The Benefit of A Vinyl Wrap For Your Off-Road Vehicle

You have spent years building your off-roading vehicle and are ready to finally make it stand out amongst the rest of the 4×4 vehicles out on the trails. So what is one way you can not only set your vehicle apart from the rest but also help to protect the original paint? A vinyl wrap for your off-roading truck or SUV may just be the right thing for you!

What Is A Vinyl Wrap?

We reached out to St.Augustine Vehicle Wraps, one of Florida’s best vinyl wrap services. While Florida tends to be more known for Miami nightlife and Disney World, it also offers some pretty great off-roading trails. Dirt Bikes, ATV’s and off-roading trucks and SUV’s are all some of the off-roading enthusiasts you can find gracing Florida’s 4×4 terrain. No matter the type of off-roading vehicle you drive a vinyl wrap is like a giant vinyl decal that covers the surface of your ride. Not only does it offer you the choice of adding custom graphics, different finishes, think matte or gloss, a vinyl wrap also helps to protect your vehicle’s existing paint. It makes vehicle cleaning and maintenance even easier, and a vinyl wrap is 100% removable and will never damage the underlying paint when removed by an experienced professional.

Vinyl Wrap Durability For Off-Road Vehicles

While a vehicle vinyl wrap is pretty durable, you have to remember that off-roading conditions are often extreme compared to the conditions found on city roads. That being said if you are doing some seriously treacherous driving you may also want to consider some type of vehicle protection like paint protection film or a ceramic coating. This will help to add a little more protection to not only your vinyl wrap but your vehicle too.  However, before we get ahead of ourselves, back to vinyl wraps. One of the great things about a vinyl wrap for your off-roading vehicle is that not only will it stand out on the trails it will also look great when it crosses over to street use. You can finally showcase the true personality of your off-roading vehicle by adding the colors & graphics you envision. 

One thing that Kevin with St. Augustine Vehicle Wraps wanted to stress importance of is that the installation & printing of your vinyl wrap graphics is extremely important. When looking for a vehicle vinyl wrap service you may be tempted to go with the cheaper option. But remember you get what you pay for, The quality and lifespan of your vehicle wrap greatly depend on the experience & skill level of the vinyl wrap technician. And should you want to have your vinyl wrap removed it is extremely important as we mentioned before that you seek the services of a qualified vinyl wrap professional. 

 

Best Off-Roading Trails In The Winter

If you are an off-roading enthusiast like myself, you probably love the change of seasons and what it means for off-roading trails! There is just something about seeing beautiful 4 wheeling terrain covered in snow, offering a new adventure to be had. Most of us tend to visit our favorite trails in the winter because 1. We know them well and probably feel comfortable with winter conditions and 2. Because the trails are probably closer to home. But what about the best of the best when it comes to winter off-roading trails? Well, we have compiled a list of some of the best off-roading spots during the winter season!

Best Off-Roading Winter Terrain

Lake Tahoe, California 

Besides the fact that you have access to the Rubicon Trail, which is one of the most challenging off-roading trails in the U.S., you will also see one of the heaviest snowfalls. While this can make conditions a little treacherous in the winter, the adventure to be had and sights to be seen will make it all worth it. In all seriousness, this might be an adventure for the advanced off-roaders out there.

St. George, Utah 

Utah seems to have a lot of the best stuff when it comes to winter sports. In St. George, you will find The Mojave National Reserve which offers over 140 miles of snowcovered mountain roads. Lower regions may not have quite as much snow, but either way, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air. 

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

This mountain range is sisters with the Great Rockies. Boasting over a thousand off-roading trails and numerous campsites for the avid off-roader it is a winter wonderland worth exploring! With lots of snowfall, the area is also packed with cross-country skiers and snowmobiling enthusiasts. Lots of wildlife can be seen and views beyond breathtaking.

Wasilla, Alaska

The great thing about off-roading here is that you are close enough to the city of Anchorage where everything is going on, yet out far enough you can enjoy the wilderness around you. It is also home to the Iditarod champions so you just might see dogs running the trails or even the starting point of the Great Race!

There are numerous off-roading trails that can be explored in the winter. Before choosing which trail you would like to adventure to, make sure that your choices are within your skill level. While it’s always great to grow your off-roading skills, during the winter with a lot of snow & ice it is better to stick with what you know and feel comfortable with.

The Best Off-Roading Tires

When it comes to off-roading tire preference has a lot to do with the driver as an individual, but most importantly what it can bring to your ride and your drive! That being said, with all the phenomenal tires out there on the market, what are some of the best for off-roading & driving on the pavement?

