Although we’ve enjoyed an unseasonably warm autumn this year, we all know that snow and cold are inevitable here in Colorado. But that doesn’t mean that you have to stay off the trails if you don’t want to. There are plenty of off road adventures to be had during the winter, you just need to do a little extra preparation before heading out. Especially in the high country, deep snow drifts, blowing wind, and below-freezing temps can put a lot of stress on both you and your vehicle.
After you get your rig a proper tune-up from your favorite Fort Collins mechanic, you should check your gear stash to make sure you have these seven essential items.
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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
When Mercedes introduced the G500 4×4 at the Geneva Motor Show, the company told press that the vehicle would only go into production if there was enough interest. Well, there’s been more than a bit of interest in this new model, so Mercedes has decided to put the vehicle into production officially. In case you missed the G500 announcement, here’s what you can look forward to with the newest Mercedes 4X4 option.
The G500 Details
With the G500, Mercedes is offering an 18-inch ground clearance, which is more than twice the clearance of the precious G500 version. Mercedes didn’t change the G-Class’ current suspension and steering mounting options, though, but that’s a good thing. The G-Class already has some of … Read More
The term ‘CUV’ has been tossed around a lot lately, and some people are even using this term interchangeably. But, there’s a fundamental difference between a SUV and CUV, and knowing this difference will help you decide which type of car to buy.
A SUV is closer to an off-road vehicle. SUVs tend to have a two-speed transfer option, and come with four-wheel drive. There are no shortage of SUVs on the market, though some are better built for off-roading than others. You’ll want to look for an option that has the most ground clearance if you plan to go off-roading, and some SUVs don’t offer a great ground clearance option. If you are aware that all SUVs … Read More
It’s tough to say goodbye to a truck that you really love. But somewhere down the line you may want to sell that truck, or trade it in for something a bit better or just different. There are some off-road vehicles on the market that really aren’t worth anything when it comes to resale, and some that have an impressive resale value.
Of course, your goal will be to buy the one with the better value while also buying one that you love, right? That’s why we’ve gathered up this list of off-road trucks that also come with a great resale value – take a look!
- Toyota Tundra: this bad boy is popular with all truck lovers, and it’s
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Just in time to kick off this spring’s off road events, Jeep has unveiled a truly unique concept car that has already attracted quite a following. Building on the platform of the Jeep Cherokee Chief that was popular in the 70’s, this new vehicle is not only high on style, but boasts some seriously gnarly truck parts as well. It hearkens back to the good old days when peace, love, and adventure were all around, and tugs a bit on our heartstrings in a nostalgic way.
Crafted just for the upcoming 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT, the Chief is already turning heads of the old and young alike with its massive tires, bold retro blue paint job, … Read More
If we could all agree on one thing that is true of Colorado, it would be that we have some of the most variable weather in the nation. One day it’s sunny and 60 degrees, and it will dump 6 inches of freezing snow the next. But the locals know how to cope: dress in layers, always be prepared, and take good care of the vehicle that gets you around! Regardless of the time of year, 4×4 service centers are busy helping us keep our trucks in tip-top shape, no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.
Most of us are comfortable with the basics of all-weather car care: the best snow scrapers, the right wax to use, even a … Read More
Car show season is well underway, the red carpets already sporting the marks of several well-loved events. This year has already played host to unprecedented technological and stylistic advancements, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season will bring. Simply ask any mechanic in Fort Collins — you’ll be sure to find one whose eyes will light up just talking about the newest 4×4 parts and trucks that have hit the auto shows already.
Many of the major car manufacturers have cranked up the bass this year on their off-road-capable vehicles, squeezing even more muscle into the trucks and SUVs that have their sights set on the mountain trails. American staples like Ford and Jeep have … Read More
While much remains in common with off-road vehicles, there is still much debate about the exact combination of specs that creates an ideal one. Some enthusiasts have incredibly strong opinions on the matter, citing the ruggedness of the 4-wheel parts nestled away under the hoods of their own make and model. Others will go even further, scoffing at the notion of taking a luxury car out on the trail, in all its heated leather seated glory. The debate begs the question: do the SUVs in the “luxury” class really have the off road parts it takes to play with the big boys?
It depends on who you ask. Many trail runners are loyal to certain brands with a legacy of … Read More
The frigid snow and ice have already settled in, and many people are rushing to prepare their cars for a long hard winter. Most savvy drivers have a checklist already in their heads about how to prepare their truck parts for this time of year; fluids, snow tires, and wiper blades are usually near the top of the winterizing wish list. But there’s so much more that should be addressed before hitting the roads, whether those roads are in the mountains or in the cities.
While it’s smart and safe to replace fluids and check the heating systems, our car exteriors are typically forgotten about; many of us taking for granted the sturdy frame and clean undercarriage that surrounds us … Read More