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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Just like competitive athletes need a team of healthcare pros that specialize in sports medicine, your off-road rig needs a team that understands the unique requirements of off-road driving! There are lots of great mechanics in northern Colorado, but only a handful that can give your 4×4 vehicle the attention that it deserves, so it can keep running smoothly and safely, regardless of trail conditions. Too many off-roaders, especially those new to the scene, take their vehicles to big-box mechanics, and end up shortchanging themselves.
If you own a 4×4 vehicle, it’s a good idea to find a specialized off-road mechanic and here’s why:
- They know the mods
For off-road driving, there are dozens of modifications that set a vehicle … Read More
Summer in Colorado is a great time to get out and explore the off-road trails, but you can have plenty of fun at home in your garage too! Many trail enthusiasts love to upgrade their vehicles, for both performance and aesthetic, and this time of year is perfect for making some DIY mods. When you upgrade 4×4 parts or body components, you will have the opportunity to take it right out and test it off-road…something you can’t say for wintertime car work!
If you are looking for some easy ways to modify or upgrade your off-road rig this summer, here are a few ideas to get you thinking!
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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!
Let’s face it, when you’re out on the trail, bright … Read More
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.
Get it serviced
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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
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
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
Off-roading with your truck will show you what your vehicle is really capable of – after all, most trucks weren’t just meant to haul the kids back and forth from soccer camp! But before you bring your truck out into the wilderness, you may have to install a lift kit. Why? If your truck is placed too low to the ground, hitting that rough terrain with your truck will spell instant disaster (and an armload in repairs!).
Buying a lift kit for your truck is a great idea if you want to take your truck off road, but before you purchase any old kit, make sure to read this guide first. Otherwise, you could wind up wasting money, or buying … Read More
It would be nice if you could be the best jacked up fourwheeler on the road, wouldn’t it? But we all have this thing called a budget that makes it hard to buy the most expensive rig out there. We get it. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of 4X4 vehicles that are still outrageous, but won’t bust your bank. Check it out!
Vintage Jeep Cherokee: while the newer models are more expensive (and dare we say not as rugged?) as the older models, the older Cherokees have a lot of appeal. If you look for something like the XJ series you’ll still find a lot of guts for the price. Plus there are a lot of different model … Read More