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    • Jeep Altitude models bring style to the trails

      Most car fanatics are aware of special packages that can be purchased to ensure a new vehicle has everything needed to complete a stellar driving experience. Jeep is the latest brand to get on board with these options, and the automaker recently released information about its future packages - something that should have fans of Jeep salivating. 

      About the Altitude 
      Last year, Jeep gave drivers a voice by letting the masses choose the name for its newest trim package. Fans picked "Altitude," and as a reward, the automaker decided to launch a few customized models that fully take advantage of all that Altitude has to offer. 

      Altitude boasts a few features that should be especially appealing to drivers. The latest models were recently introduced at the Houston Auto Show, and these versions of the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler give motorists the option of investing in an off-road vehicle that has attitude and style as well as strong capabilities. 

      "The unique 'blacked-out' theme of the Jeep Altitude models resonated so well with consumers two years ago that it makes perfect sense to bring them back now, particularly since we have new versions of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee," said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep. "What began as a production-intent concept and naming contest generated significant buzz and evolved into a lineup of special-edition Jeep vehicles that appeal to many consumers - especially those wanting a very distinct, aggressive and edgy look." 

      Although most of the perks associated with the Altitude consist of qualities in the interior of the vehicle, there are a few advantages for off-roading as well. A variety of special features can improve off-road driving, but motorists will have to do some comparing to determine which of the models comes with the amenities that are primed for a specific type of adventures. 

      Going inside upcoming models 
      The new Altitude models will only be available in four colors: black, white, silver and granite. However, those neutral colors set off the many perks of the trim package. These upgraded models come with advanced engines, sleek fixtures and plenty of additional power that can certainly make a difference on the trails. 

      Drivers who invest in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude will be able to reap the benefits of features such as fog-lamp bezels, a rear-step pad, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a platinum chrome grille, wheel flares and more. That is all in addition to the 260 foot-pounds of torque and 290 horsepower. The interior is loaded with amenities like a power liftgate, heated black leather seats, an infotainment touchscreen and even a power sunroof that enables drivers to enjoy all kinds of off-roading weather. 

      The Jeep Cherokee Altitude is also worth a second look. Available with 4x4 capabilities, this SUV can tow up to 4,500 pounds. It has many of the attractive features that drivers have come to expect from the brand, but it pairs these style cues with traditional capabilities for a well-rounded machine. 

      Jeep modifications will be made easy with the Wrangler Altitude. Set off with a matte black grille, head-lamp rings, glossy bumper appliques, an optional soft top and 18-inch, seven-spoke wheels, this Wrangler is sleek enough to attract attention on the roads while also being rugged enough to handle the demands of off-road driving. Much like the standard Jeep Wrangler, the Altitude version is primed for exploring the wilderness, and as a bonus for drivers, even comes in a Hydro Blue hue in addition to the neutral tones. 

    • Looking back at the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition

      Jeep released many special edition models in the past several months. In fact, there was so many that it was easy for a few to fall through the cracks, including a few models that should be given their fair share of the spotlight. One of those is the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, an off-road vehicle that is sure to please traditionalists who like to embrace the rugged nature of their rides. 

      Offering an array of excellent features that are ideal for off-roading, this vehicle is primed to become a favorite of heavy-duty drivers. 

      About the Moab
      It's impossible to miss the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, largely due to its unique paint color. Whether you're looking at the vehicle in vivid Gecko green or a Rock Lobster red, this automobile demands attention. It may be available in more standard shades like black and white, but with all of the extra benefits available with the Moab, you'll likely want to be noticed. Everything meshes well with the black wheels, fender flares and trim, which accents all paint colors nicely while sticking to the rugged vibe. 

      Although the Moab contains all of the capabilities you've come to expect from Jeep, there are also a few touches that cater the vehicle toward a more high-class crowd. The sleek exterior and extremely comfortable interior are just two of the ways this is accomplished, and with extras like a touchscreen on the center console, there are enough smart advancements to keep all types of drivers interested. 

