It’s the question every 4WD adventurer should ask before hitting the tracks – what are the must-have 4×4 accessories?
You can kit out your vehicle with all the latest gadgets and gear, but there are a few essentials you need if you’re going to head off the beaten path, stay safe and have some epic travels.
Our experts have put together a guide of the 4×4 accessories every tourer must have:
A portable 12V air compressor is top of the list for four-wheel drivers, because it can be used for so many different situations. Deflating tyres to tackle specific conditions will help get you out of tough spots and put less stress on the vehicle.
Make sure to choose a light-weight, easy to store, simple to use air compressor. With the right attachment, you can inflate your camp mattress too! Electric air compressors are popular and great value for money like the air compressor range by Bushranger.
Seat Covers & Floor Mats
The best adventures involve dirt, sand and dust. But these things can slowly damage your vehicle interior if you don’t have seat covers and floor mats. The best thing about floor mats is you can simply remove the mat, hose it down and replace it. Too easy!
The Bushranger Dirt Blocka floor mats are a top choice because they feature deep edges to catch all the debris. Depending on your 4×4 vehicle, you can also easily trim the mat to fit your foot well.
No doubt about it – having a good set of recovery gear on board your 4WD is an absolute must. If you aren’t able to recover when you get in jam, or be recovered by your travel mates, you’re in trouble. One of the top pieces of recovery gear is a winch. Make sure you get a strap or winch suited to the weight of your 4WD vehicle and one by a brand that is reliable, like Runva or Bushranger. This Runva 4.5X Winch with Steel Cable is a small and compact winch ideal for ATV / Trailers. It is wireless remote compatible and comes with a steel cable. You also have the option of either 12V or 24V.
Roof Racks & Platforms
If you want to carry mountain bikes, surfboards, kayaks, rooftop tents and any other large adventure gear, chances are you are going to need some sort of additional storage. And that’s where roof racks and platforms are great 4×4 accessories. There’s a massive range of designs out there – from roof bars and racks to baskets and platforms for your tray bed.
Front Runner offers a wide range of options for different vehicle models – including roof racks and platforms – so it’s worth checking out the best design for your set-up.
A rooftop tent is the ultimate piece of 4WD gear. No need to find flat land when you want to pull up stumps. Sleeping off the ground means you’re out of reach of animals and critters, so you won’t get any unwanted visitors in the night. And they let you catch the cool breeze on a hot night. Our rooftop tents by Dometic and Frontrunner are super quick to set up and you can even choose an electric version for more convenience.
4WD Storage Bag
Looking for even more storage? The Wheelie Bin is a perfect 4WD storage bag. Made from heavy duty PVC, you can throw anything in there – wet gear and rubbish, or recovery gear for easy access. It offers a massive 57-litre main compartment with a moveable divider and two 5-litre side pockets.
Don’t head into the unknown without a 4×4 navigation device to keep you on track. Hema is the brand every 4WD driver should look to. This Brisbane-based mapping company has an on-ground field team called Map Patrol, which has mapped over 690,000km of tracks and 545,000km of unsealed roads throughout Australia.
Check out the Hema HX-2 Navigator for both on-road and off-road navigation. You’ll get 40,000 points of interest including campsites, caravan parks, dump points, rest areas, and more. The unit also lets you connect your reversing camera, so there’s no need for an additional screen on your dash.
Every 4×4 accessories set-up needs a good quality shovel. When your wheels are spinning, a shovel is the tool to clear out the soft dirt and insert a traction device for grip. And a folding shovel fits anywhere! Check out the Bushranger Tri-Fold Shovel, complete with a storage bag.
Extra Fuel Tanks
Australia is a big place, and when you’re travelling through the outback, fuel stops can be few and far between. So if you haven’t upgraded your fuel tank to be long range, carrying extra fuel is a must. A fuel tank is a safe and affordable way to carry fuel, and Coast to Coast make some good quality jerry cans.
Pro Tip: Think about the weight of your cans when full and where you will store them on your vehicle.
First Aid & Safety Equipment
You can never pack too much when it comes to your first aid and safety kit. At a minimum, you should pack a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid kit.
You can buy a basic first aid kit from anywhere, but we recommend a deluxe vehicle first aid kit packed with extras like splinter probes, Hydrogel burn gel, heavy duty crepe bandage, instant ice pack and more.
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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.