Off-roading is riding a vehicle on unsurfaced roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain. If you and your vehicle designed to prepare for off-road driving, you should consider all recommendations to be critical to safe and successful four-wheeling. Experienced four-wheelers never venture into backcountry without the basic equipment on board their vehicle. If something will go wrong at some point, and when it does, you'll want to be prepared. There are a ton of options when it comes to what to take out on the trails with you, but you have limited space in vehicle. Here is a compilation of some accessories for an off road rig.
1. Winch and accessories
A winch is the quintessential off-road tool in roadtrip. Whether you’re doing a self recovery or help out a friend who picked the wrong line, a winch unrivaled when it comes to off-road recovery. It provides peace of mind. If you spend your money on a winch rather then on lockers, lift, etc. until you have honed your driving skills. A minimum winch kit includes a tree strap, pulley, two D-rings and a pair of gloves. The pin inside the D-rings should be at least ¾”. Any brand will do; all manufacturers sell quality winch kits. The 12,000lb Barricade Winch has enough muscle to free even a loaded, armored JKU from a tough spot and get you back on the trail.
Gloves are one of the items that most people don’t think of when heading out on the trails. You’ll sure wish you had a pair the first time you pull winch line or rig a recovery strap without them. Throw a cheap pair of gloves in the truck for dealing with the vegetation. A pair of nitrile cut resistant Kevlar fiber gloves is the best,because it handle abuse like a champ, breathe well, and can be had for around $10. These leather Gloves have more uses that would recommend having at least one pair in your recovery bag.
If you get stuck, you might be able to dig the way out with a shovel. Get one shovel with a long handle so that you have more leverage while digging. Whether a shovel keeps you from having to pull winch line or helps to stack a rock to get over the next obstacle, they are one of the most multi-functional and useful tools to have on the trail. You can get the shovel from Bunnings if you don’t already have one in your garden shed. The Rugged Ridge Tri Fold Shovel is light weight and takes up little room in your bag, but you’ll be happy you packed it when you need it.
4. Recovery strap and tow point
Sometimes all the need is a little tug when you’re high centered on a an obstacle and sometimes your winch line just isn’t long enough. No matter the use of a recovery strap is a must have. The recovery straps are two inches wide, and available in 20- and 30-foot lengths. Tow points should be integrated into the vehicle frame if it doesn’t have towing hooks on the front and back ends. Go to a reputable shop, and make sure the tow points are rated for GVW. The Rugged Ridge Strap is too good up to 40,000lbs and at 30 feet it gives you a ton of flexibility.
5. Hi-Lift jack
The Hi-Lift is a tall jack, as the name implies,it can do more than simply raise a vehicle. It can be used as a hand winch, spreader as well as a clamper. The only drawback of the Hi-Lift jack is that the nose is straight and flat, so it does not work with curved or round bumpers. But, adapters exist the work with curved bumpers. While they can be dangerous when used improperly, there is no substitute for being able to lift rig from the bumper or rocker armor to get out of a sticky situation or make a trail repair. The Hi-Lift has been one of the most popular tools for 4WD enthusiasts since the hobby began.