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Q: What tools should I take with me when I'm off-roading on the trail?

A: Great question, you'll need to assess where you're going and for how long. We'll need to break that down into a few different answers. Let's determine a few things first.

- Are you traveling alone?
- Can you split the tasks and responsibilities with another party?
- How long and how far will you be from any help?

For small trips and local trips we suggest the following items be on board before the journey. See below for our "top ten" lists.

- Multi tool (a good one)
- Screwdrivers - Standard & Phillips
- Crescent adjustable wrenches (large & small)
- Pliers - one needle nose and one side cutter
- Vise grips
- Hammers - (1) ball peen & (1) 4 or 5 lb sledge
- Wrenches, standard. & metric
- Sockets - standard & metric. & spark plug
- Test light, VOM, or OBD scanner
- Allen wrenches or Torx

A good Wrench Roll (ORTT #5019) and Tool Roll (ORTT #5020) make it easier to store and find what you need.

Trail supplements:
- Recovery strap
- Rescue tape
- Duct tape
- Zip ties
- WD-40, penetrating oil
- Bailing wire / metal coat hangers
- Rags
- Flash light with fresh or extra batteries, bulbs
- Super siphon
- Electrical tape

Trail tool accessories:
- Jumper cables
- Shovel
- Tire repair kit (to include valve stem remover, spare valve stem cores, gauge
- Gloves - leather and latex
- Portable air source
- Ax
- Hatchet
- Saw
- Bottle Jack or Hi Lift
- Wheel chocks

We suggest you carry these items as a minimum. Remember sharing is OK when multiple parties are involved, but make sure all items are coordinated prior to leaving for your trip.

Although water, food, first aid, fire extinguisher, maps, recovery & survival gear arent technically classified as tools, they are extremely important items to carry with you (we would never leave the home with out them).

For harder day trips or longer trips where self reliance is paramount, we suggest the above, plus:

- Breaker bar 24"
- Hacksaw with extra blades
- Brazing rods
- Files, asst
- Grease gun
- Pliers, C-lip, internal and external
- Wire crimpers
- Wrench sets, expanded, metric and standard
- Extension set
- Socket sets, expanded, metric & standard
- Thread chasers, square type
- Tap & die set
- Extractors
- Portable drill and bits
- Grinder
- Welder
- Welding rods
- Vise
- Spare keys
- Lug nuts
- Tarp
- Wire brush
- Brake tools
- Loctite
- JB weld
- Tire irons
- Hub socket, front
- Funnel, Oil filler
- Battery terminal cleaner
- Inspection mirror
- Magnet, telescopic
- Small pick set
- Safety glasses
- Work mat
- Pickle fork
- Punch set
- Chisel set
- Paint brush for dirt/dust
- Metal coat hangers

Not to be forgotten:
- Specialty tools like a large front axle socket for Jeep Wranglers, a 12 pt. socket for TJ caliper mounting brackets, etc.
- Extra vehicle parts for service. Fan belt, hoses, fuses, spark plugs, filters, u-joints, bearings, asst nuts & bolts, drive shafts, tie rod ends, brake lines, asst electrical connectors, cotter keys, spare oil filler plugs, bulbs and a good spare tire.
- Fluids: engine oil, transmission, differentials, brake, power steering, coolant.
- Attitude: Take the right one with you. Stay cool & calm one if something goes wrong. Have fun and remember the original reason youre out there.

Remember that vehicle specific tools and parts should be taken into consideration as well as any known issues with that make and model. If a fuel pump in a particular model goes out at 90,000 miles and you have close to that or more, youll need think about replacing that part before you go (or consider taking a spare with you and know how to change it on the trail).

Note: This basic list is to be used as a guide and should not be relied upon for life saving.

Again, make sure you have enough fuel, water and food in case of an emergency. Remember to include a safety factor.
Q: How much water should I bring on my off-road journey?

A: It's recommended by the experts to bring at least 1 gallon per person per day. That amount might vary due to conditions such as heat or the amount of physical work you're doing. You should always take a reserve supply for emergency situations.

- Take more if you're using water for personal hygiene, cooking & washing.
- If you have it, drink it. Don't ration it.
- If you're limited, try keeping your mouth shut. Try not to talk, eat or smoke & refrain from salt and alcohol.
Q: Why are Off Road Trail Tools "Gnarly Grips" grab handles considered the world's best?

A: That's easy. We do 5 specific things in the manufacturing process that no else does. To begin, we started with an intelligent design. The problem that all other grab handles and grips have is that the handles collapse in on your hand, causing a real safety issue.

