Custom 4X4 Specialist Mechanic Projects

Part of the fun of owning a 4×4 is being able to tinker with it. You can enhance, modify or upgrade nearly all parts of your vehicle to bring it as close to the ride of your dreams as possible. You’ll need a specialized off-road shop with the passion, tools, expertise and experience to see your vision and bring it to life.

Here at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we pride ourselves on being the biggest off-road enthusiasts and gearheads this side of Moab, Utah. We have worked on lots of custom 4×4 builds over the years and we know which upgrades suit different 4 wheel makes or models and we understand which mods will help you perform well on diverse off-road trails and terrains.

While you can comfortably handle some 4×4 repairs at home, custom mods and upgrades are different. Projects of this magnitude require seasoned professionals, like us, who know their way around different gadgets and aftermarket parts. We’re happy to help you choose the right products to modify your vehicle for better 4×4 performance and safer, sturdier off-roading.

Before embarking on your custom 4×4 modification project, you first need to consider the following:

  • The make and model of your off-roader. Four wheelers are not all equal and modifications that work on a jeep might not be suitable for a truck or SUV.

  • What do you plan on using your rig for?  A 4×4 that spends most of its time on smooth tarmac and highways doesn’t require the same upgrades as one that’s driven hard over unforgiving terrain.

  • How much are you willing to spend? Seeing as there are hundreds of performance parts and equipment in the market, your budget plays a part in determining which ones will go on your vehicle.

Custom 4×4 Specialist Project Modification Options

Once you’ve figured out the points above, it’s time to get to the specifics of your modification project i.e. what you want to achieve. The 3 most common reasons to bring in your vehicle for modification include:

  • Boosting your vehicle’s off-road prowess

  • Enhancing both you and your ride’s protection

  • Increasing your 4x4s aesthetic appeal

Sometimes, your goal might be to achieve all 3 at once. Keep in mind that different components and procedures have to be applied to produce the desired effect.

Modifications And Upgrades To Improve 4×4 Vehicle Performance

Most 4 wheel drive owners are constantly looking for different ways to dramatically increase their vehicles’ off-roading capability and usability. You want a vehicle that’s light enough to blaze over the trails but also sturdy enough to take whatever you throw at it.

The suspension is usually the first upgrade made when building an off-road vehicle. A higher lift gives you adequate ground clearance to make technical maneuvers over challenging terrain. Modifying your suspension also means changing out your shocks, springs and track bars.

You can also give your ride more oomph by switching to meatier tires, robust wheels, installing locking differentials for better traction and modifying the vehicle’s ECU to really unlock it’s potential. Also, don’t forget to fit improved lighting for better nighttime visibility.

Other performance-enhancing mods include:

  • An upgraded braking system

  • Modified air intake and exhaust systems

Exterior Parts and Body Armor Modifications To 4X4’s

If your aim is to enhance you and your vehicle’s protection, your best bet is to modify and upgrade its exterior parts or to fit it with some armor. There are all sorts of aftermarket parts available to help you achieve this.

Fixing front and rear bumpers, grill guards and bull bars, gives your 4×4 protection from thick undergrowth, low-hanging branches and boulders as you go tearing through those off-road trails. They can also provide handy mounting points for spotlights, whip flags, aerials or winches. Plus let’s face it, modified trucks and SUVs just look more badass sporting a set of bull bars.

You might also want a skid plate to protect your differentials, transfer case, oil pan, fuel tanks and other important components on your vehicle’s undercarriage from being shredded as you go rock crawling.

To protect the sides of your 4×4 from sustaining unsightly scratches and damage on the trail, consider adding some rock sliders. These also double up as steps to help you get in and out of your vehicle if it sits high above the ground.

Other great 4×4 body mods include:

  • Roll cages- especially if you have a UTV or dune buggy

  • Fender flares

  • Mud flaps

  • Hood latches

  • A winch

  • Modified doors

  • Roof racks

Custom Interior Upgrades To Have On Your Off Road Vehicle

Your custom 4×4 modification project wouldn’t be complete without tricking out your vehicle’s interior. If your budget allows it, install some aftermarket suspension seats to give you extra comfort and cushioning as you explore bumpy routes. Your safety is also paramount so don’t forget to add a 4 or 5 point harness to prevent you and your passengers from being thrown whenever you hit sharp bumps or come to an abrupt stop.

Add a bit of flash and style to your rig by getting a fully customized interior compete with bespoke upholstery and custom floor liners topped with chrome and billet components on the dash panel and a custom-made steering wheel.

Don’t forget these other interior upgrades:

  • Sun visors

  • Grab handles

  • Entry guards

  • Side and rear view mirrors

  • Audio system- radio, stereo, speakers etc.

Expert Modification for Your Side-by-Side (SXS, UTV & ROV)

As a premier off-road shop in Utah, we have the aftermarket upgrades to take your UTV from ordinary to extreme. We pride ourselves on meeting all our clients’ expectations and the custom builds we’ve done attest to our expertise and workmanship. So contact us today or pay us a visit and let’s get started on your dream build.