Top 10 Must-Have Items For Your Recently Purchased 4WD Vehicle
You’ve heard of David Letterman’s Top 10 list. I have one as well. But instead of poking fun at someone or something, my list is serious. It’s designed to prepare you and your vehicle for off-road driving. While these are ranked in order of importance, you should consider all recommendations to be critical to safe and successful four-wheeling.
1. Training – Everyone should take at least a basic off-road course from an instructor certified by the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers’ Association.
2. Safety – Make sure you have a good first kit and fire extinguisher.
3. Communication – You need to stay in touch while on the trails. Consider a high-quality CB radio. If possible, become licensed as a ham radio operator for more flexibility in terms of equipment and operating frequencies.
4. Recovery strap and tow point – To help get you out if you become stuck.
5. Tires – Replace the passenger tires with a good set of all terrain or mud terrain tires suited to your vehicle.
6. Tire kit – Included here are a good tire gauge (one that reads from 0-60 in 1 lb. increments), a deflator, and a plug kit.
7. Hi-Lift jack – Extremely useful for off-road recovery and tire repair. A stock jack just won’t cut it.
8. Winch and accessories – A winch is not absolutely necessary, but it provides peace of mind. You’ll need a winch kit, also. Many brands and models are available.
9. Air compressor. Several options here. CO2 tanks are an alternative. Either way, you need some way to air up your tires when you’re ready to get back on the road.
10. Vehicle repair tools – A basic tool kit is fine. But be sure to include the 4-wheeler’s ultimate tool, a BFH (Big Frickin’ Hammer). As they say on TV, don’t leave home without it!
These are just a summary. For a full explanation, read the entire article by clicking here.
I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.
Make it Fun. Make it Safe.