The thrill of driving on a beaten path that leads to undiscovered terrain and exciting new challenges is best done in the outback with a 4×4. While off-roading isn’t the most extreme activity out there, it sure can give you an adrenaline fix. Your L200 series or Triton are perfect vehicles for the adverse conditions of the Australian outback but what makes a good 4×4 truck for off-roading isn’t just its capabilities.
The ability to travel up or down hills and having good traction are to key points of making your 4×4 off-road ready. This is where changing or adding certain accessories can help make a change in how your vehicle handles challenging and unexpected conditions which are something you will encounter a lot when travelling through the Outback.
How Can I Improve My 4×4?
The first and most important thing to keep in mind when going off-roading is safety. No matter how well your Mitsubishi is able to perform if it isn’t well protected, especially at the front you are at a great risk. Simply put, bullbars are the Mitsubishi accessories online and physical stores offer that experts and aftermarket fanatics have been recommending for a long time now. The reasons behind this is that not only do they offer great front body protection from animal strikes and trees but they also keep your radiator and front grille protected too. Your windshield can also benefit from a new bullbar as it keeps stones and other flying small objects from getting to it.
But not every type of bullbar will offer the best protection for your Mitsubishi. Plastic bullbars should mainly be avoided if not at all cost, as they provide the least amount of protection. Whilst plastic bullbars are the lightest and thus don’t affect fuel consumption they are still not as strong as steel ones. Steel bull bars are the most rigid and protective bullbars but also the heaviest.
Aluminium bullbars are a great option for those of you don’t want the fuel consumption you get with steel bullbars but also the protection of plastic bullbars. Aluminium bullbars provide solid levels of protection and don’t weigh that much either – they’re the perfect balance between strength and weight.
Like the above Mitsubishi car accessories, bash plates are too made to provide protection. This time though they go under your vehicle. The underbody of your vehicle is exposed to all sorts of varying terrains and the components that sit there can easily get damaged. With bash plates this can be easily avoided as they not only keep those components safe from rocks and other menacing objects they also ensure passenger safety too.
Like bullbars, bash plates come made of different materials with the exception of plastic. Again, steel bash plates are your best friend when it comes to protection but aluminium ones offer both lightweightness and solid protection. You can put stainless steel bash plates too which offer better corrosion resistance than regular steel whilst aluminium already comes with corrosion resistance.
A roof rack is a metal construction with a boxy design or two metal bars that go on top of your Mitsubishi. These provide extra space for luggage and 4×4 equipment that you can’t fit inside your vehicle. With roof racks, you don’t not only get more storage space for your gear, but you also free up more space for your friends to join in on your adventure.
With roof racks, you have to be careful when it comes to the mounting points on your vehicle’s roof – they have to be a proper fit. For example, there are flush rails that allow you to connect a cross bar system. There are also tracks and fixed point racks with the former going from the back to the front outer edges of the roof and the latter should be fixed on factory threaded points.
Underbody protection also requires diff breathers. Diff breather are Mitsubishi auto accessories that serve to keep the differential safe from water entering it’s hose. When the pressure in the differential builds up, the hose expands from the heat and if it were to be sunken in water it could ends up damaging underbody components. Diff breathers allow you to raise the differential to a higher point in order to avoid water getting into it.
A fender flare is usually made of plastic and it offers protection from road debris and provides improved vehicle aesthetics. They can either complement the look of your Mitsubishi or blend in with its colour. Mud and liquids are also kept away from the underbody of your vehicle. Fender flares are a great way to hide rust and corrosion around the wheels too.
There are 4 different styles of these Mitsubishi accessories online and physical stores offer: street, bolt, extended, and OE style. OE style fender flares are made to hide a small amount of body rust and damage. They are the first line of upgrade from basic stock fender flares. These may require drilling as they do not use the factory holes ion your vehicle.
Street style fender flares provide protection around the wheel and fenders too and have a low-profile appearance.
Bolt style flares which are known as pocket style fender flares are a no drill solution which provides rigged protection and a tough look too.
Extended style flares are great if you want a more serious level of protection with a heavy-duty look to it.