To the outdoor enthusiast, it’s no wonder that the Boulder area is talked about with such reverence. The jagged outline of the Flatirons, the winding canyons, and the rugged forests are enough to knock the wind out of your lungs. Sometimes literally. The off-road recreation is no exception. Just be sure to take your vehicle to a certified 4×4 mechanic for a tune up before heading off to explore these trails!
Middle Saint Vrain
- Skill Level: Challenging
- Trail Length: 8.4 miles
- Nearest Town: Nederland
- Elevation: 8,600 to 9,800 feet
If you’re looking to challenge your off-road skills while catching some serious views, consider heading to the Middle Saint Vrain and Coney Creek trails. Deep-water crossings and … Read More
Building or maintaining the perfect off-road vehicle can take time. The process often involves selecting aftermarket parts to make the drive-train, chassis, and tires meet the needs of Colorado’s most rugged terrain. Thankfully, finding your auto parts in Fort Collins is a snap at the 4×4 Off-Road Network, with top-of-the-line 4×4 parts and a reliable auto shop. Fort Collins can be your headquarters for taking your off-roading dreams to the next level.
Used or Aftermarket? – Designing Your Off-Road Experience
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Your truck or SUV might feature four-wheel-drive, but is it ready for off-roading? Probably not. There are a number of enhancements you can make to your vehicle to get it ready for … 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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Adding on a winch to your off-road vehicle is one of the best 4×4 accessories money can buy. It’s extremely useful for getting your 4×4 out of mud, sand or anywhere else your vehicle can be stuck, and they’re not ridiculously expensive. Once you’ve installed a winch onto your vehicle, it’s important to know how to use it properly. Before using the winch, make sure it’s properly mounted onto the front of your aftermarket bumper. If you don’t know how to install aftermarket parts correctly, visit your local 4×4 mechanic.
Step 1: Safety
Safety is a very important element here. Thick wired cable and tension can be a deadly combination, so make sure to take the necessary steps to have … Read More
We’ve all seen it or experienced it – clouded, hazy headlights that look downright hideous on your offroad vehicle. The yellow, foggy build-up on your headlights is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, air pollution, moisture, dirt and other environmental contaminants. Fortunately, this gunk on your headlights is usually on the exterior and can be removed with a few simple materials and steps. If you follow these simple steps, you can remove all of the haze and get your headlights to shine bright in no time, and you don’t need a boatload of auto parts to get the job done.
- The first step is to wash your headlights thoroughly with a degreasing agent such as a professional lens cleaning
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As all auto enthusiasts know, taking care of your vehicle is one of the best investments you can make. Regular maintenance at your 4×4 mechanic and auto service center can help extend the life of your vehicle and eventually save you money in the long run.
One of the best investments you can make in your vehicle upkeep is to take care of the paint. As offroad enthusiasts our vehicles are constantly getting mud and dirt caked onto the paint. If not washed regularly, the dirt can eat away at the clear coat eventually causing it to peel, ruin the paint and rust. With that said, the best way to keep care of your paint is to wash your vehicle … Read More
In the 1980’s and early 90’s many drivers took part in the “Buy American” movement that was sweeping the nation. In a response to the growing popularity of import cars, many Americans feared that if they didn’t take action and bought domestic vehicles, the market might plummet. While there are still many consumers who are devoted to solely buying American-made cars, trucks, off-road vehicles and other methods of transportation, many of them are getting older and a new generation of drivers are hitting the streets.
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The 16-32 age group, also known as the “millennials” have been reported that a large majority don’t share the same “Buy American” mentality that older generations have. A survey released … Read More
Offroad Preparation: What you need
Taking your vehicle offroad can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. Driving off the pavement with your 4×4 can open a whole new window of opportunities including seeing beautiful scenery, accessing remote fishing spots, experiencing some epic rock crawling or camping in the backcountry. However if you’re not properly prepared for the adventure that lies ahead, your offroad experience can easily hit a nasty bump in the road – pun intended.
The first item to check off on your 4×4 preparation is to visit your local offroad shop for a full 4×4 service. Talk to the 4×4 mechanic on duty and inform him/her of where you are planning on going and what … Read More