- We insert a plastic stiffener to keep the handles from collapsing
- A patent pending non-skid material is used to minimize the rotating effect on the bar.
- You get military spec threads with Box X stitching making this one of the strongest and longest lasting handles.
- You get the best warrantee in the off road industry.
- You get a part made right here in the USA

The benefits for you and other occupants of your vehicle are easy to see.
Q: Why do you offer so many items that are light-weight when the rest of the off-road industry uses heavy steel?

A: That's s a very good question, with multiple answers.

The truth is that O.E. manufacturers spend big dollars to save vehicle weight. Personally, weight savings is something that appeals to me. Every 100 lbs saved allows you to reallocate that weight to something else. Remember that you only have so much GVWR to work with. Capacity is an important factor to keep in mind for handling, and fuel efficiency. Weight savings benefits you in many ways; because of the lightened load your engine doesn't have to work as hard, in turn saving you money all around (even at the pump)

Less weight equals less stress on the engine, drive train, suspension, brakes. Sprung and un-sprung weight means longer life.

Modifications for off-road suspension and tires also affect gas mileage. All-terrain tires produce less friction and therefore roll more freely. They're generally lighter than pure off-road tires, and less weight means better fuel economy. They also ride quieter, handle better and wear longer. New tires are among the first changes an off road enthusiast makes.

It's been said that every 100 lbs you add to the vehicle, you need an additional 10 horsepower to maintain the same performance levels. Keep the weight low when you have a choice. If you can shave 100 lbs from what you were going to install and go with lighter weight pieces, you could re-allocate that weight to carrying tools, more vehicle modifications, water, survival gear, spare parts, camping equipment, firewood, etc.
Q: How does the Fold Down tray table mount to the Wrangler tailgates?

A: It mounts the same way on all 87-08 tailgates. It uses 4 stainless steel bolts to mount it on the flat vertical surface. You'll drill 4 holes into the tailgate, using the table as a template. Insert the riv-nuts and tighten the 4 bolts down and your finished.

We suggest that on all models you use nut-serts, thread serts or knurled rivet nuts. All the same, just a few different industry names. It's easier and quicker.

On 2003-2006 TJ's & LJ's you can access the inside of the tailgate via the air grate to tighten the mounting bolts.
Q: Why should I buy your Broken Axle Tool when I've seen copied knock-offs?

A: The difference is in the quality. When your axle is broken and getting back to the trail is important, quality counts. We make our tools out of the best materials (the center section uses high strength steel). Each one is professionally MIG welded. Good weld penetration is important with the torsion loads being applied. We use sealed bearings so that dirt and other debris don't interfere with the correct operation of the unit. Each tool is hand crafted, made in the USA and not massed produced. Each one is inspected by an Off Road Trail Tools professional before it is delivered to you. Like our motto says, "Parts with Passion and Precision".

Each time we see or hear of a cheaper knock off, the short cuts are noticeable by a mile. We've seen units that actually used U-bolts to hold some of the pieces together. What do you think happens when that comes in contact with the tire or some type of side load? We understand that anything can be made cheaper, but if it doesn't do what it's supposed to do, it really doesn't matter how much you saved. Cheaper doesn't always mean better.
Q: Do you feel that the Clean Air Intake Scoop for the Jeep Wrangler TJ & LJ cabin is really necessary?

A: Yes, we do. Not only because of the dusty conditions encountered on the trail, but because of your health. A cabin air filter is used because you have to inhale clean and healthy air inside. Without this cabin air filter, the atmosphere inside may be full of pollens and dust which could be dangerous to health. Any one who has lived or traveled in any of the dusty areas of the world can attest to how quickly the conditions can change and leave you stuck in a dust storm that doesn't allow you to see 10 feet in front of you. Dust storms can do an amazing amount of damage to your vehicle; imagine what they can do to your lungs.
Q: Are you all really the creators of the unique O.R.T.T. parts?

A: Yes, for the most part. I guess we should elaborate on that one. The unique solutions that we provide usually come out of necessity. We enjoy spending time out on the trails and hearing your stories. A lot of us share common problems out on the trails. Most of the time I would have to say I've been somewhere out on the trail and encountered a problem or a need. The creative juices start flowing from there; design and innovation come into play and the next thing you know we have crafted a part that provides an answer or a unique solution to the problem.

Our experience allows us to be creative, taking ideas and turning them into real solutions that you can use everyday.