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4WD Mods For Off-Road Driving

by on Apr.02, 2011, under Travel

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Off roaders are exciting, interesting, adventurous, and a bit wild. Although, some off road enthusiasts are hard to spot until they leave the pavement; when the weekend arrives, so does their wild side. Their 4X4 vehicles, on the other hand, are not hard to spot. Most enthusiasts are always looking for new ways to enhance their vehicle and their off road experience. Making certain modifications and switching out a few 4X4 parts can provide more power, strength, and endurance.

Installing new shock absorbers is, usually, one of the first modifications a 4X4 owner will make. Shock absorbers from the factory leave a lot to be desired. Worn or insufficient shocks can be hazardous, on or off the road. Monotube, multitube, hydraulic, bypass, gas, and air shocks are some options. Coilover shocks are a great choice for many. Remote control shock absorbers are convenient and cool.

Manual locking hubs are another common modification on 4X4s. Hubs can be automatic or manual. Automatic hubs are convenient, unless there is a malfunction, but in terms of overall reliability and strength, manual locking hubs are the preferred choice. Manual hubs allow the driver to engage and disengage the front hubs as needed. Disengaging the hubs provides a smoother, quieter ride on the road.

Additional traction is very beneficial when four wheeling over varied terrain. Most 4X4 enthusiasts are not satisfied with “limited-slip” differentials. Manual or automatic locking differentials are preferred by most drivers. A locker, sometimes called a Detroit Locker or a Powertrax Lock Right, will dispatch 100% of the engine torque to both wheels on the axle. Some choose the manual lockers for reduced noise and a smoother on road ride, when deactivated.

Large tires are eye catching and make an impression. Huge tires can be quite intimidating. Although big tires add a lot to the appearance of the vehicle, they add some extremely beneficial, extra inches of ground clearance. Some off roaders still use bias tires. They are great for trails, rocks, mud, and more. Many use radial tires. They provide a quieter, smoother ride on the road. Deep tread with angles and reinforced sidewalls are best for off roading.

Bigger tires will require more space. Small, medium, and large lift kits can be used to raise the vehicle. The space provided will range from about 1.5 inches to four inches and more. Many experienced off road enthusiasts prefer spring over axle (if their vehicle is leaf-sprung) or coil suspension lifts. For the offroader that needs a few extra inches of clearance without the need of a full blown suspension lift, they may opt for a body lift kit.

The internet is a great place for off roaders to find 4X4 parts, kits, manuals, and tires. Enthusiasts can find a lot of four wheeling/off road information and helpful tips, also. Vehicle modifications are changes that affect handling and performance. It may take time to adjust to the changes.

A Powertrax locker is highly recommended for ultimate traction at a minimal cost. Shock absorbers keep the vehicle moving smoothly in all driving conditions.

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