Trucks and 4×4’s are famous for their on-road as well as off-road capabilities and robust underbody. Although most 4x4s are accomplished from the showroom, you can improve yours and add to it endless outdoor capability. It’s okay to get overwhelmed by the various options for underbody protection. But we are going to guide you through the process.
Protect the underbody
Probably the most adventurous drive you’ve gone to thus far is a huge open field or a beautiful sandy beach. Your vehicle has got so much potential, and you need to handle the underbody before you can explore this potential. For most 4x4s, the lowest contact points are the differential covers. If you don’t do anything about them, you will feel them take the brunt of a jagged rock that you might not see in time to swerve around.
The best thing to do is to replace the factory differential covers with heavier gauge alternatives that are built for all kinds of terrains. This will help your vehicle navigate through all sorts of obstacles with very minimal damage. It’s also advisable to replace thin bash plates with stronger and thicker alternatives for added underbody protection.
Get bigger tires
Boosting your ground clearance goes a long way in clearing your vehicle’s underbody from damage. But the tires which came with your car will only keep the axles at the same height they came in. The surest way to boost your underbody’s protection is to go big on the tires. This way, you will be elevating your vehicle’s height therein increasing the ground clearance. Bigger tires also allow you to handle larger obstacles without damaging your car. This comes in especially handy when off-roading or when driving in rugged terrains.
Customized supporting modifications
Once you have your underbody and tires in check, the next step is to get customized supporting changes that will vary with the terrain you are going to be handling. For example, if you are planning to go for a drive that involves water crossing, then you’ll want to install a snorkel to help elevate air inflow so your engine doesn’t get any water that can lead to further damage.
You can also consider adding steel bumpers that make for easier clearance while boosting protection at the same time. To get a better understanding of the modifications you are going to need, get in touch with a trusted car specialist and talk about your underbody protection options.