Jeep® 4WD Specialty Tools—Ready-Made and Improvised When
For rebuilding, tuning,
troubleshooting and repair work, niche specialty tools can help. For decades, I have shown Jeep owners and 4WD
specialists how to improvise when practical.
In this section of the magazine, you will find information on tools
for your Jeep or Dodge/Ram truck work. Turn to the following pages or send a Q&A
Want insight into outfitting your Jeep toolbox for trailside
repairs? See how one owner
makes his Jeep 4x4 trail ready for the extreme
ago, I learned the value of specialty tools. Unfortunately, many of these tools become obsolete over time.
Sometimes, a limited usage tool may not be cost-effective. Quality tools may be attractive, but do you really need a
$40,000, four-wheel alignment rack to properly set up a Jeep® 4WD
link-arm suspension lift kit?
I operated and trained
others in the use of four-wheel beam alignment racks. Here is a functional alternative, SPC's FasTrax 91025
alignment gauge set. (For complete details, see the website article or the 'how-to'
video or download the July 2010
back issue of 4WD Mechanix Magazine. Review pages 25-51 of the July back
This 91025 equipment
accomplished the task—for 1% of the four-wheel alignment rack
cost! A fundamental knowledge of alignment makes up for complex and
expensive equipment. Reflect on the goal. A basic tool and some improvising can serve
stands, guideplates—if you can fabricate metal, many specialty tools can be built within your shop. I have created
service tools for restoring vintage automatic transmissions, steering gears, axles and manual transmissions. Most
of these tools, described in tattered and faded shop manuals, are simply not available
There are many ways to
reduce tooling costs while achieving professional results. This applies
to any Jeep® mechanical work,
including the axle setup pictured here. At 4WD Mechanix© Magazine, I test and
evaluate both new and used tools. I will suggest tool options, alternatives and even ways to
improvise or construct a tool!
Learn how to buy new
tools, where to find quality used tools and proper methods for repairing, modifying or creating tools. Solve your
tool challenges—get your question answered at the website's 'Q & A' section for tools and
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