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Old March 31st, 2012, 03:45 PM
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Must-Have tools for a D-90

My new-to-me D90 will be landing in Delaware and my plan is to drive it back home to Colorado. The truck has been driven by a friend in the UK for the last couple of months, so I have a fair degree of confidence... that said, I'd like to bring some tools for the journey. I've not worked on a Rover before... so I'm hoping for advice on what tools I might not have thought of to bring along.

- What range of socket sizes are common? Torx? Allen?
- Odd-ball tools needed to change wheel bearings? Brakes? Other "service" items?
- Wobble drives/ long extensions/ other "tricky" stuff?

Advice appreciated, even if hopefully not needed. :-)
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Old March 31st, 2012, 04:10 PM
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There's nothing that unusual, maybe a 30mm water pump spanner, I would recommend a full set of sockets up to 27m similar for imperial & correct socket for the wheel bearings.
What engine does the D-90 have?

It's around 1800 miles so make sure the oil is good in the engine, main box and transfer box, keep an eye on the coolant and check the oil level is good in the axles.

Have a good trip.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 04:29 PM
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Hub nut tool, T55 torx drive for the filler plug on the r380, 27mm socket and breaker bar for the lug nuts. I very seldom need to use a swivel, I have a locking extension that helps with the spark plugs.
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The bfh would be on my list for emergency bashing. Complete service manual and parts manual is always handy too. I also like the butane soldering iron.

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Old April 1st, 2012, 03:10 PM
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A F-250 with car trailer.

Only joking. Enjoy the trip. Sounds like a lot of fun.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Circlip pliers in case you have to pull an axle, a tire plug kit, something to air up your tires fuses, extra wire, some connectors, crimping pliers, vice grips, a couple of BIG screwdrivers, a soft blow hammer, something to cut or break really rusted bolts ( I have found my cordless minigrinder extremely helpful) a small floor jack and jack stands. I don't know about other defenders but I just found out the hard way that the drive shaft nuts are 9/16, not metric. Also make sure everything has been greased up well. Don't forget Duct tape and tie wire.
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Hmmmdidn't work so well
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
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From the list, weigh what you absolutely think you'll need based on the work you're willing to do on the road, and the work you'll have a mechanic do if something happens. Maybe you'll luck out an nothing will even happen. You'll still need room for your clothes, and a 90 fills up quickly.

Make sure you're willing to bring all these tools in at night during your trip if you don't have a secure bolted-down locker in the truck, unless you're not worried about stuff getting stolen.
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1. Cell phone
2. AAA card upgraded tp premium membership.
3. List of places/people that can help you along your chosen route.
4. Sleeping bag.
5. Assuming you are flying or shipping tools, choose wisely based on weight.
6. Sense of humor, good attitude and an iPod with headphones.

Jealous....have fun!!!!
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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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6. Sense of humor, good attitude and an iPod with headphones.

Jealous....have fun!!!!
Make that noise CANCELING headphones!
Add a flashlight and a small IR temperature gun as well.
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The most likely problem you are going to face on a first-to-me long cross country trip is going to be cooling. If you haven't replaced all the hoses (first thing I do after buying a used car) is either do it, or have a field repair kit for your hose sizes, which includes a section of hose and couplers for either side. you can get all the sizes you need at napa.

Also, drive you D for about 30 min on the highway, then pull over and feel each hub with your bear hand. If one is much hotter than the others, you have a warning sign for bad bearings on the hub. If it is too hot to hold on to for more than a second, you have an imminent failure on road trip.

I would also get that fuel filter replaced. God knows how much condensation built up in your fuel tank on the boat ride over.
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Make sure all the hoses are young and in good condition. It really sucks if they fail on the road.
An hour in the shop pre trip saves 10 on the road.
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Have faith, I jumped into my 110 did a 500 mile round trip cruising @ 60ish mph no problems
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I frequently drive the 425 miles to our place in NY with no issues. But if you're doing much longer definitely can't hurt to be prepared.
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He's been scared into silence by all these tales of woe. All he wanted to hear was that he needed a couple of spanners and he'd be good to go.
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