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 mountains of Colorado are no strangers to heavy snowfall: between October and April those fluffy white flakes are fair game and can sometimes keep even seasoned off-roaders stuck inside. But if you willing to play it safe, winter can be a great time to explore the 4×4 trails in the area and can offer a totally different perspective and different set of challenges for you to conquer. If you’ve never snow-wheeled before, be extra sure to follow these tips and chat with a mechanic at your Fort Collins auto repair shop before making the trip out. You may also want to research some used truck parts that can help you withstand the weather without draining your bank account–components take … Read More
Real Coloradans are used to the crazy weather that this state can throw our way; it’ll be sunny and dry one minute and blowing snow the next. Even the off-road shops here are outfitted with a different set of 4×4 parts and accessories to help drivers cope with the mercurial conditions. As we officially settle into mid-winter, it can be tempting to carry on with your usual road handling despite the potentially dangerous conditions. But beware: most accidents during inclement weather are caused by overconfidence on the part of the driver. Feeling invincible, or placing too much trust in your truck’s technologies, can seriously undermine what should be a sensible and safe approach to the Colorado roads.
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In Part 1, we discussed the top three tire options for your off road rig, but we only included big national brands; the ones that you can buy from nearly any service center in the country. But this next set of recommendations makes its way to you from the world of extreme custom-made off-road parts with plenty of big-name patrons to back it up. For those who have the budget and inclination, an entire world of aggressively sculpted, intensely tested, monster-treaded rubber is out there waiting to conquer any and all terrain.
If you fancy yourself in the extreme outdoor sporting category, and have the truck or buggy to prove it, consider slapping down some cash for a set … Read More
It’s been a long day. You’ve traversed the unbeaten paths since dawn to find the perfect forest trail. Eaten beef jerky out of a plastic bag. Lost cell service twice. Weaved your vehicle through switchbacks, mud traps, and crossed a river, and now you find yourself facing a rocky outcropping of the most beautiful-but-tough boulders you’ve ever laid eyes on. As if the heavens had emptied their bag of giant granite marbles directly in your path, scattered them about like a sadistic obstacle course. And you’re not sure if your 4-wheel parts can even handle the traverse, especially your tires.
You’ve recently upgraded your suspension, added an even bigger lift, replaced your filters, and threw in a handful of shiny … Read More
Yes, a big ol’ lifted rig looks pretty rugged, but are looks everything? Well, to some, yes. Many see the epitome of offroading in a big lifted truck or Jeep. And who doesn’t think, “Wow!” when they pass by that big, muddy truck with the 4-wheel parts in a parking lot? But really, the look is such a small part of why lifting a truck is important.
And is there more to it than raising it up and putting on a gigantic set of tires? You should probably know what you’re getting into before you even loosen one lug nut. Let’s look at why we lift in the first place before we begin buying offroad parts to get the job … Read More
Summer is just around the corner and with all of this warm weather coming up, it’s time to prep those 4 wheel parts and get your offroad vehicle in tip-top shape. Fortunately there are steps you can take to prepare your vehicle to run its best and extend the life.
The best preventative care you can do to your vehicle is to bring it in to your local Fort Collins Auto Shop, 4×4 Offroad Network or any other trust-worthy mechanic if you’re not in the Northern Colorado area. They will diagnose your vehicle and give recommendations on what’s best for it. Before going into any shop though, it’s a good idea to have general knowledge on what maintenance is best … Read More
Those who are looking to get the most out of their offroad experience should learn about the components of their vehicle, so they can know which parts will benefit them most to upgrade and maintain. It’s a good idea for any offroad enthusiast to know the in and outs of the auto parts that run their vehicle, and one of the most important components to a proper 4×4 is the transfer case. The transfer case is one of the most important pieces to operating the 4 wheel drive system, and this article will give a description as to how it works in a 4×4 vehicle, and why it is an important component to making an offroad vehicle work properly.
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It’s summertime and you’re traveling offroad in your 4×4, climbing rocks, crawling through mud and flexing your suspension seeing how far you can push your rig. You’re on a backcountry road with little to no traffic; you have the whole world to yourself! But then around the next corner, a questionable patch of mud blocks your path leaving you with the dilemma of whether to cross it, or find another way around. The friend who occupies your passenger seat insists that you go through it, yet you don’t know if it’s manageable. After continuing pestering you decide to shut him up by accepting the challenge. After all, you have a 4wheel drive beast, so nothing can stop your right? You … Read More
Increasing the longevity of your 4×4 or other vehicle can take a little attention and care, but if you put the necessary time into taking care of it you will save time, money and increase the durability of your rig. We’ve covered some auto repair tips before, but these new additions will help make your life easier and promote a “healthy” vehicle.
Before handing your vehicle over to your auto service center, make sure they give you a detailed, written estimate of the repairs they anticipate performing. If there is an issue with your vehicle you are unaware about, make sure before you pay a mechanic for repairs they explain to you what needs to be done, why it … Read More