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Bug out kit:
Most of this kit will fit into one 19"x9"x9" plastic tool box. Nearly every
sort of repair could be performed with this kit.
- Service manual.
- A jack large enough to lift your fully loaded vehicle. A hydraulic
bottle jack is a good choice. Factory bumper jacks are not adequate. Include
a one foot square 3/4 inch plywood base for the jack to prevent its sinking
into soft ground Also include wheel blocks. If you have one of those short
wimpy lug wrenches, scrap it and buy one with some leverage.
- A shovel.That's right! In addition to its being useful for recovery
work,there may be a time when you have to dig under a disabled vehicle to make
room to woek. A folding shovel is OK for this but a little too small to be
ideal for recovery work.
- A work light. A 12 volt light with a long cord that connects to the
battery is ideal. A flashlight is the minimum.
- Work gloves to avoid cut hands.
- A three pound sledge hammer for persuasion of heavy objects.
- An 8 or 12 ounce ball peen hammer.
- Combination wrenches 1/4" to 1" (or metric 8mm-24mm). Add or delete as
necessary to cover your vehicles specific sizes.(include any specialty tools)
- Socket set in 3/8 inch drive with 6-point sockets as listed for
wrenches,spark plugs,12, 6,3 inch extensions, swivel and long handled ratchet.
Optionally, a 1/2 inch drive socket set could be substituted or a few of the
larger sizes could be included with a breaker bar for those big,tight bolts.
- Test light for electrical circuits.
- Wire cutters and/or combination wire cutter/stripper/crimper.
- Pliers, both combination and needle-nose.
- Large channel locks are handy for all sorts of repairs.
- Vice grips, small and large sizes.
- Large adjustable wrench,12 inches or better.
- Small,medium and large punches and a cold chisel.
- Screwdrivers, large,medium and small in both standard and Phillips.
- Hacksaw and extra blades.
- A spindle nut wrench, with appropiate adapters to fit your ratchet or
breaker bar, if you have a 4x4 or a truck with a full floating rear axle.
- 12 volt air compressor, a tire gauge and a valve core removing tool. A
tire iron for dismounting tires won't hurt either.
- Files, including a good sized bastard file (course) and a couple of
smaller, less course ones.
- A siphon hose and funnel.
- Jumper cables.
- Tow strap rated for at least 100 percent more than your gross (loaded)
For Severee Conditions, Add
- Battery powered or hand drill with a selection of bits.
- Pop-rivet gun with a selection of rivets.
- Sheet metal shears.
- One large and 2 small C-clamps.
- Additional jack, perhaps a Hi-Lift in addition to the hydraulic.
- Assorted wood blocks,2x2,4x4, etc.
- Recovery gear to include electric or hand winch,PSP (perforated steel
plates-also made in aluminum), misc. D-shackles.
Essential Spare Parts
The Weekend Kit
This kit will cover your behind in most circumstances, especially if you
are meticulous in keeping your vehicle in good repair.
- Inflated,serviceable spare tire.
- Duct Tape.
- A selection of spare fuses, at least two of every size used in your
- Water pump and alternator belts.
- Radiator stop leak.
- WD-40 for frozen bolts and drying out wet electrical systems.
- Motor oil, one quart. Auto trans fluid - 1 quart, brake fluid - one pint
can. Substitute one quart 90wt gear oil for manual trans vehicles. Motor oil
can be used in placed of 90wt in an emergency.
- One spare spark plug (if applicable), one spare plug wire long enough to
work on any cylinder, points and condenser if applicable. Distributor cap and
- 15 feet of 10 gauge wire (this wire is large enough to work nearly any
circut). Small roll of baling wire.
- Tube of hi-temp silicone sealer.
- Small can of wheel bearing grease.
- Extra tire valve cores.
- Spare set of keys.
- Small can of miscellaneous hardware, including nuts and bolts, screws,
The Whole Nine Yards
This kit is an addition to what is listed and should cover you for
extended periods in primitive conditions. This kit was based on items carried
for extended expeditions in the Sahara Desert.
- Another spare tire and wheel. Also carry a tire plugging patch kit and
at least one inner tube so that a very damaged tire can still be made to hold
air. Include several valve stems and a few valve cores.Beware that tire
patches and the vulcanizing compound used with them have a limited storage
life. Several extra lug nuts and wheel studs.
- Full set of extra belts.
- Full set of extra hoses, including heater and bypass. Include extra hose
clamps. An extra thermostat and gasket. Two gallons of coolant. You
should also have plenty of water availible also.
- An extra fuel pump and fuel filter. Several cans of a drying agent
(usually alcohol based) for waterfuel could be handy. You will be carrying as
much fuel as possible and perhaps scavenging fuel as you go. Consider a means
of straining fuel and add a can or two of a fuel stabilizer (such as Sta-bil
by Gold Eagle) to rejuvenate stale fuel.
- Oil filter and enough motor oil for a change, plus an extra quart. Four
quarts of ATF and two of 90wt for auto trans vehicles, or four 90wts on manual
trans. Grease gun and one extra cartridge. Add an extra container of wheel
bearing grease. Two pints of brake fluid.
- An extra air filter and crankcase breather filter if equipped.
- A full set of spark plugs and ignition wires. A spare ignition module,
for electronic ignition, in it's box,wrapped in foil for EMP protection. A
spare ignition coil.
- For diesel engines, a spare injector and glow plug.
- For fuel injected gasoline engines, a spare control unit (ECM), in it's
box and protected from EMP by foil. Also a spare injector.
- Carbureted gasoline engine, carburetor gasket set and spare float.
- Spare universal joints, one of each type used - including front axle on
- Wheel bearings. One each inner and outer, front and rear axles.
- Alternator repair parts to include brushes, bearing, diodes and voltage
regulator. Solid state voltage regulators should be EMP protected.
- Manuel trans vehicles, repair kits for hydraulic clutch, or clutch cable.
- Selection of crimp on wire terminals. 10 foot lengths of 12 and 16 gauge
- Spare headlights and a small selection of various bulbs used on vehicle.
- Extra roll duct tape and electrical tape.
- Epoxy glue, Loc-Tite Thread Restorer (for stripped out bolt holes),
gasket material with suitable cutting tools.
- Extended selection of hardware.
- Waterless hand cleaner and a coolection of rags or a roll of heavy duty
paper towels for cleaning up.
- A drain pan of some sort. One of those combination drain and two gallon
containers found in auto parts stores would be ideal.
What do you stock in your inventory? Send your input and info to OSM.