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Minimum Recommended Tools:
This list is what I carry with me when wheeling, while more tools the better it just not possible for me to carry my entire tool collection with me into the woods, nor is it necessary. I have a smaller two drawer box that I keep with me when wheeling. Remember too that if you are going to go out in the woods with a minimal amount of tools, they better be good tools, you need to be able to count on them if you break something. This list looks long, but most larger tool sets will include all of these things, I just tried to make it as complete as possible.
- SAE 3/8 drive Sockets both deep well and standard (I keep mine on a socket rail, easy to pick up, and keeps them organized) 3/8 - 13/16 would be my minimum recommendation
- Metric 3/8 drive Sockets again both deep well and standard. 8 MM - 19 MM would be my minimum recommendation
- Spark plug socket, most of us use a 5/8.
- Another 5/8 spark plug socket that you can destroy (Good for changing U-joints).
- 3/8 Drive Extensions, 3", 6", and 9".
- Long Handled 3/8" Ratchet
- Stubby 3/8" Ratchet
1/2" Breaker Bar (Remember if you need more leverage a HiLift handle works great as a cheater bar)
Quality 3/8" to 1/2" Adapter
Larger 1/2" Sockets, 1 1/8", 1 3/16", 1 1/4", 34 MM, and 36 MM. (Pinion nuts, spindle nuts, pitman arm nuts, etc)
Spindle Nut Socket (This is for those with manual hubs, if you need a special socket to get your spindle nut off, you better carry it)
Quality set of torx bits. (If you are stuck out in the woods, you don't want your bits breaking on you.)
Common SAE wrenches, 5/16, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 3/4 at a minimum. I usually carry more.
Common Metric wrenches, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18 at a minimum Again I usually carry a few more.
Large Adjustable Wrench
Needle Nose Pliers
Large set of Vice Grips
Channel Locks
Large Hammer, and I don't mean something you hit nails with, I mean a mini
A couple of screw drivers, large ones preferably.
Tube of Silicone
Disposable Gloves (you don't want to end up all greasey and be stuck that way for the rest of the day)
Duct Tape
Zip Ties
Electrical Tape
Tire Plug Kit (I keep one in the console, one in the tool box)
Now that should be considered a minimum, I tend to carry a few more things. This is a list of things I also carry while wheeling:

1/4" SAE Socket Set
1/4 Ratchet
1/4 Extensions, 3", 6"
1/2 Sockets SAE and Metric (Larger ones 3/4 - up / 18 MM - up)
1/2 Extensions, 3", 6", 9"
Snap Ring Pliers
Long Allen Wrenches SAE and Metric
Torque Wrench (I always torque my lug nuts even in the woods)
Multi-Meter (If you don't know how to use one, FAQ: Multi-meter Basics:)
Also remember to have any of the special tools your Jeep requires, like I need a large 1 5/16" wrench for my steering linkages, and a deep-well 7/8" socket for the U-bolts, a spindle nut socket for the hubs, etc. Also note TJs require a large allen head to remove the transfer case drain/fill plugs, you'll want to carry this. If you have a locking lug nuts (why?) you'd better have the key with you.


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