Emergency tool kit

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Alan Ryder

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I’m look at a cross country trip where I’ll be several months before returning, with my 2005 1500 with the 5.7 engine. Looking to put together an emergency toolkit got a socket set then adding adjustable wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers. Don’t want to take my full wrench set ,just a handful, what are the most common sizes I should take. Any other must haves?

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Personally, if going for that long I would take the standard sizes for both SAE and metric because you just never know if something was replaced with a metric size. For the minimal amount of space they would take up, think it is worth it. Of course you could just take SAE and then get metric if needed. Would take full set from 1/4 to 11/16, seems my most common ones used are 5/16, 1/2, and 9/16. Metric is 10, 12, 14. Duct tape and a roll of wire also in my truck all the time. Also recommend set of torx bits.
 

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Aren't Chrysler products all metric? I've mostly only done suspension work but I've never needed an SAE wrench on any of my rams.

OP, highly recommend this cheap wrench set off amazon. I use it more then any of my expensive racheting wrench sets, because its easy to grab from the toolbox and take to whatever I'm working on, and it always has the size I need. The fabric storage pouch thing is surprisingly quick and easy to remove and replace the wrenches and takes up much less space when folded or rolled up.

 
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Alan Ryder

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Trim67j good call on the torx bits. I looked at a little kit I have and skipped it but not like it takes that much room.

Mrack for the price that’s probably worth it actually. Just didn’t feel like packing up my full set of good wrench’s but better safe than sorry.
 

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My 2003 had both SAE and metric, depending on what I was working on.
 

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My main go to tools are
Cordless impact wrench, tire inflator, light in one bag.
Complete socket set, all wrenches, screwdrivers, ratchets, 18" galvanized pipe as breaker bar, voltmeter, etc in another bag. Large sockets if towing the boat.
Oh and a bottle jack with carbon fiber plate to put on the ground under the jack.
Lol covers most issues if needed.

Packing them up later this month for a trip across most of the country.
 

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Most mopars are 8, 10, 13, 15, 18 mm and 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 3/4

Though some interchange for ex. 8mm=5/16, 11mm=7/16, 13mm=1/2, 14mm=9/16 - all approximations and will often (but not always work) for ex. the metric is usually just a hair larger than the SAE and the SAE won't fit all of the metric.

I also carry a 23 mm socket for any swelled lug nut caps.
 
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pacofortacos perfect. I figured socket set will work for most then most common wrench plus and adjustable for everything else.

I replaced the OEM lug nuts long ago. Hated those things.
 

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22 MM Oversize 6 point for lugs. Suggest 1/2" drive, not 3/8". Also, long handle breaker bar (for lugs, proper size ie., 1/2 or 3/8), and if I were U I would carry a torque wrench also or one of the kits that has an adapter that reads out ft lbs and a tube of like form a gasket in the box. ALSO, when I do a trip I carry a 3 ton jack/jack stand unit, not wanna rely on POS scissors jack.
 

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Everything on RAMs is metric: 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 19 or 21 or 22 for wheel lugs (mine are 19mm. But other trucks have different sizes depending on model - so take the one that fits your lugs.) Get a BREAKER BAR: NO IFs, ANDs, or BUTs! I have run into multiple situations where a nut either got corroded enough to be frozen on or where some JA over-torqued my lug nuts during the last tire change and couldn't break them free with conventional ratchet! Also, get a torque wrench capable of 25-180 ft. lbs. I personally have one that can torque from 0-250 ft. lbs. Good set of ratchets and adapters that allow you to size up or down from 1/4 <--> 3/8 <--> 1/2 ratchet sizes. Have at least two sockets in each of the metric sizes above. Have at least one extension in 3", one in 5" or 6". Have #1 and #2 Phillips screwdrivers - both in standard length and stubby lengths. At least one large and one small adjustable wrench. A proper jack, and also a set of jack stands, plus at least one wheel chock (two is better!) A set of torx and a set of hex wrenches in metric. If you bought the truck used, a set of standard wrenches is a good idea, but not necessary if you bought the truck new. Lastly, put a set of road flares, HEAVY duty jumper cables or optionally an emergency jump box (make sure it's charged), spare headlight/taillight bulbs (or two) - if they're not LED types, a quart of oil, and gallon of 50/50 coolant. Throw in a high-powered flashlight and strobe, plus a SHARP good quality utility knife with a locking or fixed blade (3" is fine and should be legal in all states - but I can't swear to that - so look up laws on knives in the states you'll be visiting). Add some duct/duck/100 mph tape into the kit, and some electrical tape, a tire patch kit, and you should be good to go.
 
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