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How to Find Budget-Friendly Off-Road Upgrades

One of the things we at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive like most about living in Moab, Utah are off-road trails that offer limitless opportunities for rock crawling adventure. To conquer these trails, you need to equip your four-wheeler with the necessary upgrades and modifications to make it off-road worthy.

Most people think that you have to break the bank to get the best off-road upgrades for your truck or other four wheel drive but that’s not the case.

When it comes to modifying 4x4 vehicles, the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive mechanics love low-buck stuff that produces results. Why go for an expensive upgrade when an inexpensive one can not only solve the problem but also give you an edge out on the trail?

Priorities When Shopping for Low-cost Upgrades

As you search for pocket-friendly upgrades for your vehicle, maximized performance shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind. You also need to consider:

  • The make of your 4x4- after all,, good dune buggy mods might not be suitable for a side-by-side and vice versa.

  • Cost- both to acquire the parts plus maintenance and repair costs.

  • Durability, capability and usability of the upgrade- why pay less only to keep replacing the part?

  • How will it affect your four wheel’s horsepower, fuel economy etc.?

Low-buck 4x4 Modifications

Here are some of the best ways to upgrade your Jeep or other 4x4s’ performance without spending a fortune:

  • ECU Tuning.

This is probably the easiest way to get more power out of your vehicle’s engine. Installing a chip in your four wheel’s electronic control system or getting a software update can help you boost horsepower, torque and other capabilities to enhance your off-roading experience without seriously damaging your wallet.

  • Swap out your intake and exhaust.

Upgrades to the exhaust and intake system don’t cost a whole lot and will still go a long way towards improving your engine’s efficiency. A better intake system will supply more air to the combustion chambers, giving you improved throttle response for rock crawling while an upgraded exhaust will increase your fuel efficiency. Your vehicle will sound a lot better too.

  • Get a suspension lift and the best wheels and tires you can buy.

The simplest way to ensure your off-roading machine gets over the numerous obstacles on the trail is by giving it more clearance. Generally, lift kits include everything you’ll need to complete their installation so you don’t have to purchase several items separately. While you’re increasing the lift, fit your 4x4 with a decent set of all-terrain tires to help it grip loose surfaces better and also don’t forget to upgrade the wheels.

Don’t let the lack of a big budget stop you from going on off-road adventures. Come talk to Dixie 4 Wheel Drive today and we’ll help you modify and upgrade your four-wheeler to optimize your off-road experience.


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