      What to expect
      Thanks to a few key features, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition is more than capable of handling itself when off-roading. Several Jeep modifications, such as off-road tires, side rock rails and taillight guards, help to protect the vehicle even when it is being pushed to the limit. However, the Moab doesn't require a lot of fiddling before it can hit the trails. Auto Week reported that the edition is relatively customized as is, and with its special design and extra features, drivers won't have to make many changes to ensure their safety while off-road driving. 

      Of course, plenty of modifications can still be made. Installing a lift kit, adding armor, installing a front winch or outfitting the vehicle with similar types of off-road accessories is relatively easy to do. You can choose from two- or four-door models, as well as an optional soft canvas top and a soft top lift. You can also purchase the model with anti-spin rear differential, which will increase security on all kinds of steep slopes or slick terrain. 

      Drawing inspiration from the land
      The name of the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition stems from Moab, Utah. This mountainous region is home to some of the coolest off-roading trails in the U.S., and any vehicle that draws its moniker from the space must be well equipped to live up to it. 

      Much of the Moab area is made up of old mining roads that have since been taken over by 4x4 vehicles. Some of the most challenging courses show off the beauty of the land while also providing plenty of obstacles to overcome - whether it's the solitude, intense rock crawling spots or other trials. Beginners should stick to routes like the Secret Spire and Chicken Corners, while more experienced drivers will enjoy stretches like Pritchett Canyon or Golden Spike. Each of these routes offers a special array of landmarks and challenges, allowing drivers to test their mettle in a unique area. 

    • All-new Jeep Cherokee makes waves on the market

      When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was first introduced to the public, many fans of the brand were left wondering if the vehicle could possibly live up to the expectations set by its predecessors. Now, after a few months on the market, the automobile is proving that it certainly can. Everything from expert reviews to sales figures show that the new Cherokee is a force to be reckoned with, and it is definitely an SUV that is making waves in the world of off-roading. 

      Expert reviews
      Reviews from experts around the auto industry all point to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee being a rousing success. The Detroit Free Press claimed that the vehicle quickly ascended to the top of the ranks of off-road vehicles, largely thanks to its ability to get through everything from mudding courses to steep slopes.

      According to the news source, the Cherokee has capabilities that set it apart from similar SUVs. That could be a major boon for the brand, as few vehicles from any automaker offer a combination of fuel efficiency and everyday driving abilities with off-road power. However, the Jeep Cherokee is definitely one that can compete with peers like the Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4 - and it is proving that in the sales charts as well as on the trails. 

      Current sales
      All of the excellent reviews for the Jeep seem to be having quite an impact, as the sales figures for the 2014 Jeep Cherokees are already quite impressive. According to Reuters, sales of the new vehicle reached 45,415 vehicles in the month of November, which was significantly higher than what was predicted before the month. Chrysler, Jeep's parent company, stated that the 2013 month was the best November since 2007, before the recession hit. In fact, the great numbers posted by the model helped propel Jeep brand sales to a 30 percent growth from month to month, the news source reported. 

      A large part of the Jeep's success has to do with its impressive new design. Although it is a bit different than Jeeps of the past, the new look was something that intrigued many drivers. To top it off, there is still plenty of room to make Jeep modifications, which ensures that even the most extreme drivers are not left out of the loop. 

      "Jeep took a chance by stepping outside of its comfort zone with the aggressive design of the new Cherokee, and so far, the SUV appears to be strongly resonating with buyers," said Brian Duval, general manager of one Jeep dealership. "Not only do Cherokee owners get Jeep's most modern design yet, but they also receive excellent fuel economy without the losing the brand's signature capability." 

      Room to grow
      Although much of the look of the Jeep has changed, the goal of the vehicles has not: Jeep continues to offer some of the best off-roading automobiles on the market. Multiple reviews of the new SUV have mentioned the Cherokee's ability to conquer all kinds of off-road driving, including rock crawling, which makes the car particularly attractive to drivers.

      Added to that is the fact that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee can be had for a relatively low price. The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada named the vehicle as the Best New SUV Under $35,000. That manageable sticker price leaves plenty of room for investments in a Jeep lift kit or making changes to the Jeep suspension - both of which are popular alterations that many drivers want to take care of before they take a vehicle out into the environment.

