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Old 9th September 2010, 22:10   #1
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hi bhpians
please share, discuss, debate about tools which are needed for amateur/hardcore offroaders. (jeeps,gypsys,LR's,all included)

or give the list of tools that you guys use at home or in OTR.

you may also ask/answer information about various tools or what tools are used for a certain work.
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  • whats the name of tool used to remove the lock nut in axle hub?
  • what tools are needed to do wheel servicing?
  • a tools list for DIY home garage of offroader.
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hi bhpians
please share, discuss, debate about tools which are needed for armature/hardcore offroaders. (jeeps,gypsys,LR's,all included)

or give the list of tools that you guys use at home or in OTR.

you may also ask/answer information about various tools or what tools are used for a certain work.rgds
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Hello ,Nikhil you have started a good thing here .
Thease spanners look like Check Nut spanners ,which are used to remove wheel hub main nut & lock nut ( If I am not wrong )

Also providing pictures of few things of importance to a DIY job ( on road /off road )
thease are things useful along with regular tool kit

1) a set of common pliers
a wire striper ( yello handle ) , electricians plier , adjustable wrench ,a brake pipe spanner , a nose plier
Offroad Tools Thread-pliers.jpg

2) a Hammer , chisel . An extention pipe ( half inch dia )for wheel spanner . another plier ( most useful ) ,a round file
Offroad Tools Thread-hammer.jpg

3) Work light ( 12 v dc ) can be used as test lamp
Offroad Tools Thread-lamp.jpg

4) Tyre Valve tool, valve caps ( Metal ) valves & a pen Knife ( flat blade +tin opener + hole pointer /punch
Offroad Tools Thread-tyrecare.jpg

5) Spanners to fit in specific places/purpose .( a Sample pic )
Offroad Tools Thread-spanner.jpg

yours Sudarshan
P.S. also trying to answer your earlier Q's regarding wheel service & others through pics.

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thanks for the detailed information sudarshan ji.
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By Offroad Tools, do Tow Ropes fall in the category?

I believe the following are very important tools too:

1. A well tuned vehicle with working 4wd
2. A good driver with presence of mind.
3. Good tyres.
4. Ability to understand the terrain and exploit it sensibly
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I like to work on the vehicle , it never goes to mechanic .

Appart from regular tool kit of spanners etc. I found some tools which are handy and serve some special purpose .Also thease can be carried also ( though some are purely stationed at the work shed only ) .Thease are not so costly to buy either .

here are some pics .

1) Work Table ; on the left is a Drill machine stand base
Offroad Tools Thread-1.table.jpg
2) A low height jack ( but triple lift up to 14" total )
Offroad Tools Thread-2.jack.jpg
3)this is for wheel job
from left a liner lifter ( developing ), a hub/drum puller , Jeep/LR hub nut spanner, a Rubber Mallet
Offroad Tools Thread-3.hubspn.jpg
4) Reverse impact hammer.
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5) set of files drill bits ( + a hole maker ),set of allen keys ( sample ), eye protection, various metal logs for varied jobs .
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6) from left valve spring tool , flywheeel holder , small pipe bender ( brake/fuel pipes ), deep saw frame , a common puller
Offroad Tools Thread-6.valvetool.jpg
7) arrows : red- Grip/vise , green- stud remover , blue - feeler gauge, yellow - mini spanners , white - sump nut tool , dark red- oil filter tools , grey- deep ring spanner , brown- special ring spanners , golden yellow - small grease gun , black- special hook spanner
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8)pipe flair tool
Offroad Tools Thread-8.pipeflr.jpg
9) In car kit
Red pouch reverse tap type stud remover
On white paper, a notched skrew driver ( to hold & load springs )
a hack saw blade holder
Offroad Tools Thread-9.kit.jpg
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Super tools collection Sudarshan. You have a mini workshop bro!
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the only reason behind creating this thread was to create a tools list for autoholics like us.

thanks sudarshan ji for the detailed information.
please add information regarding special tools (ex. various pullers) used in Jeeps /LRs/Gypsys.

awaiting more information from experts like behram sir,ubs sir, arka, spike, exteamepower.
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I think tools to be classified as follows , everyone please comment .

This list is from my view point ,( explained as follows) .

I dont own/run a workshop or garage ( as of NOW ), nor am I a mechanic or engineer . Mine is purely a hobby . I have never borrowed a tool but bought it straight ,thats how I collect tools . ( since my 8th standerd in 1980 ) . I never had an auto background in my family but have enough of space to keep everything , I am running 44 now but never had enough money to do & buy tools which I carved for . So Budget IS always tight , I opt to buy material from Juna Bazar. ( my father has never supported me but has nearly disowned me )
In short all the things I do ( & did ) are being done in a very adverse condition ,so please understand & keep in mind when you people see thease tools of mine .
I will classify tools as
1) entry level, basic sets for small maintenance work
2) medium level , special tools for mechanical jobs ( different tools per vehicle )
3) advanced tools ( cost wise ) like air compressors ,power tools .
4) diagnostic tools ( gauges ,meters etc.)
5) tools used for fabrication/ metal working ( welding machines , cutters etc .)
6) puerly professional machines ( lathe etc.)

