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    Default Essential Tools & Spares to have for an FMTV? Add your .02

    Been searching and reading various threads that mention TOOL.

    Not come across a comprehensive thread sooooo... here we go. Please make suggestions on tools ands spares to carry and where to get them by making a post to this thread. Will keep updating the list in this top post with things discussed in post you add below. List has got a few questions added below as well. Will update list according to your suggestions on these questions.

    Via idea brought about by 98G..... splitting this top post up. It will start with a a KISS LIST of items (keep it simple and stupid) Following that will be the complex list with more details if one wants to read further.



    KISS LIST

    list of tools actually used in 40,000 miles of various recoveries of FMTV and other MV's
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    Jacks X2 + cribbing
    Impact wrenches
    1.5" sockets
    3/4" sockets
    1/2" and 9/16" wrenches
    Oil
    Water
    Glad hand air hose with air chuck
    Chain
    Fuel can
    Fuel line
    BFH
    Batteries
    Slave cables
    Battery charger
    Crowbar
    Wd40


    List with more detail. This is NOT "my list" It is a list created by users here. THANK YOU to everyone that has contributed.



    TOOLS


    T=Tool. W=Where. MCW=a Must Carry With item on excursions. Excursion being 100 or more miles and involves offroading that requires CTIS activation to navigate terrain efficiently.

    T. Technical Manuals (TMs)
    W. This Board
    MCW. YES

    T. Lug Nut Removal kit. 38mm/1" drive socket and corresponding breaker bar,
    W. Various
    MCW. YES
    NOTE: as suggested by Oxyacetylene if you are going to purchase some 1" drive impact sockets, take a look at Harbor Freight. The metric set comes with a 38mm deep well for lug nuts. Sign up for their coupons and use a 20 or 25% off coupon to purchase. http://www.harborfreight.com/10-pc-1-in-drive-metric-impact-socket-set-67987.htm


    T. Impact Wrench and Air Rachet. Air type with whatever is needed to hook her up and/or 24v type and wires to NATO that Im guessing is what was standard use with these. Best air or 24V? my vote air..... see Pass thru socket info further down
    W. 24v can be got on this board probably ebay too. Air anywhere. with hose adjustable air regulator and Gladhand attachment orrr?
    MCW. Yes or no????


    T. Sockets for Impact..... what sizes most common have ya'lldiscovered is needed? Pass Thru Sockets and adapters are available for some types of Impact. See below
    W. H.Freight? Sears?
    MCW. ???


    T. Ratchet and Socket Set. what sizes most common have ya'll discovered is needed? FWIW I like PASS THRU sockets myself but rachet's head is larger and not as good in tight spots?? Can now be used with Air Rachet wrench as well see http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/ar...-pten-magazine
    W. Amazon, Hardware Store, Ebay Etc.
    MCW. Yes

    T. Breaker Bar That fits your ratchets and other tools..
    W. Various
    MCW Yes

    T. Allan head Sockets Most of the FMTV is metric. For sure a metric Allen head socket to remove the fan in case you have to change your water pump belt.
    W. Various
    MCW Yes

    T. Open End wrenches. what sizes most common have ya'll discovered is needed? Most of the FMTV is metric.
    W. numerous
    MCW. yes

    NOTE- SAE - Metric equivalents one might can use in a pinch http://www.steelsoldiers.com/showthr...=1#post1857395

    T. Drive Shaft remove tools (for towing, repair etc.)
    • 8mm (5/16" in a pinch) deep well socket or maybe a Pass-thru socket (haven't tested for fit in this area) specifically to pull the grease zerks from the U-joints prior to removal. If you don't you'll break them off.
    • OTC 5190A U-joint puller for driveshafts. http://www.steelsoldiers.com/attachm...0&d=1459169891

    W. Amazon etc
    MCW. Yes

    T. Towing supplies (any of the various Military Tow Bar arrangements that will fit) and wiring for tow lights
    W. This site, Military Surplus places, Ebay
    MCW. Yes

    T.Multil Meter
    W. Various
    MCW YES

    T. Grease Gun
    W. Various
    MCW. NO, then again for LONG excursions there is small ones you should throw one in

    T. 20ton Bottle Jack with soft ground platform, and other cribbing blocks. (several 4x4's so you can stack them)
    W. Various
    MCW. YES

