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matt08jk
07-25-2013, 01:01 AM
I have not yet started building my jeep but with labor costs being what they are...what are the first/top 5 tools you would buy for your garage at home to work on your JK?

Tackerdown
07-25-2013, 01:10 AM
Jack stands, floor jack, torque wrench, metric box wrenches, half inch drive socket , wifi so you can put your laptop out there and watch the wayalife how to write ups . Lol

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Sharkey
07-25-2013, 01:13 AM
Floor jack, bottle jack, jack stands, torque wrench, socket/box wrench/torx set.

Tackerdown
07-25-2013, 01:15 AM
Jack stand 6 ton Harbor Freight has cheap ones

Floor jack 3 ton may need some 2x8 to put undr it depending on your lift hight. Got mine at Sears.

Torque wrench get a good one I bought a cheap one and I'm not happy with it.

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JKAnimal
07-25-2013, 01:19 AM
Harbor has the 4 ton for cheap and it's got a lift height of 22.5 inches.

Torque wrench, impact wrench. Etc. as mentioned above.


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MTG
07-25-2013, 01:35 AM
Sharkey*, floor jack, jack stands, socket set, wrench set, torque wrench.

* I dare anyone to argue that sharkey is not a tool. :cheesy:

Skirmish
07-25-2013, 01:36 AM
Beer fridge, sexy auto parts calendar, nice audio system, angle grinder cause sparks are cool and a BFH.

paychex.308
07-25-2013, 01:37 AM
skid_kid, 10frank9, jags, ttfhell, flat head screw driver (any size)


andrew -

Sharkey
07-25-2013, 01:37 AM
Lol!! I won't take that challenge MTG.

BTW, learn how to count. He asked for five tools.

Atch
07-25-2013, 01:42 AM
Lol!! I won't take that challenge MTG.

BTW, learn how to count. He asked for five tools.

He can't count or read!?

matt08jk
07-25-2013, 01:45 AM
Cool, seems like the same lists (mostly) from everybody. That gives me a good list to start from. Besides, already got the beer fridge knocked out!!:beer:

catahoula
07-25-2013, 01:51 AM
Beer fridge, sexy auto parts calendar, nice audio system, angle grinder cause sparks are cool and a BFH.

X's 2!:thumb:

Canvas JK
07-25-2013, 01:55 AM
Great overhaed lighting, drop light and most of all a creeper. Makes getting under the Jeep so much better. Would not recommend taking the wife's good area rug and placing it in the garage :blush: because it is softer than the concrete. Not good :grayno:. The one which replaces it is a lot more expensive than a creeper. One last thing, extension cords which are on spools which you can hang from the ceiling. keeps them from under your feet, tires and creeper.

MTG
07-25-2013, 01:57 AM
Lol!! I won't take that challenge MTG.

BTW, learn how to count. He asked for five tools.

I gave the OP a list of 5 tools he can buy...not everyone has access to a Sharkey or can afford your exorbitant rates. ;)

Sharkey
07-25-2013, 01:59 AM
...not everyone has access to a Sharkey or can afford your exorbitant rates. ;)

True that!

ttfhell
07-25-2013, 02:33 AM
skid_kid, 10frank9, jags, ttfhell, flat head screw driver (any size)


andrew -

That's a shit load of tools.


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NUBS MCGEE
07-25-2013, 02:41 AM
I have to agree with skirmish. Def need the beer fridge.

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crowrb29
07-25-2013, 03:49 AM
Does anyone have one of the pulley system thingies for the hardtop, and if so how do you like it?

mrmet1983
07-25-2013, 04:02 AM
Jack stands, floor jack, torque wrench, metric box wrenches, half inch drive socket , wifi so you can put your laptop out there and watch the wayalife how to write ups . Lol

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Couldn't have said it better might I add a 25$ electric impact gun 1/2" drive from harbor freight will make ur life a lot easier also. Might want to invest in a good electric drill and Dremel also I use those all the time but def start out with some stuff to get ur jeep in the air and some basic hand tools like metro. Wrenches and sockets and some pliers and vice grips too


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billybob990
07-25-2013, 04:08 AM
Beer fridge, sexy auto parts calendar, nice audio system, angle grinder cause sparks are cool and a BFH.

Can't go wrong with a BFH.

I'd rather be fishing...

