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compact tool kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by big sky, May 13, 2012.

  1. May 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    big sky

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    I wanted to put together a compact tool kit that would readily fit in the compartment behind the rear seat, here's what I came up w/

    I purchased a Craftsman 3/8" 14 piece metric set off ebay for $16 :), 10-17mm and it's all 6 point which I prefer for wrenching

    it came w/ 4 deep sockets 12-15mm of which two I could use, it also came w/ a spark plug socket of the wrong size- I ditched the 13mm and 15mm deep sockets as well as the spark plug socket- added in their place a 10, 17 and 19mm deep as a 3/8" swivel and everything still fits very nicely in the case :D

    I got one of Craftsman's small plastic boxes and put in a 10" adj wrench, 10" adj joint pliers, 7" vice grips, 10" 3/8" breaker bar, 6 point combo wrenches- 10,12,14,17,19mm, two stubby screw drivers (phillips/regular), two smaller screw drivers (phillips/regular)

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    small repair kit w/ zip ties, electric tape, wire and 12' of gorilla tape

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    everything fit quite nicely :)

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    in my recovery gear bag I have a BFH along w/ a large-ish pry bar

    in the jockey box I keep a leatherman tool and folding knife

    I do need to add any appropriate torx and hex head sockets- I know there are a few

    this is by no means a full, comprehensive tool kit (that's pretty well covered at home), but something a guy (or gal) can make do for 90% of the issues that could come up on the road :)
     
  2. May 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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    chris4x4

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    I wana get craftsman tool box so I can put in my tool box on my truck handy when out on a trail
     
  5. May 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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    MagnecticgraySR5

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    Nice setup, you just gave me an idea thanks.......
     
  6. May 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    they make a wide array of tool boxes from to tiny to large :)

    these smaller ones are called "utility cases"
     
  7. May 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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    Looks good. My first reaction was: What the heck for? We're driving Toyotas. We don't need no bleeping tools. But then I recalled cases where I helped less fortunate drivers who had Fords, Jeeps, etc. :)
     
  8. May 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM
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    I'm partial to toolrolls rather than boxes. I have a BikeMaster toolkit designed for motorcycles, but it has the basics for any average maintenance and all in a toolrollup that fits right into the extra space by the jack in the 2012 Axxs Cab.

    http://www.bikemaster.com/tool_sets.html

    Of course you can buy a toolroll or toolbag from many places including Sears and put your own setup in.

    And of course a Fix-a-Flat can and a tire plug kit in the truck is a good idea, along with a small 12v air compressor.
     
  9. May 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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    Thanks for mentioning the stubbies, I'll add those into my toolkit, sometimes those are indispensable, along with an offset screwdriver. They don't take up much space at all, but sometimes you absolutely need them.
     
  10. May 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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    I'd add a can of PB Blaster and a roll of Duct Tape :D
     
  11. May 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM
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    thats true we drive yotas.... "the less fortunate" lol I like that :rofl::rofl:
     
  12. May 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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    Duct tape or fiber tape, yup. The electrical tape is fine, but something a little stouter is a good idea. PB blaster, yeah.
     
  13. May 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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    gorilla tape = duct tape, actually it's more like duct tape on steroids :D I put on an old card so it lays flat and takes up less room. If you like duct tape, you'll love Gorilla tape

    I'm saving up for a good compressor and a good plug/repair kit- I agree those are most haves for any extended off-road travel
     
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