As a leading Morganton, NC car dealership, we get a lot of different drivers here in our showroom, some of which have a desire to take their vehicles off the beaten path. At John Greene Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, we know all the ins and outs of off-roading and can help you design your dream off-road trekker.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need the power, utility, and versatility of a Jeep SUV or pickup to enjoy off-road adventuring. Alternatively, you can turn your own SUV or pickup truck into a true adventure vehicle with some key modifications. Of all the car components you should focus on, your tires should come first. You’ll want to scrap standard street tires and opt instead for a set of knobby off-road tires that can trek through dirt, mud, and snow with ease. Off-road tires are also far more durable than your typical street tire and won’t bat an eye when faced with particularly challenging off-road obstacles.

When it comes to hitting the trail, the higher off the ground you are the better. Getting a lift kit for your vehicle and increasing your ground clearance can keep your vehicle’s components raised and out of harm’s way. Protecting these vital components from dirt, debris, and the ground itself can make all the difference in your off-road experience.

Your drivetrain is everything when exploring the great outdoors. While you may find some success with standard two-wheel drive, you’ll more likely find yourself stuck in the mud more than once. Instead, you should invest in four-wheel drive, which doesn’t hesitate when faced with off-road challenges. Vehicles with four-wheel drive give you far greater control of all your wheels than vehicles with two- or even all-wheel drive.

If you’re looking to transform your current vehicle into a dirt-chewing off-road champ, our service and parts team can help. Visit us for more tips on how to prepare your vehicle for all your upcoming adventures!