The list of accessories you can add to your Suzuki nowadays is endless. From a 12V battery system to power your appliances to air tanks under your Suzuki to make tyre inflation quicker and a snorkel to help you pass through watery passages, the choices are endless. Technology has come a long way, and what was once a simple endeavour into the bush, nowadays seems more complicated than ever. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against accessories and mods. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – I love them. They make your Suzuki more functional, capable and reliable. But keep in mind that you don’t need all the Suzuki car accessories to have a great experience.
So what do you really need? Well, it depends on where you’re going, what you’re doing, and how long your trip will be. However, there are a couple of Suzuki car accessories that you should probably include in your arsenal, regardless of the aforementioned factors. These accessories are typically affordable, yet improve the performance and reliability of your vehicle, while giving you peace of mind that you can get yourself out of any sticky situation you find yourself in.
There are many Suzuki accessories that enhance the protection of your vehicle – from bull bars and skid plates to weathershields and fuel tank guards. The bull bar and skid plates, are especially important, as they protect your Suzuki’s front and undercarriage from impact and damaging of the important parts. Bull bars and skid plates are usually made of durable materials such as stainless steel or aluminium. Aluminium parts are more expensive due to the fact that they’re more lightweight, which is beneficial for keeping your mileage low. Despite its lightweight-ness, aluminium is still a very durable material that can withstand impact.
Having at least two pieces of reliable recovery equipment on board is an absolute must. If you can’t self-recover, or can’t be recovered by friends, what are you going to do? The number of people who travel the outback without any recovery equipment is baffling. Australia is a huge place, and if you get stuck in the middle of nowhere without any recovery equipment, you’re in for a lot of trouble. Recovery tracks are quite affordable, but if you want something more high-tech and are willing to pay an extra buck, a winch can also be a great investment.
Rated Recovery Points
While technically this may be categorised together with recovery equipment, rated recovery points are another must. You’ll want on in the rear and one in the front of your Suzuki. If you get stuck, you’ll need a way to get extracted in both directions without risking damage to your vehicle. These are very affordable and you’ll probably use them at one point or another. However, when shopping, make sure you get rated ones. Most recovery points that come with your vehicle are for tying the vehicle down, not winching or snatching.
Having proper knowledge of your Suzuki and off-roading is one of the most important “accessories” you can have. Before you head out to the backcountry, get an idea of what the ideal tyre pressure for your vehicle and the terrain you’ll be driving through are, and how to properly engage four-wheel driving, otherwise, you’ll end up in strife. Knowledge is infinitely more important than big tyres, lift kits and lockers. A basic understanding is all you need, and oftentimes the best way to get familiar with off-roading is to go with someone who has a decent amount of experience. It’s not rocket science, but just like most things in life, you’ll have to learn it through trial and error.
Don’t Go Underprepared
As briefly aforementioned, jumping in your stock standard Suzuki and trying to tackle the Simpson Desert is a bad idea. Your setup should match the areas you intend on driving through, and it’s always better to be a little overprepared than underprepared, especially when it comes to your personal safety, and the safety of your passengers. If you aren’t comfortable off-roading without certain accessories, that’s okay – just moderate what you buy. Research and knowledge are key. If you aren’t buying accessories that are rarely going to see any use, you’ll have more travel money to spend. But it’s a fine balance between being unprepared, and going completely overboard with what you get. Take your time to research the advantages and disadvantages of every accessory and modification, and then make the best decision for yourself. Because, at the end of the day, it’s not the amount of money you spent on your Suzuki, or the number of accessories you equip it with, but rather how often you use it off the road, and where you go with it. After all, that’s the purpose of a four-wheel drive, right?