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
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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
As the temperatures drop and the snows begin to fall, many off-road drivers pull their vehicles into the garage for the season. However, for those who have the skills, equipment, and sense of adventure, winter off-roading can be an exciting experience. There are many 4×4 trails in Colorado that are accessible in the winter, but it’s important to understand the risks of snow-wheeling before heading for the hills.
Winter off-road driving can be more dangerous, and the consequences of getting stuck or stranded become more dire. But if you keep these tips in mind, you can have a great time and get home safely:
- Equip your rig
Some 4×4 vehicles simply aren’t capable of handling extreme winter trail weather. Make … Read More
Weather can take a toll on your car, and if you don’t take the proper precautions, you can end up with unsightly damage, as well as reduce the lifespan of your vehicle. In states like Colorado, where we see weather extremes each year, it’s important to have seasonal strategies to keep your car clean and safe. Winter snow and ice can wreak havoc on both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, whether it’s a big 4×4 rig or a compact city car.
If you want to emerge into springtime with minimal wear and tear, follow these tips this winter:
- Use caution when removing snow
Too many people tackle their snow-covered cars with shovels, picks, and heavy-duty scrapers, but these … Read More
No matter how good of a driver you are, when the inclement weather comes and the days get darker, the risk of an accident goes up. The autumn season brings with it blowing winds, lots of debris, less daylight, and snow, here in Colorado, so it’s important to be prepared for different driving conditions. You want to stay safe on the road, whether that’s in the city, or in the mountains, and the right upgrades and planning can help you do just that.
Both you and your vehicle need a tune-up, in order to best handle the potential driving dangers of this time of year. Here are a few tips to help you safely transition to autumn driving:
- Re-stock your
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Whether you’re a hard-core trail runner, or an occasional mountain explorer, your rig is what keeps you in the game. Your 4×4 vehicle is valuable, and allows you to continue doing what you love, but are you taking care of it the way you should be? Too many people underestimate the importance of regular maintenance, and put themselves at risk for extensive damage and costly repairs down the road.
Every 3 months or so, especially if you’re an adventurous driver, it’s a good idea to give your rig a run-through. Each season, particularly with the weather extremes that we see here in Colorado, plan to spend some time cleaning, upgrading, and servicing your vehicle. As we approach fall, here are … Read More