Four 4x4 Accessories That Could Save Your Behind In The Outback
Australia's outback begs to be explored. There is no better or safer way to do so than by using a 4x4. These four accessories make these rigs even safer and can get you out of tough spots when you're out in the middle of almost nowhere.
Bull bars, sometimes called "roo" bars, are heavy duty steel or aluminium frames that fit over the front end of vehicles, including 4x4s. These bars help minimise damage if you should hit a kangaroo, stray cow or even a camel, all of which are found in the outback. Brush bars are also handy. They are a cage-like cover that fits over the bull bars that protects the headlights and radiator grill, mostly from flying rocks. Brush bars can also minimize damage from accidents.
Winches get most of the hype as far as rescue accessories go. But high-lift jacks, also called kangaroo or wallaby jacks, can get you out of more sticky situations. If you go off-road, you may get into trouble if you end up in a ravine that's deeper than your 4x4 is tall. Hi-jacks can lift your vehicle, and with the aid of some nearby rocks and/or logs, allow you to drive away from the situation. It can also get your unstuck from a muddy river bed. By jacking up the vehicle, you break the suction that is holding the tyres in place. These jacks can be dangerous to operate unless you know what you're doing. Practise on solid ground before you take off on your trip, and if possible, travel with a friend.
Air Intake Snorkels
Working on much the same principle as a snorkel you'd use at the Great Barrier Reef, air intake snorkels provide a constant air flow to your engine compartment. At the same time, the sealed system prevents water from flooding your engine. You can cross deeper streams and flooded roads without your engine stalling. Even in normal driving conditions, the higher position of the snorkel provides cleaner, cooler air for your engine. Most 4x4s have their air intakes behind the grill, which is right where most of the road dust gets kicked up. Dirty air decreases engine efficiency.
Dual Fuel Tanks
It's a long way between fill-ups in the outback. You can carry a slew of fuel cans, which take up storage space, or you can invest in a second fuel tank. You may still have to carry a couple of spare fuel cans if you're planning on being in the bush for long periods, but that second tank can almost double your range. Extra fuel tanks also come in handy if you are towing a caravan or heavy equipment, or if you are traveling mostly on dirt roads with a high volume of sand. Both scenarios decrease your mileage.
Be prepared for your outback adventure and safely explore Australia's unique landscape. For more information, contact a company like Wanneroo 4X4 Wreckers & Conversions.