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Jul212017

A July Perspective of Off Roading Tire Treads and Snow!

Summer is here – and if you are like most other off-roaders, you are out rock climbing and playing in the mud with your great truck outfitted with custom bumpers. Winter is still months off and is the last thing on most people’s minds. Yet if you enjoy trail riding in the snow, this might be the best time to think about snow tires. The cooler weather will be here sooner than you think. Do you know which tires will give you the best traction once the snow begins to fall? Snow, Mud, or All-Terrain Tires? The first thing you need to understand when … READ MORE >

Jul142017

Do I Need Waterless Coolant For My Off Road Truck?

Staying cool while you’re off-roading is a good thing to do, both for you and your truck. Although water is your best option to stay hydrated and cool, water-based coolant definitely has its limitations in any off-road truck that is prone to overheating. Fortunately, waterless coolant offers important protection for your truck that goes right along with that provided by differential covers and strong steel bumpers. Waterless coolant provides a better way to prevent overheating and even get better performance and fuel efficiency while you’re out on the trail. If you like pushing your truck’s limits or have overheated before, you … READ MORE >

Jul122017

Valve Stems – Can This Weak Link Halt My Off Roading Fun?

Your off-road truck is only as strong as its weakest link, the one that is usually the most forgotten. Though you have surely put a lot of consideration into getting the right tires for your ride, along with durable steel bumpers and other upgrades, have you considered your valve stems? Easier to damage than you may realize, your day of fun could come to an abrupt end if you break or tear off a valve stem. To keep this from happening, consider this practical information and make sure you’re riding with valve stems that are up to the task! Valve Stems Do … READ MORE >

Jun272017

How To Increase The Durability Of Your Off Road Truck Axles!

Off-roading is tough on your truck. To accommodate for this, you spend time and money modifying your truck with better tires, a more durable suspension, and steel bumpers, all of which provide different protection. Have you ever thought about protecting your axles, though? Your axles may be the most abused parts on your off-roading truck. Use these helpful tips to protect your axles and prevent failures that could literally leave you stuck in the mud. Upgrade Your Axle Shafts The first thing you can do to protect your truck and make it more durable is to upgrade your factory axle shafts to … READ MORE >

Jun262017

Why Improved Steel Bumpers Are Great For 4×4 Trucks!

If you off-road, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that some of the stock equipment on your outfitted truck or Jeep isn’t going to be enough out on the trail. Most people start their upgrades by adding bigger, better tires and then movie onto things like the suspension and protective gear like differential covers. If you off-road, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that some of the stock equipment on your outfitted truck or Jeep isn’t going to be enough out on the trail. Most people start their upgrades by adding bigger, better tires and then movie … READ MORE >

Jun232017

Why Cold-Air Intake Systems Are Vital For Off Road Trucks!

To get the best performance out of your off-road truck, you need a good air intake system. During times of exertion, cool clean air is just as important for your truck as it is for you. A cold-air intake system is the preferred way to go so your truck gets the blast of air it needs to keep climbing those hills. When planning your other modifications like upgrading your suspension and tires and adding steel bumpers, consider how a cold-air intake can help you have more fun while reducing the strain on your engine. The Critical Role of Air Like you, your fully-equipped, … READ MORE >

Jun222017

Off Road Trucks And Cooling Systems!

When you’re out there enjoying the trails, some parts on your off-road truck, such as the suspension, tires, and bumpers, may seem more important than others, at least until a failure occurs. Such is the case many times with the cooling system, responsible for keeping your motor properly running cool you put your truck through its paces. Proper cooling is one of those essential details that deserves more consideration than we may give it, since a lot of damage can result when its not carefully managed. Here’s some information about your truck’s cooling system and what you need to watch for … READ MORE >

Jun132017

Which Compressed Air Source Should Be On Your Off Road Truck?

It seems like there is a never-ending list of upgrades and accessories needed to fully equip an off-road vehicle for a safe day on the trails. Among those many items like recovery gear, the right tires, and aftermarket steel truck bumpers, you should also have some kind of compressed air source, at least if you’re using your tires correctly. Whether you’re airing down for the mud and trails or airing up again to head back to the highway, your best bet is to be self-reliant and include a compressor in your off-road truck or Jeep. Take a look at the different … READ MORE >

Jun82017

4-Wheel Drive Trucks – Why Are They So Good Off-Road?