Rob
07-25-2013, 02:47 PM
Floor Jack, Jack Stands, Compressor, 1/2" Impact, 3/8" Air Ratchet.

jhires
07-25-2013, 03:38 PM
Outside my misc hand tools, best money I spent on tools was an air compressor and air tools.

Didn't "need" it but has been one of the most handy purchases I've made. When wrenching on anything it saves a lot of time and effort. In addition to wrenching, I've used the air compressor to fill basket balls, bike tires, inner tubes (for snow and rivers). I've used it to power a sprayer to texture and paint the walls in my house, then with a nail gun to install the new trim in each of the rooms. Soon it will be used for re-roofing the house.


In addition to that, tools I waited too long to buy, and once I had them wondered why I went so long without.

Large Bench Vice - To hold just about anything in place. I've used mine as a press to change u-joints, hold an axe head for sharpening, as a metal brake, and anvil.

Grinder - shaping, sharpening, shortening, rounding off misc metal.

Sawzall with metal, wood, and wrecking blades. Makes exhaust system removal that much more fun. Removes walls in a hurry too. :D

A large tool box - Tools collect. Keeping them organized is a must. Find the largest you can afford. It will follow you the rest of your life if you get a good one.

A bench to work on - I know this isn't considered a tool by most, but it beats the hell out of being on your knees on the garage floor trying to do anything. Mine is 24" deep, runs the length of the garage on one side, and width of garage at end. I put it at a height I can work at without hunching over. I can lay out a complete suspension on it, I've rebuilt a d44 and 9" on it with room to spare.

westtexasjku
07-25-2013, 04:16 PM
Floor jack, bottle jack, jack stands, torque wrench, socket/box wrench/torx set.

x2:thumb::yup::thumb::yup::thumb:

matt08jk
07-25-2013, 05:34 PM
Outside my misc hand tools, best money I spent on tools was an air compressor and air tools.

Didn't "need" it but has been one of the most handy purchases I've made. When wrenching on anything it saves a lot of time and effort. In addition to wrenching, I've used the air compressor to fill basket balls, bike tires, inner tubes (for snow and rivers). I've used it to power a sprayer to texture and paint the walls in my house, then with a nail gun to install the new trim in each of the rooms. Soon it will be used for re-roofing the house.


In addition to that, tools I waited too long to buy, and once I had them wondered why I went so long without.

Large Bench Vice - To hold just about anything in place. I've used mine as a press to change u-joints, hold an axe head for sharpening, as a metal brake, and anvil.

Grinder - shaping, sharpening, shortening, rounding off misc metal.

Sawzall with metal, wood, and wrecking blades. Makes exhaust system removal that much more fun. Removes walls in a hurry too. :D

A large tool box - Tools collect. Keeping them organized is a must. Find the largest you can afford. It will follow you the rest of your life if you get a good one.

A bench to work on - I know this isn't considered a tool by most, but it beats the hell out of being on your knees on the garage floor trying to do anything. Mine is 24" deep, runs the length of the garage on one side, and width of garage at end. I put it at a height I can work at without hunching over. I can lay out a complete suspension on it, I've rebuilt a d44 and 9" on it with room to spare.

Anybody have a recommendation for a good but not crazy expensive air compressor? Thanks for all the responses, btw. :D

FrankenJeeper
07-25-2013, 05:45 PM
My top five are good floor jack/ jack stands, my crescent ratchet set(includes 3/8 and 1/2"), torx bits, and A good wrench set.

I agree with getting a good tool box, it will take care of you for years to come if you invest in a good one. I have a Craftsman stainless steel box with roller bearing slides, the more weight you add the better they roll.

And I always keep the tools I "rent" from the part stores, like pickle fork and pitman arm puller, because if you need it once you'll need it again.

And a BFH and a large adjustable wrench goes a long way as well.


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1977 CJ5

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Rebel JK
07-25-2013, 05:49 PM
Anybody have a recommendation for a good but not crazy expensive air compressor? Thanks for all the responses, btw. :D

I would stay away from an "oil less" compressor. Mine is EXTREMELY loud! Unless they have changed since I got mine 20 years ago at home depot. I'm waiting for it to die to get another one but it just keeps running. Tank size/ psi will deturmine what sort of equip you can run off it.