    • Jeep Wrangler shows off Willys Wheeler Edition

      The Jeep Wrangler hasn't changed much over time, simply because it hasn't needed to. Its classic style and off-roading capabilities have helped make it one of the most desirable vehicles of its kind. Its basic frame has served as the canvas for many unique models and Jeep modifications, and that is part of the reason why the Wrangler spawns tons of special, limited edition vehicles. 

      Any driver who is a fan of the Jeep - and its many special editions - will likely be enthralled by the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. This vehicle comes with an array of special features that sets it apart from the standard Wrangler while also making it a viable option for an off-road vehicle. 

      A look back
      One of the most appealing aspects of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is its throwback style. It was created as a way to honor the very first civilian Jeep, the Willys-Overland CJ-2A, which came onto the scene in 1945. When it first entered the public view, it was renowned for its functional amenities and off-road ability - two characteristics that have been mimicked for the 2014 Willys edition. 

      "The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist's dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s," said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep brand. "This new Jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand." 

      The total package
      At the heart of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is the focus on functionality that was a hallmark of the earliest civilian Jeeps. Drawing inspiration from the Wrangler Sport, the Willys Wheeler Edition boasts rock rails, mud terrain tires and the new Jeep Trail Rated Kit, which includes a tow strap and D-Ring. Its exterior includes a glossy black grille with matching front and rear bumpers. Willys hood decals and high-gloss 17-inch black wheels set off the all-black paint.

      Powering the Jeep is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. That motor can reach 285 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. Drivers can choose from a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Off-road driving is easier with the low-range gear ratio and the Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case. 

      The Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is set to go on sale in early 2014, but it will make its public debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show. 

    • Inside the new Jeep Cherokee lineup

      The off-roading tradition of the Jeep Cherokee is truly unique. Although designs have changed its look and capabilities over the years, it remains one of the most beloved off-road vehicles available. The latest alterations made to the line of automobiles shouldn't change much about this reputation, but they are certainly worth a second look.

      Blending old and new
      When news about the Cherokee's return to the market was initially made, many off-roading enthusiasts were pleased. After all, the iconic brand hadn't been given a makeover in more than a decade, and a resurrection of the brand meant that a lot of attention was going to be paid to the model. To capitalize on this spotlight, Jeep designers wanted to give the new Cherokee a fitting new style. 

      "We wanted a design that has throwbacks to Jeep, but looks forward to the future," Mike Manley, head of the Jeep division of Chrysler Group, told USA Today.

      Some characteristics of the new style include a seven-slot grille, lifted lights and trapezoidal wheel arches, which were inspired by some of the first military Jeeps, according to MLive. 

      Although the style may look different than past Jeeps, it still offers plenty of the abilities that the brand is known for. Additionally, the vehicle includes several "Easter eggs," such as the small outline of a military Jeep from the 1940s fitted on the windshield. Details such as these have only been around since 2010, but many drivers have come to expect them and view the touches as something that shows Jeep is connected to its roots. 

      Not without controversy
      There has been some criticism directed at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Many have said that its new exterior design, which places an emphasis on sleek curves and front-end styling, strays too far from the original Jeep.

      "[We had] to pay homage to Jeep's heritage and visually convey that this is an all-new Jeep, while still communicating legendary best-in-class capability," said Mark Allen, Jeep's chief designer, as quoted by Car and Driver magazine. "... We couldn't make it like a box."

      The Trailhawk 
      While the pros and cons of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee line have been voiced, much of the success of each vehicle will depend on the individual drivers. Fans of off-road driving, for example, will particularly like the 2014 Trailhawk. It's smaller than some of its predecessors, but as one of the four versions of the Jeep Cherokee - along with Sport, Latitude and Limited - it offers plenty of off-road appeal. 

      2014 Cherokee models were tested in the American West, so drivers can be sure that the vehicles are ready to handle whatever gets thrown their way. That capability is only furthered by the four-wheel drive system, which Jeep claims to be one of its best. 

