It’s great to have a new 4×4 but bringing it out to the bush will take years off it quick. If you are a serious off-roader, you are going to want to investigate some accessories that will give you better protection and add a little attitude at the same time. And along with that armour you might want to add a few more items to turn your stock ute into a bush ready, adventure unit. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Ute Tray: The standard tray on a pickup is designed to look nice and hold in your gear, but it can be a liability when things start to get tough. You can have no better start to creating a better 4×4, than swapping it out for one of the much better steel ute trays. Now the business end of your machine is all about the work and it is going to look just as good at the end of the day as it did when you started out.
- Skid Plate: While you are getting into armour, there are a couple of other items you should bolt on. One of them is a skid plate. This should really be a standard item, but they are easy enough to find and install. A skid plate will help keep your vulnerable bits protected.
- Bull Bars: There is no sense tearing up the front end of your new 4×4. Attaching a nice set of bull bars will help keep a lot of brush at bay and protect your paint and body work too. This is a good plan for the outback.
- Winch: Winches have saved the day more than any other accessory except possibly the jack. A winch is there to help you out when you bite off more than you can chew, and it is also useful for recovering your mate’s under-accessorized vehicle and making you the king of the trail.
- Tire Repair Kit and Compressor: Getting a puncture used to be a lot more serious, but these days if your smart you have both a battery powered compressor and a tire patch kit. Plug kits are easy to use and get your tire fixed in minutes. And the modern emergency compressors are small but amazingly powerful. You shouldn’t be without either one.
- Jack and Shovel: Two things that have been standard kit forever, but no less useful today. Get yourself a stout 48” Jack and a collapsible shovel, you will definitely need them someday.
Also throw in a first aid kit, a torch, and winch recovery kit with straps, shackles, and a snatch block. And with all this gear, you should be able to keep your ute rolling and safe from the elements. There are many other items you could add to this list, but get these first, and see how much room you have left for the others.