Best Tires For Your Off-Roading Vehicle

Interco Super Swamper TSL/Bogger Tire – These are some truly aggressive mud tires and are great for some serious off-roading in mud, dirt, sand, and on other loose surfaces. They are street legal and crossover to pavement pretty well, providing a stabilized ride. But they do tend to wear down quickly when used as an everyday tire, so these might be best for strictly off-road vehicles.

BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 All-Season Radial Tire – These tires offer solid off-road traction while still providing pavement stability. They are one of the most common tires among off-road enthusiasts and are known for their versatility. If you’re looking to hit up some seriously treacherous trails these might not be the tire for you. They work best for easy-moderate trails.

Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC Radial Tire – These are some serious tires for serious off-roaders. They provide GREAT traction and also sport broad contact patches so that they may not be the best but they definitely work for rock crawling.

Dick Cepek Extreme Country Tire – These tires have a great tread pattern for off-roading traction but they still work well for street/pavement use. And they have a great price point for what they bring to the table or your ride that is.

These are some of our favorite tires and brands, but like we said before it is based on the individual and their vehicle as well. Whatever tires you may choose, just make sure that they will work well for the types of trails you will be taking most frequently. Taking care of your tires is one very important part of vehicle maintenance.

 

Paint Protection Film For Your 4X4 Vehicle-Is It Worth It?

Off-roading, 4-wheeling, rambling, they are all known terms for taking your 4X4 vehicle off the normally paved roads and instead down some truly awesome trails. These trails can be super rugged or just minimally so, either way,  your vehicle is going to take some sort of beating. From flying rocks to mineral deposits, UV rays, branches, and other road debris all these elements pose potential hazards to the body of your vehicle. While off-roaders understand the risks and damages that can be involved in some serious off-roading adventures, we also can assert that we want our vehicles to stay in the best shape as possible while looking clean and ready to take on the next trail. 

With today’s technology and digital capabilities protecting your vehicle and keeping it looking fresh is actually possible with paint protection film. While many will argue if it is really worth getting a PPF on your 4×4 vehicle when you know you will be exposing it to the elements directly. But our guys at SS Customs break down why paint protection film is a great way to protect your 4×4 vehicle and the benefits it really has to offer.

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Jeep Off Roading Vehicles

One of the biggest names in off-roading is Jeep. Originally spawned from the Willys MB in WWII. The Jeep brand continued to grow after the war and today Jeep is flourishing as the biggest off-road brand in the world thanks to its continuous innovations and classic styling. Here are all the models that they produce today.

Jeep Wrangler ~ When someone asks you what a Jeep looks like, they will probably refer to this car. The classic boxy shape of the Wrangler hasn’t changed much over Jeep’s 75-year history. And while the new-age Wrangler is updated with technology, at its base it is still a small, off-road focused SUV that you can take the doors, roof, and front window off of. For those that are looking for more of a family SUV, you may not like the lack of storage space or seats. But if you want a modern vehicle that can also dominate the trails, the Jeep Wrangler is the perfect option. In fact, it won Motor Trend’s 2019 SUV of the year award

Jeep Compass ~  If you aren’t familiar with your Jeeps, you would consider this as the same as a Cherokee. But in actuality, this Jeep differs just slightly as it is a compact SUV. It is only 10 inches shorter and 3 inches less in width than the Cherokee, but still offers great off-road capabilities. For those looking for a more traditional SUV styling in a smaller package, this Jeep is perfect. 

Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee ~  This is the more traditional SUV from Jeep. But that doesn’t mean it can’t off-road as well. While most modern SUV’s will say they can go off-road, once they get into real off-roading, their vehicles won’t be able to handle it. The normal Cherokee is a mid-size SUV while the Grand Cherokee is a full-size SUV. The Grand Cherokee even has the Jeep Trackhawk, where they put a Dodge Hellcat motor into it giving it a 0-60 in only 3 seconds!

Jeep Gladiator ~  Many people have been taking old Wranglers and forming mini beds out of them for decades, and many have wanted either a Wrangler with a bed or a Jeep truck for just as long. What many consider as the most anticipated car of 2019, the Jeep Gladiator is not just a Wrangler with a bed, it has redesigned the concept of a truck. Just like the Wrangler, the doors, roof, and front window all come off. And it even keeps the boxy styling of the Wrangler that many people admire about Jeeps. And of course, it keeps the same off-road prowess with multiple locking differentials and other off-road technologies.

Jeep Renegade ~ This car is designed to entice new buyers into the Jeep Brand. With many fancy colors and all base prices under $30,000, this is the Jeep new buyers will be heavily looking into. This is a subcompact SUV that is the perfect combo between a city car and an off-road machine. 

Rally & Baja Races

4-wheel-racingWhen you hear of rallying you think of people climbing rocks at a turtles pace or people digging through ruts full of mud, but in reality off road racing comes in all various shapes. There is a race for any amateur or professional to get involved in. However, be aware that off-road racing causes extreme amounts of concentration and driving skills as the driver has to deal with obstacles, road conditions, and weather conditions that the a regular road racer may never have to concern themselves with. If you are willing to take the plunge, then there is no doubt you will have loads of fun wether just viewing or driving in these races.

