A Jeep Wrangler purchased off the lot looks rugged enough to get through even the most difficult terrain. But it’s designed more for negotiating suburban roads, byways and highways.
For instance, stock tires on Jeep vehicles are billed as all-terrain but relying on them in thick mud, backwoods or mountain conditions would likely be problematic. If mobile phone service is available, a towing service will likely be needed. Being stranded can be dangerous, particularly in harsh weather.
If some serious off-roading Jeep adventuring is on the horizon, purchase some essential after-market accessories. Despite its awesome 4-wheel (high and low) capabilities and high ground clearance, the stock Jeep isn’t equipped for the deep woods.
Here’s a basic list of the necessary roughest off-road terrain accessories:
Battery Powered Winch
According to all-things-vehicles website Tiensang.com, a battery-powered winch is a top-priority purchase for a Jeep Wrangler owner wot an off-road agenda.
A tow truck can free a Jeep out of a ditch, but since it may not be available in the remote area, installing a winch on the vehicle’s front fender will prevent being stranded.
Jeep Wrangler needs extra stuff for off-roading
To use a winch, peel the cable from a spool and wrap it around a thick tree a boulder or a fence post located on high ground. The winch is usually engaged by a remote control device. As the motor retracts the cable, the Jeep will slowly and safely be pulled out of the ditch. Make sure the transmission has been placed in neutral before engaging the winch.
Off-Road Tires or Mudders
Stock tires on fresh-off-the-lot Jeeps are ideal for daily road driving requirements. But tires engineered for off-road grab onto muddy and rocky trails more efficiently. They prevent skids, slides and slips that could end in a ditch or colliding with a tree.
Off-road tires are necessary to negotiate severe outback terrain in a Jeep. Many varieties are available on the commercial market, such as Michelin Tires or in particular, Michelin Mud Tires. But research will determine what brand and type of tires are best for specific adventures.
Unlike standard stock tires on Jeep, off-road tires, or Mudders, possess much deeper treads. They’re ideal for negotiating thick, muddy, uneven surfaces and backcountry roads.
It’s not recommended to use off-road tires on paved roads. Deep-treaded tires quickly wear on paved road. One suggestion is to change tires twice a month and purchase hybrid tires that perform equally well on paved roads and off-road.
LED Roof-Rack Lamps
Additional roof-rack LED lamp lighting for a Jeep Wrangler may not seem necessary since adventuring primarily occurs in daylight.
According to Tiensang, emergencies can happen because of blown tires, broken shocks, overheated radiators, and cracked hoses.
A Jeep can take a beating in the wild. And if a problem occurs, the repair work could take hours. Negotiating an off-road route at nighttime can troublesome. But hitting ditches, logs, rocks and other debris on the trail can seriously damage a vehicle. Proper LED lamp lighting can prevent tragedy.
Off-road adventures are fun in a Jeep Wrangler. But it’s important to outfit it with the right add-ons to experience a safe and hassle-free experience.
Finally, always pack a Jeep with a first-aid kit. Anything can happen in the wild, and it’s good to be prepared if a situation arises when first aid is necessary.
Article Last Updated: December 3, 2020.
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