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Old 02-19-2013, 07:10 AM
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We've not had one of these threads for a while. This is the kit for my MX-5 which I am duplicating for the other two cars. It's proved to be what I need both for the car and at people houses over the last few years:

Obviously the cars need a jack, small compressor and lug nut wrench too. Our Prius has a spare tire but is being ejected once I have the flat kit in there. Cars my wife drives have a can of fix-a-flat too.

For the new kits I'll buy a slightly smaller bag. Also every car has at least one towel in the boot - never forget your towel!

For an E90 jack I recommend/own the Hazard Frought one: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=664250

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:20 AM
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Nice well mixed kit. I ran something very similar in my old mx-5 as the trunk is not the most spacious in those things. I will get some pics up of my own since it is nearly assembled (doing a rebuild since i no longer have to have two very different kits)
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:53 AM
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I'd personally have a set of box/open metric wrenches rather than the vice-grips and crescent wrench.

Gloves (plasti-dipped cotton), and I'd have one or two small (AAA batteries) LED flashlights rather than the older "D" flash (they're brighter and the batteries last way longer).
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:49 AM
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One thing I recommend carrying in your car is a spare set of belts. On something like the 335, the belts aren't so easy to change. On other cars, they're very simple to do. But you don't carry them just so that you can change them yourself. You carry them so that you have them available.

I used to work at a small town AutoZone, and broken belts were a regular occurrence for travelers. Sometimes we had the right belt in stock. Sometimes we had to special order it.

Since then, I always keep a spare set of belts in my car. If I break a belt somewhere, even if I cannot handle the replacement myself, I'll have the belt available for the mechanic.

When you finally change your belt as part of normal service, put on your spares and keep the old ones in the trunk for emergencies. Doing it that way, it doesn't cost you anything extra.

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:33 PM
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Walther PPQ 9mm with a stack of extra magazines, AmEx Black, two stacks of 20's and five stacks of 100's, a satellite phone, a AAA Prime card, a 16oz flask of some XO cognac, a double corona or larger cigar, and a half dozen condoms, in case you get lucky while waiting for help to arrive.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:18 PM
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Walther PPQ 9mm with a stack of extra magazines, AmEx Black, two stacks of 20's and five stacks of 100's, a satellite phone, a AAA Prime card, a 16oz flask of some XO cognac, a double corona or larger cigar, and a half dozen condoms, in case you get lucky while waiting for help to arrive.
Nice list!

Parts like belts are not a bad idea but these days almost anything can be over-nighted (admittedly at a cost). I am that way with the wheels too: am removing the spare wheel from our Prius to liberate more space. If any tire cannot be fixed with the plug kit or repaired locally: a taxi/ FedEx will have another wheel/tire to use the same/next day. Worst case: have the car transported home and rent another. The Internet really changed things.

That flashlight runs on three AA batteries. I'll put three spares in the bag though.

Looking forward to pics of other kits for inspiration. Not needed sockets yet but knowing my luck I will sometime soon now
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