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I compiled this checklist from several sources. :welder: I'm going to put it on my website. Does anyone have any suggestions, comments, or :2cents: ?


This is a list of items that you should consider having when you travel on 4-wheel drive trails, in the mountains, or other remote areas where help could be delayed or not received. Even if you only plan a short trip, it could turn into a long trip due to mechanical or navigational issues.

Information listed was obtained from California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Esprit De Four 4 Wheel Drive Club, Backcountry Adventures (ISBN: 1-930193-08-4), Guide to California Backroads & 4 Wheel Drive Trails (ISBN: 0-9664976-5-1), last and least: my personal experience.

WEB LINKS:
United Four Wheel Drive Clubs
California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs
Blur Ribbon Coalition
Tread Lightly



***DISCLAIMER: (Please read all of this!!)***
Using this list and having all of these items does not guarantee you or your vehicle’s safety. You are responsible for that. You have to decide how much or how little gear and tools you can and/or want to carry. Please use this list as only a guide and do not limit yourself to just the items on this list. Be aware of your vehicle limitations and you’re driving skill/experience. If you have doubts about an obstacle or situation, DO NOT attempt it! Try it next time when you upgrade your vehicle and have more experience.


THE BEST ADVICE:
Travel with another people who have similarly, or better equipped 4-wheel drive vehicles. Consider joining a 4-wheel drive club. Some are vehicle specific (i.e. Jeep club), some are activity specific (rock crawling, desert), but most are non-specific general clubs and based on geographic location.

Tell someone where you are going and ETA to return/destination. Obtain emergency phone numbers of emergency services in the area you are traveling in, i.e. park rangers, BLM, Sheriff’s Office. 9-1-1 may connect you to emergency services that are not local.

*Bold italic items are required to attend California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs and other 4 wheel drive club runs.

VEHICLE SAFETY/CHECK LIST:
*Seatbelts for all occupants (Just as vital on slow speed trail as on high-speed highway)
*Rollcage, rollbar, or factory hardtop
*Functional parking brake [consider wheel chock(s)]
Battery properly mounted and secured
*Vehicle jack [long beam ratchet (Hi-Lift), bottle, or floor] & lug nut wrench
Repair all known vehicle malfunctions prior to run
New modifications (i.e. lift kit) tested prior to long or remote-location trips
*Current registration and insurance for any on highway driving or flat towing
Fuel, oil, coolant, ATF all other fluid levels
Visual inspection under hood and under carriage for loose bolts, worn belts, frayed or exposed wires, etc.
Windshield wiper & horn test
Tire pressure (proper & no leaks)
Lube chassis (driveshafts, steering, etc.)
*Attachment points front & rear for vehicle recovery
Check all vehicle lights, OEM, aftermarket, dash
Wash vehicle prior to run. To prevent spread of non-native plants, bacteria, etc.


TOOLS:
Screwdrivers (phillips and flat)
Pliers: needle nose, channel locks
Hammer (ball-peen, large and small)
Wrench set (Metric & standard)
Socket Set (Metric & standard)
Adjustable wrench
Spark Plug Socket
Volt Meter
Prybar
Tire repair kit
Electrical & duct tape
Allen Wrenches
Hacksaw
WD-40
Jumper cables/battery booster
Vehicle service manual

SPARE PARTS:
Tie Rod (Ends)
Engine belt(s)
Axle shafts
Axle & Driveshaft U-Joints
Spare Tire (full size)
Tire plug/repair kit
Spare Hub
Fuses
Radiator hose
Tire valve core
Hose clamps
Spare ignition & door key

REPAIR AIDS:
Extra hose clamps
Bailing wire
Duct tape
Zip ties
Ratchet straps
Extra bolts & nuts
Various sized hardened washers
Electrical wire splice
RTV
JB Weld