TeamFaust
07-26-2013, 06:37 PM
Outside my misc hand tools, best money I spent on tools was an air compressor and air tools.
Didn't "need" it but has been one of the most handy purchases I've made...

x2 -- air compressor (with 1/2" air impact gun & deep impact sockets) gets used all the time!!! Best part is simply taking wheels off/on to access brakes, suspension, etc. not to mention rotating tires at home on the Jeep and the other 3 cars in the family.

If new isn't in the budget (even a mid-range HF model would likely work for you), check out Craigslist for a decent used one as they are on there all the time, and might even be packaged with tools.

matt08jk
07-26-2013, 06:40 PM
I went and priced air compressors today and the guy at Lowes said I need a 30 gallon compressor to run air tools. That one was about $500 but they had ones around $150 that had 6-10 gallon tanks and looked like they would work just fine. Anybody had problems running an impact and other tools off of the smaller compressors?

TeamFaust
07-26-2013, 06:57 PM
The challenge with air tools is that they require a LOT of air volume (hence bigger tank). The compressor itself can't create enough compressed air at the pressure needed to run the tools without an air reservoir (the tank). The little $150 3-gal pancake type compressor units create enough pressure but not enough volume, they are meant for tools like nailers that don't require as much volume, or filling up tires, etc. might be able to drive a 1/2" impact gun to take off lug nuts but would likely have to wait between each for tank to refill...the models with standard 25-30 gal tanks work great for most air tools (like 1/2" impact gun and air ratchet), would have trouble keeping up with high volume tools like a die grinder where you are doing constant tool use for extended period of time.

I will tell you that that my brother had a good quality pancake type compressor he used for other stuff and instead of buying a new unit for auto use he simply added a separate 25gal tank inline which worked well.

billybob990
07-26-2013, 07:26 PM
The challenge with air tools is that they require a LOT of air volume (hence bigger tank). The compressor itself can't create enough compressed air at the pressure needed to run the tools without an air reservoir (the tank). The little $150 3-gal pancake type compressor units create enough pressure but not enough volume, they are meant for tools like nailers that don't require as much volume, or filling up tires, etc. might be able to drive a 1/2" impact gun to take off lug nuts but would likely have to wait between each for tank to refill...the models with standard 25-30 gal tanks work great for most air tools (like 1/2" impact gun and air ratchet), would have trouble keeping up with high volume tools like a die grinder where you are doing constant tool use for extended period of time.

I will tell you that that my brother had a good quality pancake type compressor he used for other stuff and instead of buying a new unit for auto use he simply added a separate 25gal tank inline which worked well.

X2 I have a friend with a 50 gal air tank and it struggles with a 1/2 inch drive impact.

I'd rather be fishing...

matt08jk
07-27-2013, 01:58 AM
The challenge with air tools is that they require a LOT of air volume (hence bigger tank). The compressor itself can't create enough compressed air at the pressure needed to run the tools without an air reservoir (the tank). The little $150 3-gal pancake type compressor units create enough pressure but not enough volume, they are meant for tools like nailers that don't require as much volume, or filling up tires, etc. might be able to drive a 1/2" impact gun to take off lug nuts but would likely have to wait between each for tank to refill...the models with standard 25-30 gal tanks work great for most air tools (like 1/2" impact gun and air ratchet), would have trouble keeping up with high volume tools like a die grinder where you are doing constant tool use for extended period of time.

I will tell you that that my brother had a good quality pancake type compressor he used for other stuff and instead of buying a new unit for auto use he simply added a separate 25gal tank inline which worked well.

OK, thanks for the info. I guess Ill start saving for a big tank. :D

Rebel JK
07-28-2013, 04:58 AM
I would at least start with a small compressor for tires and stuff around the house then get the big tank. After basic hand tools that is a must have! Unless you have a decent oba setup.

mcpuck
07-28-2013, 01:44 PM
I got a Craftsman 30 gal compressor with a few accessories for around $300. It is loud but I built a closet for it in the garage.
Garage must haves:
-air compressor
-floor jack/jack stands
-good stereo and tv
-good lighting
-some smokables (your choice)
-(and for my pals) ALL 3: air, electric, and battery operated GRINDERS.

DJCFHB
07-28-2013, 04:43 PM
1. floor jack & jack stands (6 tons. 3 tons is too short)
2. ratchet & Sockets
3. wrenches
4. torque wrench
5. drill/impact driver combo kit ( good cheap alternative to compressor and impact wrench)

I have gotten more use out of my dewalt drill/impact driver combo than i would have ever thought. The impact driver is rated for 85ft.-lbs. of torque, i believe, which came in quite handy before i got a 30 gal. compressor and impact wrench. I would break the bolts by hand then finish it off with the impact driver, and vice versa for putting things back together.

