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Old 10-05-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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What is it you guys are taking to the track with you?
I take
-a full metric wrench set
-300 plus socket set
-jack stands
-jack
-generator
-charger
-corded impact
-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.
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-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
-Rubber mallet
-Steel mallet
-Breaker bar
-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
-Lug nuts
-Wheel studs
-Hose clamps
-Brake pads
-Motor Oil, brake fluid, coolant

Would be nice to add a cordless impact to the list, but don't have one yet.
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Metric kamasa set,
jack+stands.
Some oil.

Would like to bring 12v air compressor, pressure meter, probe pyrometer and camber gauge.
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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.

Don't forget an air tank.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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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...
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A gram of MDMA and a sheet of LSD.

Oh and the average tool set, with extra parts. If I had a smaller jack I'd bring that too.

A cordless impact gun would be really awesome too, I'm thinking of buying one just for this purpose.
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:32 PM   #8
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Most of my hand tools/sockets are Craftsman.

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
1/2" breaker
1/2" ratchet
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
Tire markers
Spark plug gap tool, feeler gauges
Di-electric grease, tube of anti-sieze
Middle drawer
Various screwdrivers
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)
Multimeter
Strippers, crimpers, cutters, needle nose pliars
Electric tape
Jewelers screwdrivers
Spare relays(s)
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
Spare wire

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
Measuring tape
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
Timing light
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
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Tool kit (socket wrenches, metric/standard sockets & open ended wrenches, 21mm, 23mm,24mm,33mm sockets, screwdriver + bits, leatherman)
2 torque wrenches
2 wrenches/pliers
channel lock pliers
large screwdriver for prying
2 8" crescent wrenches

2 gallons of water/coolant + bucket
extra oil + filter
red + copper silicone
red + blue threadlocker

drill set + taps + drill
2 jack stands
floor jack
shop towels
3 bags of bolts + nuts (small, large, special/odd ones)
duct tape + electrical tape
multimeter
Extension cord

And last but not least, a tarp for covering the tools in case of rain.

Sometimes I bring my angle grinder...don't laugh, I didn't last event and a guy ended up needing one.
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Sometimes I bring my angle grinder...don't laugh, I didn't last event and a guy ended up needing one.
Haha that's when you know some ****'s going down, when someone needs an angle grinder or a 10lb mallet in between sessions
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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.
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Haha that's when you know some ****'s going down, when someone needs an angle grinder or a 10lb mallet in between sessions
lol yea!

**** 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.

Lastly, I forgot one of the most important

tire pressure gauge
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Full toolset (3/8 and 1/2" sockets, 6mm to 29mm, screwdrivers, vise grips, wire strippers/crimpers, safety wire pliers)
HF jack
at least 2 jackstands

Supplies box with:
-spare front pads/rotors
-front wheel bearing
-safety wire
-spare fuel pump
-tire pressure gauge
-impact gun
-brake pressure bleeder + waste bottle
-degreaser, brake cleaner, Windex, paper towels
-assorted nuts and bolts, heat shielding, hose clamps, enough zipties to quell a prison riot
-foil tape, duct tape, and painter's tape
-spark plugs

-1 gallon of oil
-2 liters of brake fluid
-2+ gallons of distilled water

-50+ gallons of E85
-siphon pump
-5-gallon transfer jug

-Easy-up+folding chairs
-spare set of wheels/tires
-Gear bag (helmet, HANS, suit, shoes/gloves, Nomex shirt/socks)
-Laptop (data analysis by day, **** by night)

Things I should carry but don't:
-spare transmission + 2 quarts of amsoil MTG
-spare halfshaft
-spare rear spindles w/ repacked rear bearings
-spare front brake caliper

It's much, much worse for SM races. The big race trailer has every suspension component, spare front/rear subframes, multiple sets of wheels/tires, a spare trans and a spare diff, power tools, etc.
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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.
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+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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