What Helps Make an Off-Road Vehicle Unstoppable?

Size might matter in some cases, but it is not as important as you might think when it comes to off-road vehicles. Having the right Houston truck parts installed can make all the difference. However, there are other considerations that play a big part in making an off-road vehicle truly unstoppable. Here is a list of factors that can be critical when you take on tough off-road courses and trails.

  1. Power is great, but without enough ground clearance between your truck's undercarriage and the terrain, your vehicle could sustain severe damage to its underbody. Low ground clearance can also lead to your truck becoming high-centered on obstacles, such as exposed tree roots or rocks. Houston lift kits can help immensely to improve ground clearance.
  2. If you are out for a day of rock-hopping, you need to protect your vehicle's underside with steel skid plates even if you have adequate ground clearance. Various Houston truck accessories, including a transfer case skid plate, a rock slider and a gas transfer skid plate can prevent your vehicle from damage or leaving you stranded. You also want some protection for the oil pan, the differential and the other vulnerable parts beneath your truck.
  3. Off-roading is not geometry, but angles are crucial. The departure angle is the steepest incline that a truck can go down before its rear bumper hits the ground. The highest crest a vehicle can handle before it high-centers is the breakover angle. The approach angle represents the steepest slope your vehicle can climb before the front bumper scrapes or hits the surface. Ground clearance is necessary to increase your approach and departure angles. Plenty of ground clearance and short overhangs will enable you to go over the steeper slopes easily. A short wheelbase permits your truck to maneuver across very sharp rises.
  4. You can maintain stability and improve traction by keeping at least one tire on the ground. A solid axle offers more wheel articulation for off-roading. For a smoother ride while desert racing, you need an independent suspension.
  5. The finest off-road engines have terrific low-end torque that lets you keep momentum. You will not have to wind out your engine if you have good low-end torque and the right gearing.
  6. Gearing increases your engine's torque, which makes climbing over obstacles easier. A low first gear combined with a low range gear will enable you to climb a steep hill without applying the gas. If you have larger tires, you need low gearing and a low-range transfer case.
  7. You must have all terrain tires with thick sidewalls, deep tread and the proper rubber for off-roading. Do not even try using regular street tires. Reduce the air pressure just a bit to get maximum contact with the surface.
  8. Locking differentials guarantee that the wheel with the most traction receives the most power.
  9. A high-mounted air intake will prevent damage to the connecting rods by not allowing water to be sucked into your engine. Your driving technique will also play a role in preventing hydrolock.
  10. Solid axles are more robust than an independent suspension, and strong parts are what you need. You can take on high-stress courses with heavy-duty components, such as motor mounts, shocks and tie rods. It is also advisable to have a robust transmission cooler and radiator.
  11. You will almost certainly get stuck sooner or later. To free yourself, you need tow points in the front and rear. Never use a chain to tow your vehicle. Be sure to use nylon tow rope.
  12. Lighter, smaller trucks are more nimble. Their parts will also experience less stress while off-roading. 
  • Posted on   06/24/16 at 06:29:52 PM   by biz  | 
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