What makes 4-wheel drive trucks so good off road? The obvious answer to this question is because of that great 4-wheel drive you can use to climb just about anything. Is that the only reason why off-road trucks are so awesome for rough trail riding and hill climbing? 4WD is an essential component; however, you will find that there is special equipment such as steel bumpers and certain vehicle specs that combine to make 4-wheel drive trucks such good off-road trail-hugging vehicles. Besides the obvious use of a 4WD transmission, here are some other reasons why your off-road truck or Jeep drives … READ MORE >

Jun72017

Why Off-Road Trucks Don’t Need Pretty Parts on The Trails!

A good-looking off-road truck is something to really be proud of, especially when it’s properly equipped for the trails. Looks aren’t everything, though; in many cases, flimsy aftermarket parts and many light-duty stock parts can end up damaged. To prevent this from happening, you should upgrade with heavy duty body parts and steel bumpers; avoid adding things that will just get in the way. Add strong and effective gear that will actually protect your truck; don’t get sidetracked with all the other junk out there. Rocker Guards The rocker area under your outfitted truck or Jeep is one of the prime areas … READ MORE >

Jun62017

Metallurgy – How Does It Relate To Off Road Trucks?

The durability of any item is dependent on the quality of the material from which it is made. This applies to any type of manufacturing, including the production of off-road vehicle parts like off-road wheels, suspension parts, axles, steel truck bumpers, and anything else made of metal. It’s easy to assume that a metal part will always be durable enough for any use, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Aggressive off-roading can put a huge strain on metal parts, so it’s essential to understand how they are made, including the quality of their metal material. What Is Metallurgy? Metallurgy is the science … READ MORE >

May252017

Off Road Trucks And Plumbing – Really?

When equipping your off-road truck for the trail, some of the upgrades you’ll need are more obvious than others. Still, those not-so-obvious upgrades – like your truck’s ‘plumbing’ –  can make the difference between having a great day climbing hills and having to limp back home or even get towed. Bigger tires and a stronger, longer suspension are a given, as are steel bumpers and enhanced off-road lighting in some situations. What many people forget about is less obvious parts like essential hoses. Without durable truck plumbing, you won’t get too far despite all those other upgrades. Upgrading Your Truck’s Plumbing Hoses are … READ MORE >

May112017

What Is Geocaching With Off-Road Navigation?

Geocaching is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages around the world. Although many hike their way through trails, hills, and valleys, there’s a growing number of geocachers enjoying it with their Jeeps and off-road trucks equipped with steel truck bumpers. What’s especially interesting about geocaching on the trails is that it can help off-roaders develop important skills to improve trail riding experiences in more remote areas. What Is Off-Road Geocaching? Geocaching is like treasure hunting, only using GPS units to navigate instead of actual maps. Someone hides a cache containing small items for trading and a log book, then others … READ MORE >

May12017

Protect Your Differentials With Covers When Off-Roading!

When heading out to the trails, the last thing any off-roader thinks about is busting their differentials. These trucks and Jeeps are built tough, right? Well, yes and no. While 4×4 vehicles are designed to be more durable than most passenger cars, they can still get damaged on the trail. This is exactly why we upgrade with things like heavy duty shocks, aftermarket truck bumpers, and other protective gear. If your trail traveling is anything but basic or your off-road truck sees double duty as your daily transportation, one more item you need to add to your list of upgrades is … READ MORE >

Apr262017

Apps For When You Go Off-Roading!