RECOVERY GEAR:
Front mount winch & control (rear or multi-mount optional)
Snatch block pulley
D-Shackle(s)
Chain 10-20 feet, grade 70, 5/16 minimum
*Recovery strap(s) (30K rating, NO stitched on hooks)
Shovel
Axe
Tree strap(s)
Gloves (welding gloves for winch cable handling)
Winch cable weight

SPARE VEHICLE FLUIDS:
Gasoline/Diesel
Engine oil
Trans. Fluid (ATF)
Distilled H20
Coolant
Brake fluid
Gear oil
Power steering fluid
Windshield washer fluid

SAFETY:
*First aid kit (first aid, CPR, additional medical training)
*Fire extinguisher with gauge
Flashlight (consider 2 incase of bulb/battery failure)
Food and water
Flares (handle with extreme care)
Reflective triangles

COMMUNICATION, NAVIGATION:
Cell Phone (car charger)
CB (car charger if portable)
Amateur radio
FRS (for group outings)
Global Positioning System
Area maps
Compass

PERSONAL ITEMS/LONG TERM SURVIVAL:
Hat, warm AND cold weather clothes (regardless of season/location)
Raingear
Tent
Tarp
Camp stove & fuel
Sleeping bag/pad
Cooler
Food & water (sufficient for extended stay. Be prepared to ration for longevity)
T.P., portable toilet, wet wipes, garbage bags
Bug spray
Sun screen
Rags/towels
Portable multi-purpose tool – on your belt in a sheath
Matches/lighter (Be VERY careful with camp/signal fires)
Whistle
Binoculars

AFTERMARKET ITEMS SOME OFF-ROADERS USE/HAVE:
Suspension/body lift, so that: larger tires with off-road tread can be installed
Locking or limited slip differentials (Do research)
Upgraded front & rear bumpers (front for winch mount/recovery – rear for gear storage/recovery)
Skid plates, nerf bars/sliders
Hy Steer. Moves the tie rod up to keep it out of harms way.
Electric winch (Most vehicles cannot accommodate hydraulic winches)
Aftermarket lights for nighttime trail runs
Global Positioning System
On-board compressed air system [air compressor or CO2 tank(s)]
12volt-DC to 120volt-AC electric inverter
Air & electric powered tools
Portable welder (welding requires knowledge and experience)
 

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Wow if our wiki doesn't have one already. This should be glued right in there!

Great F*ckin Job!
 

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For guys running Dana 44 stuff in the front, you may want to add:

Spindle
Inner and outer wheel bearings and races
Spindle nuts
Drive flange stock slug thing if you don't have a spare hub

I see you have JB weld in there, might recommend JB Quick. That stuff works in 5 minutes!

Ratchet straps and come-a-longs are good too.

Later,
....Mike
 

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Gas tank and radiator repair stuff is pretty cheap and easily available at most auto parts places.

Also, for the guys who wheel on long, remote, difficult trails and frequently weld stuff, carry lots of extra welding wire and some scraps of steel plate, 1/4" in various sizes. Think about plating a cracked frame.

Later,
....Mike
 

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I don't see a chain saw in there anywhere. Early spring and summer wheeling often leads to downed trees. Chain saws are also awesome for providing lots of nice firewood for the campfire. A splitting maul is nice too. Don't forget the fire permit.

Later,
....Mike
 

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Anyone who is an amateur radio operator and wheels all over the place should have the latest ARRL repeater directory. Hard to get help if you don't know where the repeaters are!

Later,
....Mike
 

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One 'must-have' are u-bolt type spring clamps. Nothing ruins your wheeling experience like a broken main leaf spring. Heavy duty spring clamps and plates keep the broken leaf together, then a winch or ratchet strap can keep the axle located.

There are many broken things in this picture, but take notice of the spring clamp just behind the duct tape.

Later,
....Mike

P.S. Carrying a main leaf spring is not a bad idea!

 

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Not sure if its there but a fluid clean up kit. Maybe a drain pan or something like that.
 

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Toyasaurus said:
Not sure if its there but a fluid clean up kit. Maybe a drain pan or something like that.
Good call. Oil absorbent pads are cheap and very compact.

