Alistair - Crossings - Protections - (Self!) Recovery Accessories

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Steering rods were protected with a skid plate, "cheese grater" style, where the holes were meant to let the sand flow away.
The front differential protection was a "bolt on" one.
Not their main goal though. We used the side panels as displays, i.e. on the left side was a world map with our itinerary. Just after passing Australian quarantine inspection, here is the immaculate right panel, which will soon happily display the stickers of the many LR Owners' clubs in Australia.
The side panels were actually deep enough to store -- under padlock security -- two fibre glass "waffles" and tree stakes. Once tied one to another in a certain way in the sand, they become an anchor point for (hand) winching.
These strong fibre glass waffles, provided by Rovacraft, could also be used to "break" a steep step. They performed well in sand and mud.
Two heavy rubber "mud tracks" (doormat style) were cut to the width of the tires to allow them to sit in the bottom of the ruts.
They had to be kept outside the car because of the mud. The front bumper and a padlock made it a convenient place indeed... The mud tracks also made an extra rubber bumper!
A long jack (120 cm) is a must have, along with a wooden shock.
We found it very useful to have a strap with two hooks to allow lifting the wheel directly, instead of lifting the whole car until the suspension starts lifting the wheel. It made stacking things under the wheel -- here on the pic dead coral and whale bones -- much faster. It took us 17 hours of digging and lifting until we got back on track. We don't dare imagine what it would have been without that strap!
The jack was stored in a heavy nylon fabric custom-made sheath, secured on a rack and locked with a padlock.
When using the jack as a hand winch, we take advantage of two chains (grade 8 steel) which can hook back on any link. This allows to easily adjust the chain length.
Besides, we carried a couple of good old shackles and 10-ton straps and later added a kinetic "snatch strap".
To end up the "toys" list: a compressor, a tire repair kit (with plugs and patches), two tire levers, a shovel, a pick and a sledge hammer. One picture shows, by the rear left window, the Jack sheath on its holder, secured with a padlock. A special part with a protruding pipe can be adjusted on the Jack moving part. The pipe matches the female holes located in the bumpers to make it safer to lift the vehicle.