Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Off road gear


  • Please log in to reply
63 replies to this topic

#26 thatswhatshesaid

thatswhatshesaid

    Subaphilia

  • Gold Subscribers
  • 736 posts
  • Spokane, WA

Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:48 PM

I never wheel my Subarus, but in my Jeeps I always carry an unreasonably large quantity of spare fluids. Power steering, brake, coolant, oil, etc...because if my rig isn't leaking or burning them (usually is), someone else's probably will be.

Jumper cables seem to be one of, if not the most commonly used tool in my outings...someone ALWAYS needs a boost...

#27 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:34 PM

Black RTV is a good idea. My understanding is that RTV (room temperature vulcanizing) is almost immediately heat and water resistant.

Sleeping bag and torch I'll bring on remote trips alone, but I think I'll be with a crew most of the time.

Jumper cables I've got built into my emergency thing, shown by my previous link. After I test it out a few times, I think it could be an invaluable off road tool. :headbang:

#28 bheinen74

bheinen74

    Banned

  • Banned
  • Pip
  • 0 posts
  • central Iowa

Posted 02 April 2009 - 09:38 AM

Spare alternator/water pump BELT.

#29 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:28 AM

Spare alternator/water pump BELT.


Ohhhhh yeah! I'll be well prepared from this thread. :grin:
I've got a double belt setup on my soob, for lack of an ac compressor, but got spare belts to bring anyway.

#30 Scott in Bellingham

Scott in Bellingham

    Lets go wheelin!!

  • Members
  • 3,606 posts
  • Bellingham

Posted 02 April 2009 - 11:21 AM

like to bring a subway sandwhich it always gets used

#31 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 02 April 2009 - 12:05 PM

like to bring a subway sandwhich it always gets used


Yeah, the way I eat, I'll likely have a whole cooler of food with me!

#32 MtTech

MtTech

    New User

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 27 posts
  • Oregon City, OR

Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:01 PM

use a pin punch for the axles, and what size?



3/16

#33 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 03 April 2009 - 08:29 AM

3/16


Thanks, forgot about that.

#34 WoodsWagon

WoodsWagon

    Formerly 91Loyale

  • Members
  • 3,945 posts
  • NH

Posted 07 April 2009 - 11:55 PM

My secret weapon in my kit (all of which fit in the smugglers hatch in the back of my wagon) was these fold out traction aids. It folds out into a kind of flexible ladder, has teeth on one side, and you put one end under the tire. I have 4 of them, and they work amazingly well. Snow, mud, you name it, the things can help the car walk out. Unfortantely, you can only buy them by the case from a company in quebec. They even worked to get my neighbors excavator back over the snowbank he dropped the front wheels off of.

I think I used my winch on other peoples trucks more than I ever used it to pull the wagon out.

#35 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:53 AM

My secret weapon in my kit (all of which fit in the smugglers hatch in the back of my wagon) was these fold out traction aids. It folds out into a kind of flexible ladder, has teeth on one side, and you put one end under the tire. I have 4 of them, and they work amazingly well. Snow, mud, you name it, the things can help the car walk out. Unfortantely, you can only buy them by the case from a company in quebec. They even worked to get my neighbors excavator back over the snowbank he dropped the front wheels off of.

I think I used my winch on other peoples trucks more than I ever used it to pull the wagon out.


Those sound awesome! Too bad there only in Quebec.

#36 bobs97c5

bobs97c5

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 118 posts
  • Seattle, WA

Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

You can't forget man's best friend. I always bring my dog.

I also always bring a side arm or some other form of self defense (AK-47, whatever). You never know what kind of meth head hill billy or illegal immigrant pot grower you'll run across out in the woods. In fact, there was a guy 4wheelin on Monday locally that got shot by a miner who had "claimed," some public land that he was mining on. Poor guy almost got shot in the chest but his friend batted the shotgun away so that only his arm got shot. Now it looks like they're going to amputate his arm. Story here:

http://www.mailtribu.../NEWS/904080319

#37 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:33 PM

You can't forget man's best friend. I always bring my dog.

