Summer is officially upon us and it’s finally time to dust off our off-road vehicles and hit the trails! Whether this is your first time taking your ride out or your 87th, the following tips for off-roading this summer can help you have the most fun while remaining safe and taking care of your off-road truck, SUV or Jeep. In this article, you’ll find tips for how to handle the different types of terrain you may come up against this summer, such as sand and mud along with St.George off-road parts that you will need before you head out on all of your summer off-roading adventures.Read more
Whether you’ve owned your truck for a decade or have just become the proud new owner of a truck, if it’s your first time off-roading with your rig there are some things you need to do or rather check off your list, before you hit the trails less traveled. You may be wondering, if you really need to modify your truck to make it off-road ready and the simple answer is maybe. Depending on what type of truck you’re starting out with and what type of outdoor adventure suits your fancy, will determine the additional upgrades and St. George off-road truck parts you need. For example, if you just plan on taking a meandering journey through a relatively flat trail with minimal inclines, a.k.a easy, a good set of tires is probably the only off-road accessory you’ll need to add. However, if you plan on taking your ride up treacherous terrain and heart-dropping heights to seek stellar views and really see what your off-road vehicle and you are made of, you’ll want to add a few additional mods to your truck. This article offers information on the basic modifications you can add to your truck using St. George off-road truck accessories that won’t empty your pocket, as well as upgrades that can turn your straightforward pick up into a showstopping, trail-blazing machine.Read more
So you’ve done it. You went out and finally bought your very first Jeep. Congratulations!
Now that the hard part’s over, you may want to start (or have been) thinking about various off-road parts that you can outfit your Jeep with in order to make it a “machine” out on the open trails. Whether it’s the latest model right off the lot or a used model, we’ll help you discover what off-road accessories in St. George will help you to get the most out of your Jeep. Let’s take a look!
St. George Off-Road Accessories for Your Jeep
If you’re a first time Jeep owner, you may feel overwhelmed navigating the big wide world of Jeeps. Many first time owners can get caught up in buying all the gadgets and gizmos you just “have to have”. That’s not what the following list of off-road accessories is about. While we do want to make sure that your Jeep is souped up enough for the toughest trails and maybe even causes a few heads to turn when you drive it around the city, we also don’t think you should have to spend every last dime on your Jeep. This cohesive list, provides just the essentials for making off-road trail blazing even more exciting.
Adding a lift kit to your Jeep, is really the first step in modifying your Jeep so that it’s off-road ready. Depending on your desired style and lift, you can choose from 2.5” and up to 6.5” lift kits at our off-road accessory store in St. George. One of our favorite brands of lift kits for off-road vehicles is Rough Country. Rough Country lift kits allow you to run larger tires on your Jeep or Truck and offer a tougher look to any vehicle. Their quality performance at a fair price is just one of the reasons we are proud to offer these lift kits. Addition brands we offer include, Mopar, BDS Suspension, Pro Comp Suspension, Rubicon Express, Rancho Suspension, TeraFlex, and Skyjacker Suspension. If you’re not sure what lift kit will offer the proper clearance for the tires you want to “jack” up your ride or which type of lift kit will suit your style, one of our experts will help you in this process when you stop in at Red Desert Off-Road.
Though your Jeep may already come with both front and rear bumpers, you’re going to want to invest in some sturdier bumpers. The sad plastic, factory bumpers aren’t really good for anything, except for looks-which are mediocre at best. Once you’ve purchased your Jeep you’ll want to find some heavy duty bumpers from your local St. George off-road accessory store. Adding higher quality, durable bumpers to your new Jeep will protect you from potential collisions and the rough off-road terrain. Red Desert offers an online Interactive Garage, so that you can see how the bumpers will look on your Jeep. We offer the following bumper brands for Jeeps:
- Addictive Desert Designs
- Fab Fours (Full Metal Jacket, Vengeance, Lifestyle)
- Hanson Offroad
- Poison Spyder (Brawler Lite, Brawler MID)
- Pure Jeep
- Rough Country
More often than not, if our customers are planning on taking their ride off-roading they want the tires that are going to be able to perform in some questionable situations (mud, sand, loose gravel, etc.). No matter if you’re in the market for 17” tires or 22” inch tires, it’s important to know what your end game is for your Jeep. If you plan on using your new ride as both a daily driver and off-road excursion wagon, you’ll want a less aggressive, street legal tire. If you plan on only using your Jeep as an off-road juggernaut, go for the more aggressive mud and off-road tires. An expert at our off-road accessory store in St. George can help you decide on the right set of tires and wheels if you’re ever unsure.
