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What is it you guys are taking to the track with you?
-a full metric wrench set
-300 plus socket set
-misc. screwdrivers, pliers, tape
-always spare oil, filters, coolant/water wetter
The idea I'm having is to prep a whole top box of tools(oldies and cheapies) to throw in the truck bed when I hit the track.
I apologize if there is a thread of this that I missed.
-1/2" socket wrench w/ all the big sizes for axle nuts, control arm bolts, etc.
-3/8" socket wrench w/ full range of metrics, long extension, and spark plug socket
-1/4" socket wrench w/ 5mm-14mm
-Metric AND standard wrench sets
-Channel lock pliers
-Bag o' zip ties
-Jack + 2 jack stands
-Tire iron & lug nut key
-Allen key set
-Screw driver w/ a million different changeable bits
-Razor blade knife
-Roll of shop towels
-Electronics kit (electrical tape, soddering gun, voltmeter, wire, butt connectors, etc.)
-Magnetic extendo wand thingy
-Extendo mirror thingy
Extras I bring with me:
-Tupperware container full of OEM bolts/nuts of all sizes
-Motor Oil, brake fluid, coolant
Would be nice to add a cordless impact to the list, but don't have one yet.
I have a box that is dedicated to race track use only. I just load the box full of supplies and spare parts that are easily forgotten. This is my track kit. I then add tools or supplies that dual purpose for shop and track duties like jack stands, diagnostic equipment, etc. seperately.
We don't usually take a full 300+ piece socket/tool set. We bring a smaller collection of the sockets we know we are going to use/need and we don't bring the odd ball sizes we'll never use.
Best track tool investment? Milwaukee M18 cordless impact wrench. Yes they are expensive, but after years of using Harbor Freight ones and continually being frustrated by them I switched to the Milwaukee. It never has problems getting the lugs off and the batteries last an incredibly long time. Two fully charged batteries lasted me the whole week at the Runoffs, and we were putting new tires on every session...
I carry a lot of tools & parts for many reasons. Mostly because I like to be prepared and I don't like losing track time. I also travel to some pretty far tracks where it can be difficult to get parts in a hurry, and I don't like losing track time. I also travel go to these events with a small group of friends, and we often help each other out with tools & such. As an event organizer, I'm a go-to guy when someone in the paddock needs a random tool or part. I almost can't believe the amount of electrical tools & parts I carry, but these are the #1 tools and parts that I loan out or otherwise help people with. I usually don't bring a jack or jack stands as several friends bring 'em.
Craftsman red/black 3-drawer Toolbox with flip-open top hatch Top Hatch:
1/2" torque wrench
Long 17mm sockets for lug nuts
Big metric sockets for wheel bearings (I forget the sizes, there are a couple)
DeWalt impact driver
Ohlins adjusting wrenches
Metric & Standard Allen wrench sets
Metric Torx 3/8" drive set
Handful of standard 1/2" sockets for trailer repair & lug nuts. Top Drawer
Brake bleeding tools (tube, bleeder wrenches, etc)
Slider pin grease
Oil filter wrench
Xacto knife & misc blades
Spark plug gap tool, feeler gauges
Di-electric grease, tube of anti-sieze Middle drawer
Gear Wrench set & extras so I have two of each 12mm, 14mm, 17mm.
Adjustable wrenchs, 6", 8", 10".
Various pliars Bottom drawer
1/4", 3/4" & 3/4" swivel ratchet.
metric sockets for each.
Electric Box 1 - (fishing box)
Strippers, crimpers, cutters, needle nose pliars
Heat shrink, wire ties, loom
Electric Box 2 - Stanley water proof box
Gaffer tape, painter's tape, gorilla tape, self-sealing silicon tape (RescueTape)
8" magnifying glass
Spare contacts & pins for COPS, injectors, and various other connectors
Plumbing Box - Dollar store special
Spare hose, hose clamps
Spare hose fittings
AN Wrench set
AN hose assembly tools
Spare AN fittings, spare NPT fittings
AN & NPT couplers & adapters
Brake line fittings & adapters
Large Storage Bin for tools, water resistant - Home Depot special
1/2" impact driver in hard case
Soldering kit in hard case with UltraTorch flameless soldering iron & heat gun
Tire pressure gauge in hard case
Tire pyrometer in hard case
Fuel pressure gauge
Multi-compartment box filled with quick connects, splices, fuses, etc.
- HF Aluminum air tank
- Air hose & fittings for the tracks that supply compressed air in the garages
- Storage box with spares (brakes, hubs, spark plugs, etc)
I may break down and get a set of HF aluminum jack stands. Good friend has 'em, and they are pretty awesome at about 4 pounds each. Super light & portable, yet sturdy and inexpensive. Often on sale for $40/pair: 3 Ton Aluminum Jack Stands
I have an old top box in the tire trailer loaded full of Harbor Freight **** - they are a good as Craftsman/Snapon for short duration and I don't care if they get lost or stolen. I don't have a cordless impact gun but I do have a small 12v drill driver to run lugs on and off after I break them loose. A torque wrench should always finish the job anyway.
Besides the usual stuff every has already listed, I love this little gadget:
It's my air compressor which is good because it is self contained - long hoses and cables are a pain in the ***. It also has a cigarette plug so I can charge my phone and camera without plugging it into the car and leaving the key on. The third thing is does is lets me help out guys who kill their batteries charging phones and cameras because it is also a jump pack. I got it at Costco for around $70 but I have seen similar ones other places. I just leave it plugged in in the back of my closet when I'm not off to the track.
Haha that's when you know some ****'s going down, when someone needs an angle grinder or a 10lb mallet in between sessions
**** the reason I started bringing my drill is because my battery tie-down was installed improperly AND cross threaded on, so my battery would come loose occasionally. eventually I got tired of it and was trying to get the bolt out and it ended up shearing the day I arrived on the track. I had to walk around to everyone and ask for a drill and bits (one guy had a drill, another had the bits, and no one had a chuck to tighten the bit down with). Needless to say, I got that bitch out in the dark, and had a great weekend.
Besides the tool box, socket set, jack, breaker bar, gadget box, sleeping gear (still using a tent) I added this gizmo a couple of years ago
Dry air made my life so much easier. It's fast, light and quiet.
Filling it in the basement at work for free makes it easier.
0.85L 200bar is enough to fill four 205/50-15 from empty to 30 psi, enough for a lot of adjustments.
This year I added a 3L 300bar bottle too, since I then can share it with more friends. But the bigger bottle is not as convenient.
EU1999 with DIYPNP+VVTuner, track only.
Rebuild in place; 11:1 84mm ST, 305°cams 10.7mm lift, decked flush, ST valves+1015springs, MS SUBs
190bhp at 7krpm as a goal (185psi BMEP). Jenveys on the shelf (4top as a start), Staal Header sometime
+1 on the cordless impact wrench. I finally convinced myself last month to buy one (albeit a Ryobi). It ROCKS at the track especially when changing wheel sets. It will break loose lug nuts tightened to at least 70 ft/lbs. Plus you can remove tight lug nuts even when the tire is off the ground (free to spin). They are worth the money.
I still use a torque wrench to do the final tightening on the lug nuts.
Fine tooth flex head ratchet wrenches are also fantastic, especially when you are in a hurry, which at the track is pretty much all the time. They are also well worth the money.
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