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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 >

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 >

Jun212017

Basic Coil Spring Information For Off Road Trucks!

Coil springs are an essential suspension part on most off-road trucks and Jeeps today, giving the suspension much needed lift and compression required to scale different types of obstacles. Simpler than the leaf springs that used to be common on many vehicles, coil springs are easier to install and work on and function better than leaf springs. If you want to upgrade your coil springs to more durable ones, consider these important tips so you make the right choice when upgrading your off-road truck! The Purpose of Coil Springs Coil springs are a main part of the spring suspension systems on most … READ MORE >

Jun152017

Looking At Winch Capacity For Your Off Road Truck!

Other than tires, steel bumpers, and other similar equipment, a winch is one of the most important accessories to have on your Jeep or truck. Used safely and correctly, winches give you the ability to get out of trouble and continue on your way. Yet there is more to winch selection than just bolting one onto your off-road truck. To have the pulling power you need and avoid dangerous situations, you need a truck winch bumper equipped with a winch that has enough capacity to pull your truck. You also need to know how capacity works and how to get the … 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 >

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 >

May82017

Winch Rigging Accessories – What You Need On The Trails!

If you’re serious about off-roading, the importance of a strong winch mounted on your steel bumper is something you understand. Hopefully, you also realize that there’s more to winching than just installing truck winch bumpers as the winch is only one part of the recovery equation. To safely and correctly winch your truck or Jeep, be sure to have these essential rigging accessories stowed in the back so your recovery efforts are effective and nobody gets hurt. —–Heavy Duty Gloves – Don’t even think about using a winch without a thick pair of heavy duty winching gloves. Your hands can become seriously … READ MORE >

May52017

Should I Switch My Off Road Truck To An HEI Ignition System?

There are a lot of upgrades that can be made to off-road trucks to improve durability and performance. One such upgrade that some might consider is switching out their stock ignition for one with an HEI distributor. Preferred by many for a number of reasons, HEI ignitions solve some of the problems that more serious off-roaders who drive at speed may encounter. What Is An HEI Ignition System? HEI or High Energy Ignition is an electronic performance ignition system. It has become a popular replacement for the stock ignition on many off-road vehicles due to its durable design and higher output. HEI … 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 >

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 >

Apr102017

Emergencies Happen Off Road – Be Prepared!

For the off-roaders out there, you know the thrill of getting your “special vehicle” equipped with steel truck bumpers, big-ass tires, and lift kits to hit your favorite off-roading trails. When venturing out into remote trail areas with any truck or Jeep, it’s also essential that you be prepared for any type of emergency. Not wanting anything to damage your great off-road truck, you surely have a truck emergency and rescue kit ready to get your truck out of a bind. But what about human emergencies? All that equipment won’t matter much if you don’t also prepare for human necessities by … READ MORE >

Mar232017

Off Roading Needs – The Heavy Duty Safety Harness!

Off-roading can be rough, not just on the truck but also on you! People get injured every day when they head out with their prized off-road truck that isn’t equipped with the right safety equipment. You equip your truck with a tougher suspension, bigger wheels and tires, and rugged steel truck bumpers because the stock versions can’t withstand the abuse out on the trail, right? Off-roaders need to think of their own safety and consider replacing that standard shoulder lap belt with a heavy duty safety harness. Stock Shoulder Belts Are Not Enough All cars and trucks now come standard with shoulder … READ MORE >

Mar222017

Check Out Full-Floating vs Semi-Floating Off Road Truck Axles!

Don’t have to tell you off-roaders that to survive the rigors of off-road driving, trucks and Jeeps need to be tough. This could very well include having axles that are built to withstand the heavy strain of off-roading. Besides thinking about equipment like shocks, tires, and bumpers, truck owners should know about the different types of axles that are available. Axle type may be important when either choosing a vehicle for off-roading or upgrading if looking to push that prized truck or Jeep to the extreme. Truck Axles – Semi-Floating and Full-Floating Truck axles come in two versions, semi-floating and full-floating. Every … 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 >

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 >

Dec242016

Why Add A Stinger To Your Off Road Truck?

It sounds like something hanging off of an insect, not on a truck or Jeep, doesn’t it? A stinger isn’t exactly something that can be found in a vehicle manual. Yet they’ve been showing up on more Jeeps and 4x4s over the years. A stinger is an additional protrusion from your vehicle – front or rear – almost always built off the bumper. They’re usually on the front of vehicles, though we have seen a few rear ones. While they do serve a purpose, it’s often a style thing for many Jeepers. What Is A Stinger? A stinger is put on the … 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

Secure Retrieval with a Shackle

When it comes to vehicle recovery, it’s an excellent idea to not only have good, sturdy pull points on your aftermarket bumper, but also some good recovery equipment that is rated to handle loads far beyond what your Nissan pickup truck or Jeep will ever put on them. Basic recovery equipment should start with a shackle (also known as a D-ring) and a recovery strap. Winches, winch anchors, shovels, ramps, etc are also a good idea, but you should at least have a good strap and D-ring in your truck at all times. And, of course, a good custom steel … READ MORE >

Dec212016

Throwing Dirt – Texas Style!

Everyone has something they spend their work week looking forward to. By Friday, more of my time is spent looking at the clock than actually working. For some people – it’s football. For others – it’s hunting. For me – it’s throwing dirt as far as possible, with my windows down and my speakers blasting. There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush you get mid-power slide as you rip tracks deep into the mud of a wide open pasture. Don’t get me wrong, I love the puzzles that come with technical off-roading – from calculating ground clearance to eliminating wheel hop. But … READ MORE >