I will try & focus more on No. 1 , 2 , 3 . so it will be easier for anyone to store & invest .

I will try to give/find more pocket friendly versions in No. 4 & 5 ( though I own some equipment )
now No. 6 is my dream so pray for me

Sudarshan

( currently trying to find a MIG welding machine in economy range )
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I started collecting tools in College way back in 1969. Most of my scholarship would go in procuring tools. The tools are now housed in two or three cabinets. Most of the hand tools are Gedore and the screw drivers Bahco-Taparia. Some of my collection

Hand Tools
- Open Ended Spanners - 5mm to 27mm
- Socket spanners - 6mm to 42mm
- Ring Spanners - 6mm to 42mm
- Box Spanners - 6mm to 42mm
- Screw Drivers - around 10, down from 20 I had initially
- Pliers - Nose, Normal, Flat tip, Locking, Circlip and many more
- Accessories for Socket set - Extension small, medium large. Ratchet, Universal joint, t-bar, etc
- Hammers, Chisels and punches
- Saws - Fret, Steel etc

Special Tools
- Pullers - around 5 diffrent types
- Stud extractor
- Ring Compressor
- Valve Compressor
- 6" vice
- Kerosene Blow Torch
- Cylinder compression tester
- Timing Light

Drills etc
- HSS Drill sets - 1mm to 12mm
- Reamers - 4mm to 17mm
- Taps and dies - 3mm to 17mm
- Masonary drills. Various sizes. Latest aquisition is 25mm dia, 450mm long
- Valve Seat cutters
- Various carbide tipped formed bits
- Set of conical anticlockwise screws bits for extracting bolts/studs

Files
- Set of Carbide jeweler files
- Set of Steel files
- Manual Grinder

Power Tools
- Drills - 8mm, 12.5mm
- Power Screw Driver

Wood Working
- Jack Planes - 3
- Saws - 2
- Chisels - 6
- Set of Circular cutters - 10mm to 100mm
- wood working drill bits

Gardening
- Pick Axe
- Crow Bar - 1.5m
- Grass cutter

Electronics
- Soldering Iron - 5w, 15w & 100w
- Multimeters - 3 of various vintages
- De soldering tool
- Bit for extracting IC

I will try to take the photographs and post them, but that may take time.

During my college days and for some times after till I got married, I would carry out all repairs both mechanical as well as electronics, including overhauling of engines and suspension of my vehicles. With increasing responsibilities and better trouble free vehicles, all that I have to do is minor repairs.

Some equipment Lost due to non use and or borrowing
- Grease Gun, Oil Filler, Battery tester, Hydrometer
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@Sudarshan ji, I am falling short of words after seeing your collection of tools. I can safely conclude there are very few members on the forum who do a plethora of work on their vehicle all by themselves (without anyone's assistance), you being the most prominent among them. Next time I'm in Pune I will make it a point to check out your garrage.

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thanks sudarshan ji for the detailed information.
please add information regarding special tools (ex. various pullers) used in Jeeps /LRs/Gypsys.

awaiting more information from experts like behram sir,ubs sir, arka, spike, exteamepower.
I will soon add a few pics of special tools used in Jeeps.

Spike

PS- Jeepster, there is a humble request from my side, please do not place my name alongside such eminent personalities, knowing what they are and what they have done, I still consider I am a kid (bachha)

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As Off-Roader some additional important items in my inventory are

- First Aid Kit
- Working Gloves
- Shovel
- 30x30cms Board for placing under Jack
- Tyre Pressure Gauge
- Heavy duty Towing Rope (better if Kinetics Type)
- Rated 'D' Shackles
- WD 40 Aerosol Can
- 12 V Operable Air Compressor
- Jump Start Cables
- Petrol Can
- Water Can
- Drinking Water, Juices

much more to be added up separately
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Following is the list (edited) of Tools recommendation from my other forum specializing in extreme desert driving

DRIVEABOUT CHECKLIST ( Edited by deletion of Extreme Desert driving requirements)

Recovery Pack
 foldable shovel
 2 tow ropes
 hand-held spotlight
 working light
 fuel siphoning hose
 wood base for jack
 battery jumper cables


4x4 kit
 air compressor
 screwdriver
 phillips screwdriver
 pliers
 adjustable wrench
 gloves
 compass
 knife
 string
 duct tape, insulation tape
 Swiss army knife
 mirror
 lighter

Personal Kit
 first aid kit
 hat
 sunglasses
 sunscreen lotion

Car Kit
 flashlight
 compass
 mobile phone w/ charger
 GPS w/ charger
 two-way charger
 pen & paper
 pressure gauge
 spare wheel
 jack & tyre changing tools
 emergency water
 fire extinguisher
 bright plastic tarp (for shade, signaling)

Picnic Kit
 carpet mat
 side cushion
 folding table
 folding chairs
 beach umbrella
 box of drinking water
 cooler w/ food & drinks
 box w/ plates, etc.
 tea flask