      "To be true to its roots, we needed to make sure it is the best four-wheel drive in its class by far," Jim Morrison, director of Jeep product marketing, told MLive. "I think we're being fair and loyal to the customers, but more important [is the fact that] we're being fair to the nameplate, because if we'd done nothing with that nameplate it would just die over time."

      A Jeep lift kit has been installed to raise the vehicle by 1 inch, adding some additional ground clearance and room for tires. It also comes with three tow hooks: two in the front and one in the rear. Each of those is capable of handling loads of up to 8,250 pounds, according to Car and Driver magazine. Add in wheel flares, skid plates and a few other Jeep modifications, and you have an off-road vehicle that is primed for rock crawling or other forms of recreational driving. 

    • Redesigned Jeeps debut at SEMA

      Jeep has a reputation for being ready to handle any type of off-roading environment, but that doesn't mean all of the brand's vehicles are equal. It's only natural to think that a few of the creations from the automaker are better suited to certain types of driving than others, and that train of thought was underscored at the SEMA Show. There, Jeep unveiled a few new customized concepts that are catered to certain types of off-roading, and the prospect of owning one of these rugged automobiles could be particularly intriguing for fans of intense off-road driving. 

      Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver
      Many drivers may not be familiar with Jeep modifications made to the Cherokee, but if the Trail Carver is any indication, the possibilities are endless - and impressive. Designed for motorists who need to head to the wilderness to get their fill of the great outdoors, this Jeep vehicle is equipped with all of the customized tools adventurous drivers need to attack the trails without sacrificing a sophisticated look on the highway. 

      The Trail Carver started with a Trailhawk 4x4 and a 3.2-liter V-6 engine. It has been outfitted with cold-air intake and a new exhaust system to improve performance out in nature. Off-road tires are also included, ensuring a smoother driving experience, while rock rails protect the shiny outside from too much damage. Drivers will also find a new roof basket, front wind deflector and tow hooks. 

      An exterior covered in "Auburn Pearl" paint ties the whole look together. It's accentuated with a few touches of orange and glossy black to give the vehicle a truly unique vibe, and that style is mirrored on the inside, where Amaretto leather seats have colored leather in the center. Leather wrapping is continued on the dashboard and center console, even touching the wireless smartphone charger Jeep included. 

      Jeep Wrangler Copper Crawler
      If you love to go rock crawling, then the Jeep Wrangler Copper Crawler is for you. While this off-road vehicle is a bit more subdued than the Trail Carver, it still packs in plenty of Jeep modifications that make it a viable option for off-roaders. 

      Based on the two-door 2014 Jeep Wrangler, the Copper Crawler boasts a front and rear bumper, lightweight rock rails and low-weight 17-inch wheels. The Rubicon bumper also has a winch and aero end caps on the front, while the section on the back comes complete with a rocker panel and taillight guards for additional protection from the terrain. Off-roading is easy with the help of the Jeep lift kit, which raises the vehicle 2 inches, as well as a transfer case that is ideal for low-speed rock crawling and a cold-air intake. 

      Like its name suggests, the Copper Crawler comes in an orange-yellow color that is accented by a black front grille and black beadlock tires. The tires even come equipped with copper rings to carry the unique style throughout the entirety of the automobile. Drivers will also notice a black hood decal, black leather seats, grab handles and black door-sill guards, all of which come together to create a look that is both attractive and functional. 

      Mopar accessories
      Both of the aforementioned automobiles utilized Mopar parts to create a unique off-road vehicle. That brand provides auto parts for all Chrysler vehicles, but it is certainly not the only option for drivers. Plenty of car owners who want to make their own modifications can take the project on themselves, purchasing any number of parts and accessories that can help them create the personalized Jeep JK they've always wanted. 

    • Protect weak spots of the Jeep JK with armor

      Jeep has made a name for itself as one of the most rugged brands in the world of off-roading. Its exemplary tradition and reputation may be well deserved, but that doesn't mean there are not areas where the vehicle could use some improvement. 

