Looking To Go Off-Roading? Here's How To Outfit Your Jeep Wrangler

If you are getting ready to purchase a new Jeep Wrangler, and you would like to take it off-roading, then you have to make sure you outfit the vehicle properly. Some of the things you need can be provided by the dealer, while others are things you will have to get from an aftermarket center and have a mechanic install them. An easy way to do this is to order them and then have the parts delivered to the dealership and see if their service mechanics can install it for you. This will save you the time and effort of searching around for a qualified Jeep mechanic later.

Off-Roading Tires (Plus Jacks, Jack Stands, and Pneumatic Wrench)

Regular tires are not adequate for the off-road trails. You need special tires that have large treads. This will help to prevent you from getting stuck. The thicker treads allow for better traction. You won't use these tires for regular driving on highways and paved roads, so you will want to have tools to change your tires. This means you're going to have to jack up the Jeep and remove the bolts. Jack stands are helpful because they help stabilize the Jeep in the air. Placing 4 jack stands under the car is much safer then simply jacking up the car on a single jack. Also, while you can use a hand wrench, it will get tiresome, so a pneumatic wrench is preferable. It speeds up the process and allows you to get a really tight fit on the bolts. The Jeep dealer can recommend both tires and proper jack stands. You can pick up a pneumatic wrench at any auto supply store or home improvement store.

Winch and Recovery Kit

In the event that you do get stuck in the mud, you don't want to be left waiting for help. You're going to be out in the woods, not by the side of a highly trafficked road, so you will need to get yourself out. This means you need to have a winch and recovery kit with the Jeep. You can get a mechanical winch attached to the front of the Jeep. The recovery kit will include high-tension straps that you keep in the rear of the Jeep. When you need to use them, you attach them to the winch hook and attach it to a tree located above the Jeep. You can then activate the winch and pull the Jeep out of the mud or ditch. You can order these through an after-market catalog and bring them to the dealer to install.

Bed Box

You should have a bed box bolted into the rear trunk space of the Jeep. This is the place you can store your tools, winch accessories, first aid kit, and other items. The reason you need a bed box is because this will keep the items from flying around when you hit bumps in the road. It needs to be bolted to the frame of the Jeep. These bed boxes are either aluminum or stainless steel. You can put a thick army blanket inside the box to cushion the items. The army blanket will also serve as an emergency source of warmth if you get stuck at night.

It's best to get the bed box installed at the Jeep dealership. This is because it should be bolted to the frame and you want professionals who are adept at working on Jeep Wrangler frames to do this.