If you’re thinking of heading off the beaten track to take your wheels for a spin, you want to ensure your rig is decked out and prepared for any unexpected occurrences on the road. As automotive specialists, our customers are always asking us for our recommendation for their 4×4 accessories.
4WD accessories can range from bull bars, to canopies and trays, storage, cooling and heating systems. We’ve compiled a list of the most important 4×4 accessories you need on your rig to make sure you have a great experience, both on and off-roading.
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If you haven’t already added a bull bar to your 4×4, what are you waiting for?! Bull bars make a great accessory. They are sturdy and depending on the type of driving you will be doing, they protect your vehicle from collisions with animals and very big bumps on the road.
When preparing for an off-roading trip, you probably don’t think about what you would do if your rig was to break down and you are stranded in the middle of nowhere.
A light bar is a great way to accessorise your 4-wheel drive. It is mounted to the front of your vehicle and can provide a great amount of lighting if you like to go spotlighting when hunting or off-roading in the dark. Light bars come in all shapes, sizes and can range in brightness. When looking for a light bar, it’s important to always ensure you choose the right size for your 4×4 so that it is not out of proportion to the rest of your vehicle.
Awnings are one of those 4WD accessories that are inexpensive and can serve for multiple purposes. You can choose which side you would like to mount your awning on, whether the left or right side. There are some awnings that are made specifically for a rear-mount, so that’s another accessory you may want to consider.
Regardless if you are deep in the Aussie outback, or fairly close to home, a good communication system is paramount, especially in areas where you don’t have reception.
A UHF radio is a communication device used predominantly by truck drivers that are driving down deserted roads for days-on-end. However, you can add one to your 4-wheel drive to ensure you are connected even in the most remote areas.
If you are considering adding a radio to your vehicle, you will need to make sure to purchase an antenna to go along with it. You can often pick up an antenna and UHF radio package for a reasonable price.
4×4 Roof racks are just that – durable racks that sit on the top of your 4WD. Roof racks are used to transport bulky gear that is hard to fit into your vehicle. These include kayaks, surfboards, bicycles and fishing rods. Roof racks can also come in extremely handy as they are multipurpose if you ever need to transport large furniture.
Protip: If you’re an avid camper, you may want to invest in a rooftop tent to add to your roof racks. This will ensure you have a comfortable sleep, and will save you the time of having to set up and take down a traditional tent.
Suspension and Lift Kits
Suspension and lift kits are out of plain sight and are an important and probably the most important component of your 4WD. Suspension kits come in the form of leaf and coil springs, both of which endure infinite amounts of stress and flexing. The shock absorbers in the suspension also get considerably hot when the vehicle has to manoeuvre over rough dirt roads.
An air intake snorkel works primary to allow your car to make successful water crossings and prevent the water from destroying your engine. The air intake of the engine is usually lifted and away from its bay and the system receives a steady flow of clean, dense and cool air.
Crossing a river with a 4WD is a great experience, and can be lots of fun when you’ve got a snorkel to almost fully-submerge your vehicle (trust us, it’s totally safe!).
You wouldn’t think that this would be high on your checklist. However, packing a shovel is a handy tool that has more than one use – whether you need to spread some hot coals, or finish breaking that branch that just won’t crack, you can’t go wrong with adding this one to your 4×4 accessories list.
Another handy piece of equipment you should never hit the road without. You should always add some straps to your 4×4 accessories checklist, as you must ensure your load is secured at all times.
There you have our most recommended 4×4 accessories for your next trip. While we have covered our favourite accessories, there are definitely many more accessories you can add to you rig. The first step is to decide where you will be taking your 4WD and can build on the accessories you may need. If you are planning on going camping to an area with facilities, chances are you may not need as many 4WD accessories as you would if you were to galivant into a secluded bush area. Regardless of where you decide to go, having all the right accessories can make your trip comfortable and all your mates envious of your set-up!
At Shock Guards , we specialise in 4×4 accessories online. We know what it takes to have you prepared and ready to go off the grid for a weekend. We have a wide range of accessories for your 4WD. If you need assistance in choosing the right 4wd accessories for you, or have any 4×4-related questions, get in touch with us today.
Have we missed anything on our list that you think is a must-have? Let us know!