If you’re planning on adding bigger tires to your Jeep, which is usually a must, Fender Flares will allow for even bigger tires, even with a lift kit. In order to accommodate the bigger tires, the fenders must be raised. Fender Flares are a both stylistically appealing and practical off-road accessory for your Jeep. We offer Fender Flares from Bushwacker, which offers a full line of fender flares. If you’re concerned about tire clearance you’ll want to go with flat style flares from Bushwacker. We also carry flares from Lund, Mopar, Poison Spyder Customs, Smittybilt, and Xenon.
Off-Road LED Lighting
Even though the difference between factory lighting is night and day-literally, this is a mod that few people think to change, simply because they don’t know any better. However, once you see the difference between LED (Light Emitting Diodes) you’ll never go back to the dim lights that came with your Jeep. In addition to both the high and low beam being twice as powerful as factory lights, LED lights use only about half of the amp draw! Having lights that work this effectively is vital when off-roading on unknown terrain in the dark with the only other lights being stars. At our St. George off-road accessory store we offer LED Grill Mounts, Head Lights, Taillights, as well as Grill, Hood, and Windshield mounted LED lights. You can find more information about the brands and additional sizes and styles we carry, here.
Few things are worse than off-roading in the middle of nowhere only to have your fuel tank gouged out by some mutant boulder. For this reason, we couldn’t exclude Undercarriage protection. Even if you’ve outfiited your beloved Jeep with a 6.5” lift kit, you may still need the additional protection. This is one St. George off-road accessory that is always worth it. We carry a variety of undercarriage protection from both Mopar and Rancho Suspension which include everything from Differential Covers, Front Control Arm Skids, to Oil Pan Protection covers.
Last on our list of essential off-road accessories, but definitely not least, is a Winch. Winches are the off-roaders best friend and have been know to pull countless off-road vehicles out of “sticky” situations. One of the best winch systems that we carry at our St. George off-road accessory store is the Zeon system by Warn. We also carry durable winch systems from Rough Country, Mopar and Smittybilt.
If you’ve just purchased a Jeep or have had yours for awhile, come to our St. George store to find the essential off-roading accessories for your Jeep and more! Our expertly trained staff can help you pick out the most beneficial accessories for you and your needs.
Off-roading in the winter is an entertaining and much needed distraction, especially if you suffer from “cabin-fever”. As a St. George off-road accessory store, we want to give our loyal customers what they want this winter. Below you’ll find all you need for off-roading this winter, from winter off-road accessories, tips and techniques, and even the best destinations to traverse this winter (like the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree that you don’t want to miss).
Off-Road Accessories For Winter
Tis’ the season to really show what your off-road vehicle is made of. Many 4x4s shine during the winter, but that doesn’t mean truck and jeep owners don’t want to soup up their ride even more! The following off-road parts will make driving your outfit, whether for work or play, a lot more fun:
- Winter or Snow Tires – If you plan on trekking through deep and/or packed snow with your off-road vehicle one of the most essential and maybe more obvious off-road accessories, are snow or winter tires. Snow tires are designed with treads that are perfect for the snow and provide better traction and overall vehicle control during the colder months. Snow tires are created with a stickier and softer rubber compound than regular tires, meaning they are not meant to be driven on dry roads as they will wear down more quickly. Snow tires come in many different sizes and styles, with some brands being more expensive than others. In addition to snow tires, it’s a good idea to always bring along a set of snow chains, just in case.
- Winch – When your off-road rig is armed with a winch you can tackle anything winter roads throw at you. These off-road parts in St. George are perfect for when you find yourself in a jam or need to help out your fellow off-roader. And technology and advances in the auto industry have made winches more durable than ever. You don’t want to explore unknown territories without this handy off-road accessory.
- Snow Plow – For the diehards, a snow plow is one of the best off-road accessories you can equip your vehicle with. In today’s market there are many affordable snow plows that can be fitted to your 4×4. Come see what Red Desert off-road accessory store in St. George has in stock, we even install all of our off-road accessories.