Later,
....Mike
 

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This is an excellent set of suggestions. Just one question - while cheap tools aren't the best I assume they will do in a pinch. I've got a comprehensive list that reflects things to buy as requested on the main list with prices from Harbor Freight tools that I can post here if you guys think it is relevant.

(P.S. while I might show as a newbie - I'm not *that* new to this - just to Toyota's... Used to be an Isuzu wheeler)

-Molly



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tacd44 said:
I compiled this checklist from several sources. :welder: I'm going to put it on my website. Does anyone have any suggestions, comments, or :2cents: ?


This is a list of items that you should consider having when you travel on 4-wheel drive trails, in the mountains, or other remote areas where help could be delayed or not received. Even if you only plan a short trip, it could turn into a long trip due to mechanical or navigational issues.

Information listed was obtained from California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Esprit De Four 4 Wheel Drive Club, Backcountry Adventures (ISBN: 1-930193-08-4), Guide to California Backroads & 4 Wheel Drive Trails (ISBN: 0-9664976-5-1), last and least: my personal experience.

WEB LINKS:
United Four Wheel Drive Clubs
California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs
Blur Ribbon Coalition
Tread Lightly



***DISCLAIMER: (Please read all of this!!)***
Using this list and having all of these items does not guarantee you or your vehicle’s safety. You are responsible for that. You have to decide how much or how little gear and tools you can and/or want to carry. Please use this list as only a guide and do not limit yourself to just the items on this list. Be aware of your vehicle limitations and you’re driving skill/experience. If you have doubts about an obstacle or situation, DO NOT attempt it! Try it next time when you upgrade your vehicle and have more experience.


THE BEST ADVICE:
Travel with another people who have similarly, or better equipped 4-wheel drive vehicles. Consider joining a 4-wheel drive club. Some are vehicle specific (i.e. Jeep club), some are activity specific (rock crawling, desert), but most are non-specific general clubs and based on geographic location.

Tell someone where you are going and ETA to return/destination. Obtain emergency phone numbers of emergency services in the area you are traveling in, i.e. park rangers, BLM, Sheriff’s Office. 9-1-1 may connect you to emergency services that are not local.

*Bold italic items are required to attend California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs and other 4 wheel drive club runs.

VEHICLE SAFETY/CHECK LIST:
*Seatbelts for all occupants (Just as vital on slow speed trail as on high-speed highway)
*Rollcage, rollbar, or factory hardtop
*Functional parking brake [consider wheel chock(s)]
Battery properly mounted and secured
*Vehicle jack [long beam ratchet (Hi-Lift), bottle, or floor] & lug nut wrench
Repair all known vehicle malfunctions prior to run
New modifications (i.e. lift kit) tested prior to long or remote-location trips
*Current registration and insurance for any on highway driving or flat towing
Fuel, oil, coolant, ATF all other fluid levels
Visual inspection under hood and under carriage for loose bolts, worn belts, frayed or exposed wires, etc.
Windshield wiper & horn test
Tire pressure (proper & no leaks)
Lube chassis (driveshafts, steering, etc.)
*Attachment points front & rear for vehicle recovery
Check all vehicle lights, OEM, aftermarket, dash
Wash vehicle prior to run. To prevent spread of non-native plants, bacteria, etc.


TOOLS:
Screwdrivers (phillips and flat)
Pliers: needle nose, channel locks
Hammer (ball-peen, large and small)
Wrench set (Metric & standard)
Socket Set (Metric & standard)
Adjustable wrench
Spark Plug Socket
Volt Meter
Prybar
Tire repair kit
Electrical & duct tape
Allen Wrenches
Hacksaw
WD-40
Jumper cables/battery booster
Vehicle service manual

SPARE PARTS:
Tie Rod (Ends)
Engine belt(s)
Axle shafts
Axle & Driveshaft U-Joints
Spare Tire (full size)
Tire plug/repair kit
Spare Hub
Fuses
Radiator hose
Tire valve core
Hose clamps
Spare ignition & door key

