With spring just around the corner, better weather is on its way which means it’s the perfect time to consider adding a few new accessories that will make your vehicle ready to explore those open off-road trails.
As capable as most 4×4’s are right off the assembly line, there are a few additional modifications you’ll want to consider to keep your vehicle (and yourself!) safe as you trek off the beaten path.
The most important thing to know when looking for these aftermarket modification parts is to primarily invest in equipment that was designed specifically for your vehicle’s make and model to ensure proper fitting — otherwise, universal-fit items can be utilized if there’s no other choice.
Buckle up: here are a few essential off-road vehicle modifications even the most novice of beginners need to consider.
1. Tire Upgrades
One of the most important things you can do before taking your vehicle out for a spin is to match your off-roading tire with your desired type of off-roading adventure.
2. Winch Kits
For example, the most commonly used tire for off-roading activities are All-Terrain or A/T tires, designed to withstand a variety of terrains — anything from hill climbing and basic rock crawling to muddier situations. A/T tires are the best choice for those who intend to run their vehicle both on and off the road. More extreme activities may require more specialized tires like Mud-Terrain (M/T) or tires specially made to encounter sand and snow.
A winch is an important tool for any off-roading vehicle to have on deck, as you just never know when you might need it to recover your truck or SUV from a particularly challenging area of terrain.
It’s an important tool to safely move a vehicle from a precarious position or righting a truck after a rollover. A winch can also be used to clear away logs or rocks when necessary, clearing the way for your outdoor adventure!
Just a note to be aware of: you may need to also invest in an aftermarket winch bumper to set the foundation for your new addition, depending on your vehicle.
3. Skid Plate
A skid plate will act as armor for your vehicle’s underbelly, protecting crucial elements like your radiator, engine pan, and drivetrain from the rogue rock that might be in the way. Even lifted trucks should consider adding a skid plate to avoid fatal blows to the delicate area underneath which would be otherwise unprotected from the elements.
4. Lift Kit
This somewhat pricey-modification will allow your vehicle to navigate certain off-road obstacles with ease, but it’s essential to know what type of lift is best suited for your needs.
Typically, a lift is needed when you want to add larger tires, need more ground clearance, or want to increase the height of the vehicle altogether.
But do you need a body lift or a suspension lift? A suspension lift will be a more expensive endeavor but there are other factors to consider in such situations, so it’s important to know which type of lift will be right for your 4×4.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to making the right modifications to your vehicle so it can venture off-road safely, but it’s not too complicated that even the newest of adventurers can’t get started today.
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