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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:05 AM
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Portable tool kit

I searched the forum and google quite a bit before posting.

I am looking for a toolkit that I can take on the road with me when I do extended road trips/trail excursions. I don't get to go often and generally find myself leaving on a whim with just my wife and I.

I am looking for a decent bit of kit in a pelican like case.

I really like GENERAL TOOLS - JTC-13165 - MECHANICS TOOL KIT but can't justify the 2700 cost.

I am also entertaining buying a pelican 450wd and making my own.

Any experience, ideas, advise, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:17 AM
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When i travel more than 100 miles in my rover, or more than 300 miles in my other cars i will take my 192 piece Craftsmen set which was about $150 and my AAA card. Except for the time my transmission blew up, ive always made it home (not sure any tools would have gotten me home that day). I also have a set of tools that are more set up for homeowner work that i sometimes carry (hammer, dykes, pliers, etc.) which is about $100 worth of stuff from home depot. Not sure if that helps you out, but just letting you know what i carry. Also bring an extra oils, and coolant, but that should go without saying.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:28 AM
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That is helpful. Thank you. It is as important to me to know what folks put in their kits as what kits are available. I have always carried fluids, emergency gear, and the typical roll up tool kit. I have always been lucky but figure with a defender it is just a matter of time
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Old October 24th, 2013, 05:33 AM
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I bought a military setup from a board member- complete tool set in a Pelican- amazing setup actually. I have never used it, but carry it- always! Anyway, my Defender travels have shrunk considerably, and am willing to sell it if interested- PM if so.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 05:44 AM
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http://www.harborfreight.com/profess...kit-45951.html

I have been using this for a few years. It has more than you will even need, and the case is decent quality. It certainly isn't a pelican case but for the price I don't mind it bouncing around in the back of my truck or being dropped in the mud. Find it on sale with a 20% coupon and I think it is hard to beat.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I use the blow-molded tool case from Sears ( they come in two sizes). It has all the little socket and tool locations molded in with labels. I just filled it with some of the gazillion random tools I have kicking around. It's not waterproof or anything, but it is a very good low cost way to haul tools around. Beats the old kitty litter bucket....
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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:33 AM
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If you don't own any tools, then something like Harbor Freight General Mechanics Tool Kit - cheap and complete.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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ahhh fleabay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Pelican-...item35cd1bca4c
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Amazing these "complete" tool kits do not contain a hammer, cheater pipe or duck-tape.
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I couldn't justify spending that kind of money on any tools that aren't Snap On.
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Amazing these "complete" tool kits do not contain a hammer, cheater pipe or duck-tape.
Pesky unruly water fowl an issue on travels?



I bought a Craftsman set up long ago. One of those plastic molded sets like described above and have slowly added too it. When I outgrew it, I was able to cut the doors housing the sockets (labeled as described above) and put them into a larger Pelican case. Then picked up some tool rolls for the wrenches, ratchets, etc... Works pretty well. I would start with a set like that over a cheap HF set just because you can get replacements from Sears for no (or very little) money due to the warranty.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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I bought a military setup from a board member- complete tool set in a Pelican- amazing setup actually. I have never used it, but carry it- always! Anyway, my Defender travels have shrunk considerably, and am willing to sell it if interested- PM if so.
I was curious to know who ended up with the kit I wanted! lol...although very nice, too much $$ for me...
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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Pesky unruly water fowl an issue on travels?
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LOL, something like that.
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A past member in our club was a LR mechanic (a really good one who won awards, etc.) and he carried a relatively small toolbox. When asked why he would have such a lame set of tools, he replied "I don't need any more than that as I could take my truck apart with what is in there."

His point was: why carry a 2mm socket when our truck does not have a nut that size. So my question is:

Does anyone have a list of the fastener sizes on a defender? Would probably be able to put together a snapon set for a reasonable price if you could avoid the unneeded tools.
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You can do pretty much everything with a 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, and 30 mm, plus a 7/16, 1/2, 9/16 (two box/end wrenches for the DS bolts) 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 15/16, 1 1/16. Phillips #2, #3, Flat screwdriver, 1/8 punch. Folding metric allen wrench. Socket driver, couple extension. Pliers or multi tools. Hammer is nice to have. So are slip joint pliers and an adjustable wrench. Wire cutters maybe. Possibly a small multimeter.
10,13, and 17 are the far & away most common. If you start taking the V8 apart you'll need the SAE sizes (it IS a Buick engine after all...)

That said, there are some fittings that you have to have one particular tool for. The diz hold down nut for instance is only reachable with a 12 point 9/16ths. I have one that I put a bit of a bend in so I can get in there. Starter motor socket head cap screws are another.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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Pozi-drive screwdrivers. There is nothing worse than stripping out some screws away from home when you have no way of extracting them. There are not many phillips head fasteners on Land Rovers, most are Pozi-drive.
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All of the above plus some bailing wire, a tarp, shop towels, and some gloves (mechanix and nitrile)
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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rovertrader: you have a pm

Bmxer06pa : thank you for the link. I am worried about the overall durability, but I have a harbor freight right up the road and will go check it out.

o2batsea: No doubt that even if I buy a full kit, I will have to source more specific tools. It is great knowing where to start. Thank you for all the great info.

Jtomchik : great link. Thank you

Everyone else: Thank you for the advice and suggestions. Please keep it coming. I do have a fairly extensive tool selection at home, but I am a bit embarrassed to say that I am the guy who has a place for everything and would rather have two sets than have to shuffle things from my home kit when I am traveling. I will be making a cross country trip in February and having this prepared will at least give me some peace of mind.
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FYI, the Pelican GMTK is like 120 lbs when loaded with tools.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=37511
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Old October 24th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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Do you really need a Pelican case for some tools? Seems a bit overkill in my opinion. Its not like a wrench is delicate equipment.

Also, you probably already have all the tools you need to work on your truck, maybe skip buying a whole new set that will have lots of stuff you'll never need.

Tools are heavy, pelican cases are bulky and heavy. slim it down carry only what you need.
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