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The Ultimate Off-Roading Guide

September 25, 2020

Today we will be going through all of the ins and outs of off-roading and what you will need for a successful off-roading rig. 

 

Picking the Right Tire

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A tire is a huge expense in your off-road build, so you want to be sure to get the right ones. Your safety is also a huge factor when picking up a tire, so it is incredibly important to do your research and make sure you find the right one. The first thing you will need to know is the type of terrain you plan to drive on. Is it snow, sand, mud, rocks, boulders, etc? You want to be absolutely sure that you are getting the most traction possible. The first type of tire that we will talk about is the all-terrain tire. These have a tread design with interlocking treads that will provide good traction in snow, ice, and on the pavement. These are generally a lower cost tire and are perfect for the daily driver but not necessarily for driving off-road.

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Up next is the mud-terrain tire. If you tend to be off-road more than on-road then this is the tire for you. Mud tires have an aggressive tread pattern and a really great grip on almost any off-road terrain. They have very tough sidewalls and will absorb any impact. They will cost you a little more than an all-terrain tire though, and they will lose their tread faster because they are made of a softer compound. If you do end up driving them on the road they will make some road noise too. If you are looking for something in between an all-terrain and a mud tire, maybe you go off-road a lot but you also need to drive your off-road rig on-road a lot, go for a hybrid tire. All in all, the best tire for strictly off-roading will be a mud tire, but just be sure that it is the right choice for you. Our most popular picks are the Federal Couragia MT, the Nitto Ridge Grappler, and the Kenda Klever R/T.

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Picking the Right Wheel

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Now that we know a little about the right tire for you, its time to find the perfect wheel. This will be a fun part of your build, you are going to want to find a wheel that will look great with the overall design of your rig. However, the more important thing to note is the practicality of the wheel. You are going to need a strong wheel that can withstand the beating you will inevitably put it through off-road. Steel and forged alloy wheels will be the strongest wheel options. Another feature that is ideal for an offroading rig wheel will be having beadlocks on the wheel. This will clamp the tire bead to the wheel and prevent the tire from coming off. When you air down your tires to gain the most traction you risk breaking the bead seal and deflating the tire or pulling it off. Beadlocks will prevent that from happening. As far as cost goes, a steel wheel will be the most cost-effective wheel option for your off-road rig. Once again just make sure you pick the best option for you. Our most popular wheels are the Method MR305, the Method MR701, and the Fuel Vapor D560. 

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Choosing the Best Suspension

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When looking for a suspension kit we recommend a suspension lift. Also, be sure to look for a complete kit, it is important that you find a high-quality kit. Like always off-roading can get crazy, it can get dangerous, and a lot of parts can break so we want to avoid that if possible. A suspension lift will give you more ground clearance, which is great for things like rock crawling or driving over hills etc. This will allow you to get over these inconsistent spots. A suspension lift will also help to absorb a lot of the bumps and the energy coming off of the terrain as you drive over it making for a less bumpy and jarring ride. This will create a smoother and safer ride for you. A good amount of lift for all types of off-roading seems to be about a 3-inch lift. The higher the lift, the more clearance that you have, but be aware that a lift will affect your mpg, the way your rig handles, and the aging process of the rig. Our most popular suspension lifts are by Zone, Rough Country, and SUPERLIFT

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Necessary Accessories

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Like we have been saying this whole time, safety is #1. We want you to have fun, but please be safe. Accessories can help you to stay safe when going offroading. You will want recovery gear for the possibility of a dangerous situation. You don't want to get stuck or stranded. You'll want armor and protection to protect your rig. Bumpers, big brakes, upgraded lighting, rock sliders, a skid plate, a winch, and more will help you to have the best looking and most well equipped off-roading rig. 

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Off-Roading Tips

Here are some of our top tips for a safe off-road trip:

  • Lower your tire pressure
  • Check the weather
  • Know when to stop
  • Never go alone
  • Get high-quality products
  • Be prepared for an emergency
  • Use the lowest gear available while driving
  • Know your ground clearance
  • Be smart and safe
  • Have fun!