Perhaps you're wondering how your Jeep Wrangler Rubicon would handle off road. Maybe you're already an avid off-roader who's thinking about stepping up to the actual Rubicon trail. Whatever your level of interest and skill in off-road driving, it's important to set out prepared.
There are many off-road accessories designed to help. These range from the absolutely essential – don't leave home without them – to others that are more for entertainment or to look the part. Here we've drawn on advice from specialist magazines and writers to identify the more important accessories for venturing off-road. We'll first explain what you need and why. After that we'll go through the main product categories and review some of the best-sellers in each.
How venturesome are you?
Off-roading takes many forms, from blasting down a reasonably smooth dirt trail to climbing sand dunes, fording rivers, plugging through mud and crawling over rocks. The bigger the obstacles the more modifications your 4x4 will need. If you want to hit the Rubicon you'll need 33” tires and a lift kit. Those feeling less ambitious may be content with Utah's White Rim Trail or the Alpine Loop Trail in Colorado.
The off-road accessories we'll cover here aren't in the category of vehicle modifications. If you want to learn about the best off-road tires or lift kits, look elsewhere. If you’re interested in adding additional lights to assist your nighttime off-roading, that’s something we can help with. See what’s available on our Best LED light bars page.
We're also leaving out winches. A winch is a really useful accessory for your off-road vehicle but good ones are expensive, and you need a good one if it's to be of any help. In addition, many off-roading experts suggest a Hi-Lift jack is more useful. Here we're addressing the off-road accessories you should really take with you to be safe and to get out of trouble.
We could divide this list into two groups: products that keep you out of trouble and those that help you get out of it once you've found it. Under the 'keeping out of trouble' heading go tire deflators and air compressors. Once you're in trouble, meaning stuck somewhere, you'll need a combination of Hi-Lift jack, traction mats and recovery straps. Hopefully you won't need a fire extinguisher but we'll cover them anyway because they're required by some park authorities before they'll let you onto off-road trails.