I also always bring a side arm or some other form of self defense (AK-47, whatever). You never know what kind of meth head hill billy or illegal immigrant pot grower you'll run across out in the woods. In fact, there was a guy 4wheelin on Monday locally that got shot by a miner who had "claimed," some public land that he was mining on. Poor guy almost got shot in the chest but his friend batted the shotgun away so that only his arm got shot. Now it looks like they're going to amputate his arm. Story here:

http://www.mailtribu.../NEWS/904080319


No dog to bring, unfortunately. Just make sure that you have a CHL for whatever state you're in, unless your firearm is in plain view. I got pulled over in Gresham, OR. one time with a shotgun ON THE DASH, and got no guff from the PO. I think having the chamber empty while wheelin is a no-brainer also! :eek:

#38 TeamCF

TeamCF

    Rocker panel smasher

  • Members
  • 1,271 posts
  • Sandy, OR

Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:24 AM

Here's my list. (I'm sure I'll forget something)

folding army shovel
fire extinguisher
(shovel and extinguisher are two things by law you have to have when travelling off road in Oregon, they can nail you for not having them onboard, check your state's rules)
one 50' kinetic recovery strap (it yanks back)
one 20' strap with hooks
one old short strap for treesaver use and if ony about 10' is needed
a couple shackles for the straps
a come-along (mines a 4,000 pounder, bigger would actually be better though)
a toolbox with a small collection of tools in it
duct tape
electrical tape
zip ties (some standard sized ones and some HUGE ones)
small roll of bailing wire (wish I had this back when I tore off the exhaust system....)
two of the scissor jacks
a piece of 2x6 for jacking in soft stuff
first aid kit
box of granola bars
water
2.7 gal Jerry can on longer trips
full size spare
a few hose clamps
small compressor
Oil
Brake fluid
A few bungee cords just in case
some rope
old shipping pad to lay on if i need to crawl under it.
Machete
decent torch style lighter if I need a campfire for some unfortunate reason (and I'm not planning on camping)


For sand I'll throw in a few pieces of 3/4" ply to use for helping out of self dug holes.
And I always have the CB in and sometimes remember to throw the FRS radio in as well.
Always have the GPS as well as maps/compass.
A good knife and my multitool are always at my side too.


All and all when I go and hit up the scales to check. It does not weigh too much more than it did when I was not carrying all that stuff and still had the back seat in. So the weight penalty is not too bad.

A pic from awhile back. it was kind of messy and the chains are gone now.
The Jerrycan has a home in a little rack where the chain box is sitting.
It seals very well (pre-CARB can) and is strapped down well with eye bolts through the floor.
strap is usually bundled up and put away, but I had just yanked an Accord out of a snowbank that day.
Posted Image

and a GM 100 amp alt! don't turn on a bunch of lights and heaters out in the boonies without one. :)
Posted Image

If it was a DD I would not leave all that stuff out in view. But it's only a trail machine so it's not such a biggie.

Edited by TeamCF, 09 April 2009 - 02:40 AM.


#39 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:15 AM

Nice setup! I think you have a few things not previously mentioned, like a fire extinguisher? I like the idea of removing the rear seat, too. Since I'll also be camping much of the time, the extra room would be great as well as the weight offset. Thanks a lot for your detailed list, Team! :headbang:

#40 nipper

nipper

    Semi Elite Master of the

  • Members
  • 17,557 posts
  • Long Island NY

Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:27 AM

The way some go offroading here in NJ some sort of floatation device may be in order too :)


nipper

#41 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:42 PM

The way some go offroading here in NJ some sort of floatation device may be in order too :)


nipper


HA!...here too, but I don't plan on any snorkeling. :lol:

#42 Breeke

Breeke

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 296 posts
  • Onalaska, WA

Posted 11 September 2009 - 09:32 PM

I know it's old and out of date.

