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Ok, so i am wanting to start getting some gear for off-roading before my truck gets here..

So what should i get? Im not really sure what i will need.. im going to be doing mostly trail riding.. going through the woods kinda stuff..

So all recovery gear advice, and such is much needed and welcome.. thanks guys!

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I already know im gunna have to get some 2way radios since CB's ARNT illegal in germany, but the laws are so strict no one really uses them..
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Hooked tow strap in case someone doesn't have a hook point


Closed loop recovery strap
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you had to post a hooked tow strap .... IBtheflamingbegins
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This is always good thing to start out with: Mod Bargains: Pro Comp Recovery Kit and Tow Straps

A Front Receiver Hitch this can come in handy if you don't have tow hooks from factory, plus it might be a little stronger then stock tow hooks. Can add a Tow Hook or D-Ring utilizing the Receiver.

Getting a Tool Box can help organize your tools and gear. Mount up a High-Lift Jack etc...

Viair on board air system. That way you can air down for the trail and air back up to travel back home. And add Truck horns to it as well!

Rat-Cage Spare Tire carrier This is my favorite tire carrier. Can be removed from the bed if needed by 4 pins. Tire mount flips up. Outdoors Sportsman has many accessories like Bike Holder, Shovel and Ax Mount, Hi-Lift Jack mount, Fishing pole mount for fishing off the back end of the truck, and more

Edit: So you plan on staying in Germany?
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Any websites where i can get this stuff? i REALLY dont want to order from 4wheel parts..
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Thanks Jordan! yeah i really want a rat cage.. i dont know if i will be able to get one while i am in germany though.. not sure about the shipping.. i need to get my spare tire first lol... i know i need a shovel, high-lift..

i was thinking about getting a roof rack so that i can put all my gear, plus mount my 4 lights that i have.. what do you guys think? which one should i get?
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Ok you found the links?! Underlined words are links.

IMO the ranger roof will not hold that well with a roof rack if you try putting a full size tire and bunch of other crap could cause the roof to cave in. But im not 100% sure just I wouldn't do it. I would get a shell and put a roof rack on that. You can get a bigger one and add lights. These will work well with what you want if you want to go that route:Defender Series Roof Rack
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germany? Not sure how much truth there is to this, but i heard nobody changes their own oil there cause if you spill even a drop and someone sees it its a massive fine
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yeah jordan, i got your post right after i posted for links lol.. Well dam.. i dont want a camper, well i do but not right now.. so i guess ill have to figure out how to mount the lights lol..

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Yes and no.. alot of people just like the ease of paying to get it done.. But then, there are alot of guys that still prefer to do it ourselves.. on the economy, im not really sure, i have never seen anyone doing any work on their own vehicles.. but on-base, we have auto hobby shops that have lifts and such that you can rent.

thats what i do. i change all my friend's oil and all my oil...
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yeah i wouldnt get hooked tow straps. too dangerous. make sure you have front and rear recovery points. and if you ever need to pull someone out who can't be pulled without a hook, well, its their fault for going off road without the proper requirements.
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yeah, i have my stock tow hooks, i am going to have to trim the bumper to get them to fit after the boty lift though:(
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I had a shell on my truck for a while and it was good, and I wanted to get the defender roof rack so I can mount up a full size tire and add some off-road lights. But I decided to sell the shell because I knew my truck wasn't going to be used for camping everyday or go off-roading every weekend so I sold it and got a low pro tool box and have been looking at the rat cage for some time now. Shells are good because it increases the mpg due to the less drag it causes, but if you use your bed a lot and have to put big items in there like a dirt bike or atv then most likely you will have to take the shell off. But it's good for camping when it gets wet or cold at night! But you could always get a Truck Bed tent like Melt has. I know I seen pictures of him using it on his Mt. Biking trips!!
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yeah i wouldnt get hooked tow straps. too dangerous. make sure you have front and rear recovery points. and if you ever need to pull someone out who can't be pulled without a hook, well, its their fault for going off road without the proper requirements.
Well not everybody plans to go in the ditch when it has over 5 feet of snow in them lol. I use one all the time there made for towing, not the jerking method. Ive probably drug close to 30 cars out of the ditch with mine that I got for free at the hardware store
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yeah, i just want to be able to mount my 4 KC's, and secure all my gear.. right now the rat cage is looking like the winner in the securing the gear part, except for the price, but i still dont know what im going to do about mounting the lightss.....
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KC Light Bar

Light Bar Install

Maybe this will help decide how you want to mount your Off-Road Lights!

Edit: 04LVL2 Ranger I think his looks good with how high it is and the added light bar with KC lights add a bada$$ look too it. But he sold it so that's why I can't find any good pics of his Ranger the only one is in his profile.

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Please read this thread

Recovery Strap Thread

The Towing/Recovery Gods said it would work in certain situations
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yeah, i HATE how high that sits, its disgusting. thats my oppinion though
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i actually really like shane b.'s Fx4wannabe's headache rack looks, except the two things stickin up out of the sides.. i wonder if i could mount lights to that and make it work?
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Yeah this is a prime example of how not to use a hooked tow strap. But the idiots could have found a better way to hook it up to the frame better or a stronger point. Also find an easier way to pull it out of the snow and not over and through the snow.

I like the light bars on certain trucks like 04lvl2's, but not on mine. Just send Shane a PM he can inform you or he might just chime in on this thread.
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I bet you could always weld on some light tabs...

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why not just mount the lights to your grill gaurd?
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i already have 2 on my grill gaurd lol...
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