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Old 02-08-2019, 01:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Awesome Tool Storage Setup

After digging through bags and bags of tools look for wrenches and sockets, I finally had enough. I was tired of pulling everything out to get camping gear in the back or to find a tool. This is what I did to solve it. I hope you enjoy!




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Old 02-08-2019, 05:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I do find it amusing. What does your boyfriend think of it?
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since it has a license plate, that random drawer must be on a vehicle. Maybe I'd have an opinion if it wasn't zoomed in like the Hubble.

You sure could fit a lot of tools in there if it wasn't full of foam. Are you an aircraft mechanic, or just freelance OCD?

Oh, this isn't ChitChat. Well, then, it looks fabulous.
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I feel so inadequate stuffing my tools in a HF bag...
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I feel so inadequate stuffing my tools in a HF bag...
i dont

pro tip for those using bags

put your box end wrenches on a carabiner to keep them together

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Cute foam job, you fit 3x more wrenchs and tools if yould have done it right.
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Haha. I just wanted my tools organized and easy to get to for the kind of wheeling I do.

I do realize that you might be able to cram more tools in there without the foam, but this way my tools donít rattle at all even over the roughest roads.

Rattle free and organized.

I might have some undiscovered OCD.


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Awesome Tool Storage Setup

Thatís carabiner trick is pretty good idea!


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Cute foam job, you fit 3x more wrenchs and tools if yould have done it right.


Would you mind elaborating?


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I use HF zip ties to separate my tools while in HF tool bags.
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I use HF zip ties to separate my tools while in HF tool bags.


Yea Iíve tried that method before. I just got tired of tool bags in the bag of my jeep. This way I can have a back seat but if I want to take a dog or throw some camping gear in I donít have to rearrange everything to pack it all in.


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Double stack the foam and cut simple slots for the wrenches, cut the foot print down by 75%
Same with the ratchet handles.

The pliers could have all been butt stuffed into each other and taken 50% less space as well.


Some hd magnetic bars would actualy kept that stuff in place, a fire road or a tip over and that shits gona yard sale the drawers
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I stole this idea from someone here. But hereís mine! I need to get some proper ones bent up.
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why so many wrenches, etc.. are you trying to carry tools that could help anyone in general? cuz only a few of those would match up to what YOU would need

oh and there is a thread in here "gear to carry" or something like that.. the question is, do you carry other stuff too? what about bailing wire, zip ties, or electrical tape.. among many other things
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Seeing as you so blatantly has zero fucking clue on what it takes for tools to fix trucks, you air should just stfu.

Depending on the veh, you need averything between 5mm and 1-5/16",
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i dont

pro tip for those using bags

put your box end wrenches on a carabiner to keep them together

https://cdn.instructables.com/FO7/7T...S1JD.LARGE.jpg
Been doing that for 10+ years in my trail bag.

The Craftsman sets in the roll up pouches work nicely as well
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Seeing as you so blatantly has zero fucking clue on what it takes for tools to fix trucks, you air should just stfu.

Depending on the veh, you need averything between 5mm and 1-5/16",
I will take the bait

I took college courses in Welding, .. but no, I was never a professional mechanic.. I just hung out with quite a few mechanics, who built some kick ass machines and would often be there when something broke.. so I have watched them "sorta" fix stuff.. good enough to get people to where a tow truck could get them.. or someone would fix it the next day out there.. with a recovery vehicle and the proper tools.. we usually didnt take recovery vehicles out there, when we were gonna have some fun..

Ive never been to any televised events.. I guess at KOH, you'll see all sorts of recovery vehicles.. just in case.. I often say, you can make some good money on "just in case"
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Seeing as you so blatantly has zero fucking clue on what it takes for tools to fix trucks, you air should just stfu.

Depending on the veh, you need averything between 5mm and 1-5/16",
I think he actually said something sort of intelligent here. If you are wheeling a Toyota or Suzuki, do you just carry metric tools? Or do you carry 1/4-1 inch wrenches, sockets, etc? In addition to the hammers, screwdrivers, prybars, pliers, etc.


