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sockets for emergeny kit?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by bmgreene, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Dec 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM
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    I'm putting together a small emergeny kit for my 2010 PreRunner V6, and was wondering what socket sizes are the important ones to have (mainly wonder if there's any I need beyond the common 8, 10, 14 and 17 mm that seem to make up about 90+% of the bolts on most imports).

    I've already got the following:
    4" screwdrivers (std & phillips)
    one giant std screwdriver that'll work as a prybar/tensioner as well
    8" slip-joint pliers
    7" vicegrips
    3/4" wrench (for my Hi-lift)
    metric combo wrench set (6,7,8,10,12,13,14,17mm)

    I'm planning on adding a pair of 6" needle-nose, a stubby ratcheting screwdriver set a rubber mallet and a small selection of sockets with a ratchet and a couple extensions and a leatherman-type multi tool.

    Past that, the fatory tire tools and recovery gear (hi-lift with winching kit, chocks, straps, shackles, chain, flashlight and at least 1 jackstand), is there anything I'd be likely to need in order to do basic fixes in a pinch?
     
  2. Dec 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM
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    Make sure you have a couple different extensions, and both deep well and shallow sockets. Not sure about the most common sizes are for 2nd gen though. I keep a miriad of tools in the toolbox. I even keep my impact drill in there. But for basics, it looks like you have a good start.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    Just make sure you have some of the less "common" metric socket sizes. 12mm for sure, 14mm 16mm, & 17mm come to mind.
     
  4. Dec 21, 2009 at 10:45 AM
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    thanks for the quick responses.

    I'm hoping to keep the kit to what will fit in a surplus mechanic bag (11x6x7), but I'm sure when I need a tire change I'll be wishing I had an impact gun (probably not enough to justify the $200+ price tag for a tool that I have no day-to-day use for.

    I'm leaning toward a single rail of selected sockets over a cheap little kit 'cause it'll allow for carrying both short and deep walls without taking up too much space and because I already have 3 decent 3/8" handles and 2 3/8" breaker bars in my home kit and one of each could be contributed to the cause.

    Just realized I should probably also add a set of metric allen wrenches and a spark plug socket in there.

    Any idea what size plugs the new Tacos are using?
     
  5. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:07 AM
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    dont forget a bag of jerkey. just incase :thumbsup:
     
  6. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM
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    Also will need a set of mechanix gloves, maybe a couple of chem lights.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    I've been meaning to pick up a dogbone wrench to carrry under a back seat. It seems like it offers a lot of versatility in a compact tool - not as useful as a socket set, but better than nothing.
     
  8. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM
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    If you can find one of the "Grow an ASE Certified Mechanic" that would be good as well. You just have to add water. Only drawback is you have to have deionized water or he won't expand to full size.
     
  9. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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    Get out/oot of here post whore!:D

    There are places it can get to that a socket wrench can't.
     
  10. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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    I have heard that. good point. I just don't have the $ to get one right now.
     
  11. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM
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    lol - It's "out." I'm actually s out h of you. :D Don't tell the Canadians. I'm undercover.
     
  12. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM
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    Great to know! I'll be going to AutoZone.
     
  13. Dec 21, 2009 at 11:37 AM
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    gloves are already in there (need 'em for recovery also) and I was planning on a 2-D LED Maglite but a couple chemlites as backup are a great idea since they don't have a shelf-life like batteries do. Can't believe I forgot duct tape

    I hadn't thought to throw in a dogbone, but that's a great call also.

    re: silverback - I hadn't thought to have the diff drain covered since I hadn't planned on carrying gear oil on the trail, and figured if the diff's dry I'm not driving out of wherever. Is drain/fill of the diff really a "field" repair?
     
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    I would bring a whole other truck if I could afford it.
     
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    Taco's in general I think. Toyota is expensive no matter what the parts. :(
     
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    This one is sort of my "trail rig". I'll be using it for occasional hauling and maybe a bit of towing as well, and it's doing DD duty lately to get some break-in mileage on it, but I've got a little coupe that'll do me just fine on the blacktop. I tried looking used originally, but all the used 2nd gens seemed to be going for almost as much as I paid for brand new (it also seemed like 80% of the used tacos in my area were X-Runners which were completely unsuited for what I wanted).

    I might get a little ambitious for a 2-by when it comes to trails, but I'm not planning on doing any really hard-core wheeling or rock crawling. I just don't want to end up stranded with something I could patch up myself for lack of a passable field kit. Hoping to not have to deal with a broken axle, but I'd probably be willing to accept a tow out and get something at that level done in a real shop.
     
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    what's the drying/cure time on those "punch" type patchers (kits usually have a T-handle and some stringy-looking patches with some glue)? I haven't seen one used in person in almost 20 years, and when I had nail-holes patched at a tire shop a few years back I left either the wheel or the truck at the shop for the better part of the day.

    Also, do you know of any type of self-sealing goop that works decently (obviously at some point the capability of anything will be overwhelmed)and won't screw up the TPMS units? My RX-8 comes with a bottle of goop and a compressor in place of a spare, but I'm not sure if that's intended to sacrifice the sender in the name of mobility.
     
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    I can confirm what Silverback wrote about the tubless tire plug kits. You can air them up and drive around immediately after plugging the hole. Also it isn't even necessary to have all the air out the tire when you plug it. I carry a kit in my truck. Here is a link to a thread about Tire plug kits

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    OK, I'm probably a little overboard with the toolkit at this point, but I've got everything together and feel like I could just about disassemble and reassemble most of the truck on the trail if need be (including possibly rigging a makeshift engine hoist with my hi-lift and a strong tree, although why I'd ever want to pull the engine on the trail is inconcievable).

    Now I'm wondering about any particular parts or bits of hardware that might be particularly likely to come in handy. I've got a couple 25' rolls of mechanic's wire, WD40, some electrical wire (with a handful of various crimp-on connectors) and both electrical and duct tape. I'm thinking it'd probably be worthwhile to have a couple replacement U-bolts and at least one spare U-joint on hand (are all the U-joints in the driveline interchangable on the 2nd gen?), but I'm wondering if damage to the steering system is likely and if those joints can be repaired/replaced in the field.
     
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