But it was mentioned about....folding army shovel, also works as a stool to do your "business" in the woods...we did that in the army...don't forget (some on the things i bring)

TP or baby wipes.
small chain saw 017 or the like.
hatchet
machette
food
water (plenty!!)
flint and knife
tender
vehicle fluids
tarp (shelter)
rain gear
waterproof boots or change of boots
flares
shovel
come-a-long
straps or chains
tools
SPARE TIRE AND WHEEL!!!!!!
highlift
4-way lug wrench
belts and hoses
"fix a flat"
air compresser
gloves
wool hat
tire gauge
tire stem tool
phone
cb
spare socks
spare britches
fire extingisher
FIRST AID KIT!!!!
.......beer.... :banana:

anyway i'm not done but you get the idear

#43 Twitch de la Brat

Twitch de la Brat

    Village Psycho

  • Members
  • 1,590 posts
  • The Athol of Idaho

Posted 12 September 2009 - 01:17 AM

I know it's old and out of date.

But it was mentioned about....folding army shovel, also works as a stool to do your "business" in the woods...we did that in the army...don't forget (some on the things i bring)

TP or baby wipes.
small chain saw 017 or the like.
hatchet
machette
food
water (plenty!!)
flint and knife
tender
vehicle fluids
tarp (shelter)
rain gear
waterproof boots or change of boots
flares
shovel
come-a-long
straps or chains
tools
SPARE TIRE AND WHEEL!!!!!!
highlift
4-way lug wrench
belts and hoses
"fix a flat"
air compresser
gloves
wool hat
tire gauge
tire stem tool
phone
cb
spare socks
spare britches
fire extingisher
FIRST AID KIT!!!!
.......beer.... :banana:

anyway i'm not done but you get the idear


This is not old and outdated, I'll show you old and outdated...
This is a day offroading, not an amazon expedition. :-p
Who needs a first aid kit? I got duct tape. :D

Twitch

#44 Breeke

Breeke

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 296 posts
  • Onalaska, WA

Posted 12 September 2009 - 08:15 PM

see below...

#45 Breeke

Breeke

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 296 posts
  • Onalaska, WA

Posted 12 September 2009 - 08:16 PM

This is not old and outdated, I'll show you old and outdated...
This is a day offroading, not an amazon expedition. :-p
Who needs a first aid kit? I got duct tape. :D

Twitch


ANY day of offroading can become and expedition. :P

:banana::banana:

#46 TeamCF

TeamCF

    Rocker panel smasher

  • Members
  • 1,271 posts
  • Sandy, OR

Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:53 PM

ANY day of offroading can become and expedition. :P

:banana::banana:


Awhile back we did a big one in southern OR. Left camp in the morning, didn't get back until over 13 hours later and WELL over 100 miles of desert driving.
All off-road.
http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=99003

Yes some days it does become an expediton. :)
I never leave the house in the Soob unless I'm ready to spend a few days out in BFE. Even for the quick runs just to get out of the house for an hour.

A good gear list is key to not becoming another job for search and rescue.

#47 SoobieDoo

SoobieDoo

    GL's...the luxury wheeler

  • Members
  • 838 posts
  • ZigZag

Posted 14 September 2009 - 10:47 PM

The real intent of this thread was for gear specifically needed for off-roading. I agree with Twitch, in the respect that sometimes you need to prepare for wilderness survival, and sometimes not. When NW Washington offroad went up to the Custer hole a couple of months back, I could have walked home...along the freeway...and past a couple of gas stations.

#48 TeamCF

TeamCF

    Rocker panel smasher

  • Members
  • 1,271 posts
  • Sandy, OR

Posted 15 September 2009 - 03:54 PM

The real intent of this thread was for gear specifically needed for off-roading. I agree with Twitch, in the respect that sometimes you need to prepare for wilderness survival, and sometimes not. When NW Washington offroad went up to the Custer hole a couple of months back, I could have walked home...along the freeway...and past a couple of gas stations.