REPAIR AIDS:
Extra hose clamps
Bailing wire
Duct tape
Zip ties
Ratchet straps
Extra bolts & nuts
Various sized hardened washers
Electrical wire splice
RTV
JB Weld

RECOVERY GEAR:
Front mount winch & control (rear or multi-mount optional)
Snatch block pulley
D-Shackle(s)
Chain 10-20 feet, grade 70, 5/16 minimum
*Recovery strap(s) (30K rating, NO stitched on hooks)
Shovel
Axe
Tree strap(s)
Gloves (welding gloves for winch cable handling)
Winch cable weight

SPARE VEHICLE FLUIDS:
Gasoline/Diesel
Engine oil
Trans. Fluid (ATF)
Distilled H20
Coolant
Brake fluid
Gear oil
Power steering fluid
Windshield washer fluid

SAFETY:
*First aid kit (first aid, CPR, additional medical training)
*Fire extinguisher with gauge
Flashlight (consider 2 incase of bulb/battery failure)
Food and water
Flares (handle with extreme care)
Reflective triangles

COMMUNICATION, NAVIGATION:
Cell Phone (car charger)
CB (car charger if portable)
Amateur radio
FRS (for group outings)
Global Positioning System
Area maps
Compass

PERSONAL ITEMS/LONG TERM SURVIVAL:
Hat, warm AND cold weather clothes (regardless of season/location)
Raingear
Tent
Tarp
Camp stove & fuel
Sleeping bag/pad
Cooler
Food & water (sufficient for extended stay. Be prepared to ration for longevity)
T.P., portable toilet, wet wipes, garbage bags
Bug spray
Sun screen
Rags/towels
Portable multi-purpose tool – on your belt in a sheath
Matches/lighter (Be VERY careful with camp/signal fires)
Whistle
Binoculars

AFTERMARKET ITEMS SOME OFF-ROADERS USE/HAVE:
Suspension/body lift, so that: larger tires with off-road tread can be installed
Locking or limited slip differentials (Do research)
Upgraded front & rear bumpers (front for winch mount/recovery – rear for gear storage/recovery)
Skid plates, nerf bars/sliders
Hy Steer. Moves the tie rod up to keep it out of harms way.
Electric winch (Most vehicles cannot accommodate hydraulic winches)
Aftermarket lights for nighttime trail runs
Global Positioning System
On-board compressed air system [air compressor or CO2 tank(s)]
12volt-DC to 120volt-AC electric inverter
Air & electric powered tools
Portable welder (welding requires knowledge and experience)
for IFS, add:
spare CV axle(s), at least 2 if you have a front locker
spare TR ends (R/L) and a spare inner TR
lower ball joint bolts
bungee cord to hold the spindle during CV swap
for manual hub rigs: brass brace or brass hammer, 'C' ring plyers
for ADD rigs: 35 or 36mm socket and big-ass breaker bar.
either a filed down flat screwdriver or a thin putty knife for that dust shield over the 35mm nut.

tarp
bunch o rags/roll of paper towels
hand cleaner goop
disp. rubber gloves
 

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this sounds REALLY ridiculous and stupid- but i thought of this the other day when i was stuck in houston traffic for a few hours on a highway with my gf and she was seriously about to piss all over herself.
how about a "female urinal"?
hell, even a "male urinal", sure would beat trying to piss in a coke can while stuck in traffic, um, not that i've ever tried or anything... ;)
 

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SurfingDrunk said:
this sounds REALLY ridiculous and stupid- but i thought of this the other day when i was stuck in houston traffic for a few hours on a highway with my gf and she was seriously about to piss all over herself.
how about a "female urinal"?
hell, even a "male urinal", sure would beat trying to piss in a coke can while stuck in traffic, um, not that i've ever tried or anything... ;)
Gatorade bottles make for a better 'fit' ;)
 
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