  • SCORE International BAJA races- Since 1967 the Baja series of races have shown the most prestigious off-road racers that the world has to offer. This famous series of races takes place in Ensenada, Mexico in the state of Baja California. While these events host professionals these races are available for anyone to race. You can race dirt bikes, ATV’s, trophy trucks, or automobiles. These races are separated into the San Felipe 250, the Baja 400, 500, and 1000. All off-road-racesraces are a single loop race and the number corresponds approximately to how long the race is. However, the Baja 1000 can be a straight line race from Ensenada to La Paz if you desire. For anyone who wants not only to meet and watch the greatest in the racing game but also potentially race your vehicle there yourself this is the place to go. Events are held between April through November so if you want to go you better schedule early so nothing ruins your once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • Rally Racing- For those of you who can’t wait to race in the Baja races or want to start of smaller don’t be dismayed! There are many other opportunities through the various rally organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The professional organizations include the World Rally Championship (WRC) and Rally America although there are certainly others. They focus on car racing and offer exciting up close views that you can’t get at any other racing event. WRC is apart of the infamous Group B racing, a group in the 1980s that was so insane that it had to be shut down to do multiple crashes, driver and spectator deaths. For those4x4-racing of you who would rather race their cars than watch people race there are plenty of racing schools and amateur events to learn the art of rally racing. You can go to a rally school at the Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire to learn on their cars. Then you can race with either the SCCA or NASA rally sport. Either one will give you a great start to your rally pastime so you can experience some of what it’s like to be a race car driver.

There are so many races when it comes to the four wheeling world as well as plenty of fun and exhilarating events to enjoy just being a spectator at. Check out the  local events hosted in your area and join the four wheeling racing world.

Best 4×4 Trails To Be Explored

There is often few better things in life than getting into your custom built 4×4 vehicle and setting 4x4-trailsout to travel some awesome 4×4 terrain.  Whether it’s just a day trip or a trip worthy of a few days the adventure and beauty that can be found are hard to beat! Looking to plan one of these peic four-wheeling trips in the near future? Check out our list of some of the best terrain to visit, we are sure you won’t be disappointed.

Best 4×4 Terrain

  • Mojave Rd, Arizona/California- This 140 mile trail starts in Bullhead City, Az and finishes in Newberry Springs, California. Those traveling can usually plan for a 2-3 day trip chalk full of historical landmarks and a lot of desert terrain. Expect to see landmarks such as the Colorado River, Joshua Tree Forest, Rock Springs, Soda Lake and Government Monument. Definitely terrain worth exploring!
  • Alpine Loop, Colorado- This 63 mile trail can be found about 5 hours Southwest of Denver. It passes through the San Juan Mountains and has some of the most beautiful vistas and scenery out there on 4×4 terrain. The trail boasts 12,000 ft passes & 7 ghost towns. During the winter months many portions of the trail are closed for safety measures so be sure to take that into account should you be planning a trip!
  • Dalton Highway, Alaska- This is one of the more rugged and daunting 4×4 trails to be traveled.  It runs 414 miles from Yukon River to Purdhoe Bay and is full of grizzly bears and a lot of rocky terrain.  It is suggested should you decide to explore this trail that you are well stocked with supplies like food, extra fuel, good tires, and a CB radio.  You can tune the radio to channel 19 where you will be on the same frequency as Dalton truckers. This trail is suggested for those that are self sustaining and a bit more experienced when it comes to 4×4 terrain.
  • Magruder Road Corridor, Idaho/MontanaSteep and winding this 117 mile trail is pften prone to snow storms at any time. It begins in Elk City, Idaho and finishes in Darby, Montana. It takes about 2 days, however, many are often hesitant to travel the trail because of the gruesome story behind it’s name. In 1863 Lloyd Magruder and his traveling party were found murdered along the trail! If you can get past that bit of creepiness it is a breathtaking trail to be explored.
  • White-Rim-Trail-UtahWhite Rim Trail, Utah- This AMAZING trail can be found in Canyonlands National Park and is 100 miles long.  It generally takes about 2 days to travel and is full of beautiful sites to me seen. Think buttes, vistas, towers, sandstone arches and Indian ruins along with the Green and Colorado rivers!

There are so many different 4×4 terrains to explore throughout the U.S., all holding an abundace of beauty and adventure!  These are some of our favorites, however should you be planning a 4×4 trip explore all of the mazing trails out there and enjoy yourself!  Always air on the side of precaution and safety and make sure you set out fully equipped with supplies and some knowledge of the trail and what to expect!

 

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