True.
I guess for me it's just that the nearest gas station or even highway is generaly 20+ miles away from the places I go to anymore. Myself, I need to be able to camp out before making the hike the next day if it comes to it.
So in my case it is required gear. But no, it's not required for all. :)

Even TSF being close to a highway. There is nothing on that highway for miles. (and I have a nasty habit of always going out after dark alone :rolleyes: Prefer it that way most trips)

#49 TheSubaruJunkie

TheSubaruJunkie

    I'M BAAAAAACK!

  • Members
  • 1,921 posts
  • Sacramento

Posted 17 September 2009 - 04:55 PM

  • HiLift Jack
  • Duck tape


#50 ezapar

ezapar

    [OWB]

  • Moderator
  • 27,109 posts
  • Seattle

Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:12 AM

Here, allow me. This is taken from another post I put up in the off road section.

Here's a list of Stuff to have with you on any given day for wheeling. I took it from what's probably the highest authority when it comes to Off Road.

B-4 U GO.
Check these items so you may avoid making repairs on the trail.

Engine oil/oil filter
Tranny Fluid (90 wieght gear oil)
Brake Fluid
Belts
All lights and turn signals
Windshield fluid
Radiator coolant
Tire pressure and condition
Tow hooks, front and rear
Loose parts, ie: lugnuts, drive shaft bolts, engine and tranny mounts

BARE NECESSITIES
Bring this stuff and some ingenuity and you will get out of many trail mishaps.

A buddy with either a history in long-distance running to go get help, or his own 4X4
Duct tape (fixes everything)
Baling wire (prehistoric duct tape)
Zip-ties (modern day duct tape)
WD-40 (spraying under the disty cap helps start trucks that have been splashing thru water)
Ratchet strap (reseat tires, helps hold gear in place)
Tow strap (useful if you get stuck or need to be towed home)
Leatherman type utility tool and or swiss army pocket knife
Warm jacket (being cold makes being stuck and broke worse)
First aid kit
Jug of water
Granola bar or candy bar (food is important to survival, helps you think straight)
Fire extiguisher (tough stuff to watch the rig burn to the ground before you walk home)
Flash light (hard to walk home in the dark after you watch your rig burn to the ground)
Matches/lighter


WHAT WE ALWAYS BRING
If going wheeling for the day this is a good list of tools to bring

Tool bag containing:
Screw drivers
Pliers (dikes, needle-nose, channel locks, vice grips)
Hammer
Wrenches
Adjustable wrench
Socket set and wrench
Spark plug socket
Test light
Prybar
Jack of some sort (high lift, bottle, floor- depending on the terrain and size of vehicle)
Tire repair kit
Electrical tape
Allen wrenches
Hack Saw

PERSONAL STUFF
These will make the trip more enjoyable

Toilet paper
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Food and water (no, beer doess not qualify as water)
Extra jacket
Rags/towels

SPARE PARTS
These begin to add weight, but it's better than the long walk home

Engine belts
Axles, front and rear
Spare tire
Spare nuts and bolts that are common on your rig
Fuses
Radiator Hoses
Hose clamps
Electrical crimp kit
Lug nuts


LUBES
Different goo to help you go

Oil
Brake fluid
Gear oil
Gas
gasket seal or silicone
Water
WD-40

CAMPING GEAR
Basic stuff for staying in the dirt

Warm Clothing and rain gear
Tent or good tarp
Camping stove and fuel
Sleeping bag and pad
Cooler

BONUS STUFF TO HAVE ALONG
You can get along without these, but they are plenty useful for trailside repairs

Air compressor or CO2 tank
Impact gun and sockets
Underhood welder
Bottle torch for freeing up sticky axles (checking them before hand doesn't hurt either)

GET OUT OF STUCK SITUATION STUFF
Bring more of these the farther you'll be from civilization

Winch or good come-a-long
Shackle or two
Spare cable
Chain (grade 70)
Snatch block
Tow Strap
Tree protector
Shovel
Ax
Gloves
Winch bag to put over the cable should it snap
2X12 or small piece of plywood for footing for the jack

NAVIGATION
If you don't like asking directions

Maps
GPS
Compass
CB
Cell phone




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users