Must Have Offroading Accessories
When you go offroading, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. You need to make sure you have plenty of gas. You need to bring a friend to enjoy the day with. Last but most definitely not least, you need to bring a few important 4×4 accessories. While offroading can be a ton of fun for everyone involved it can also be a bit risky. With this in mind, here are a few of the most important 4wd accessories for your next offroading trip.
If you go offroading, you’re going to get stuck. This is not just a possibility, it is practically a fact. Ask anyone who’s been doing offroading for any length of time and they’ll tell you the same thing. This is where your first piece of essential equipment comes in. The specific accessory you bring depends on whether you’re going offroading in just your 4wd vehicle or if you have friends bringing their own. If you’re going with friends, you’ll need a hefty tow strap. A 5 ton strap about 5 meters long is a good choice if you go with this option. This is hefty enough to pull just about any offroad vehicle free and it gives you some slack to maneuver with. If you’re going offroading alone, however, you’ll need a winch. This is a more expensive option, both for the winch and for the modifications you’ll have to make to your 4×4 to properly use it. If your friends aren’t bringing their own vehicle, though, it’s an absolute necessity. Whichever option you decide to go with, make sure it’s always with you before you go anywhere.
No matter where you’re offroading, you’ll definitely want a Hi-Lift jack. A regular jack is just fine for changing a flat on the road or a driveway but you need a Hi-Lift for just about any other location. If you need to lift a wheel to put a board under it or change a tire, you’ll quickly realize why. A regular jack will only lift a tire a few inches, maybe half a foot, off the ground. A Hi-Lift jack, on the other hand, can raise the tire about 4 feet in the air. This is handy for more easily changing tires if you get a flat. It also means you can lift the tire up high enough to put some support under the wheels with ease. Try doing that with a standard jack some time and see how easy it is.
Last, but not least, you’re going to need a portable air compressor. It’s a good thing to have no matter what but it’s especially important if you’re offroading in sandy areas. It’s fairly common practice to drop your tire pressure as low as safely possible when driving on sand. It’s a well known trick that gives you maximum surface contact with the sand, allowing for a better ride. The other side of that is that you don’t want to get on the road with only 22 psi in your tires. That’s why you carry a portable air compressor along for the ride. It quickly and easily allows you to go from the sand to the tarmac.
So, the next time you’re going offroading, just keep these accessories in mind. A good habit to get into is making a brief checklist of these and any other items you like to have along for the ride. Make sure to check it every time you go out and you shouldn’t run into any problems you can’t get out of. The only thing left to say is be safe and have fun.