Nick Taylor

Explore the Real Colorado with Your Truck

Many of the best places in Colorado are unseen from the miles of rolling blacktop. In order to visit, you’ll need the right equipment. If you’re thinking about turning your SUV, Jeep, or truck into more than just a great hauling snow plow, then you’ll need the right 4×4 parts. Truck parts should always be installed by a professional, and feature guaranteed service that can ensure that you’ll be ready to tackle any trail. The aftermarket 4×4 parts available at the 4×4 Off Road Network include dozens of the top brands to boost your vehicles trail performance.

Conquering the Mountain – Ins and Outs of Colorado 4-wheeling

There are several trails that you’ll find from Fort Collins after a short trip up the Poudre Canyon. Many of these areas are managed by the U.S. Forest Service and come furnished with advisories and regulations regarding what types of vehicles are suitable. The Seven Mile Trail and the Swamp Creek Cutoff are just a short drive away and feature fairly easy to navigate trails. These can be great for beginners. These trails give the novice 4-wheeler a chance to experience stream- crossings, mud, and wet rocky roads. In addition to terrific scenery, you will also find unique features that include an abandoned mine shaft.

To conquer parts of this trail, your average 4×4 truck will suffice, but you will need a high clearance for some of the terrain. Your first step might be to install lifts that allow your truck to move freely over uneven ground and rocks. You may also want to install a skid plate to protect the undercarriage and make sure that your trip in will allow for a trip out. Another fairly easy trail is just a little further into the mountains at Old Flowers Road. This trail features a high degree of muddy track, and you may want to consider installing flexible radial mud tires.

Gaining a Little Confidence

As you begin to feel like you’re ready to tackle some of the more difficult trails in Colorado, there are some other truck parts you may want to consider installing. For instance, Moody Hill and Crystal Mountain feature trails that grow increasing more impassable as you go along.

Rocky trails and deep ruts may take better wheel articulation than your standard road-ready vehicle can offer. You might consider installing a limited slip differential to help your vehicle navigate out of tough situations.

As the road gets a little more difficult to traverse, the suspension of your vehicle also becomes more important. To get the most from the way your truck handles, you may want to install an independent suspension system that allow the tires to handle uneven road in ways that challenge solid axle vehicles. Coil and leaf sprung systems may offer the most advanced handling system available.

Now You’re the King of the Mountain

Expert trails are harder to find and require a high level of experience and skill, as well as the right off road equipment. Your paths – which might include trails like the Kelly Flats, about two hours outside of Fort Collins – will inevitably feature steep inclines and sharp downhill slopes, as well as tight curves, streams, and deep muddy ravines. The right amount of torque is crucial to conquer these trails and few factory vehicles are equipped to handle these challenges. Installing a low-range gearing system allows you to offer more torque when you need it to avoid getting stuck.

There are a number of skills that you’ll need to conquer some of Colorado’s toughest trails. Certain areas may even need to be inspected by foot first to make sure there are no unexpected obstacles. You’ll also need experience in order to traverse slopes using the engine to reduce speed rather than the brakes. Your low gearing and gentle engine revving can also keep you from getting stuck in deep pockets of mud or unexpected deep snow on your trail.

Preparing for the Worst

Even the best 4-wheelers get stuck sometimes. Traveling the riskiest trails always increases the chances that you will need to be rescued, or find a way to rescue yourself. The right 4×4 parts should always be accompanied by the right recovery parts, including lift jacks, snatch ropes, winches and pulley blocks. A winch can be a great way to get unstuck when there’s no one else around, but caution should always be used in unstable situations.

At the very minimum, beginners should always make sure they carry chains, cables, and rope so that another vehicle can get them out of trouble. When you install your aftermarket 4×4 parts, make sure that you have the right type of recovery points fitted on the front end of your vehicle. With a little help, you can often find yourself back on the trail again in no time.

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