Author Archives: Melani Schweder

Want More Clearance On The Trails This Year? Get A Lift Kit!

Colorado is home to some of the best 4×4 trails in the country, with sweeping views, challenging climbs, and rocky terrain that are sure to make any offroader happy. However, many of the most breathtaking trails require your rig to navigate huge boulders and running streams, and only certain vehicles are prepared to conquer that kind of topography. If you want to take your offroading experience to the next level, your vehicle needs to have extra tall clearance, and a lift kit is the perfect solution!

There are lift kits of all sizes that are designed to work with a variety of vehicles, so be sure to ask your local 4×4 mechanic about the one that is best for your Read More

Don’t Go Just Anywhere To Buy Your Auto Parts In Fort Collins

You love your car. You want it to keep running smoothly, taking you on awesome trail adventures for many years to come. But you also like convenience and saving money. So when it comes time to get work done on your vehicle or replace some of its components, it can be a struggle knowing where to go. There are hundreds of websites offering cheap auto parts online, and several shops that promise great deals and short wait times. Sometimes, you don’t even know where your car parts are coming from, or if you shop used parts, what kind of history they’ve had.

Depending on your vehicle, your driving habits, and the individual component you’re replacing, it may be just fine Read More

5 Offroad Parts To Put On Your Christmas List This Year

The winter season is officially upon us, and while it’s not a great time to be out on the trails, it’s an ideal time to do some 4×4 service and upgrades. The offseason is perfect for catching up on maintenance, doing custom modifications, and doing a deep clean before the spring arrives. Chances are good that you have some idea of what you’d like to do to your rig next, and with the holidays right around the corner, it couldn’t hurt to add a few of these items to your wish list. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, these 4 wheel parts are sure to make your holidays bright!

  1. Lighting

Let’s face it, when you’re out on the trail, bright Read More

5 Ways To Keep Your Rig Running Longer

If you are passionate about off-roading, then it makes sense that you would want to enjoy driving your vehicle for as long as possible. However, the trails and rocky obstacles demand a lot from your car, and this style of driving causes more wear and tear than city commuting. Because of this, off-roaders have to pay special attention to their vehicles and invest in their care, to keep them running smoothly and safely. When you make the right decisions for your vehicle, you can extend its lifespan and continue exploring those mountains for years to come.

Concerned about ways you can get the most out of your off-road rig? Here are a few things you can do.

  1. Get it serviced

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Make Sure Your Vehicle’s Suspension Is Ready For The Snow

The winter is quickly approaching here in Fort Collins, which means it’s time to think about giving your vehicle the once-over. Thick snow, ice, and other hazards can put quite the strain on your car, and seriously compromise your driving comfort. Many cars do not have the suspension to handle the winter roads with ease, so now’s the time to get your car into your nearest 4×4 service center and have it checked out.

It’s not just your tires that you need to worry about when cold weather hits- inclement weather can affect many of your car’s components. Your ability to control and handle your vehicle is always important, but in cases of snow and ice, it becomes crucial. This Read More

3 Easy Steps To Finding The Right 4×4 Service Center For You

Whether you are new to the Front Range, or new to the 4×4 scene, it’s important to find the right mechanic for you and your vehicle. If you use your daily driver for weekend romps in the mountains, or if you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated offroad rig, both kinds of vehicles need to be serviced by someone who knows what they’re doing. Depending on the type of car or truck you use to explore the trails, even something as simple as an oil change should be handled by a 4×4 service professional.

Extending the life of your vehicle, as well as saving money in the long run, is a wise investment for any Colorado offroader, and you can Read More

How To Find Good Deals On Auto Parts

A lot of people are wondering how they can enjoy the sports they love, like offroad exploring, while sticking to a budget. Luckily, there are many options out there today to help you fix up your 4×4 rig without breaking the bank. Thanks to the popularity and availability of used offroad parts, aftermarket auto parts, and at-home instructional videos, you can upgrade your vehicle or make necessary repairs, while keeping the spending to a minimum.

If you have something that needs work on your car, or you want to make some custom modifications, here are a few tips to finding good deals on components!

  1. Search used inventory first

Before you buy anything new, you should always search around for used Read More

Your Mid-Summer Auto Repair Checklist

Summertime in Fort Collins is a wonderful thing, and many off road drivers are hitting the trails on a regular basis. The combination of the 4×4 exploration and the hot, dry weather is a good reason to keep a closer eye on your vehicle this time of year. You may be putting more stress and strain on your rig than you realize, so it’s important to invest in continual checkups and comprehensive auto repair when necessary. If you want to keep your offroad car or truck in tip-top condition, so you can enjoy driving in the mountains for years to come, don’t neglect to ramp up your summer maintenance!

Seasoned 4×4 drivers know a lot about their cars, or at Read More

5 Things You Need To Check Before You Hit The Trails

The Colorado off-roading season is officially underway, with the warm weather and summer sunshine making the area’s trails passable once again. For many off-road drivers, their rig has been used solely for around town for the past several months, and will need a thorough checkup before heading out into the mountains. Spring and early summer is a great time to bring your vehicle into your local 4×4 service center for a thorough evaluation and tune-up, especially if it has been sitting idle most of the winter. Your 4 wheel parts and other components may need servicing or replacing before you hit the trails hard this summer!

Even after you have a comprehensive inspection and servicing, there are a few things Read More

3 Things Every New Off-Roader Should Know

The off-road lifestyle is popular here in gorgeous Fort Collins, with miles of track to be devoured all over the state, and more and more people are flocking to the secluded dirt roads every year. The prospect of exploring the outdoors in a new way, in a 4×4 vehicle, is appealing, but it also means that many people head out highly unprepared for what’s to come. Depending on the conditions, this could spell serious trouble for a new off-roader, so it’s always a good idea to do plenty of preparation before giving 4-wheeling a try.

If you are brand new to this sport, or feel rusty after years of street-only driving, here are a few tips to keep you safe Read More