If you’re looking to take your Nissan on an off-road adventure, great! The Australian outback offers some of the most exciting terrains to put your driver’s skills to the test. But no matter what kind of Nissan you drive, and how good you are at navigating through rough terrain, you’re going to need a few Nissan accessories to protect your precious ride and to improve your overall experience so that you look forward to doing that again.
You don’t want to end up stranded in the middle of nowhere because you hit a ‘roo that completely messed up your front end, or because you got stuck in some mud. There are many things that can go wrong when out in the outback, which can leave your Nissan completely ruined. The two most popular 4×4 Nissan accessories that nobody should venture off the road without are a bull bar and recovery equipment.
Bull bars are an absolute must-have. They protect your Nissan’s front end, where most of the important, yet fragile vehicle parts are located, including the engine. Bull bars offer protection against animals, bushes, branches, rocks and anything else that might come your way when off the beaten trail. You’ll find bull bars made of a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, aluminium, and plastic.
Obviously, stainless steel bull bars are the most durable ones, so you should always go with them if you can afford them. They’re completely rust resistant, and they offer the best protection out of all types. Aluminium bull bars are also pretty good as they’re lightweight, yet durable, and boast decent rust resistant properties. Plastics should be avoided completely unless it’s some kind of impact resistant modified acrylic.
Regardless of material, there are bull bars that come with a wide range of features, such as headlight mounts, winch mounts, rated towing points, rated high-lift jack points, etc. I’d advise you to go with a bull bar that has a rated towing point, simply because you can have peace of mind knowing that you can easily get yourself out of a sticky situation with a winch, without damaging the bull bar or your Nissan.
Speaking of getting yourself out of sticky situations, you’ll need at least two reliable devices to do that. The most popular options among most off-roaders are recovery tracks and winches. Winches are the high-tech solution, but they’re also the more expensive one. In order to use a winch, you need to have a place to safely mount it, and have a stable object around you so you can pull yourself out.
Recovery tracks, on the other hand, are affordable and extremely simple to use. You place them under your wheels to help your vehicle gain momentum. The most popular brand of recovery tracks is MAXTRAX – they’re durable and can double down as shovels. Moreover, you can fold the recovery tracks into each other using their “nesting” mechanism in order to save storage space.