Right off the showroom floor a Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off road vehicles built. But a few mods can turn it into a beast.
I Thought My Jeep was Already an Off Road Beast?!
A lot of Wrangler owners choose to drive a Jeep because of its go-anywhere functionality and storied past as one of the toughest off road vehicles ever built. Right off the lot a Wrangler is more capable than most other 4 wheel drive vehicles available today. But as the terrain you want to tackle gets tougher, there are a few mods that will take your daily driver from stock Jeep to an off road beast. A lift kit that provides greater ground clearance and room for larger tires, armor to protect your rig against trail hazards and recovery gear for when you push things a little too far are a few categories that will take your rig to the next level.
Where Do I Start?
One of the first mods a Jeep owner will do when going from daily driver to serious off road rig is a lift kit. Lift Kits provide greater ground clearance that let you clear rocks, stumps and hills. A Suspension lift will also provide room for larger off road tires that allow your Jeep more easily roll over obstacles and terrain of all kinds. Lift kits come in all different designs and styles from budget boosts to full on spring lifts that include upgraded control arms, springs, shocks, and other suspension components. No matter what you type of lift you choose they’ll all help get you from mild to wild. Now that your Jeep has room for some big rubber it’s time to decide what type of tires to go with. An all-terrain Tire will wear well and give you low noise and high MPG which is great for you daily driver, but when building you off road beast you’ll want to run some big mud terrain tires. They’ll grip the rocks, mud and any other terrain you decide to take your beast into and give you the traction you need to get to the other side.
What is Armor and Do I Need It?
Now that your ex-daily driver has the big mud tires and lift kit you need to take on the rugged trails you need to armor up. Armor encompasses everything from bumpers to skid plates that will save your body and drive train components from serious damage when on the serious trails. While Bumpers can be a styling mod and will change the look of of your rig they’ll also provide recovery points, winch mounting locations and jack points that you’ll need when transforming your mild mannered grocery getter into a hard core off roader. Rock Sliders and Skid Plates protect your rig’s soft under side from trail hazards that are just waiting to inflict damage.
If I Built a Beast, Why Recovery Gear?
Your daily driver is ready for the trails with armor, lift and tires so why do you need Recovery Gear? Even the most capable of off road rigs can get into a tight spot. Whether driver error or outside forces come into play, you need to be prepared to get yourself or a friend unstuck and back on your way. Recovery Straps, Winches and Jacks are all parts that you didn’t need when you had a daily driver, but are now necessities in your off road beast.
Once the mod bug bites and you’re ready to transform your daily driver into an off road beast a lift kit with tires, armor and recovery gear will set you on your way from factory fresh Wrangler to rock scared wheeler. The direction of your Jeep build will vary depending on what type of terrain you want to conquer in your Wrangler, but following this guide will get you well on your way to building the beast you always knew your Jeep could be.
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