Spares

What are the most critical vehicle spares that are recommended for a trip around australia please? i am sure there is a list somewhere on this site but i cant find it anywhere. Any help would be appreciated. cheers dave
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:32

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:32
You better let us know what car, and a roughly where your going so on.
We could fully service our car with the stuff we take.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:56

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:56
i deliberately haven't said what car because i am looking for a more general list of suggestions.

where are we going? around Australia! again don't want to be too specific could be any where
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:15

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:15
G/Day Blueriderwa, Without anyone knowing which Vehicle!, you are going to miss out on a lot of vital info for a trip of this magnitude. Every make and model has its little quirks, Better off having some idea before you take off!.


Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:25

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:25
its ok im getting the info im looking for... thanks for your concern
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:47

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 20:47
For Me the top 10 are the tools and ability to

1/ repair a tyre
2/ repair a leaky radiator hase
3/ replacement belts
4/ means of starting a car with a flat battery.
5/ two independant sources of fuel and water
6/ range of bolts and nuts including 3 wheel studs
7/ means of drilling holes and jioning bits of metal
8/ Gaffa tape
9/ range of cable ties.
10/ Voltmeter with 6m of electrical cable and fuses for your car.


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Reply By: tim_c - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:03

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:03
I generally take a full set of spare hoses, belts and filters. Also, top-up/replacement quantities of fluids for everything ie. coolant, power steering, brake/clutch, oil (again, every different type required - g'box, engine, diffs). And make sure you've got all tools required to make this stuff useful if you need it! And a grease gun full of grease (esp. if driving in 'extreme' conditions).

Don't forget to check the spare tyre and all tools for changing it (incl jack) - I've helped a surprising number of people who don't have this stuff, or don't have access to it due to a storage system installed!
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:11

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:11
Oh, and fuses, globes (of each different rating/size), cable ties, 100mph tape, WD40, bits of wire (both steel wire and electrical wire), crimpers and connectors, 12v test light, electrical insulating tape, a little box of misc. nuts/bolts/screws, a hacksaw, 12v work light and a tub of grease.

Also doesn't hurt to have some muffler putty/bandage, some radiator/fueltank putty and a bunch of old rags (for cleaning up), perhaps also chuck in a set of overalls.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:22

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:22
thanks tim this is great info and greatly appreciated. thanks
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Reply By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:47

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:47
HF radio and or SAT phone
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:01

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:01
Hi i found this at the RACQ
Fairly extensive list if you are not leaving the bitumen you probably wont need all that and of course you will have to know how to use it all.

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Spare parts
Make sure all the spare parts you carry are appropriate for your vehicle and include:

At least two spare tyres for remote areas (over-inflated slightly to allow for air loss over time) with spare tubes
Puncture repair kit and spare valve cores
A complete set of belts for your vehicle including fan, air conditioner, alternator, power-steering
Fuel, oil and air filters
Fuses, for vehicle and HF radio
Electrical cable, 4mm and 6mm
Electrical tape and a selection of electrical connectors
Radiator and heater hoses, with spare clamps
Heavy duty jumper leads (as long as possible
Ignition coil, distributor cap and a set of spark plugs
Fuel pump kits (spare pump if your vehicle uses an electric pump)
Water pump kit
Wheel bearing kit (also for caravan or trailer)
Spare tail light and indicator globes
Workshop manual for your vehicle
Lubricants, power steering and brake fluid
Dewatering fluid, (WD40)
Selection of self-tapping screws, nuts, bolts, split pins and spring washers to suit your vehicle
Ducting tape
Strong wire and ball of twine
Radiator sealant
Epoxy ribbon
Hand cleaner, cleaning rags
Tow-rope and snatch strap and rated bow shackles
A good tarpaulin (from ground sheet to basic shade in emergencies)
An easily accessible 1kg fire extinguisher
Toolkit
A basic “off-road” toolkit should contain the following:

A torch
Jumper leads
Large and small shifting spanners
Socket wrenches with extensions and ratchet handle. Don’t forget to take any special sizes to suit unusual requirements for your vehicle
Standard, long nose and multi-grip pliers
Flat-tip and philips head screwdrivers
Side cutters
Small pipe wrench
Vicegrips
Wire strippers
Utility knife
Wire brush
Emery tape
Ball pein hammer, and small sledge hammer
Small axe or tomahawk
Hacksaw with spare blades
Grease gun and spare cartridge
Soldering iron, 12 volt or gas
Tyre pump, tyre pressure guage and valve tool
Standard vehicle jack
Jack and baseplate, steel or wood (30x30x5cm) for use in sand or mud
Strong point nose shovel
Tyre levers
Sufficient water to refill your radiator