There’s a mobile phone app for just about everything and off-roading is no different! While it’s probably a given that a mapping app would be pretty useful for those taking to the trails with their off-road trucks, maps are only one part of the picture. There’s many more apps that can come in handy while on the trails than most off-roaders probably realize. Navigation and Mapping The first place that any enthusiast might head when wanting useful apps for off-roading is to the maps and navigation tools and with good reason. There are great ones available designed specifically for off-roading that offer … READ MORE >

Apr242017

Consider These Critical Aspects Of Off Road Trucks!

ff-roading is exciting and fun when hitting the trails with the right truck or Jeep. Not all 4-wheel drive vehicles are the same as there’s a lot of variation out there in some critical elements. From important equipment like suspension and drivetrain to add-ons like wheels and aftermarket bumpers, safe off-roading demands the right component combinations. Before venturing out for some fun with your truck or when planning the purchase of a new 4×4, consider the different factors that are part of a great off-road truck so your adventures are memorable. Truck Size and Weight When it comes to effective off-roading, smaller size … READ MORE >

Apr192017

Balancing Big Off Road Truck Tires!

When it comes to tires of any kind, everyone knows that you need balance for a smooth ride. Tire balance may not be a critical issue for off-road trucks equipped with steel bumpers or winch-mount bumpers that rarely see the road. For most trucks that do double duty, it is a concern. The bigger the tire, the harder it can be to balance. When equipping off-road trucks with aftermarket bumpers, shocks, and tires that can affect the ride, you may have to work harder to keep those tires balanced. Why Tire Balance Matters In order for any vehicle to ride smoothly without shakes … READ MORE >

Mar242017

How To Safely Navigate Those Off Road Trails!

Off-roading is a great sport that’s gaining popularity every year. Drivers of all ages driving all types of truck and Jeeps are enjoying the many aspects of this pastime, whether modifying their vehicles with the right tires and steel bumpers to challenging themselves with different obstacles. Regardless of experience level, all enthusiasts should practice safe driving skills when negotiating obstacles on the trail. Follow these three simple suggestions and stay safe to ride the trails another day. Choose the Right Line Off-roading involves a lot of consideration about how to handle different obstacles. To best accomplish this, drivers need to examine the obstacle and … READ MORE >

Mar202017

Ramp Up Off Road Thrills With Aftermarket Exhaust Systems!

All  you off-roaders know that there are a lot of ways to enhance off-road trucks to perform better. From taller suspensions and really rugged tires to specialty steel bumpers and off-road lights, each item has its own special way to make your prized off-road truck better able to handle the challenges of off-road driving. In the same way, there’s a lot more to an aftermarket exhaust system than just a great sound. Sure, an aggressive-sounding exhaust can definitely turn some heads in the crowd. The good news is that they do serve some important purposes other than just sounding great. Aftermarket Exhausts Increase … READ MORE >

Mar182017

All Wheel Drive vs 4 Wheel Drive – What Are The Differences?

One of the most important components that any off-roading truck must have is some type of four wheel drive. This is a type of transmission system that delivers power to the 4 wheels in the drive train, as opposed to either the front two wheels or rear two wheels as is common with most other cars and trucks. It gives off-road trucks and Jeeps the power required to climb obstacles and get through mud and water. Although all wheel and 4 wheel drive would seem to be the same thing, there is a difference between the two and one is definitely … READ MORE >

Mar162017

Why Off Road Trucks Must Have Great Backup Lights!

Equipping an off-road truck for the trail can take some time – and a good bit of money. Owners need to prioritize what they want versus what they need and make sure necessities for safe trail riding are purchased first. For those who enjoy trail riding at night, adding lights along with those custom bumpers and shocks is probably a given; however, are you remembering to add backup lights? It’s easy to forget about what’s behind you when you think all that needs to be seen is ahead of you. Safe off-roading cannot ignore those times out on the trail in … READ MORE >

Mar152017

Off Road Driving Techniques – It Has To Do With Safety!

Off-roading is quickly increasing in popularity, with more people enjoying this great activity every year. It’s a great sport, but definitely one that requires everyone to pay attention to safety in order to enjoy the fun without risking accidents or injuries. Modifying a truck and adding necessary gear like tires, bumpers, and suspension is important; however, it’s equally important to understand and practice safe off-roading techniques. Some of those simple, yet critical ideas that can ensure a successful day on the trails are included here. Don’t Overestimate The Ability Of You or Your Truck The most important safety tip for all off-road … READ MORE >

Mar62017

Bumpers and Big Tires – But No Title – Now What?

