4x4 education

Shocks and You

Posted on 2/7/12 10:56 AM in 4x4 education

If you want to learn more about the different shock types and designs that are out there check out this article Dennis Wood wrote.

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Lockers

Posted on 9/28/10 1:48 AM in 4x4 education

Lockers are devices that keep your wheels spinning even if you are losing traction. In most vehicles, when one tire begins to spin (lose traction), all of the power goes to making that tire spin to regain traction. A locker sends an equal distribution of power to both wheels on an axle.

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Tires

Posted on 9/28/10 1:47 AM in 4x4 education

Just as the right kind of tire is needed for snow, so is the right kind of tire needed for off-road performance. You want a tire that will grip onto slick rock and pull you through the most extreme obstacles. Choosing the right kind of tire and right size for your vehicle
is key to your off road performance.

Many factors play into tire size. The bigger the tire, the more ground clearance you have, but not without risking your center of gravity.

The center of gravity is the center position of balance for a vehicle, or the average location of a vehicle weight. A low center of gravity allows a vehicle to not only side hill well, but increases the angle that a vehicle can climb and descend.

Tire size is also affected by how high off the ground your vehicle is. When a lift kit is installed, you may choose to run a bigger tire size. Suspension also plays a role in which size tires will fit and which will hit. By understanding your whole vehicle- suspension, flex, body,etc.- you can make a good choice in tire size.

Tires

Suspension

Posted on 9/28/10 1:45 AM in 4x4 education

The suspension on your vehicle determines how well your vehicle flexes and moves when you are off-road. Suspensions can be soft or hard and can even lift your vehicle higher off the ground. A good suspension system will improve your off-road performance while maintaining a quality highway ride.

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Low Range

Posted on 9/28/10 1:44 AM in 4x4 education

When riding a mountain bike up a hill it is always easier to gear down, or you will run out of energy. This is the same concept with your vehicle. Low range is implemented to help you gear down and make good use of your engine power to help you over those steep hills, and to save your brakes when going downhill. Low range keeps your tires spinning at a slow pace with lots of power behind it. It can hold your engine back without constantly riding the brakes.

TeraFlex Low Range gear conversion products can increase your low range crawl ratio by as much as 50%, resulting in improved off road control and performance.

Rockcrawling with the TeraLow gives you the advantage of being able to start your engine on very steep inclines without using your clutch and with automatics compression braking is improved when coming down a hill.

The key benefit of TeraLow conversion kits is that they improve gearing for off-roading without sacrificing the high-range gearing for highway driving.

Because TeraLow transfer case conversions are designed to be used in the vehicle

Off Road articles

Posted on 9/28/10 1:27 AM in 4x4 education

 Off Road 101 articles

Lockers

Lockers are devices that keep your wheels spinning even if you are losing traction. In most vehicles, when one tire begins to spin (lose traction), all of the power goes to making that tire spin to regain traction. A locker