NMBR's Trail Tool Kit Advice - The Basics of Assembly & Organization
The Basics of Assembly & Organization - Assemble a trail tool kit that fits your vehicle. Find every last piece of fastening hardware on your vehicle (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) and and match it with the appropriate tool for removal. Compile a list of the tools required to work your rig and update the list as you upgrade suspension, steering, armor and such. It is better to find out you don't have that 22mm socket or T55 [Torx] at home rather than on a remote shelf road. Use your trail tool kit in your garage to get acquainted with what works, what does not, and what is lacking. If you keep a quality set of sockets, ratchets and wrenches in your garage tool box, but keep a cheap or inferior set in your vehicle tool kit, you should reverse those roles. Those Snap-On ratchets at home will do you little good when you are holding a broken [cheap] one on the trail. Once your vehicle tool kit is satisfactory, choose a tool storage system that makes things easy to access and takes up as little space as possible. Go for soft sided storage that keeps things quiet and tightly organized. This past spring, New Mexico Backroads selected Adventure Tool Company's heavy waxed canvas bags and tool roll when rehabbing and reorganizing the NMBR Rubicon's on-board tool kit. Paul at Adventure Tool Company [or ATC] also custom made an extra large re-enforced tool bag to carry some big, heavy tools; aptly labeled "FUBAR KIT".
When you book an expedition/overland based adventure with NMBR, extensive preparation is provided in the time leading up to departure. NMBR has written a series of overland specific articles, "how to" tutorials and "tips and tricks" features, that break down (item by item) what to bring and what to expect when traversing the backroads. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided adventures challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.
NMBR's complete 2016 expedition/overland schedule HERE