from that.

Owen
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:52

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:52
yea, having a "shortie" I have to be smart in packing....silverback
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Reply By: turbopete - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 17:58

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 17:58
Loctite 1410
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Reply By: Mick15 - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 17:59

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 17:59
the above + spare wheel studs(6) big hammer, metric allen keys (8mm for nissan hub) and hub socket for previous, and a spare wheel bearing set (1 side) while i'm at it,
Hacksaw
Hand drill and some bits
metal files
couple of pieces of mild steel about 2-3mm x 30mm x 300 for emergency fabrication and repair using welding rods.
depends how remote you were going tho, at the moment ive only got jack, wheelbrace and a couple of shifters, files, knife and axe and some ropes
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 20:19

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 20:19
David P

As you are asking about "mechanical catastrophies" I guess you have got the basic bits to fix/ replace tyres. To me a good tool kit to suit your vehicle and some spares that you could reasonably expect to fit by the side of the road. To my mind wheel bearings, uni joints, drive belts, coolant hoses and suchlike would fall into this catagory along with the appropriate replacement fluids and greases. If anything more in depth goes wrong some good communication method would be top of my list. As vehicles become more sophisticated (and hopefully) more reliable it becomes more unlikely that you could carve a spare part out of an old mulga stump no matter how good a tool kit you have

Cheers Pop
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:43

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:43
cheers Pop,
having a shortie means lots of discipline or a trailer...silverback
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Reply By: Scrubcat - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 20:49

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 20:49
Scrubcat replied:
Tubeless tyre valve stem inserts and valves. I have never seen them mentioned on this forum as spares to carry previously.
However I may be wrong ,I often am.
Cheers,
Scrubcat.
I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Follow Up By: Member - Luke (SA) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 22:00

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 22:00
After having a tyre come off a rim a couple of months ago in sand and stuffing a valve, I now carry a couple of spares

Cheers Luke
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