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My suggestion regarding bulbs is more so that you can avoid potentially being hassled by police for something stupid. I got pulled over twice in one night in two different states for having a tail light out.
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fuel pump relays
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fuel pump relays
ignition module
rain pancho
spare tire
"tools"
water
snickers bars
slim Jim
water free hand cleaner
He has a diesel.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 10:44 PM
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Thanks Pancho. Super helpful.

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Old September 10th, 2016, 08:28 AM
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o NAS with an oil burner. good luck down there

Watch Dust to Glory before you go, this doc will get you hyped up
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Old September 10th, 2016, 05:46 PM
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Old September 10th, 2016, 06:51 PM
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Humm... I skipped the previous comments....
Here is what I keep in the truck at all times (NAS V8, 1995, v-belt truck)

Ignition amp module
Spare coil
Ignition wires
Cap, rotor
AICV
Gas cap (happens)
Oil
Tool Kit (fairly extensive)
Small tarp
Gloves

That's about it, for events I throw in the spare ECU, 1 u-joint and an alternator

That is about it... All my issues thus far have been ignition related over the years...

Drive line stuff is generally not needed since if you kill the front or rear diff, convert to 2wd pulling the shaft or axles as appropriate and get back to camp for a FedEx location with a shower...
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Old September 10th, 2016, 06:54 PM
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I think it would be helpful to also note what kind of trips everyone are making and how far, along with the spares list. The list is going to be different if you're making a 2 mile road trip to the local Starbucks versus a 6000 mile road trip, perhaps even to a different country. I'm looking to do the latter. I have a very reliable Defender and it's my daily driver so technically I could probably get away with bringing a Slim Jim and a snickers bar but I'm the planner type who likes to be prepared for eventualities. My current list (yet to be posted) I got from a friend who spends a lot of time in Baja with his Defender. I'm particularly interested advice from those of you who actually have experience doing these type of trips.
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Good point to put my list in context... My d90 is a daily driver, most trips are 2-3 hours but some up to 10hrs each way (the off roading, or just a normal trip..)
For the proposed TAT trip my list included the event stuff...

I dive it daily so am really on top of maintenance as a nessecity
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Old September 10th, 2016, 07:08 PM
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Exactly. Context. Rovers like to be driven and I've definitely noticed that with mine.
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My typical trip is about 2,500 - 3,000 miles. I take one, rarely two, a year. I'm usually gone for about 10-15 days. My goal every time is to minimize pavement time and drive to the craziest places I can find. My last big trip around Idaho took me on some of the roughest terrain I've ever driven for an extended period of time. 250 miles of this in one day:



That said, Southern Idaho (and Baja California, too) are not far enough off the grid to warrant going full Gonzo on your packing list. You're not driving across Yakutia, after all. If you're running a HD driveline, don't even bother bringing spares. Bring spares for the things that are likely to break (rubber, shocks, U-Joints, tire patches) and for the few things that are easy to carry spares for and would be trip-enders if they did break (tie rod ends, steering U-joint, fuel cut-off solenoid).

I have done my yearly trips for ten years now. For grins, here's a photographic summary of every trail break-down I've seen in that time. The point is to give you an idea of what typically goes wrong. As you can see, it's almost a piece of rubber or a common wear item that breaks.



D2 head gasket failure. Same truck also flatted a tire and had a negative battery cable disconnect on that trip. I chalk the head gasket and battery cable up to insufficient pre-trip preparation. Tire was just bad luck.



Axle tube failure at the weld on Cedar Mesa. An extremely unlikely, trip-ending accident on a smooth and soft sand road caused by an improper factory weld. An onboard welder might have saved the trip but I didn't have one. It was an 12-hour-and-$1500-tow nightmare to get back to civilization.



D1 Shock failure on Ben's D1 on Elk Ridge. Bad luck or possibly incorrect shock length for this amount of articulation. Easily fixed in an hour with a spare that I happened to have. I will never go out without one front and one rear spare shock now and a new set of poly bushings for them.



Flat tire in Beef Basin. Bad luck. Easily fixed with a Safety Seal and Peter's homemade Anton Chigurh CO2 tank.



U-Joint failure in the Escalante Desert. Easily fixed with a spare and the appropriate tools.



Centering ball failure on a dual-cardan driveshaft on I-15. Next to flat tires and broken shocks, this is the most common failure I've seen. Almost always due to insufficient grease, which is just about impossible to apply on these. This is why I hate DC driveshafts. You cannot trail-fix this. Your only choice is to pull the shaft and lock the center diff and drive slow.



Flat on a RRC in the Utah West Desert. Caused by shitty, old, no-name tires. Quickly fixed with a Safety Seal. I only run Michelin XZL tires. Knock on wood, I've never seen a single failure on anybody's XZL, ever.



Leaky rear brake line junction in Breckenridge due to insufficient tightening. Easy fix but not if you didn't carry a can of brake fluid.



Exploded fuel locker latches in Northern Idaho due to -15F temps freezing Jerry cans solid. Fixed with safety wire. Always carry safety wire, it's super useful.



Soon-to-be-infected cut on foot. Owyhee Desert, 150 dirt miles from a doctor. Fixed with duct tape and triple antibiotic. Always carry a simple first aid kit. Duct tape is the miracle Band-Aid for the trail.



Trailing arm bushing in Atlanta, Idaho. It was a miracle that Peter had the assortment of wrenches, spacers, bolts, and sockets needed to hand-press a new one in. One of the more impressive trail fixes I've seen. Put in fresh rubber bushings on all the majors before a big trip, or use poly bushings everywhere and carry spares of them because they go bad more quickly.

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Old September 10th, 2016, 10:04 PM
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^^ great write up and pics ^^


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Chris, do you travel alone? Alone in your vehicle and alone with no other vehicles?

What type of communications do you use? Satellite phone, HAM, etc.?

How do you do your route planning? Paper, electronic? Google earth? Has it evolved?

Once planned, how do you navigate? Paper, electronic? GPS, compass, iPad, kneeboard? Has it evolved?

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Old September 11th, 2016, 06:23 AM
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Chris when are you going to turn that into an article for OJ or something?
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Under 100 miles from home.... basic tool kit and AAA+ card.
Over 100 miles.... add small peli with ignition & engine bits, relays, tapes & bailing wire, ecu, and hub socket.... and a multi meter.
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He did a trip report OJ online.

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