    T. Wheel Chocks
    W. Harbor Freight, Military Surplus etc.
    MCW. Yes

    T. Highway Break Down Safety items- Warning triangles and High-vis vest, flares, smoke, claymore, thermite grenade..
    W. Various
    MCW Yes

    T. Jumper Cables , two so you can jump from one or two 12v vehicles. NATO jump cable so you can jump from other military rig. Maybe pig tail from NAto to one or two 12v vehicles?
    W. ???
    MCW. YES

    T. RECOVERY Items: A super heavy snatch (recovery) strap or rope*. Winch/Come-A-Long orrr? Tree saver, Clevis pins etc. for attaching, SNATCH BLOCK or two or three. Don't forget to lay jacket orrr?? on any cable in tension in case it breaks to prevent it from snatching back and thru windshield thru your head(widow maker) or thru nearby persons Head (you've now killed someone!!!) NOT A JOKE.
    W. 4x4 Shops, Amazon, Ebay etc. *Video of one from member here.
    MCW. YES YES YES

    T. Tie down/Away supplies Rachet straps, Rope, Bungie Cords (at least to keep the 350lb tire from falling over during a tire change or removal, or to hold in place then easily lower/raise a driveshaft when being removed/installed)
    W. Various
    MCW. YES

    T. Heavy Duty Duct tape
    W. Pluck a Duck
    MCW YES

    T. relay bypass- 2 spade crimp terminals on a 6 or so inch wire. Photo's at bottom of page
    W. Auto parts store, Walmart etc.
    MCW. YES




    SPARES


    S=Spare Item, W=Where to get, MCW= Must Carry With on Excursions.

    S. Electrical- Fuses, relays, circuit breakers. 12v bulbs (if yours is not LED converted)
    W. Numerous
    MCW. YES

    S. Tire(s)
    W. numerous. What size is on LMTV generally?
    MCW. Yes, LONG Excursion then maybe two

    S. Zerk Fittings (any particular size, or type?)
    W. Numerous
    MCW. NO for short Excursions. YES for LONG Excursions.

    S. Ujoints
    W. Friendly FMTV dealers on this board
    MCW. YES

    S. Assortment of standard blade-style automotive fuses might be worthwhile. They fit in the slots where the breakers go.
    W. Generic Auto parts place
    MCW.. so so. Not so much so if you have jumper tool as mentioned above???

    S. Relays, you can swap a relay from a less-critical spot sometimes. Example swap bad marker lamps relay with the blackout drive relay.


    OTHER



    O.
    Make sure your brake chambers have the cage T handles....mine were all missing.
    W. NA
    MCW. YES

    O. AAA PLUS RV Towing/Service membership or similar. Who do yall recommend is is AAA still the best for this?
    W. Online search
    MCW. YES

    O. LOT OF CASH or Large Limit Credit card and/or tools to Rob a Bank, knock down an ATM etc.
    W. Local Bank?
    MCW. YES
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    OTC 5190A U-joint puller for driveshafts. Bought from Amazon.


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    You will need a
    flathead screwdriver, a13mm wrench , a 13mm socket , a grease gun , a river gun , a heat gun, a 7mm socket, a 9/16 wrench , a 3/4 wrench , a really big wrench to remove oil filter, a ladder, impact wrench, arm grease, common sense, GMTK, lots of water, helping hand, LMTV TMs, 3/4 wrench, extensions, large breaker bar. 20 ton bottle jack. To name a few from the top of my head. Don't forget the black out light tester

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    For some other trucks I've carried extra zerk fittings in case you have a problem with one you can just swap it and put more grease in.
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    Some people just have nothing usefull to add. I would say a good volt meter as these vehicles and newer ones rely on a good amount of electronics to operate properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanM7890 View Post
    OTC 5190A U-joint puller for driveshafts. Bought from Amazon.
    Do you consider this a Must Cary With item when on an Excursion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachgeo View Post
    Do you consider this a Must Cary With item when on an Excursion?
    absolutely a must

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmtv772 View Post
    absolutely a must
    Thanks updated that. I got the idea of including a drive shaft tool from other threads that mentioned it. Don't know what that is though. Is this item and the ujoint puller the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachgeo View Post
    Do you consider this a Must Cary With item when on an Excursion?
    Yes, carry it at all times. Also carry a socket and ratchet to use along with the tool incase of emergency and the truck needs towed.
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    A surplus military towbar & towing kit?

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