Finding a great off-roading project in a salvage lot or hidden in some backroads barn can be an exciting moment. For the enthusiast who is handy with tools and enjoys the challenge of working on projects from the ground up, this offers an affordable way to build a dedicated Jeep or truck for the trails. After assessing the condition of the truck, some may have grander visions of an awesome off-road truck all decked out with tires, struts, and off-road steel bumpers.  Wait – does it have a title? If not, then what happens? No Title – Now What? Many times the whole … READ MORE >

Feb282017

Steering Off Road Trucks – The Various Setup Choices!

Besides the wheels and tires, aftermarket bumpers, and even the rugged steering wheels, off road truck owners rely on the ability to carefully steer their trucks over obstacles with precision. Four wheel drive vehicles utilize a number of steering setups, each with their own pros and cons. Depending on things like tire and wheel size, power steering set-up, suspension, and other details, various systems can make the difference between easy steering over rough terrain and having to really work at it. Crossover Steering Crossover steering setups are available in two types; both involve a drag link that attaches directly to a straight … READ MORE >

Feb272017

Looking Closely At New Off Road Truck Wheels!

A great set of wheels is something that every off road truck owner looks forward to adding to their vehicle. Besides the other gear like steel truck bumpers, lift kits and bigger tires, great looking wheels can really give a truck that look every owner wants. Before shelling out for those expensive, good-looking wheels, are you sure they are safe for trail riding and rock climbing? Consider these points to make sure you buy rims that can handle the job. Rim Width and Diameter Large diameter wheels may look great to some, but it’s important to realize they may not be ideal … READ MORE >

Feb162017

What Is The Best 4 Wheel Drive For Your Needs?

Four-wheel drive vehicles are a lot of fun out on the trail, whether climbing hills, rock crawling, or driving through streams and mud beds. The sport is becoming more popular every year, bringing more people out with their 4WD trucks and Jeeps to try enjoy the thrill of off-roading. While it would be nice for everyone to experience the thrill of off-roading, it’s important for owners of 4WD trucks to understand the truck’s capabilities and what to actually expect from them. A lot of that can depend on the type of four-wheel drive they have, since there are different kinds. Full Time … READ MORE >

Jan242017

Are Your Off-Road Driving Skills Really That Good?

Off roading is exciting and fun, which is why we do it. Getting the most bang for your off roading dollar while also staying safe means developing the skills necessary to do so. Every person out on the trails in their outfitted off-road jeep or truck started at the beginning skill level; yet with time and experience, those skills have hopefully improved. While online or classroom learning can’t replace actually getting out there and doing it, there are some skills every driver needs to safely negotiate the trails, from mild to wild! Know How to Prepare Ahead of Time There’s a lot more … READ MORE >

Jan202017

What Is Involved In Powder Coating Your Off-Road Truck?

Powder coating is one of the most durable and preferred surface preps for use on vehicles of all types. Although it’s generally not used as an all-over covering like auto paint, this coating offers a great way for off-roaders to protect critical parts of their treasured off-road trucks like the chassis, rims, steel truck bumpers, and any other parts that are at higher risk of damage or eventual corrosion. Powder coating can be expensive and involves a lengthy process; however, those who invest in it find it to be a great protectant for off-road trucks out on the trails and in … READ MORE >

Jan162017

Don’t Let Rust Be A Four-Letter Word On Your Off-Road Truck!

Rust – one of those four-letter words that every off-roader despises for the problems it can cause to an aging off-road truck. The more fun we have with our trucks and the more abuse they take, the more rust we see on them as they get older. It is a natural process, after all: rusting nuts and bolts, frame and suspension, even bumpers and brakes. Of course more than mere aesthetics, rust should be avoided as much as possible to keep a truck off-road safe. So consider the following tips to prevent and control rust on your Ford or Chevy or … READ MORE >

Dec272016

Off Road Muddin’ – Keep It Fun and Safe With These Rules!