Barbecue Box
 barbecue
 metal grills
 cooking tools
 charcoal
 starter fluid
 starter matches
 cardboard fan
 kettle
 firewood

Overnight Kit
 tent
 kid's tent
 tent pegs
 tent mat
 4 sleeping bags
 4 pillows
 lamp + lamp oil
 2 flashlights
 extra batteries
 water tank w/ hose

Overnight Kit
 change of clothing
 towels
 soap & teeth bag

Toy bag
 kids' flashlights
 sand buckets & spades
 frisbee
 tennis ball
 bouncy ball
 watering can
 petons
 diving mask + snorkel

Miscellaneous
 camera
 sketching pad & pencils

Spares and trail fixes
 Fan Belt / any other Belt
 Radiator Hose


Repair Tools and Consumables
 ATF, Gear Oil, Motor Oil, Brake Fluid, 1 gal of pre-mixed radiator fluid
 Radiator repair kit (stop leak fluid and rad-patch compound)
 M Seal / Araldite or similar cold weld epoxy compound
 tyre repair kit and extra valve
 3/8" sockets including spark plug socket
 standard and Phillips screwdrivers
 set of Torx keys
 battery jumper cables
 fuses
 electrical tape, Cable ties and wire
 plastic ties, duct tape and metal wire
 C - clamps
 hose clamps (can be carried right on the existing hoses)
 adjustable spanner small and large
 set of open wrenches
 rags/towels and hand cleaner
 large garbage bags
 WD 40 Aerosol Can
 multi-meter tester
 ratchet straps
 small length of chain and binder
 spare nuts and bolts in assorted sizes
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I will soon add a few pics of special tools used in Jeeps.
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PS- Jeepster, there is a humble request from my side, please do not place my name alongside such eminent personalities, knowing what they are and what they have done, I still consider I am a kid (bachha)
+1 for me too .( Same as Spike said , applicable to me also )

Dear all I missed a few Important aspects, are as follows .
1 ) a good Overall ( a Dungree )
Pic 1
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Also important is a first aid kit & a good soap to clean hands ( I use Surf ) + get a dose of titanus ( or anti of it ,whatever )

2 ) please remove the -ve ( negative ) terminal of battery before start of work ( I have experiances of tools touching live points )

3) a magnet ( to recover small items ,washers nuts fallen inside assemblies ) rub a long skrew driver on it ,get it magnetised & off the thing comes .

4) a good ground sheet & a suitable wooden block ( 4" thick ) as pillow ,yes you will need this for the sake of the neck.

Now the special tools ( Again )

1) hole punches ( for leather, rubber etc.to make washers etc. ) , small skrew drivers sets ( watch makers ) for meters etc.
pic 3
Offroad Tools Thread-3.holepunch.jpg
2)Various Mandrels to remove & fit bushes ( jeeps,LR )+ to locate /fit clutch plate
pic 4
Offroad Tools Thread-4.mandrel.jpg
3) tools : arrows Red: a tool to assemble leaf springs , Black: wire rope tensioner ( versatile use ) , Yellow: Pipe wrench to hold & twist pipes , Green: tin cutter , Also large & small hand drills for delicate jobs (plastic etc.)
pic 5
Offroad Tools Thread-5.assort.jpg
4) Various pullers . also Arrows Red: tin cutter of the scrap dealer , Yellow: wire brush for hollows & pipes , Green: small holder , Black: pointer made to align with engine belt pully ( LR )
pic 6
Offroad Tools Thread-6.pullers.jpg
5 ) RTV sealent Gun
pic 7
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6) Please tell whats this ?
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7) good work lamp ( 230 v ac ) & wire reels ( specific purpose & capacity )
Offroad Tools Thread-2.lamp.jpg

Sudarshan

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are PVC plastic Jerry cans better than metal Jerry cans?

i just want to make sure there are separate jerry cans for petrol/diesel and water/drinking water!
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Hi Sudarshan,

Thats seriously an exhaustive list and your explanation with pictures makes it better for newbies like us, though I think you forgot the most important equipment, the Helmets you are willing to Gift to me & Tejas.

This thread can be very useful, i recently got my tow rope and after the incident in the last OTR, wanted to get myself a tool kit but can't think about the right ones.
Like Spike has mentioned, that he shall give the list of the right tools needed for the Jeep, can experts on this forum shed light on the specific tools for Jeeps & Gypsy, which can be carried in the Vehicle. This will make it more easy for non-technical and new people like us to do our home-work well before leaving the House.

What I have recently acquired are,

Tow Rope - 5tons rating, 10mtrs
D shackles - 2nos.
New jack & tommy.
Spare fuses
Jerry Can with Cradle
25ltr Bisleri Can
Battery Operated Flash Light
& Most Importantly a WHISTLE, I got this idea after reading one of the Tejas comment, after returning from OTR, his electricals failed and he bought a whistle to alert the people. My Jeep works the same way before any OTR, the first thing to give away is HORN, so a whistle is always chained to the Jeep, the next Important thing would be a BOOPU.
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