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I was discussing weight and tools with another 2002 owner today and he laughed at my 60lb toolbox of shit in the trunk. I carried it around when the car was having trouble when I first bought it. However, now that she is in decent tick, I am looking to obviously finally get rid of that extra weight. What tools should one carry to fix most road-side troubles? Here is what I was thinking:

Day to Day

  • 3/8 Sockets & Wrenches from 8mm - 16mm
  • 3/8 to 1/2 Adapter
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Screwdrivers with Magnetic Tips (Allen and Flathead)
  • Spark-plug socket
  • Spark plugs
  • Crescent wrench
  • Vise Grip Pliers
  • String / Zipties
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Scissor Jack
  • Duct Tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Fuses
  • Quart of engine oil
  • Battery Jump Cables / Battery Jumper Pack
  • Sheet of sand-paper
  • Knife / Multi-Tool
  • AAA Card

 

Suggested Additions

  • Multi-Meter
  • Drinking Water / Distilled-Water / Anti-freeze
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You don't mention spare parts that many are hesitant to leave home without.  To your list - latex/nitrile gloves, some paper towels, and a ziploc bag or two for trash don't take up much room or add weight.  And a hammer, slip-joint or Vise-grip pliers, & duct tape!

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Good start to a list.  I'm working on a list of what to bring on a 3 week cross country trip.

 

Maybe add a small multi meter to the list ?

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I will update this list at the top for easy searching. I would like to specify the difference between "cross-country trip / rally" and just nice things to have in the car when cruising / hooning within 100 mi of your home base. 

What are some of the typical replacement parts?

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This topic has been discussed several times.  E.g., http://www.bmw2002faq.com/forums/topic/165350-what-parts-and-tools-do-you-always-have-in-your-trunk/#comment-1036904

 

There is no easy or complete answer, other than anticipating the obvious and not-so-obvious depending upon the condition of any given part.  Murphy's Law respecting having the right tool/part at the wrong time is bound to be invoked.  Or is it the right part for the wrong car  .  .  . 

 

 

From a similar post ;)

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No offense Avoirdupois, but several of the posts I found were either folks trying to rebuild the official tool-roll or not quick to access. I would like to have a go-to list for the community. 

As a side note ever since the site got upgraded I've noticed a lot of the links in older posts don't work anymore and search isn't nearly as effective. I tend to use Google with site:bwm2002faq as a parameter instead now. 

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This one has been covered many times over.  You're on the right track.  Clear duct tape  Throw in some SS zip ties and a tuxedo t-shirt.  Baseball bat. Condoms if you have a tii, otherwise not necessary.  6 airline bottles filled with liquor of your choice. And $500 in cash taped inside the dash above the glovebox. And lunch.  NEVER GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT YOUR LUNCH.

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lilmo,

  condoms ?? have you been peeking in my glove box ??

 

silas, 

      OK, I'll offer up something on the lighter side, which may (or may not) offer a different perspective ......

 

60 lbs of toolbox ??   nothing at all wrong with that .......

 

just please be sure there is always room for the absolute barest of necessities ........ if you look really really close you might even see the roll of duct tape and can of WD-40, and tire pump, and baseball bat, and Kabar, and wine tote bag, and ball peen hammer .......  they are in there somewhere ....... don't leave home without 'em ........

 

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Cheers,

 

Carl

 

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5 hours ago, silasmoon said:

No offense Avoirdupois, but several of the posts I found were either folks trying to rebuild the official tool-roll or not quick to access. I would like to have a go-to list for the community. 

As a side note ever since the site got upgraded I've noticed a lot of the links in older posts don't work anymore and search isn't nearly as effective. I tend to use Google with site:bwm2002faq as a parameter instead now. 

I'm glad you rekindled this important subject

after my last road trip I've added spare

oil sending unit to my tool box

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Hmm, I've got most of this list in a toolbox in my trunk. I just ditched the original jack and replaced it with a cheap scissor jack instead. I also carry a 1/2" ratcheting breaker bar with a spark plug socket that also happens to fit on my lug nuts. I'm going to add a spare KF belt based on the other link above.

 

I also have my AAA card in the toolbox as well.

 

Thanks for putting this list together. Very helpful.

 

James

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I know there are a lot of parts one could bring re: fuel sender unit, spare distributor, etc. on long road trips and Melee 400 rallies and such. However that tends to be guessing and if you believe something might go wrong then you should cater your list to that end i.e. my alternator sucked until I replaced it so I would carry a big multi-jump battery pack with me. 

My condition for this list is as follows:

"Barring the need to place the car on jack stands, given a few hours what tools do I need to tackle common issues?"

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I keep one of these under my driver's seat.  The case has room for a few tools and a drop light.  Built in voltmeter, dwell meter, tach.  It has the advance feature as well, so you can plot your advance curve... on the side of the road.

 

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I have an original tool roll (mainly for historical accuracy but you never know) plus a further tool roll I have put together along with a set of ROE spanners (wrenches). These stay in my car wedged between the  RH wheel housing and the fuel tank filler. No rattles or banging as they fly around the trunk on acceleration / braking. 

 

I then have an 'away' tool kit in a cantilevered tool box that supplements the other tools that I take on long road trips. This has a few basic (mainly electrical / ignition) spares. 

 

I will try and add some pictures later but the tool roll is only supposed to deal with minor issues but I think I could tackle anything up to a head gasket with the cantilevered box. 

 

The best thing to do is be confidant in the reliability of your car through regular maintenance, awareness of what's going on underneath and replacement of worn / old parts. It's a lot easier to say than do but when you get there there is no reason an 02 shouldn't be a reliable as a new car. 

 

 

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A neat addition--and you'll have fun acquiring it--is the bladder from a 2 liter wine box.  Drink the wine first (not just before leaving on the trip), pop the dispenser spout off, wash it out, then press all the air out and pop the spout back on.  It takes up no space, and will hold better than a half gallon of water.  Won't do you much good in the desert, but in most of the rest of the country, water is pretty available.  And in a real emergency you can fill it with gas...just carry it carefully.

 

mike

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Toilet paper. Never leave home without it:P. Plus socks and underwear, because you never know!.

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