Mudding – what fun it is to head out with your outfitted truck for a day of playing in the mud with fellow off-roaders! Of course, all serious fun usually has a debt to pay afterwards; in this case, your penalty is having to wash the truck to remove all that caked-on mud! Even those who try to avoid it will come across mud on the trail from time to time. Whether you prefer to just get through mud as quickly as possible or are ready to make a day of playing in mud puddles, stay safe and avoid getting stuck … READ MORE >

Dec262016

Keep In Touch Off Roading – Tune Your CB Antenna!

Open communication while off-roading is essential for safety while you’re having a great time on the trails in your outfitted off-road truck. After putting all that time and money into making sure you’ve got the right tires, lights, bumpers, and other gear, have you considered figuring out if your CB antenna is properly tuned to the radio? Sure, the radio turns on and you can hear it working, yet how effective is your signal? The antenna has to communicate effectively with the radio before anyone can talk to anyone else. By following these easy steps, you can get your components communicating with … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Learn About Off Road Trucks and The Batteries They Need!

Off roading is rough on trucks. This is why we all invest in heavy-duty tires and struts, steel bumpers, winches, and other specialized equipment that can withstand the abuse. One item that often gets overlooked is the battery. If the truck turns over, the battery is fine, right? Not always, especially on offroad Fords or Chevys that have added lights and other electrical equipment. Just like everything else, making sure you’ve got enough cranking power is essential to make certain you get home at the end of the day. More Power! The stock battery that comes with any vehicle is sufficient for … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Do You Have The Right Angle For A Good Off-Road Experience?

Just when you thought you’d found an exciting hobby of off roading that didn’t involve math –  guess again. Off roading will put your understanding of geometry and physics to the test. Off roading involves a lot of brute force and some tough equipment like big tires and custom bumpers; however, it also involves some careful calculations to avoid getting into trouble. One of those essential calculations is ground angles and how to negotiate them. Angles and Off Roading There are three important angles that every off roader needs to understand and study before attempting any serious hill climbing. When negotiating hills … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Keeping Off-Road Trucks On The Trails – It’s Pretty Basic!

Off roading pushes a vehicle to its limits, putting a higher strain on every truck’s different mechanical parts. One of the ways that we reduce this strain and make our vehicles more durable is by modifying with heavy duty parts like stiffer suspensions and aftermarket bumpers. The other way is by keeping off road vehicles properly maintained so that mechanical failure is less likely. While off roaders should always follow the recommended maintenance schedule for their vehicle, a modified truck requires a bit of extra attention. Add these important maintenance items to your vehicle care list to keep your prized off … READ MORE >

Dec242016

Off-Road Trucks – What Are Your Best Lighting Choices?

A common upgrade that many owners make to their favorite offroading trucks is lights. Whether adding lightbars to steel truck bumpers or illumination elsewhere on the truck, anyone who enjoys offroading at night will appreciate the added visibility to enjoy the trails at night. Before making any purchase, it’s important to learn a little about aftermarket offroad lighting choices and which ones to choose. Why Upgrade? If you like to cross the trails at night, offroad lights can make doing so a lot easier and safer. Headlamps for offroading illuminate much brighter and further than the stock versions, providing increased visibility. When … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Don’t Get Lost In Your Off Road Truck On That Trail – Use GPS

Getting lost in the backcountry in your favorite customized truck might seem like something offroading friends joke about – yet it is actually a fact that maybe should be taken seriously. If you really enjoy getting out into nature and off the beaten path, you still have to know where you are and how to get back to where you started out, right? Fortunately, technology has given us a great tool known as GPS just full of the right mapping software. You outfit your trusted offroading truck or decked-out Jeep with the right tires and struts, sometimes adding aftermarket bumpers as … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Play By The Rules When Off-Roading With Your Truck

Off-roading has become an extreme adventure for many, with more people hitting the trails with their own offroad showpiece than ever before. The more, the merrier I always say when it comes to this kind of fun, since it can be an experience like no other! More people out with their trucks does mean more contact with other enthusiasts, so it’s important to practice a certain degree of off-roading etiquette when sharing the trails so everyone has a great time. Before loading up and heading out for a day of hill climbing and water forging with your prized offroading truck, make sure … READ MORE >

Dec232016

How To Safely Winch Out Your Off-Road Truck

Nothing and no one is perfect – which is why offroaders know that a winch bumper can be a real lifesaver when things go awry while off-roading. Naturally, the goal is to never end up stuck to the point where a winch becomes necessary; but as most seasoned off-roaders know, sooner or later that winch will be worth its weight in gold. There’s more to a safe recovery than just having a bumper winch, as that winch is worthless unless you know how to safely use it! What You Need For Safe and Successful Winch Recovery Before attempting to winch any truck, … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Don’t Let Those Steep Hills Overpower Your Offroad Truck!

