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Having the right parts on board could make the difference between walking out and driving out when you’re offroading.
Make sure that you have extras on hand for each of the following parts to fit your 4WD vehicle.
Keep in mind that many of your old parts can be used as spares in an emergency, so start saving them now.
Remember, you don’t need to bring every spare part you own on the trail; just bring the parts that are most likely to break or give out on the spot:
Hoses (and several sizes of hose clamps)
Oil (and an oil filter)
Tire valve stems with cores
Tires (don’t forget a good full-size spare!)
Vacuum line (a small piece)
Your aim is to think of all the components that would leave you stranded if they failed. Those are the ones to take along spares for.
A good rule of thumb is to take along anything that has already broken twice, because the odds are, it could happen again.
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