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One of the things that bothers me when offroad is the rattling noise of misc. tools. Im not sure a tool box is the answer.... any suggestions?

LarryM
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I keep all mine in milk crates, because they're easy to tie down and remove later. I'll toss a garbage bag over em to prevent mud in them and or losing them if I hit a big bump. They might rattle, but I usually don't pay much attention to that. my .02

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I got one of BestTop's Rear Storage Boxes for Christmas. I am planning to put tools, straps, and everything else I can think of in there. It fits perfectly behind the back seat.

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I was just packing these 2 "Army Ammo Cans" i use about 30 minutes ago, they are about 24"deep x 8" wide x 18" tall, (the lid has a rubber seal to keep everything air tight) i also use a plastic milk crate or two,
i was thinking about making some special boxes that permantly mount,(i've though of this alot and seen some nice custom boxes out there), but i like to take everything out to cleanup. as far as rattles and noises, i thought thats why they made radios/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

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I found some large olive drab canvas tool bags at the surplus store. They are 12" long x 6" wide x
4'" high with a hard masonite insert sewn into the bottom to keep it flat. They have two heavy carry
straps, large pockets on the outside with snap close flaps and small pockets on the inside for little
stuff. The are identical the the one issued to me by the Air Force which they made me give back
when I wouldn't re-enlist.

BTW - I like the subject, What do I carry OUR tools in? Sounds like some journeymen I've
worked with.
 
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I like to put wrenches in those roll up canvas "bags", simply insert each one in the given pockets and roll it up, then when you need'em they're all organized for you.

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Metal ammo cans for small stuff; I have some bags sewn from old jeans that I tuck similar items into (like, all box end wrenches in one, all screwdrivers in another) and a milk crate bungeed to the roll bar for bigger stuff.

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Put headers and some thrush type mufflers on your rig; take out your carpet, dashboard, and rear seat; finally, put some big nasty knobby tires on it. The road noise and engine roar will be so loud and echoing in your tub when you travel on the hardball, you never know if those tools are rattling or not!

By the way, would you mind bringing **our** tools over next weekend? I am in the middle of a big project!

 
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OUR tools :) ..... No wonder my father doesnt like me to go looking around in his tool drawers. That reminds me, I still have my neighbors $200 Proto torque wrench.

YJ94,
Actually, I could almost see myself wrapping each individual tool ..look out for the anal retentive Jeeper. I got out of my Jeep today and threw a few pieces of duct tape on my roller fair lead to quiet it down a bit.

Taz-RLM,
I've seen those bags you guys are talking about but nothing big enough to hold more than two or three wrenches... I'll hit the surplus stores tommorrow.

Thanks for the responses and I'll be returning everyones tools when Im done with them :)

LarryM
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I have a Craftsman tool kit that came in a real nice plastic case, fits under the back seat and is held there with bungies. NEVER leave things like tools unsecured, they can become missles. BTW, the tool kit is pretty complete, I figure anything I can't so with the kit is probably not fixable on the trail anyway.
While we are on the subject of carrying things, one item I carry that people seldom think of and has come in handy more than once is an old pair of high top Converse shoes. If you ever got stuck in the mud and need to winch out, you will understand. And high tops won't get sucked off your feet in the mud.

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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The two latest additions to my (i mean our) Jeep tool kit is Castrol waterless hand cleaner and a tarp.

LarryM
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Larry is right! If you haven't tried that Castrol waterless/towel-less hand cleaner yet...get some!/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif My garage doesen't have a washup sink, and the wife hates me bringing in all the grease, so I tried some. It wont clean up your hands "Perfectly". But good enough for a quick test drive, or at least to get into the house. I carry all my stuff in .50 cal and 20mm ammo cans. If the stuff rattles around in there, add a couple rags, or more stuff! The handles are great for tying them down also.

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Ammo cans work well..but I save the ammo cans for nuts and bolts and that kind of stuff....I had all my tools in a plastic tackle box(hey I got it for free) but now I have WAY too many tools so for xmas santa brought me a Craftsman 4 drawer tool box and I will just use that...I can handle the rattling and the toolbox locks up so the drawers won't slide open plus now the tools are more or less organized. I know a lot of people don't like carrying tool boxes but so far it works good for me.

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I have an ammo can, two soft bags, and two hard plastic molded cases (those sets that you get from sears) - one is the good Craftsman stuff, the other is the cheaper stuff that just has "sears" on the case. I got that because I'm the kind of guy who can't say "no" to someone in trouble, and last year at Pismo some guy had burned out his starter in the river. I lent him my box of Craftsman stuff since we were busy draining water from my buddy's engine (don't ask), and he left the box on the ground, in the sand. Big wave comes in, there goes half my tools. The rest were handed to me in a big lump of sand and saltwater. I think I could actually HEAR them rusting /wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif. The guy just said "sorry" and took off.

But I digress. I got a decent sized toolbag at WalMart, believe it or not. It was only 15 bucks. It's big enough to hold a wide selection of tools, plus some u-joints, and other small stuff. My other bag is mostly recovery equipment.

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Well seeing as how I'm crammed into a CJ5 I pit my tools anywhere and everywhere they'll fit. I think Jay Angler has the right idea but if it really bugs you you could throw them in a box and pack it with expanding foam and cut your tools out when you need them, or there's always offroad AAA:)Just kidding, I found these 20mm ammo cans at northren hydralics that fit perfect under a cj front seat and are yank strap sized. Happy Jeeping
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/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif Uh....Marc, did you ever wonder why a guy ends up at a Jeep do with no tools? Because he LOST HIS that's why. Heh heh....that Pismo weekend is one sandfest all right. We went there with my pickup in '74 and I thought we would NEVER get the last of the sand out of it./wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif

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Larry,
I found a 24"long canvas/cordura tool bag at a builder store from bucket boss. It is kinda like the bags you put in those plastic buckets, with several velcro closures on outside pockets and several open pockets inside. I keep a 24" prybar in it along with larger hand tools. There is enough room for a spare rear drive shaft (when I have the CV driveshaft the old one can be the spare)/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif. I think it was on sale for $35 and included a smaller bag of the same type that I put a folding lug wrench, breaker bar and lug nut sockets etc. in. I like having the wheel/tire tools and recovery straps separate from my other tools. Warn's bag for their recovery tools is nicely divided for their accessories also. Keeping it all secure isn't as easy as I thought. Those Tuffy boxes look great, they are expensive but probably worth it to keep everything contained. Bungee cords still let things move around a little. The ammo cans sound good also but not sure if they are big enough for the bags that I have everything in. Again, there is another rationale for a more powerful stereo system to drown out the rattles/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif. Lots of good ideas out there folks/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif!!

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I guess it depends on what tools you want. You could always remove the back seat and bolt in one of those big red standup tool chest. How cool would that be to have your shop where ever you are. There's a mod! Okay, maybe I should put more thought into these things.

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