Building the Best Off-Roading Kit

What to Include on Your Off-Roading Adventure

We all love off roading, that's a given.  But, what we don't like is being unprepared while off roading.  Which is why when ever we go on an off roading adventure, we pack our truck with an off roading kit.

We are often asked what to pack in these off roading kits, and that basically depends on the type of off roading you do and how often parts on your rig break. 

There are, however, things that we think everyone should include in their kit.  Which is why we came up with this list to help you out when you are building your off roading kit.  

First Aid Kit

One thing we say here at EZ Wheeler a lot is safety first. Every rig on the trail should have a complete first aid kit. One that is waterproof and has all of the basics you’ll need. Some of the products in a first aid kit go bad over time; it’s a good idea to write the purchase date on the case in permanent marker and replace it when it’s more than two years old. The other safety item your 4x4 should not be without is a Class B and C fire extinguisher.

Recovery Bag

Assemble a recovery bag, and here are a few things you should have in it: a tow strap, a tree saver, gloves, and a couple of clevises (D shackles). This is a medium-duty winching accessory kit from Warn, and it also comes with a winch snatch block (not shown). Even if you don’t have a winch, this is a great way to get started on a nice off-road kit. We’re big believers in gloves too.

Lift Jack

Naturally, you’ll need a jack that will actually lift your 4x4 high enough to change a tire. The Hi-Lift is one of the favorites for this because it can lift a vehicle very high, and it can be used on unlevel ground. Always use extreme care that the vehicle remains stable when you raise it.

Tool Bag

The other bag we like to have with us off-roading has an assortment of tools in it. We started out with a general collection of tools. We added specific tools as we found out what broke on our 4x4 and what was needed to make the repairs. We like a bag instead of a metal or plastic box because the tools don’t clank around and we can toss the bag around without denting a metal box

Spare Tire

 You’ll often find that a fullsize spare tire is required for events. The reason for this is twofold. One, a stock-sized spare isn’t worth beans on a trail. You’ll lose ground clearance and the stocker is bound to be some worn out all-terrain tire that provides zero traction. Two, you’ll be a wounded soldier dragging a damaged limb off the battle field. The other reason is to protect your differential.

Tow Hook

You’ll often find that a fullsize spare tire is required for events. The reason for this is twofold. One, a stock-sized spare isn’t worth beans on a trail. You’ll lose ground clearance and the stocker is bound to be some worn out all-terrain tire that provides zero traction. Two, you’ll be a wounded soldier dragging a damaged limb off the battle field. The other reason is to protect your differential. 

Flash Light

 Some of the best four-wheeling we’ve done has been after sunset. Of course, that’s also when some of the best breakage happens. Make sure you have at least one flashlight with you. If you are the one who breaks down frequently, have a battery-powered work light in your kit to make repairs a bit easier and faster.

Air Compressor

 At the end of the trail ride, it’s a good idea to air back up, at least to a reasonable pressure so you can drive into town and use a real air compressor. An on-board-air system can be expensive, but it’s also a useful capability to have. This Warn PowerPlant winch has an air compressor built in that’s great for airing up tires. There are a variety of portable air compressors available.

Tire Plug Kit

 Also in our tool kit is a tire plug set. Rugged Ridge makes a nice kit that comes with a case. You can also get simple versions from most off-road shops, hardware stores, and the Tractor Supply Company. The most common tire puncture while off-roading is through the sidewall. This tool set lets you plug the hole quickly and get back on the trail. These are ideal for small holes

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