Prolonging the life of your Off-Roading vehicle

3.5" Suspension Lift Kit (EZ-Ride) for 87-01 Cherokee 4wd - by Tuff Country
3.5" Suspension Lift Kit (EZ-Ride) for 87-01 Cherokee 4wd - by Tuff Country

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.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. I figured there was a way to protect the under carriage of my Jeep but I I didn’t know what it was. Now, thanks to you, I know it’s called a skid plate. I just bought my Jeep and haven’t had it off road yet. I want to do what I can to protect my investment. This article is a definite starting place. Thanks.


  2. For those idiots who think they can drive anywhere off road without installing a lift kit, you can’t! I just saw another example of this breed last Saturday. Not only did he scrape the hell out of the under carriage, he got stuck on top of a rock and couldn’t get down. That was real intelligent! I wonder what he’ll do for his next trick?


  3. I’m always amazed to see how many people run their Jeeps into the ground and never have any work done on them unless they break down. What the heck are they thinking?


  4. Makes good sense to me. I wasn’t aware of altering the tire pressure to suit the terrain. I’ll be looking into that more. That also means I need to invest in an air compressor. I’ve been meaning to get one anyway. I think your site is the best source for Jeep information. Keep up the great work.


  5. I’ve always made sure that I took the best possible care of my Jeep. I waited a long time to save enough money to get it. I’ve done a lot of research also about tires vs terrain so I can get the best performance from what I have. I really appreciate the tips I find on this site. You guys have been a great help.


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