- Off-Road Lights – In winter out west, the days are shorter and it gets darker faster, so make sure you’re always prepared. In the dark terrain of off-road trails, superior off-road lighting can be the difference between you staying on the trail or not. Off-road lighting offered by Red Desert also allow you to see the path in front of you in all types of extreme weather.
- Winter Covers – No matter what type of off-road vehicle your driving, you need to “cover-up” during winter. For trucks tonneau covers are the best option and Red Desert offers a multitude of various types in different material, depending on your truck’s make and model and your preference. For Jeeps, a hard cover is your best bet when choosing a quality hard top to cover Jeep. This will help to keep the snow out and make it easier to keep the interior warm in freezing temperatures.
- Safety Gear – According to FourWheeler Network, putting together a safety/survival kit is easy. Your should include the following, plus anything else you feel is necessary for your safety and survival, “A basic kit should include: a first aid kit, a blanket, a signal mirror, candles, nylon cord, glowsticks, sunblock, lip balm, a whistle, protein bars or MREs, matches, a flashlight, water, a change of clothes, and flares. Other items that should already be in a well-equipped 4×4 are a GPS, a cell phone, a CB radio, a windshield scraper, a tarp, a ham radio (license required), and jumper cables. It’s also worth spending the additional money for a quality first aid kit-a few cheap Band-Aids and a couple aspirin just don’t cut it.”
Techniques For Off-Roading in Winter
When your driving through snow or on ice, there are some various techniques that can get you out of precarious situations. The following information is basic and was gathered from an article directed towards off-roading enthusiasts who are driving 4×4, by DrivingFast.net. These techniques will allow you to enjoy your off-road adventures this winter, without getting stuck (too much):
- High Range is for cruising, Low Range is for control.
- When driving on winter roads, use a higher gear than normal for even more traction.
- Raise the suspension if necessary to avoid grounding down into deep snow.
- Engage drift locks on slippery roads
- Keep your speed down, no need for high-speed driving on winter roads.
- Keep traction control systems on unless they become a hindrance.
- Pay attention to weather forecasts and be prepared for winter storms by packing the right winter off-road truck accessories and safety gear.
- Always leave additional room for braking.
Winter Off-Roading Destinations
There are many destinations for the off-roading enthusiast to enjoy during the winter. One of them being the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree held in Hurricane, Utah (2 hours from Las Vegas). This event showcases world-class rock crawling, alongside spectacular views of Pine Valley Mountain, Zion National Park and more! Online registration for the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree ends January 2, 2019. Sign up or learn more about it here.
Other destinations you may want to checkout this season include:
- Big Horns Mountain, Wyoming – A sister range to the Great Rockies, Big Horns Mountain is located in central Wyoming. During the winter, this range is covered in a thick layer of snow, which is perfect for winter recreational sports. Make sure you have an off-road vehicle with high clearance for this drive.
- Rubicon Trail – Noted as one of the most challenging off-road trails in America, the Rubicon trail which can be accessed via Lake Tahoe, also has some of the heaviest snowfall in the Nation. Tourists and residents alike enjoy winter sports in this area, however the challenging Rubicon Trail can be treacherous for anyone without a four wheel drive off-road vehicle.
- White Mountains, New Hampshire – If you plan on heading back east this winter, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are part of the Appalachian Chain and cover almost a quarter of the state. During the winter months, this mountain range, specifically Mt. Washington has some of the most severe weather in the country. But for off-roaders, the severe weather this mountain range boasts is part of the appeal.
- Wasilla, Alaska – If you want an experience you’ll never forget this season, head up to Wasilla, Alaska. Wasilla is home to Iditarod champions and you can follow the trails as you wish. Plus, you’re close enough to Anchorage to enjoy the city life, while still being able to charter unknown territory out in the wilderness of Alaska.
If you need to get your rig outfitted for your next winter adventure, stop by our off-road accessory store in St. George. We have exactly what you need to hit the open road.
Jeeps have become increasingly popular in recent years with the growing interest in outdoor activity participation. This is especially true in regions like the North West United States, in Alaska, or even regions of Canada. When you are out in the wilderness or a cold tundra or climbing in mountainous areas you and your jeep need to be ready for any obstacles you may find yourselves facing.