Offroad Modifications on a Budget
Going offroad can be an adventure and if you’re reading this post, chances are you already know how fun it can be. Even though there are a plethora of aftermarket parts and 4×4 accessories available, you don’t always need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to be able to bring your vehicle offroad. In a previous blog post, we talked about some necessary aftermarket upgrades for the hardcore enthusiast (and there are a lot of them), but if you’re on a budget you may only need a few items. With these three aftermarket parts, you can prepare yourself for almost any terrain, all while keeping your wallet happy.
We have mentioned before that tires are one of the best pieces of offroad equipment you can buy, and we still stand true to this notion. Good tires are very important to a proper offroad experience, so don’t go with the cheapest option. A decent set of tires will be priced in the $1000 range, but it is well worth the investment. Do your research on which tires are best suited for your vehicle. If you are driving your car on the street, it is beneficial to buy tires that are suitable for off and on-road use to prolong the life of the tread and to save you money.
2) Lift Kit
Depending on the terrain, a lift kit can be an essential upgrade. If your 4×4 just needs some additional ground clearance, a body lift may be the only thing needed and it’s more affordable than a suspension lift. This will allow your vehicle to accommodate larger tires and give the frame more room to pass over rocks and other obstacles.
If you are planning on driving on more challenging terrain, a suspension lift may be a better option. A suspension lift replaces your factory springs and shocks as well as everything else on the vehicle that helps with new height alignment. It will give your 4×4 significantly more clearance and will handle better than a standard body lift.
A winch can help get you out of tricky situations and is a great aftermarket accessory, especially if you are going on the trail alone. If for any reason your vehicle gets stuck, tie off to a tree or other large fixed object and with the winch, pull yourself out. It’s extremely useful for areas with a lot of mud, deep water or sand. Keep in mind that you will also need an aftermarket bumper to mount the winch on.
Purchasing tires, suspension, a winch and a new bumper will run you about $2500-$3000. If you decide to purchase used truck parts, you might be able to save an additional $500 or so. With these upgrades, you will be ready to tackle almost any terrain. Feel free to stop by the shop and see what we have in stock!