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I've heard many people say that no matter what spare parts you bring on the trail the part that breaks is the part you don't have. I don't have a tow rig with a full set of mechanics tools and a welder. Just have the limited room in the JK. I've been wheeling pretty hard lately and feel that it's just a matter of time until I get some serious breakage. I'd like to know what you guys are carrying for spare parts?

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I carry a set of tools and a spare u-joint for my front drive shaft(still have the stock rear) I also carry oil, gear oil, and rtv. Whenever I upgrade axles I'll probably bring the stock axles as spares.

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Apart from a mass of tools, welder, cordless grinder, cordless drill, and an assortment of pieces of steel, I carry front/rear driveshafts (old stock ones), spare driveshaft UJ's, spare axle UJ, ball joints, TRE's, and a tie rod. Next on the list will be some axle shafts.

Most of this is usually kept in the back of a pickup at the trail head.

I've found carrying a box full of nuts/bolts/washers/etc to be the most useful thing that I use the most.
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I carry tools, spare driveshaft U-joint, spare axle U-joint, serpentine belt, water hoses, heater hoses, air filter (probably not necessary), fuses, lug nuts, container of spare nuts and bolts, lots of tie wraps, duct tape, electrical wire and a couple of connectors, JB Weld and that putty type epoxy, a bunch of different size hose clamps (good for emergency repairs of many types), bailing wire, tire repair kit, Fix-a-flat, starting fluid, oil, gear oil, Bars Leak, ATF, brake fluid, power steering fluid, water, siphon tube, funnel and probably a few other things lying at the bottom of the tub. Everything except the tools pretty much fits in a single RubberMaid tub and the tools all fit in a small toolbox. I've also started carrying one of the "emergency start" batteries. My old Jeep had dual batteries and I didn't worry about it but I only have one battery in the JK and I see a dead battery as being a single point of failure that isn't that unlikely - $50 is cheap insurance.

One thing I've always tried to do is use the tools that I carry in the Jeep whenever I'm working on the Jeep at home. That way I find out if I'm missing something that I might need on the trail.

Crap, no wonder my Jeep is so heavy.
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I like this thread. Good ideas. Bump for a good thread.



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I really depends on where you go. I'll always carry a tool kit u-joints and hub/axle bearings. I'f I'm going to the Hammers I will try and bring alot more, because there is little to no support. In the Moab, the parts stores are geared up for the wheelers. They even sell aftermarket axle sets. In June I towed to the Moab and brought every part i could imagine. I left all of them at camp and never had any real problems. My group spent most of the time chasing parts for the guy with the CJ and shallow pockets. They had everything in town he needed until he broke the intermediate housing. I've been wheeling my Bronco for 15 years and have broken everything once, so it has all the upgraded parts. I will have to be a little cautious with my JK until I know what she can do.

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Apart from a mass of tools, welder, cordless grinder, cordless drill, and an assortment of pieces of steel, I carry front/rear driveshafts (old stock ones), spare driveshaft UJ's, spare axle UJ, ball joints, TRE's, and a tie rod. Next on the list will be some axle shafts.

Most of this is usually kept in the back of a pickup at the trail head.

I've found carrying a box full of nuts/bolts/washers/etc to be the most useful thing that I use the most.
Have you seen cases where the tie rod ends (I'm assuming that's what TRE is) have failed on the trail? If so, where do they break? Do you happen to know if the same part is used on the tie rod and drag link? I'm just wondering if this is something I should add to my spare parts collection.
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JMO...I would buy and install a Poly Performance tie rod (chromoly/ adjustable) and pull off the OEM POS and keep it as a spare. Although with the Poly tie rod youll likely discover that you wont ever need it and probably wont take it to the trail. The Poly unit is simply that good. And the cost is very reasonable for an aftmkt replacement. Ive seldom seen major draglink failure unless it wasnt installed correctly. Its pretty much located out of harms way in most instances.
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Have you seen cases where the tie rod ends (I'm assuming that's what TRE is) have failed on the trail? If so, where do they break?
Not on JK's, but I've seen TRE's fail on other Jeeps, usually the ball just goes real sloppy or even falls apart.

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Do you happen to know if the same part is used on the tie rod and drag link? I'm just wondering if this is something I should add to my spare parts collection.
I'd have to check, but I don't think so.

As StubEx says, going with the Poly tie rod (and maybe their high steer drag link also) will likely prevent the need for any field repairs, but carrying spares does give you a comfort factor.
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