I carry everything because when we go out we have a variety of rigs and we donít leave anyone behind but if I was in a group of all Suzukiís, I might skip the weight of English tools.
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I think he actually said something sort of intelligent here
Im very tempted to leave this thread alone, with someone understanding one of my points..

Ive seen lots of things break.. usually you cant fix the problem with most tools.. unless you have lots of tools and all kinds of spare parts.. most people don't carry all the tools they would need with them, becuz of the risk of theft.. and they dont understand that you simply cant fix something that broke, with all the tools in the world.. tools alone, will not solve your problems.. and with the high price of good tools (one of my best friends used to be a snap-on franchisee) its cheaper to carry more spare parts, than every little tool you can think of..

does that make sense too??
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Im very tempted to leave this thread alone, with someone understanding one of my points..

Ive seen lots of things break.. usually you cant fix the problem with most tools.. unless you have lots of tools and all kinds of spare parts.. most people don't carry all the tools they would need with them, becuz of the risk of theft.. and they dont understand that you simply cant fix something that broke, with all the tools in the world.. tools alone, will not solve your problems.. and with the high price of good tools (one of my best friends used to be a snap-on franchisee) its cheaper to carry more spare parts, than every little tool you can think of..

does that make sense too??
When something breaks you have to do triage. Decide to do one of 3 things, usually.
1. Fix it with the parts and tools you have.
2. Send some one out for more parts or tools.
3. Drag it to the road and load it on a trailer or call a tow truck.

You have to know what is most likely to break on your vehicle. If you know that you can carry the things like U joints, axleshafts, belts and hoses, fuses, spare crank sensor, fuel hose, brake line, etc that you are most likely to need.

Then you carry the more generic stuff like fluids, a 5 gallon bucket for waste fluids, hose clamps, gorilla tape, etc.

In addition to a standard tool set you should know your vehicle enough to select the specialty tools you may need. Hub nut sockets, snap ring pliers, odd sized wrenches for example.

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I agree.. well written

the other thing is that the OP had his "D rings" etc put away... I always left my stuff on the truck at all times.. its a bitch connecting them in deep mud.. use a lock mechanism, if you dont want them to get stolen.. just make it easy to connect to your vehicle in some way..

thats my opinion
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I think it's silly to carry ratchet combination wrenches as trail breakdown tools. They're fine as secondary tools if you've already got standard combination wrenches, but they're shit as primary wrenches.

If you're fixing shit in a trail breakdown, repair time isn't the biggest issue. It's gonna cost you a lot more time because your ratchet combination wrench doesn't fit in the space needed to get on a fastener, either because the box end is so fat, or because the box end doesn't have the 15 degree bend that regular combination wrenches have.

Also, it'll cost you more time when you bust the ratchet mechanism on a stubborn bolt.
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I think it's silly to carry ratchet combination wrenches as trail breakdown tools. They're fine as secondary tools if you've already got standard combination wrenches, but they're shit as primary wrenches.

If you're fixing shit in a trail breakdown, repair time isn't the biggest issue. It's gonna cost you a lot more time because your ratchet combination wrench doesn't fit in the space needed to get on a fastener, either because the box end is so fat, or because the box end doesn't have the 15 degree bend that regular combination wrenches have.

Also, it'll cost you more time when you bust the ratchet mechanism on a stubborn bolt.
I agree. Especially when weight and space are at a premium like they are on most trail rigs. Regular combination wrenches are a basic tool that you should carry. Ratchet wrenches, not so much.
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Some good info thank you. This was just the first time ever doing this. Luckily the foam is cheap.

The ratchet wrenchís are just what I have so it is what I used. Luckily itís easy to change this setup with new cheap foam.

All good suggestions to make more space! Keep them coming. I might be going through my tools again and really deciding what is a want and a need.


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