Trail equipment can be broken down into a few distinct categories:

  1. Mandatory equipment.
  2. Recommended equipment.
  3. Trail Spares.
  4. Additional Supplies.
  5. Start walking... You're screwed because you don't have this equipment!

Note! - No list can be really complete... and no rig can really carry everything! Just make sure that SOMEONE on your runs has the right equipment to get everyone back home! This information compiled from several different sources and suggestions for additions are welcome!

Mandatory Equipment

  • D-Rings.
  • Fire Extinguisher.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Front & Rear Tow Points.
  • Jack (capable of raising vehicle).
  • Lug wrench.
  • Spare Tire-
    This means a FULL SIZE SPARE that is
    NOT a "full size" 235-14 spare for a set of 38" Swampers!
  • Tow Straps (no metal hooks/ends).

Recommended Equipment

  • Hi - Lift jack (or clone)
  • A Decent Tool Kit.
  • Skid Plates & Rock Rails.
  • C.B. radio.
  • Tire repair kit & Stop Leak.
  • Tire Gauge.
  • Flash Lights.
  • Winch & Recovery Equipment.
  • Leather Work Gloves.

Trail Spares

  • U-Joints (Axle & driveshaft).
  • Emergency 'Trail Driveshaft'.
  • Axles.
  • Tie Rod & Ends.
  • Crankshift Position Sensor (CPS) Jeep 4.0L in particular.
  • Spare Hoses.
  • Serpentine (or other) Belts.

Additional Supplies

  • Gear Oil.
  • Motor Oil.
  • Transfer Case Fluid.
  • Radiator Stop Leak.
  • Duct Tape.
  • Aluminum Tape. (REAL duct tape.)
  • Clean Wipes & Shop Towels.
  • A Sh*tload of Bungee Cords.
  • Some Ratchet Straps.
  • Bug Spray
  • A Huge Box to keep it all in.
  • Mylar blanket & cold weather gear.
  • Rain gear - like a $3.00 WalMart fold up poncho.

Start walking... you're screwed.

Always wheel with a partner! This category covers all the stuff you'll NEVER have with you the one time you break down, get stuck or run out of gas when wheeling alone.

Yeah, we've all wheeled alone... but DON'T DO IT AGAIN! Beats walking 15 miles just to get a gallon of gas or that $5 spare part your buddy always carries around with him.

If you have pics of your own repairs or can suggest other methods - please contribute your ideas (and pictures) to this article!

Revised on: November 20, 2006

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