There are so many things in this world that come in many different shapes and sizes. Cars, fruits, phones and even people themselves – they all come in a great diverse number of choices. This holds true especially for the one great hobby that occupies our hearts – 4×4 off-roading. There are so many accessories available to off-roaders today that it can easily overwhelm anyone.
4×4 accessories are essential to anyone who would even consider going off-road. From stuff that make your off-roader truck look good, to absolute necessities that can get you out of the stickiest of situations. Let’s tackle the most important accessories you’ll need, starting with the upgrades that improve your vehicles performance: air lockers. Air lockers are installed directly onto your vehicles differentials, which are normally open or are ‘limited’ when it comes as stock. While this is a benefit while driving on highways and normal roads, this means less power and traction for off-roaders since the wheels aren’t ‘smart’ enough to know exactly when the terrain or the driver will require it. Air lockers address the problem of the differentials allowing each wheel to turn independently by allowing the driver to lock them in place, therefore maximizing the turn of the engine to the wheels.
Another great 4×4 accessory that’s essential to have is a powerful electric or hydraulic winch. If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve gotten yourself stuck in a pool of mud or in a really steep hill, a winch is the best option you can have without having to ask a second vehicle to get you out. Before you go out and buy just any winch there that claims to be the best in market, you have to remember that the most expensive option isn’t always the best option. You should choose a winch that is well-suited to your needs. You don’t need to buy a winch that’s capable of hauling up 10 tons when your truck weighs only a fraction of that. Some points to consider when buying a winch is the power of its motor, the gear ratio (the efficiency of its pulling power), rope strength and length, and any safety measures built into it.
Other accessories you can look at are suspension and leveling kits. Your stock suspension kit is not going to cut it when it comes to venturing off-road as the most basic rough terrain can really do a number on them. If you’re considering to go off-roading, you will need to get a good set of suspensions that can withstand anything that nature can bring. Along with shock absorbers, these systems really take the grunt of the beating so you can’t be cheap, especially if you’re the adventurous kind. Leveling kits are available when your truck is unbalanced to any side, which is critical to make sure that your truck doesn’t lean to one side and cause you to fall off a cliff.
Lastly, you might want to invest in a good set of flood lamps for those night treks through the terrain, or a snorkel to protect your engine when navigating through places with high water levels, such as river crossings. There are a lot more 4×4 accessories out there and most of them come at a good deal and can be really cheap. Whatever your choice, be sure to pack up some accessories to go with your sweet ride!