Off-roading offers the driver and their passengers an adrenaline rush that is like no other. The thrill of climbing a rocky hill that looked unapproachable from the bottom is thrilling. However, with all of the fun and excitement that off-roading has to offer, it is also important to maintain your vehicle so that you can experience the thrill for years to come. Without proper maintenance your vehicle may become damaged and will not function properly when off-roading.
There are some steps you can take prior to beginning your off-roading journey that will help prolong the life of your vehicle. The first thing you will want to do is equip your vehicle with the proper tires for the terrain on which you will be primarily driving. Having a set of good tires will allow you to climb hills using less momentum and in turn will reduce the amount of stress that is placed on your vehicles suspension.
Maintaining lower air pressure in your tires while off-roading will also help prolong the life of your tires as well as that of your vehicle. Lower air pressure allows the tires to conform to the terrain on which you are driving and will help in your traction. Keeping your tires at a lower level of air pressure also allows the tires to be more flexible over rocks that may puncture them if they were at a higher level of pressure.
Installing extra protection to the under carriage of your vehicle will also help protect it from any large rocks or branches that you may pass over while driving. Adding a larger skid plate to your vehicle is highly recommended. When choosing a skid plate it is important to keep in mind the size of your vehicle and the location of your tanks and other parts that you want to protect.
By adding a lift kit to your vehicle you will be providing it with a higher level of clearance than it had before. This extra height will allow you to safely travel over obstacles that may have been dangerous before. A lift kit also allows for larger tires to be installed on the vehicle as well. A lift kit is designed to provide you with both a higher level of clearance as well as traction from larger tires.