The changing of the seasons can be intense here in Colorado, and can sweep through in an instant. Although we’re often lucky to enjoy pleasant and mild weather into much of the fall, sometimes we’re hit with storms and other hazards that make driving more difficult. Whether you’re still out in the mountains, getting one more trail run in, or you’re navigating the city streets, it’s important to alter your driving habits a bit, during this time of year.
If you want to stay safe behind the wheel as we head into autumn, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Give more distance
When the fall storms blow in, they’re often quick and intense. If you’re out driving … Read More
There are so many incredible trails to explore here in Colorado, and once you get a taste of true mountain off-roading, you may find it becoming a regular habit. However, you may also notice that riding around in a 4×4 rig for hours at a time isn’t always easy on the body! If you want to improve your trail-running skills, and get more enjoyment out of your adventures, it may be worth making some changes to boost your comfort.
There are a few simple things you can do, to make your time in your vehicle as pleasant as possible. This will allow you to put in more hours on the trails, and not suffer for it later!
Here are a … Read More
There’s something incredibly fun about going up into the mountains on a trail ride, and seeing your rig get covered in dirt and mud. Many people consider a dirty truck to be a sign of a true 4×4 off-roader. While it may be enjoyable to ride through dusty trails or cross swampy areas in your off-road rig, it’s also important to have strategies to deal with all of that mess when you’re not on your outdoor adventures.
Having a buildup of dirt on your vehicle can actually do damage over time, to both the body and the mechanical parts. During the summer season, the height of off-roading time, it’s a great idea to have some tools and strategies on hand … Read More
The dog days of summer are upon us, which means rising temps and low humidity. This time of year can be uncomfortable, if not dangerous, if you’re not prepared for it. Too many offroad drivers get themselves stuck on the trails without adequate gear or 4×4 components, and end up having a stressful day instead of an enjoyable one. Extreme heat and dry air can be hard on you, and your vehicle, so it’s important to plan ahead if you’re hoping to hit the trails in the late summer.
You’re probably not going to have much fun off-roading if you’re feeling the effects of dehydration or heat stroke, so prioritize your own safety and well-being when heading to the hills. … Read More
Every summer, thousands of offroad enthusiasts take to the trails here in Colorado, looking for fresh air and adventure. Whether you are a brand new 4×4 driver, or a seasoned pro, it’s important to be wise in your preparations. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, so make sure you’re ready for the unexpected. Vehicle issues, as well as your own health issues, can turn a fun afternoon into a disaster.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for your offroading this summer:
- Always bring a buddy
It’s an unspoken rule that you never ride alone, but occasionally people will attempt it, or break off from the group at some point during the day. Resist the urge to explore … Read More
The offroading season is getting underway here in Colorado, and people are preparing for weekends spent on the trails. As you’re out and about, especially in the temperamental weather we have here, getting your rig dirty is to be expected. But if you’re using your vehicle every weekend, or every day if it’s also your daily driver, how can you possibly keep it clean? The buildup of exterior mud, and the particularly aromatic interior mix of gear, food, and long days spent outside…can get out of control quickly!
If you want to make the most of this season, without suffering the sights and smells that typically go along with offroading, here are a few things that are worth the investment:… Read More
While we enjoy many warm, dry winter days here in Colorado, the springtime is downright exciting. As the temperatures increase, the hillsides turn green, and the trails begin opening up, many people start planning their outdoor adventures. However, many of these people have also taken many months off from trail driving, and may need a little refresher to make their spring excursions as fun and safe as possible. Whether you’ve gone out a few times over the winter, or you’re starting fresh this season, it’s important to get prepared!
If you want to make sure your rig is operating well, and you’re set for some spring 4×4 driving, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Service your vehicle
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Springtime in Colorado is a notoriously wet time of the year, bringing huge snowstorms, drizzle, rain, and sleet. While this moisture is great for the dry ground, it can be a risk to your vehicle, especially if your car is parked outside most of the time. There’s certainly nothing you can do to predict or control the weather, but there are things you can do to protect your car. Moisture of any kind can wear down your auto parts, your trim, and the body/paint of your vehicle. If you want to keep your rig running for as long as you can, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Find covered parking when you can
It’s not always possible to … Read More
Whether you’re a new offroader, or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s important to have a rig that is equipped with the right components. You can drive something old or new, but in order to give yourself the maximum safety and maneuverability on the trails, it’s a good idea to upgrade to non-factory parts. Off-roading can be an expensive sport, however, and many people are looking to customize their vehicle, without going broke. This is where used and refurbished parts come in.
Lots of people turn away from used parts, because there is still a pervasive idea that used parts are less safe or less reliable. However, if you buy your used 4×4 parts from a reputable dealer, and … Read More
There are dozens of mechanics in Fort Collins and throughout the northern Colorado area, but not all auto body shops are created equal. Too many people choose a mechanic simply based on location or price, while others have a hard time leaving a mechanic shop once they’ve brought their car in, even if the service goes south. Whether you’re an avid off-roader or not, you deserve to find a shop that gives you excellent service and value.
Wondering whether or not it’s time to find a new 4×4 mechanic? Here are a few red flags to watch out for:
- Nobody greets you
If you walk into a shop, and nobody takes the time to look you in the eye, smile, … Read More