One of the best, most exciting parts of off-roading is taking to the hills. Hill climbing is not just a good challenge; it can really get the adrenaline pumping as off-roaders try their hand – and their luck – on the hills at their favorite off-roading site. Before making that first climb, though, it’s very important for off-roaders to understand the inherent risks involved in hill climbing if they want to make it to the other side unscathed. Read over these common sense tips about how to safely negotiate hills and make sure you and your prized offroading truck drive … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Off-Roading Through Water – Keep It Upbeat And Safe

Driving through water is both fun and exciting, but it can also be a real headache for off-roaders who are not prepared. Preventing serious damage to that decked-out offroading truck involves knowing a few things about the water you are about to cross and your truck, too. Using these essential suggestions, inexperienced off-roaders can learn what they can and can’t do when crossing water and how to best protect their truck. Know Your Truck Sure, every driver knows how their truck handles and even how to negotiate hills and rocks with it. For success while forging water, you need to know a … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Are Your Off-Road Truck Big Tires For Show – Or For Go?

One of the first things that beginner off-roaders notice about four wheeling trucks is the huge tires. Big tires are impressive. The bigger, the better, right? Those giant donuts definitely make a statement when they’re driving down the highway, that’s for sure! There’s a thing about big tires though, that experienced off-roaders know. As does happen, this is one of those cases where bigger isn’t necessarily better, unless there’s a use for those bigger tires. Most importantly, when there is a need for bigger tires, sometimes other things have to change to account for them. So, while giant, knobby off road … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Six Quick Road Trip Tips

With thousands upon thousands of miles of road to allow us extensive travel throughout North America, you can be on the highway for a long time if you want to. While the basic essentials that you use every day will no doubt be remembered, there are some extra things you can throw in your truck to make your trip a little easier. Here are six quick tips to make your road trip stay as enjoyable as you intended it to be!   Pack Your Truck For Your Adventure – All too often, we see trucks and SUVs heading out into the wilderness … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Do You Know How To Handle Off-Road Tire Emergencies?

Nothing brings a fun day off roading to a halt faster than a tire blowout. Unfortunately, tire issues are just another one of the things that can go wrong when you least expect it. Carrying spares on your steel truck bumpers or in the truck  bed is always a great idea for a quick fix; but if you happen to be out without one, have no fear – the day is not lost. There are other things that enthusiastic off-roaders can do to remedy the situation other than limp to safety and call for a tow. With a little muscle … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Beginner Packing Tips For The Trail

The easiest way to ruin your off-roading getaway is to under-plan for it. You should always know exactly where you’re going with your Super Duty Ford and what to expect when you get there. Pack according to the trip plans and always bring extra water and supplies in the event you end up stranded. Packing List A strong packing list is something that 4×4 newbies commonly overlook. Many are forced to learn the hard way how important it is to be prepared for whatever the trail throws in the path of your prized offroading truck. It goes without saying that your packing list … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Off Road Bumper Installation Concerns – And How To Fix Them!

Offroad vehicles are designed for having fun – which may require trail-riding, offroading truck owners to invest in offroad bumpers. Steel truck bumpers can save truck owners the cost of repeated repairs – but do they affect performance? Some owners find that the addition of heavy custom bumpers protects them in some ways, yet leaves them susceptible to other problems like radiator damage and bumper weight-related problems. The good news is that all of these problems can be easily fixed! Weight Issues With Offroad Front Bumpers In order for any offroad front bumper to be protective, it needs to be strong. The … READ MORE >