Many beginner off-roaders think that simply by purchasing a 4 x 4 they are ready to hit the trails and take on some rough terrain. What they don’t know is that without adding the proper off-roading accessories, they may unknowingly cause serious damage to their vehicle. Off-roading accessories have been designed to protect your vehicle while you are off-roading. Installing the proper equipment can make your off-roading experience all the more fun while also keeping you safe.
Many vehicles that come straight off the show room floor were designed for use primarily in cities and not on rough terrain. By adding a suspension lift kit to your vehicle you will be rewarded with improved ground clearance. This will provide you with added height to your vehicle and allow you to easily drive over any larger obstacles that other vehicles couldn’t attempt. A lift kit is designed to give you the extra clearance needed on many trails and prevents any damage from occurring to the underside of your vehicle.
Adding shocks that were designed primarily for off-road use will improve your vehicle’s performance. Shocks are designed to control the motion of your vehicle while keeping it from bouncing all over the place on a particularly bumpy trail. There are some things to take into consideration when choosing the appropriate shocks for your vehicle, you will want to choose a model that provides you with the maximum propelling force applied to the load, the speed at which you will traveling and the conditions of the terrain you will be primarily driving on will help you choose a shock that is suited for those requirements.
Adding an after-market bumper to your vehicle is also recommended. Many stock bumpers do not offer the level of protection that is required by off-roading vehicles. Because of the sometimes dense and rough terrain, having a bumper that offers protection to your radiator and engine is optimal. A proper off-roading bumper will protect your engine from being gorged by a tree limb or an outcropping of rocks. The last thing you want to experience while on the trails is a punctured radiator.
These are only a few of the many accessories that are available to customize your off-roading vehicle. If you are not sure of what parts you will need, explain to an expert the conditions of the areas you will driving in and you will be directed to the proper equipment.