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Trax & Trails, Cornwall & Devon 4x4 Driving Days, Training Courses and 4x4 Lessons

Trax & Trails, Cornwall & Devon 4x4 Driving Days, Training Courses and 4x4 Lessons

Preparing Your Off-Road Truck Before Trailing

If you have a 4x4 vehicle, it can be used for mudding and driving on unpaved roads or tracks with some degree of success. To do this, you should customise your wheels to ensure the best off-roading experience and performance possible. Modifications can vary from small changes to major alterations, which can almost make it into a completely different machine. The type of terrain you will be trailing can also affect the way you prepare your automobile. To give you useful insights to deal with these situations, here are some tips on setting up before driving.

  1. Lifting Your Truck
  2. This will increase your clearance to the ground and allow you to go through much deeper mud holes without getting the undercarriage of your vehicle being damaged or stuck in a difficult obstacle.

  3. Using Off-Road Tyres on Your Automobile
  4. The size of the rubber you select will depend on how high a lift you put on your machine. The higher your ride is, the bigger the hoops you can use to run through obstacles without scrubbing. A larger and wider tyre will give your 4x4 more gripping power on the surface.

  5. Installing a Winch
  6. Going for this modification will allow your 4-wheel drive vehicle to extract itself if it becomes stuck during your trail. It also allows you to physically pull it through challenging obstacles if you need an added push to get through a mud hole.

  7. Upgrading Your Engine's Cooling System
  8. Mud trails put a lot of pressure on this component, of which function is very essential to the overall performance of your machine. To ensure that you will avoid problems related to this, you may want to install a larger aftermarket radiator.

  9. Waterproofing Your 4x4 Truck

In doing this, it is best that you use the expertise of a mechanic or bring your machine to a designated shop. The modifications will include waterproofing your drivetrain and snorkelling your intake manifold to decrease the possibility of your four-wheel drive vehicle being damaged by water or mud submersion.

With all these things in mind, you can be well-prepared in venturing into this adrenaline-pumping activity. Just be sure to take proper precautions to avoid possible problems.

Shirley & Paul Bruna, Trax and Trails, South Alston, Stoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8LX. Tel. 01579 370718
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