The safest and surest way to take on the backcountry in a 4x4 Jeep, 4WD truck or SUV is with the right equipment. If trails are mild or you have a niche vehicle like a TJ or JK Wrangler Rubicon Edition, you may be just fine with OEM equipment. As trails get rougher and vehicle damage becomes likely, you will find a host of equipment upgrades and accessories available to increase your odds of getting there and back.
In this forum, topics range from winch and bumper options to chassis lift kits, tires and wheels and steel body armor. Dual batteries with management, onboard welders and other niche items can raise the safety level and resourcefulness of your equipment. Share with others where you plan to drive your 4x4, and expect a brisk and enthusiastic response from those of us who have been doing this kind of travel for years!—Moses Ludel