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Good "oh ****" tools

Wanting to get some ideas for good tools to keep for those emergency kind of situations, and what I'm looking for is one of two things.

either good/decent cheap tool that has been handy yet value priced, e.g. harbor freight type stuff, or interesting, useful, and space saving combo tools. Anything thats a good "in a pinch" tool. Open to anything but those are the main criteria I had thought of. Over time my craftsman sockets and such migrate into my truck toolbox and I'm looking at keeping them out of there.

To start with a few things I have, I have a kobalt wishbone wrench with about every standard size socket built in, SAE and metric. Doesn't work for everything but is super compact for all the sizes built in.
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Also have a lot of walmart tools, like a 1/4" drive stanley ratchet, generic $1 set of allen wrenches, standard and metric, and a stanley multi screw driver.

And something I want that I recently discovered.... the combo jack/jack stand.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/powerbu...-stand-1160455

so what else is there, what experiences have you had with various cheap tools, anything that is cheap or just a great space saver is good?
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For 98+ I would keep a socket/breaker bar kit to remove the CV nut holding the hub assy on if you're wheeling it.

For 97 and down rangers I like to keep the spindle nut and a breaker bar w/ me at all times.

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Always keep a complete tool kit (like the cheapish Craftsman ones). It doesnt take up much space and it comes in handy. Always keep a tire iron or socket for the breaker bar. I also always have on me my leatherman Skeletool. I also like to keep a small hammer and a large adj wrench with me.
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oh that reminds me, this is something I'm wanting to pick up. Lug wrench that is telescoping with a bunch of dual bits... Love this thing, used one this weekend.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/GOR-1721/

thanks for the suggestions!
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Craftsmen tools are your best bet.
They're cheap and they have a lifetime warranty.
I'd look for that little zip up socket set. something like This

I'd also keep some channel locks in there, and a pair of needle nose.

Don't laugh, but the best thing to do is go to garage sales. Look for craftsmen tools and just take them to sears and get new ones. I once bought a box of tools for $20, ended up getting a whole Metric 3/8" drive set, 4 hammers, a Metric set of Wrench's and a few large size sockets.
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That jack/jackstand is cool as heck. I've never seen one before, now I want one!
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zip ties, multi screw driver, pliers, socket set, hose clamps, fuses and electrical repair kit, lighter, knife, jack, spare tire, tow strap, camera, phone with car charger, booster cables.

thats what i always have with me.
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a beef crescent wrench, and a 5" thin frame crescent wrench.

definitely a big and small vise grip

I have a stan. & metric tiny driver craftsman socket set that has saved me more times than I can count.

Quite often however, the tool to fix the truck is only half the issue, you must have the part to keep her going down the road. Rad hoses, extra caliper/bracket bolt etc
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That jack/jackstand is cool as heck. I've never seen one before, now I want one!
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x3! I want one.
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http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-2...p-00936260000P

I have that, waited for it to go on sale. Got it for $170ish. Best thing ever. Threw some extra tools in there, use it once or more a week. I keep handcleaner and a box of shop towels right next to.
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x3! I want one.
of course, that was something josh had. he's got everything.
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of course, that was something josh had. he's got everything.
I showed it to my Dad, He had one too.
Those crazy body shop guys have all the fun stuff.
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Channel lock tools. Better than that crap of craftsman.
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I always have this in the truck box useful for many things

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Stanley Hand Tools :- 55-120 --- FatMax® FuBar® Utility Bar - 30"

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