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Thread: A essential Tool Kit for a Defender PUMA for remote touring?

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    Question A essential Tool Kit for a Defender PUMA for remote touring?

    Guys,


    Heading out to do the Madigan Line in the next 1-2mths and I'm wondering about what tools I should take for my '09 Defender Puma? There will be 5 of us in the Defender, so room/weight is an issue so I just want to take the essential tools.


    > Regarding Socket and Spanner (open & Ring) Sizes - What are the sizes of the Sockets/Spanners that I will need for the PUMA?
    > I know that most of the nuts/bolts in the PUMA is metric, but I believe there is some imperial as well - what sizes are these?
    > Wheel bearing adjustment - what size is this or are the PUMAs different to the older Defenders for wheel bearing adjustment?
    > I've got a Nanocom and the associated list of codes
    > Multimeter / Test Light
    > Pliers / Side cutters
    > Vice Grips (small & medium sizes)
    > Large Rubber Hammer + other hammer
    > Inner or Outer Circlip Pliers?




    looking for help and tips of what to take but also keep it lightweight if possible...
    Cheers.....
    Rob M


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    Watching with interest.

    Heading to the West McDonnells in a few weeks in a 08 Puma and the same question has occurred to me.

    No idea what a Nanocom is or does, do I need one??

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    Pretty sure the puma uses a stacked nut for the wheel bearings and have read owners converting back to the twin nut set up as with the older defenders.

    When I did my Simpson trip the only issue I had was the clutch master, I carried an overhaul kit (slight space saving compared to a complete assembly), it held long enough until I was well and truly home. I now carry a complete assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneOff View Post
    Watching with interest.

    Heading to the West McDonnells in a few weeks in a 08 Puma and the same question has occurred to me.

    No idea what a Nanocom is or does, do I need one??
    It's a diagnostic tool that reads and potentially clears any fault code that may pop up. Do u need one? well, good question... I bought one just in case and have already used it to determine a engine check light that came up on mine - It pointed to a MAF sensor but it turned out that water had gotten down into the MAF plug and formed corrosion on the pins resulting in a intermittent working MAF...
    Cheers.....
    Rob M


    Car-1: 1996 Discovery Tdi Auto
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    My kit was small, and had a few essentials.
    Golden rule- any repairs or maintenance you do on the car... attempt to do it using the tools in your kit. Add to this kit as needed.

    Ratchet spanners- common sizes- 8-19mm.
    A roll of double ended offset Ring spanners 8-19mm- probably duplication to some degree, but I use them in preference to open ended where I can.
    300mm shifter for anything bigger, prying etc
    Small hammer
    Some basic screwdrivers - flat and philips. Make sure you can pry with at least one of them. I carried a stubby philips/flat combo, and a long flat head.
    Tie Wire, Zip Ties, a handful of random nuts bolts etc (5-8mm metric - you never know, I guess).
    Duct tape. Nashua 'Gaffer 357' would be ideal.
    Some of that silicone rescue tape and a largish hose clamp (that can be made to a smaller size if needed). the silicone tape can and will perish and lose it's stick. Maybe wrap it in glad wrap and a zip lock bag for longer term storage.
    Needle nose pliers
    Side cutters
    A cold chisel and pin punch.
    Vise grips (can seal a hose in a pinch, or act as a ghetto vise)
    Allen keys
    Torx keys (NB dash board is held on by these)
    I did carry a socket set for a while, which just makes things go faster. I did grab these first while replacing a diff guard in sturt national park on dusk.
    I did make a point of carrying a 400mm 1/2" breaker bar and a 27mm socket for the wheel nuts (don't forget your lock nut key). Leave your torque wrench at home, instead lean to feel what wheel nut torque feels like with a standardised breaker bar. you'd be surprised how little it is.


    Carry some spare fuses- for your car and any accessories.
    A multimeter if you are competent with it (ain't worth squat if you aren't)
    Some spare electrical wire (takes up no space and bugger all weight, but may come in useful)
    6 each of Ring, spade, bullet terminals (can crimp with vise grips in a pinch)
    Some people may advocate a grease gun, or spare oils... realistically, this is a function of how remote you are going, and whether you are alone. The likelihood of needing these can be a function of your maintenance leading up to that trip. Make this call yourself.
    -Mitch
    'El Burro' 2012 Defender 90.

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    Two 9/16 open ended spanners for the driveshaft nuts/bolts

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    Being a firm believer in "Murphy's Law" I usually carry a comprehensive tool kit (including a small stick welder) because the tools that I leave behind in the workshop will be the ones I will need on the track.
    Not to mention pulling other travellers out of trouble because they had "Skimped" on their tool kits and had nothing useful on hand to fix their problems
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    Re spanner sizes, I usually carry Metrinch which operate on the flats of the nuts/bolts and therefore each spanner covers a small range of sizes which, as the name implies, are good for metric and imperial.
    Also good to use on any damaged/burred nuts.

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    Apart from my work tools drills saws nailbag etc. I cart a fair amount of tools in the D1, but manage to squeeze most in a 500x150x150 sidchrome spanner/socket set box.
    In that box off the top of my head
    Metric and imperial 1/2 set of loose sockets
    Imperial 1/2" socket set on a rail
    1/4 set of sockets loose
    2x 1/2 ratchets 2x 1/4 ratchets
    Several adapters, knuckles, extentions etc for the sockets
    Metric and imperial spanner set with a few doubles
    A few different size shifters
    Loose screwdrivers flat and phillips head about 12 different ones
    3/8 Torx socket set and hex head set
    1/4 anti tamper set has all the small torx
    Loose allen keys and some fold out sets
    Ball joint remover
    Multimeter
    Hammer, pliers, crimpers, circlip pliers
    And a bunch of other small loose tools
    Thats JUST in that small toolbox

    Under the back seat lives jumper leads, 900mm breaker bar, 600mm torque wrench and a few other loose things

    Under the passenger seat lives spare parts which i dont have a great deal of at the moment. Normally would have a few bearings, serpentine belt, some plugs and leads, dissi rotor, spare fuses and relays and other bits that will stop me dead in my tracks.

    Oil's and other spares 4l oil, 8l coolant, 500ml brake fluid, 1l atf, small grease gun filled with LMM, tub of bearing grease, wd40, lanolin spray, brake cleaner, electrical cleaner, hose clamps, some assorted wire, connectors, 2 bottle jacks and crap load I cant remember

    I like to carry alot but honestly all that stuff dosnt take up much space at all. If I had more space id probably carry a lot more spare parts but whether they get used or not is another thing...

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    With 3 Defenders in your group you should consider spreading the load of the tools and spares over the three vehicles. No point in each of you carrying the full complement of tools/spares when hopefully none of them will be needed.

    Apart from tools and spares have you considered a solid tow bar or two. Provided wheel bearings are in good condition this will give you the ability to recover an incapacitated vehicle using two able vehicles to tow/push. I've done this successfully over hundreds of k's without any trouble. We had three of these on our 2007 Madigan trip (with seven Landys) but fortunately didn't need to use them.

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