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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:29

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:29
thanks rod another great list and you did it without any sarcasm or knowing which vehicle i am going to drive. greatly appreciated.

cheers dave
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:17

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:17
Yes there is a list - it is found in the Article section for "4wdriving" called "Spares & Parts" see Site Link
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Reply By: donk - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:25

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:25
From previous posts it looks like he has a 2006 GU 3 litre if anyone wants to be specific

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:42

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:42
Nah.... not interested in mind games
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 23:25

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 23:25
If so a spare motor may be helpful LOL





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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:28

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:28
thanks graham you just proved my point perfectly. there is no point mentioning any particular vehicle on a site like this because the most regular response you will get is from people who dont have one the same and simply want to take a cheap shot.
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:55

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:55
......and some just seem to like seeing their name on the screen, and talk rubbish...
Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 15:03

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 15:03
Its Friday we are allowed funnies.
Doesnt anyone have a sense of humour any more.


Jeez I dont know.






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Reply By: Eric Experience - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:27

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:27
blueriderwa.
The lists should be modified to suit a particular vehicle. A common cause of vehicle failure in the bush is over loading,second only to driving to fast. Most station wagon type vehicles are overloaded already with your camping gear before you ad tools. There is little value in taking things you may need because Murphy will see that the part you need is not in your kit. If you suspect that a component is not 100% then change it before the trip. If your vehicle is in good order and not overloaded you should be less likely to need any parts. Tyre repairs are accentual. I recommend weighing your vehicle when you have packed all your gear and fuel. If it is over the GVM go home and repack. Eric.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 12:02

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 12:02
thanks heaps eric great info and makes a lot of sence. cheers dave
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:39

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:39
My spares list depends on the age of the vehicle and how far off the beaten track you're planning on going.

The only "critical spares" I'd take for a BRAND NEW Japanese 4wd would be a fuel filter, extra spare tyre, tyre plug kit, basic tools, fencing wire, duct tape and superglue.

For an OLDER vehicle, the pre-trip servicing and inspection is the "critical" bit.
Everything needs to be serviced, replaced or spares carried if you're going off the beaten track.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 12:01

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 12:01
phil

i just looked through your pics. looks like you have really lived the 4wding thing for real. some of the little tricks of the trade you have on there are very interesting. truth is i have been driving 4wds in various parts of australia and all sorts of terain most of my life having spent a fair part of my life working on the land. i just haven't ever done it for touring and i want to make sure i don't miss anything in the preparation as this time my family will be with me. i'm sure you would agree you can never have too much knowledge in this game. even if it is only to ensure your holiday is as enjoyable as possible.

thanks for your help

cheers dave
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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 13:52

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 13:52
Dave, as Eric and Phil have both effectively said - "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - if anything is questionable, change it before you leave. I said I always take spare hoses and belts but I've never needed them yet - I'd much rather change these things at home rather than on the side of the road someplace in the middle of nowhere! As was also said, don't overload your vehicle - then you needn't worry about things like spare springs (which in itself will save a bit of weight!). If you know the condition of your car, have had it for a little while and think about the terrain you're likely to encounter, you'll have a good idea what might be likely to fail.
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Reply By: Steve63 - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 16:17

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 16:17
Depends what you are planning on doing (ie how much black top, dirt, track). Some of it depends on the vehicle and your skills as well. Some vehicles have common issues or failures so if there is anything specific you should consider it.

No mater what you should have:
plugs for tubeless puncture repair
Hoses
Belts
Fuses
globes
Basic tools
A way to repair radiator and fuel tank

Basically anything that will get you going to the next town.

If you are going futher afield
A few week studs
A few spare wheel nuts
Oils
Filters

If you are going to go down the CSR then maybe a couple of spare shocks as breaking them seems common.

The list can be endless but it is all weight and space.


There is little point carring things you do not have any idea how to replace



Steve
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 17:16

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 17:16
Whatever spares / tools you take the most valuable is the knowledge to fit /use them if required ,otherwise a satphone and a no limit credit card will see you through most breakdowns , enjoy the trip
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