One does not simply go off-road – not with a stock truck or Jeep, that is. Gearing up is a prerequisite for tackling the backcountry. Every off-roader’s needs are different, but some wise gear choices can help anyone get ready for the best and worst the wilderness has to offer. From tonneau covers to lift kits, these six custom off-roading accessories take your truck from fine to phenomenal.
BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4
BAK Industries produces some of the best truck bed covers in the industry. Its BAKFlip MX4 cover gets high marks from off-roaders for many reasons: a premium density foam core, durable aluminum scratch- and scuff-resistant panels and EPDM outer rail seals that channel water away from the bed. The MX4 is also UV-resistant, offers 100% truck bed access and can handle up to 400 pounds of evenly distributed weight.
Rhino-Rack Aero Roof Rack System
Lightweight and sturdy, Rhino-Rack’s Aero roof rack system is the perfect solution for carrying luggage, bicycles, kayaks, roof tents and more. Its reinforced H-shaped core adds strength, while an integrated locking system stops thieves and keeps your gear secure. The Aero Roof Rack system comes with mounting hardware and is custom designed for your make, model and year of vehicle.
Smittybilt Overlander Rooftop Tent
Got a roof rack? Then you’re going to need a rooftop tent. And Smittybilt’s Overlander is one of the best on the market. It’s made from heavy-duty ripstop polyester that’s UV- and water-resistant. Mesh windows and a mosquito-net sunroof let the breeze in but keeps the bugs out. Its anodized aluminum frame with stainless steel hinges weighs in at only 116 pounds. And with its dual aluminum track, it installs on most roof rack systems.
Pro Comp AT Sport Tires
Looking for an off-road tire that delivers great performance on pavement? Pro Comp’s AT Sport is your tire of choice. Sweeping Groove technology channels debris and water away from the contact patch. The AT Sport also incorporates side holder lugs and a staggered tread design for incredible traction and grip on roads, mud and other surfaces.
Smittybilt Gen2 X20 Winch
If you don’t already have a winch, you need one – yesterday. Off-roaders like Smittybilt’s Gen2 X20 winch for many reasons: remote-control operation and fast line speeds from its 6.6 HP amphibious motor and three-stage planetary gear system. The Gen2 X20 is also waterproof, IP68 rated and submergible for up to 30 minutes. This winch comes in two versions: 10K and 12K, with pulling capacities of 10,000 pounds and 12,000 pounds respectively.
Rough Country Gladiator Lift Kits
The new Jeep Gladiator opens up more possibilities for off-road performance. And Rough Country’s 3.5-inch Lift Kit is one of the best custom Jeep accessories you can buy. This kit is easy to install and provides enough ground clearance to install up to 37-inch tires. It also includes front and rear coil spacers plus nitrogen-charged N3 shocks for better responsiveness and damping.
There are tons of other customization possibilities, but these six suggestions include some important basic gear pieces. Look for them at your favorite off-road parts and accessories retailer.