Working on an off-road truck can be rewarding and a lot of fun. There are many upgrades to do right in your own garage if you have the tools and the know-how. Yet there are other modifications that are more easily accomplished by a professional, like installing steel bumpers and mounting big tires.
When it comes to modifying an engine, you could work on it for as long as it takes, dealing with the trial and error of matching up components that often come along with it. You could also opt for a crate engine that can be dropped in to get you back to the trails in almost no time.
Before saying no or deciding you can’t afford such an engine, consider the benefits. Crate engines are a good compromise between expensive custom engines and the notable disadvantages to doing the job yourself.
The Pitfalls of DIY
Modifying or changing the engine in an off-roading truck is more involved than simply upgrading some of the parts. You need to have all of the tools and equipment necessary to this job and understand how to do it. While some may look forward to the adventure of diving into adding steel bumpers or this type of engine project, it’s easy to take on more than you can handle. Besides not having the knowledge, tools, or time, there are other significant pitfalls to a DIY to consider.
Choosing complimentary parts and systems to give the performance you want in an off-roader can get really involved. After going through the expense and trouble, you need it all to work together. Once it is working, what happens if something breaks? There is no warranty on a home-built DIY engine. Once all is said and done, you may very well have spent more than one would with a crate engine. These are all important things to think about.
The Advantages of Crate Engines
Crate engines are a great value as they are a middle ground between a fully custom engine and a DIY rebuild. All you need to do is put them in thetruck, which you'd be doing anyway with a DIY rebuild. There are more benefits to going with a pre-made crate engine.
Crate engines are built by professional engine builders who provide just what you expect with custom or factory engines. Built to the manufacturer’s specifications for different users, they are dyno tested before being sent out. So there is no question if it will run or not once installed in your off-roading truck. Crate engines come from the manufacturer with a warranty and are considerably less expensive than having an engine custom built.
Many Options Choices
There are many choices in crate engines for a truck or Jeep with the powertrain options you need. They are easy to order both online or at motorsport and auto parts stores. A crate engine will arrive faster than a custom build. Once it arrives, all you need to do is put it in and bolt it up to be back on the trails that fast.
Whether rebuilding from the bottom up to enhance performance, replacing a blown motor, or upgrading your off-roader by adding new front truck bumpers, there are three ways to do this. Crate engines are often the best choice for some very convincing reasons.
Before you start wrenching your own truck, take some time to weigh the pros and cons of crate engines over both custom and DIY engines. You may find that a brand new, well-designed engine that can be installed in a day comes out on top!