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#167622 - 02/23/09 03:05 AM My kit comes in very handy
2005RedTJ Offline
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A couple weekends ago I carried my BOB/SHTF bag to the offroad park for the first time since I put it together. Over the course of one weekend it got a lot of use.

1 ziplock bag/1 ziptie/12" of duct tape - Used as temporary replacement for lost brake fluid reservoir cap on a buddy's rig

sewing kit - Another buddy ripped his pants so he sewed them up

hatchet - had to cut a BIG limb to attach to the side of the Jeep to keep the broken axle from falling out and turning the Jeep into a tripod

another ziptie - hanging a lantern

aspirin - had a killer headache one day

immodium - another guy had serious gastrointestinal difficulties

Not bad for one weekend worth of use. All items replaced as soon as I got home. I'm quickly becoming known among my friends as the guy who's always ready for whatever goes wrong. Due to the amount of tools and spare parts I always carried, they already thought that to some extent, but even more so now.

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#167627 - 02/23/09 03:50 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: 2005RedTJ]
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Well done!

Of course, now you have to worry about them all showing up at your door when the zombies come. grin

-Blast

p.s. Any pictures of the jeep/tree branch repair?
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#167636 - 02/23/09 08:13 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: Blast]
Todd W Offline
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Sounds like it's time to replace the d35 or go non-c-clip laugh
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#167643 - 02/23/09 12:32 PM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: Todd W]
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Always great being prepared...

Ditto on what Blast said... Tell them to make their own zombie plan!!!
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#167660 - 02/23/09 03:04 PM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: Mike_H]
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and you probably earned yourself a new nickname too.
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#167693 - 02/23/09 11:16 PM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: 2005RedTJ]
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It's always good to get some use out of your emergency kit. I can't tell you how it pains me to go through and toss out of date items that saw no use only to restock them "just in case"

On the other hand when you use any of it to help yourself or others the expense doesn't really seem to matter.

Sometimes it's cool to be the "go to" guy. Sometime it's not so good when they expect you to keep restocking everything by yourself.

When I went camping with friends last summer, no one got hurt, and none of us needed a PSK, but we used an amazing amount of equipment and pieces from my Medium PSK and FAK.

We used a lot of my kit for various things around camp, but most of it went to repair model rockets we were launching.

I used my Leatherman's blade, saw, scissors and file.
We used my marking tape as streamers for various rockets.
We cut 550 and unbraided it to repair parachute strings.
We used Duct Tape to repair everything from burn holes in parachutes to broken fins.
We Used 550 with a rock tied on the end to retrieve rockets from trees.

And then it got silly...

I taught the guys how to make "bottle rockets" out of the engines we had left.

We cut sticks, shaped and filed down knots with the Leatherman.
We made loops for the launch pad guide with twist ties.
We attached the engines to sticks with duct tape.

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#167712 - 02/24/09 01:26 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: Nicodemus]
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Oh yeah, a pic of the tree branch. Gotta pour gear lube (bottle sitting just above tire inside the Jeep) on it to keep it cool while riding back to camp when it's roughly a mile or so. That's my buddy tightening the ratchet strap, I'm standing behind him with the Mechanix gloves on.



ToddW - Yeah I know, it'll be upgrading to a beefier axle though, c-clip eliminators are too much $ for no real gain. I've only broken 2 rear shafts so far in roughly 2 years wheeling it with a welded rear. I already own a full float Dana 60 out of a 1979 F-350, but I need a front to go with it.


Edited by 2005RedTJ (02/24/09 04:22 AM)

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#167724 - 02/24/09 04:00 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: 2005RedTJ]
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Registered: 07/15/02
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Loc: Spring, Texas
Now THAT sums up ETS! Great picture, thanks!

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#167727 - 02/24/09 04:21 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: Blast]
2005RedTJ Offline
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One day I'll end up breaking one on the outer end, then I get to build a skid with my hatchet, a couple of big limbs, and ratchet straps, lol.

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#167734 - 02/24/09 06:05 AM Re: My kit comes in very handy [Re: 2005RedTJ]
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IMHO ditch the FF D60, go 14b. Cheaper, and WAY easier to work on. All of my rigs have/had 14B rears. The only thing I want to replace is the detroit with the new ARB they have for them.

When I got into wheeling I broke my d35 yoke my first trip out, after that I broke the detroit, and then I upgraded! HAHA
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