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Off Road Trail Tools

Christian Lee | Writer
Posted March 18, 2011
Photographers: 4WD & SU Staff

Implements for the Field

We’ve all experienced trail mishaps that required some degree of repairs in order to continue our journeys. Whether it was a loose or missing bolt, a broken bracket, a torn brake line, or a small electrical fire, each instance requires field repairs that are much easier to tackle when you have the tools needed to complete the job.

In addition to this array of trail tools we’ve also included some ideas about how to safely and easily store the necessary tools in your 4x4 as well as a variety of survival tools for when repairs take longer than expected. Read on as we explore these trail tools and their uses.

The Gearsafe replaces the rear-mounted spare-tire bracket on a Jeep, converting the wasted space inside the spare tire/wheel to useful, lockable storage space. The Gearsafe is ideal for 4x4s and trailers.

• Carry emergency tools at the ready or you can lock up your valuables when you leave your vehicle
• Available in various sizes; up to 20-inch wheels and 8-inch standard width with optional depths of 10 and 12 inches

For more information, contact:
Little Boys Off-Road Toys
(866) 604-8021

Premier Power Welder
On-board, in-vehicle welding system from Premier Power Welder

• High-frequency, 100-percent duty cycle welder able to ARC, MIG, and TIG weld just above engine idle
• Premier unit offers battery charging, welding, and 115-volt DC power source capabilities
• Can be used to run power equipment such as grinders, drills, saws, and incandescent lights
• New streamlined control box uses fewer switches for easy operation
• New four stud stiffener mounting system offers easy mounting in cramped spaces and new vehicles

For more information, contact:
Premier Power Welder
(800) 541-1817

Mac’s Black Box
The Mac’s Black Box from Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs is designed to fit the rear cargo area in 2007-and-newer Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited models. It utilizes the factory rear seat bolt holes for mounting, but does not require the removal of the rear seats.

• Quick and easy installation and removal; no drilling required
• Factory floor storage is still accessible due to the Black Box’s innovative tilting design
• Lightweight, powdercoated aluminum construction
• Locking drawer and a separate lock to keep the unit secured in the back of the Jeep

For more information, contact:
Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
(800) 666-1586

SWAG Off-Road Action Packer Baja Bin
Gear stored in your 4x4 can take a beating. SWAG Off-Road has the answer for storing gear safely with its Action Packer Baja Bin

• Designed to fit the 8-gallon Rubbermaid Action Packer like a glove
• Constructed out of 1/8-inch aluminum, cut on a laser, and formed on a press brake for a precise fit
• Engineered to withstand the abuse of off-road racing
• Weighs only 6 pounds
• Available in two configurations; hinged on one side or dual clasp design for tight clearances
• The top lid rail makes an ideal tie down point for securing loose cargo

For more information, contact:
SWAG Off-Road
(541) 915-2775

Yamaha EF2000iS Portable Generator
Portable power makes a great trail tool. The Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000-watt generator is the perfect size to fit in most 4x4s and offers ample power to handle most repair jobs. It can be used to power lights or electric tools, to charge a portable electric cooler or device, or even to power a laptop or television and DVD player for campsite enjoyment.

• At just 44 pounds the EF2000iS is easy to move, transport, and store
• Super-quiet muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
• Compact 2.2 cubic foot size is easy to store and transport
• TwinTech capability — can hook up two EF2000iSs for 3,600 watts of maximum power
• OHV engine with cast-iron cylinder liner
• Efficient, reliable, powerful providing long life and excellent heat dissipation
• Inverter system with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) control allows charging or use of products with built-in microcomputers or microcomputer-controlled electric tools
• Gasoline petcock helps prevent carburetor contamination during storage
• Electrical overload breaker prevents generator damage in case of overload
• Includes a 8A12V DC outlet for charging batteries (cables included)

For more information, contact:
(800) 962-7926

Harbor Freight 750-Watt Power Inverter
The Harbor Freight 750-Watt Power Inverter offers 110-volt AC power from a 12-volt battery. Great for use on the road or at home. It offers continuous power up to 750 watts.

• Capable of charging household appliances
• High surge capacity for products that require power up to 1,500 watts to start
• Continuous power up to 750 watts
• Double AC receptacles for connecting multiple loads
• Heavy-duty input cables with alligator clips
• Five-volt, 500-milliamp USB port
• Protection from low/high voltage, low/high temperatures, low/high currents
• Short circuit and overload protection

For more information, contact:
Harbor Freight Tools
(800) 657-8001

Black & Decker Power-It 2-in-1 Automotive 500W Power Inverter
We all hit the trails to get in touch with nature, but sometimes you need mobile power when you’re in remote areas. Enter Black & Decker’s Power-It 2-in-1 Automotive 500-Watt Power Inverter. Get 100 watts to charge portable GPS units or laptops by plugging it into your rig’s 12-volt DC port. Or get 500 watts for heavy-duty tools by connecting it to your 4x4’s battery.

• Has two AC outlets and a USB port
• Warns against vehicle battery drain
• Illuminated icons show ideal applications for selected power supply

For more information, contact:
Black & Decker
(877) 571-2391

Hi-Lift Jack
The venerable Hi-Lift Jack is a trail tool that every 4x4 should carry. It can be used in various recovery and repair situations and the handle can even be used as an emergency sleeve for a bent or broken tie rod.

• Two-piece handle and socket design that is built for extended life
• Offers a rated capacity of 4,660 pounds and a tested capacity of 7,000 pounds
• Climbing pins are manufactured from a specially-processed steel with 125,000-psi tensile strength and 100,000-psi yield
• Steel bar is manufactured from specially rolled, extra high carbon steel with 80,000-pound minimum tensile strength
• The 1 5/16-inch-diameter-by-30-inch-long steel handle is made from 14-gauge high-yield structural tubing with minimum yield of 55,000 psi.
• Every Jack comes complete with an adjustable top clamp/clevis for use in clamping and winching

For more information, contact:
Hi-Lift Jack Company
(800) 233-2051

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