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FAQ

When it comes to spending time in the great outdoors, there may be nothing more exhilarating than darting around the wild off-roads in your 4×4. Whether it’s sandy dunes, rocky climbs, or cutting through rivers, there is nothing a properly prepared driver and 4×4 cannot do.

As 4×4 lovers ourselves, we have plenty of experience off-roading ourselves, as well as experience derived from helping others prepare their 4×4 for adventure with custom builds, modifications, and upgrades. Because of this, we also have a lot of answers for those questions that may be keeping you – and your 4×4 – from fully enjoying the life of off-roading.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about off-roading and 4×4 life:

How do I prepare my 4×4 vehicle for off-roading?

Making sure that your 4×4 for trail-ready is a very important step before you head off on an adventure. Having your 4×4 fully serviced (including tires rotated and aligned) is a great place to start. You may also want to make sure that your battery is secured, and all of your fluids are topped off.

What upgrades or modifications are recommended to prepare my 4×4 for off-roading?

The vast majority of 4x4s are ready to head off on an off-roading adventure as is. However, there are a few upgrades and modifications that can be done (depending on the make and model of your rig) to make your experience even better. Some of the most base-level modifications that can drastically improve your off-roading include upgrading your 4×4’s lift kit and suspension to allow for more ground clearance. You may also want to consider larger tires to get a better grip on any surface, as well as some off-roading specific lights. Upgraded brakes and shocks can also help boost your off-roading experiences.

What are the different off-roading terrains I will encounter?

Naturally, the types of terrain you will encounter depends on when and where you go off-roading. However, the main types of trails and paths you can tackle with your 4×4 include powering over sandy dunes, dominating rocky terrain, playing in the mud, or even getting wet cutting through rivers and streams. As long as your 4×4 is upgraded and modified properly, you will have no issues facing any kind of terrain.

How do I handle rock crawls and other obstacles?

The process of tackling a massive boulder in your 4×4 is known as crawling, and it is aptly named. Contrary to what many may think, the process of crawling is not about speed and power, but truly comes down to navigation and skilled manoeuvring. One of the best ways to handle boulders is to drop down into a low gear (low range four-wheel drive) and let the 4×4 slowly crawl over the boulder – using very, very little throttle. If you are in a manual rig, you can let out the clutch which will allow the vehicle to crawl in the same way. Making sure your 4×4 is properly equipped with skid plates, rock guards, and other protective gear can help make this process even easier – and less hazardous to your 4×4.

What are some common off-roading accidents, or issues?

Part of what makes off-roading, so thrilling is that there is an element of danger. While this can provide an adrenaline rush that helps you have a great time and feel a sense of adventure. Because of this, safety is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to 4×4 modifications and upgrades. Some of the most likely incidents and issues that can arise during off-roading include broken axles, flat tires, blocked or damaged air filters, broken glass, and (of course) getting stuck or tipping over.

Warranty

  • Beast Off-Road Drive part warranties will always rely on part manufacturer warranty specifications.
  • Any vehicle issues relating to a Beast Off-Road service warranty must be taken to a Beast Off-Road auto shop or the warranty will be void.
  • Parts purchased through the Beast Off-Road sales and service desk will address the warranty through direct manufacturer.
  • Beast Off-Road is not liable for parts NOT purchased through the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive sales and service desk. If you provide a pre-purchased part for your service you will be solely responsible to address any potential part failure warranties through the manufacturer directly.
  • Beast Off-Road will warranty direct installation failures and cover direct labour costs.
  • Service labour will NOT be covered if issue is caused by a manufacturer part failure.

Recommended Off Road Service Intervals

  • Oil Change – 3k Miles (6k Synthetic) Diff Oil – 30k
  • Rotate And Balance – 6k (All Terrain) 3k (Mud Terrain)
  • Alignment – 6k Or Every 3 Off Road Trips
  • Off Road Inspection – Semi Annually Depending On Use
  • Transmission Oil – 30k
  • Air Filter – 15k

Off-Roading Safety Checklist

When it comes to enjoying your 4×4 on an off-roading adventure, the world is your oyster. There is almost no terrain that cannot be conquered with the proper 4×4 modifications and upgrades. However, the one thing that remains true no matter where you are enjoying your off-roading is that safety is first and foremost.

Making sure that your 4×4 is safe and prepared for an off-roading adventure is vital. The following is a safety checklist so that you can make sure that every aspect of your 4×4 is prepared for the road (or sand dune, river, rocky range, etc.) ahead:

Tires
When it comes to off-roading you will want to make sure that your tires are in good condition, otherwise you may be in trouble.

Air Pressure
Make sure that your tires have the correct amount of air pressure (the front and rear tires should be inflated the same amount.) A failure to maintain proper tire air pressure could result in your 4×4 pulling.

Tire condition
Beat up tires are no good. Check for slices, gouges, or other damage that could lead to air leaks.

Wheels
Making sure that the axle nuts on the wheels are tight is important before you go rocketing over rough terrain. You can make sure they are secure by using cotter pins.

Controls, Cables, etc.
Before taking off on an off-road adventure, make sure that you are aware of where all of the controls for your 4×4 are. Make sure that you are able to reach them quickly, and with intent. You should also check your throttle to make sure that it moves smoothly in any handle position – after all, off-roading can be very hard on these parts of the 4×4. Making sure that your brakes and foot shifters are both at peak health is important, as well.

Lights and other Electronics
One of the downsides to off-roading is the wear and tear it can have on your 4×4. Notably, your Jeep or trucks lights and electronics can be susceptible to being jarred loose, or detaching. It is a good call to check the condition of your ignition switch before heading out (make sure it is in proper working order.) As well, you may want to check your engine stop switch. Headlights, taillights, and brake lights should all be checked before hitting the dunes, as well. These lights can easily be knocked loose or broken during rides, so checking them after the adventure is smart, too.

Oil and Fuel
One of the last things you want to happen while enjoying a day of off-road adventuring is running out of fuel while you’re in the middle of some unruly terrain. So, it is vital to make sure you check your fuel levels before every ride, as well as making sure you know the fuel range of your 4×4. While you are checking the fuel levels, you should also keep an eye on your 4×4’s oil levels before an outing. Checking your fuel and oil lines for leaks or signs of damage on a regular basis is a good safety procedure to get used to. And, because of the conditions you put your 4×4 through, keeping an eye on the air filter is wise. Making sure you are always riding with a clean air filter can help insure a smooth ride.

Chain and Drive Shaft
Your 4×4’s chain is its main – and vital – link connecting the engine and the wheels. As such, it is imperative that you keep this chain well lubricated. Checking and lubricating the chain regularly will help keep your 4×4 in top-shape. However, if your 4×4 has a drive shaft instead of a chain you will need to inspect it to make sure that the shaft does not have oil leaks, and that it has proper oil levels (these levels are different between rides, so make sure to reference your owner’s manual for specifics.)

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