- Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:59 am
best fixes are always being prepared. obviously in this case a skid plate for the gas tank is better than a bar of soap!
I always try to plan for what can i fix. also depends on the trail. If you have lockouts, bring a spare drive slug. if you have stock shafts and joints, make sure they are good before you go and take along spares. if you have stock drivelines not a bad idea to take a spare.
for the just in case stuff i try to have stop leak, duct tape, zippy ties, roll of electrical wire, butt connectors, 40 amp mega fuse, brake fluid, ps fluid, transmission fluid, water for radiator, fuel pump along with the tools needed to take off whatever i plan on replacing.
For the most part, spare parts stay in the tow truck and the small items go with the rig.
one of the best stories i was a part of is using a stick, a nail, and some speaker wire to create an electro magnet to remove a broken inner axle on the front of a jeep. sometimes it helps to go wheeling with mechanical engineers.
Honestly for the last few years I haven't really seen that much easily repaired breakage on the trail. For me this year started out with a dana 60 steering knuckle, something that i have been planning on upgrading for a long time and now just need to do it. broke the bolts off a front drive slug because i haven't been doing a good job of bolt check before runs. broke the female side of the slip yoke off the front driveshaft because it has been 2 inches too short for years now. Honestly if I had taken the time to upgrade a couple of known problems and just done a thorough bolt check before runs i would have not had any breakage this year.
There's happy, and then there is pee on yourself happy. Go ahead and pee man, just pee.