Paisano
07-28-2013, 05:14 PM
1. Vice Grips
2. Channel Locks
3. Sledge Hammer
4. Hack Saw
5. Duct tape
Shop hours-various times
Labor Rate- $90
Turnaround times- depends how difficult your rig is!
I refuse to work on your Rig while you hang around to watch. If you stop by to watch all work on your rig will stop immediately.


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nicholsmf
07-28-2013, 05:45 PM
-floor jack
-jack stands
-torque wrench
-wrench set
-1/2" drive socket set

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mtnbiker995
07-29-2013, 09:21 AM
1) angle grinder
2) full size vehicle hoist
3) air compressor/air tools
4) 1/4", 3/8", & 1/2" socket sets
5) MIG & TIG welder


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mtnbiker995
07-29-2013, 09:25 AM
I refuse to work on your Rig while you hang around to watch. If you stop by to watch all work on your rig will stop immediately.


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I don't own a shop but I'm the same way when working on friends rigs...if they know what's going on and can help, they can stay but if I'm doing the work because they don't know how I make em leave. However, I can't stand other people working on my rig without me watching haha



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KennyFrench
08-14-2013, 06:43 PM
I went and priced air compressors today and the guy at Lowes said I need a 30 gallon compressor to run air tools. That one was about $500 but they had ones around $150 that had 6-10 gallon tanks and looked like they would work just fine. Anybody had problems running an impact and other tools off of the smaller compressors?

I saw this one (http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-26-gallon-air-compressor-with-impact-wrench/p-00916471000P?sLevel=0&redirectType=SKIP_LEVEL) at Sears. $289.99, 26 gallon, and comes with a 1/2 in. impact wrench, 3/8 in. ratchet, and 25 ft. PVC hose.

matt08jk
08-14-2013, 09:50 PM
I saw this one (http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-26-gallon-air-compressor-with-impact-wrench/p-00916471000P?sLevel=0&redirectType=SKIP_LEVEL) at Sears. $289.99, 26 gallon, and comes with a 1/2 in. impact wrench, 3/8 in. ratchet, and 25 ft. PVC hose.

Kenny, Just ordered it...thanks for the heads up!

Tackerdown
08-15-2013, 12:12 AM
Ive got the 33 and am happy with it but it is loud.

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2007 JKU
08-15-2013, 03:10 PM
Best tools....
Burr King
Plasma cutter
250 amp Mig
12k lift
300amp Tig/arc

miguel250r
08-15-2013, 04:50 PM
44505
My impact with swivel, gear wrench, prybar, air compressor, and BFH

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Spartan
08-15-2013, 04:55 PM
Beer fridge, sexy auto parts calendar, nice audio system, angle grinder cause sparks are cool and a BFH.

Make it a sexy Jeep calendar and then you are good to go.

2k13jk
08-16-2013, 12:29 AM
Mig welder Arc welder impact gun torque wrench grinder

Veetz
08-16-2013, 01:49 AM
Lift, impact gun(air), glass bead cabinet, drill press, speed wrenches


Participate in life

BBrown626
01-05-2014, 08:29 PM
Mig welder Arc welder impact gun torque wrench grinder

Everyone has the hand tools. The welder and grinder have been great money savers. I welded on my sleeves, c-gussets, track bar brackets, and rock rails. I probably saved $1000 by doing them myself and easily paid for my HF GMAW/MIG welder.

The sawzall came in handy for the RockStar installation.

dahreno
01-06-2014, 04:15 AM
I just bought my first sawzall . I have been doing elec. work for 30 years. I have been cutting conduit for 30 years with a hacksaw. Damn I'm dumb. Another tool I recently bought and it would not be my first of five tools but, I love my high pressure sprayer. I hate working on a dirty Jeep. It's also great for driveways, washing all cars, houses, etc.

Serg5000
01-06-2014, 04:36 AM
1. Welder
2. Drill press with vise
3. 4 1/2" angle grinder
4. Compressor
5. Work bench with steel top.

Emptybrass
01-06-2014, 11:42 AM
1: duct tape
2: wd40
3: large hammer
4: long pry bar
5: zip ties