which tools do you leave in your truck? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-25-2006
Bhavesh's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: City, State
Posts: 507
which tools do you leave in your truck?

What do you guys have behind your reg cab seats?

After 2 weeks of ownership, I can think of at least 8 times I wish I had certain amenities with me, so instead of putting a sub behind the seats, I'm going to secure certain tools.

I figure I shold have at least...
-a 4-way lug wrench and jack
-a can of fix-a-flat
-a compact $30 toolset with US-sized ratchets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers
-extra fuses and miscellaneous fasteners (frequently used screws, nuts, etc.)
-a small hammer
-jumper cables
-an ice scraper
-flashlight
-shop rag
-extra pen, notepad, and maybe some emergency cash

Does this sound sufficient? Can anyone think of anything else I might need?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-25-2006
winks's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Jackson, New Jersey
Posts: 4,872
I keep all my tools (litterally) in my Bronco when I go out, because you never know what's going to break next.

Ratchet straps would be another good thing to throw in there. I keep about 5 in my toolbox and they've come in handy quite a bit.

Tow straps are also a good idea, incase for some reason you or somebody goes off the road and gets stuck. I have those and also a Hi-lift with a self recovery kit for the Bronco, so that I can pull myself out if such an occasion ever occurs.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-25-2006
TommyC's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 1,012
I always keep a bottle of water or 2 just in case
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-25-2006
98TexasRanger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 395
Taurus .357 Mag...........I work in Downtown Dallas. Always dark when I go in and get off.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-25-2006
Silver's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: edenton,nc
Posts: 2,708
a roll of toilet paper and i'm not kidding
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-25-2006
98TexasRanger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 395
Hey...now thats a great idea....why didn't i think or it?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-25-2006
winks's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Jackson, New Jersey
Posts: 4,872
^^ oh yeah, I have napkins in there for that... my lab finds the tp and eats it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-25-2006
Joe DeCline's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Whittier, CA
Posts: 92
I always keep all those thing plus duct tape, electrical tape, a good knife and extra of every major fluid the truck needs..
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-25-2006
Silver's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: edenton,nc
Posts: 2,708
Quote:
my lab finds the tp and eats it
mine does the same thing LOL
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-25-2006
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
TP, hi lift, tow straps, 6-8 shackles (you never know), bottled water always, shovel (mini one), gloves, mini ratchet set, screwdriver, BFH (big f'ing hammer), torque wrench (for lug nuts), 2 flashlights, 3 knives, zip ties, duct tape, etc...

Notice how tp is top on the list...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-25-2006
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
standard wrenches wont do much on a ranger. i think i would buy metric.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-25-2006
Drayke's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: LA / San Luis Obispo
Posts: 804
im gonna second the water and the ratchet straps. i cant count the # of times a ratchet strap has come in handy.

i, personally, have one of those jumper cable kits that are hooked up to a battery (as opposed to hooking up to another car) with a built in air compressor... it's pretty frickin' sweet. haven't needed it yet and i also keep a spare set of jumpers (standard kind) in case someone else needs a jump (dont want to waste the battery on that thing in case an emergency does actually arise.

anyway, all that stuff takes up a lot of space so i just keep it all in my low-pro toolbox =)
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-25-2006
98TexasRanger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 395
I had one of thoes Jump Boxes with the Air Comp. Mine didn't hold a charge very long, and I never used it. After a while the internal battery would not even charge anymore. I ended up giving it away to a friend. He was going to see if he could replace the battery, but he couldn't. So he tossed it.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-25-2006
Drayke's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: LA / San Luis Obispo
Posts: 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by 98TexasRanger
I had one of thoes Jump Boxes with the Air Comp. Mine didn't hold a charge very long, and I never used it. After a while the internal battery would not even charge anymore. I ended up giving it away to a friend. He was going to see if he could replace the battery, but he couldn't. So he tossed it.
*shrug* so far its been pretty stable for me.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-25-2006
telemaster1952's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dover, Deleware
Posts: 3,481
one turneys multi-driver, a 13m open end wrench(craftsman, B1tche5!!!), air compressor, duct tape, and (seasonally) snow brush. all behind the seat.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 10-25-2006
Rooks's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,867
1 3" Tow Strap, 2 2" Tow Straps, a couple of Clevises, Duct Tape, WD-40, Shovel, Hi-Lift, Jumper Cables, First Aid Kit, Zip Ties, Jump Box (no air compressor, but mine holds a charge for a good six months), a 12V air compressor (it sucks but it's for emergency only), 4 ratchet straps, 2 extra bottles of oil, a couple rags, matches (sealed up to keep the water out) and for awhile I had my 225 set of sockets and wrenches back there, but took it out cause I was working on the truck awhile back and it never found its way back in there.

The TP and the water are really good ideas that I never really thought of though. Usually bring water when going offroad, but haven't done much of that lately.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 10-25-2006
Strider0O0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 3,588
i keep my pool cue in it's case in my truck, and that's about it.

maybe i'll leave a half empty bottle of water under the seat from time to time, lol.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10-25-2006
2003stealthedge's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: The ILL State
Posts: 1,297
Matco roadside kit which includes a driver with bit set, basic sockets and ratchet, pliers, those orange reflective triangles

food, always gotta have a granola bar or 2 in the glove and some water

napkins for wiping various things

extra cell phone charger

blanket (which normally covers my sub box up.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10-25-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 561
Only thing I have not mentioned is a Fire Extinguisher! ABC rated.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10-25-2006
telemaster1952's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dover, Deleware
Posts: 3,481
oops i forgot

4 side lug wrench, jumper cables, 4 cell mag light, tow strap, shop rag (in the engine compartment)

hey bhavesh, there is a great little spot to stuff things in the engine compartment right in front of the WW fluid compartment

Last edited by telemaster1952; 10-25-2006 at 03:13 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 10-25-2006
HAZZARDJOHN's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Wyoming MN
Posts: 2,400
In My GMC I keep a 1/2" wrench and a Crescent wrench. As well as a bunch of fuel filters. I have plugged up two since I've owned it. I ordered a plastic replacement gas tank, hopefully that takes care of it.

~HJ
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 10-25-2006
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
Too much:

Hi lift.
Hammers, screwdrivers, various pliers
Full set (SAE/metric) of 1/2" drive sockets, breaker bars and ratchet handles
Full set of open and box end wrenches, some with the very fine ratcheting box ends that only require 5 degrees of back rotation.
750 watt power inverter and electric impact gun
grease gun
jack stands and two different hydraulic jacks
ODB2 code reader
jumper cables
digital voltmeter
Torque wrench
two jaw gear puller
specialty brake tools
probably other stuff that I don't remember, lol. Like I said -- too much.

I never know when something will break offroad or on and I like to be as ready as I can. I also carry a spare alternator.

Of course I have a supercab and it's WAY behind my seats in the toolbox in the bed, lol...
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 10-25-2006
DaneTrain's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wellington, CO
Posts: 491
Maglight, set of screwdrivers, rachet set, condoms, tow hook, flares, batteries.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 10-25-2006
texasfan1000's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Amarillo, TX
Posts: 629
duck tape and bailing wire, what else do you need. if you cant duck it [email protected]#k it.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 10-25-2006
Otis_Ranger's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Otis, MA
Posts: 244
my AAA card in my wallet...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Top three tools you can't go without FULLSCALE Fabrication & Tool Tech 22 12-12-2012 09:53 PM
best tools/worst tools Sanch109 General Ford Ranger Discussion 43 05-15-2009 06:10 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:26 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.