Having the right tires on your 4×4 will make a huge difference in your off-roading experience. Street tires are obviously not the way to go if you’re planning on going in mud or anything slippery. We recommend at least all terrains. They are a good compromise between street tires and mud-terrains. Come by our showroom to check out our wheel and tire wall at 650 Main St, Layton, UT 84041.
If you’ve spent time on social media, you’ve seen the comments “should have aired down, could have made it.” When you release air out of the tire, you create a larger footprint for the treads. The rule of thumb off-road, for most vehicles, is to be around 15-20PSI. Unless you’re in super-soft sand, you shouldn’t be going much lower than 15PSI since you run the risk of popping a bead. This is where a tire deflator kit and an air compressor come in very useful. With a tire deflator, you can quickly and easily deflate to your desired PSI and get the extra grip you need to tackle bigger obstacles. You’ll also have the added benefit of a softer ride while you’re driving down washboard roads, so your passengers will thank you! When it’s time to get back on the road, that handy air compressor will make the drive home more comfortable and safer.
When you’re out there solo and get stuck, the feeling of helplessness can be overwhelming for some. If you’re lucky enough to have another vehicle come by on the trail, the one thing you’ll desperately need is a snatch strap. If you have the budget and can swing a winch, we strongly recommend this, but it is not 100% necessary. When you’re off-roading, a specialized off-road jack is your friend. Not only is it handy when you need to change a tire, it could also help you get out of a sticky situation. A recovery shovel is also recommended, this one is self-explanatory. For a good starting point with your recovery gear, check out this kit by Rugged Ridge.
Always be sure you have enough tools with you to do some simple fixes. Examples: tire repair kit, basic tools kit, flashlight, breaker bar (or piece of pipe), gloves and a first-aid kit.
This could be something as simple as a cellphone or a bit more complex, like a CB radio. If you go solo and you need some help, you’re going to wish you had something besides smoke signals.
If you need some help getting yourself familiarized with any of this gear or some guidance on the accessories you need before you go, Fat Bob’s Garage is here to help. Contact us or give us a call at 801-395-2134.