While we’re not mechanics we’ve had our fair share of breakdowns, both mechanical and emotional on the side of the road. Usually in some shithole, where there’s no phone reception and it’s 40°C, but that’s all part of the journey right?
We’ve owned and maintained a couple 1HZ Troopys over the last ten years and we’ve lived in our current set up for the last two years and counting.
Our list of spares, consumables and tools is by no means gospel, it’s just what we have found works for us. In saying that, you may wish to add your own items to the list below. The following is what we like to carry in the Troopy while we’re travelling remotely.
If you're getting organised for a big trip it may be helpful to print the blog and tick items off as you pack them.
Timing belt, 2x fan/alternator belts and AC belt (the AC belt is not essential but we carry one anyway so that we can replace it if need be)
Wheel bearings x2
The bearings themselves are the same for the front and rear however the seals in each kit vary slightly. Ensure you’ve got all the parts you need before heading off
Primary and secondary (including o-rings)
Just in case the original becomes wet, clogged or damaged
For the unlikely event that the original is damaged
Assorted nuts/bolts/washers/screws/hose clamps
This has saved us more times than I can remember and shouldn’t be overlooked
Top and bottom (including hose clamps)
Several lengths of varying sizes
Make sure you have spares for all sizes in your setup
Not essential but handy to have them onboard in case one fails
In the unlikely event that you blow one
Varying sizes and types for all relevant joins and terminations
A spare anderson doesn’t go astray if you’ve got a few installed in your rig
For anything and everything
Handy for repairing damaged cable insulation etc.
Useful for tying things back in place
Pack a few different sizes
Handy for securing runaway nuts/bolts. We carry the medium strength (blue)
Wheel bearing grease
We carry a 500g tub which is generally enough for 2x bearings
General purpose grease
For all the other moving parts
For stubborn nuts etc.
Just in case you spring a leak and have to add fresh coolant
To top up the sump if there’s a leak or your engine burns some
Because you're not going to be carrying every gasket you might need
A last resort but at least it’s there if you need it
Useful for odd repairs e.g. a leaky roof
Windscreen washer detergent
Handy for cleaning up parts, especially hubs when changing wheel bearings
Brake/clutch fluid (DOT 3)
To top up if you spring a leak
Oil based grease degrades rubber (e.g. of your brake caliper boots) so vaso is a good substitute. Also handy if you’re stuck out bush for a while by yourself
A sheet or two of emery can be useful for cleaning parts up
Always carry enough water to top up your radiator
We like to use full strength or rum depending on the severity of the breakdown
We carry all of our tools in a quality canvas tool roll.
Note: Toyota intelligently built the LandCruiser with metric fixings so keep this in mind when selecting your tool kit.
Ring spanners set
Open ended spanner set
Metric sizes - not essential but can make life easier at times
1/2” socket set
We like to consolidate our socket sets into smaller bags with just the sizes we will need
1/4” socket set
Shifters (one small, one large)
We don’t like to use them but you never know
54mm hub nut socket
This is for the front wheel bearing lock nuts. Ours has a 1/2" drive so we can use it with our ratchet
Handy for grabbing things
Handy for grabbing things tightly
Oil filter wrench
For easily removing the oil filter
One with a bit of oomph - about 500g should do the trick
Punches (several different sizes)
Many uses including tapping new bearing races into hubs
We carry a couple of different sizes
Flat blades and phillips of varying sizes and lengths. The Stanley kits are great for this
For any aftermarket accessories
Carry a spare blade or two in case you snap one
We use and love the black panthers
Handy for cleaning up intricate parts
Useful for cleaning up parts and threads
Handy for cutting jobs e.g. electrical insulation
In case you need to terminate any cables
For electrical work etc.
For stripping cables etc.
Long nose pliers
Handy for grabbing objects in tight spaces
Useful for replacing front wheel bearings (a circlip holds the end of the axle in place)
Not essential but we’ve had a couple of wheel bearings seize in place when they fail
Different grades and shapes (flat/round/thread file)
For screws/bolts with damaged heads. You will need access to a drill to make use of these
Puncture repair kit
Find one that includes spare valves, valve stems and valve caps
For greasing nipples
If you're doing oil changes on the road then you will need a drip tray for the waste sump oil
Handy for oil changes but you can always make one from an old bottle if need be
We actually don’t carry any power tools with us on the road due to a lack of storage space, we’ve got by for the last two years without needing them but if storage space and budget weren’t an issue we would carry the following:
For convenience and stubborn nuts/bolts
For cutting steel and cleaning up surfaces
Also chuck in a centre punch for accurate drilling
Please keep in mind this list is specifically for our 1997 HZJ75RV and individual models may vary.
There’s plenty of good tutorial videos out there (links below) and we also carry a Gregory’s manual which can be super handy too.
General servicing (oil and filters) - click here
Wheel bearings - click here
Belt replacement - click here
We hope this guide has been helpful! If you have any questions, or think there's something we should add to the list feel free to send us a message via the contacts tab.