      Weak points to watch
      Even installing a Jeep lift kit on a machine can't prevent all kinds of damage from striking the bottom of the vehicle. While raising a vehicle can certainly reduce the number of obstacles it comes in contact with, it does not eliminate the threat of harm all together, which makes caring for at-risk areas extremely important.

      One area to watch is the front and rear axles. While these axles are designed to withstand wear and tear of everyday driving and off-roading, there are always unexpected obstacles that may pop up along the way and throw off the alignment. There are also a few spots along the axles that are susceptible to bending, which can cause tires to tilt inward or create gaps at the ball joints, both of which will negatively affect the performance of your Jeep. 

      The axles aren't the only weak points on a Jeep. Owners will also want to protect areas like the gas tank and muffler, which can be easily damaged while off-road driving and run up the cost of auto repair. 

      Why armor? 
      These weak points on a Jeep JK may not seem like much, but damage to these areas may be extremely costly. You could have to replace and install new gear, racking up expenses while also missing out on valuable time on the off-road trails. Instead of wasting time and money on these damages, you can take preemptive action to protect your Jeep from harm. 

      Armor and skid plates typically consist of heavy-duty plate steel that protect the underside of a Jeep. Once these accessories are installed, you can focus all of your attention on enjoying the off-roading experience and conquering any obstacles that get in your way - without worrying about excessive damage to the bottom of your vehicle. 

      Making Jeep modifications like installing skid plates and armor can go a long way toward protecting an off-road vehicle. To cut down on costs and aggravation, consider investing in some Jeep JK armor and get a head start on preventative maintenance and care. 

    • Maintenance tips every driver should follow

      All drivers know they have to follow certain steps to make sure their auto maintenance is on target. Despite the general knowledge many fans of off-roading have regarding vehicle upkeep, things can change when truck or Jeep modifications enter the mix.

      Whether you're an auto expert or beginner, there are a few areas of car maintenance you need to focus on no matter where you are driving. Keeping these matters in mind allows you to care for a vehicle and yourself, and it can certainly pay off in the long run. 

      Pay attention before off-roading
      Sometimes just reaching your off-road driving destination can be half the battle. When you're operating a truck or SUV that's loaded with modifications that make it bigger, stronger and more powerful, you become an immense presence on the roads. While this may be exactly what you want for off-roading, it can cause problems when you're on the pavement driving to reach a destination.

      Maybe you have larger or more significant blind spots thanks to a few alterations or are still getting familiar with the more difficult handling of an altered vehicle - regardless of the issue, you can take steps to recognize the concern ahead of time. Take a few shorter drives on quieter roads before heading to the highway. This allows you time to familiarize yourself with any quirks or recognize areas that will need extra attention later on.  

      Brakes matter
      A vehicle's brakes are designed to create friction that eventually slows down the automobile. However, when you have completed truck mods that ultimately make a machine bigger and stronger, it can wear down the brakes at an increased rate. You don't want to encounter a problem with your brakes when you're in the middle of the wilderness, so it essential you do regular checks of the gear to make sure everything is functioning properly and there are no signals of wear. 

      Additionally, if the brake light appears on your dashboard or you notice things like a delayed response or strange noise emanating from the gears, don't hesitate to check it out. It's much easier - and more affordable - to change brake pads than to repair damage that comes from faulty equipment. 

      Engine systems need maintenance
      You should be providing regular maintenance to the entirety of the engine system. From the oil to the air filter, all areas of the motor should be examined before you head out on intense off-roading experiences. All engine parts will be required to work harder to propel a heavier machine through difficult terrain, and although many models were created with off-road driving in mind, taking steps to extend the life of the motor is a good idea. In particular, keep an eye on the engine coolant. If the motor is working overtime to power your souped-up vehicle, the engine could be feeling the strain, and maintaining the proper coolant can help you avoid overheating. 

      Stick to regular tire checks
      The tires are one of the most important aspects of an off-road vehicle. While there is a good chance you have upgraded yours after installing a lift kit, you still need to perform regular checks of the wheels. Having the right tire pressure is vital, especially if you plan on dune bashing or rock crawling, as these activities place a lot of demand on the tires. You should also make it a point to survey the general wear on the tire surface and tread. The grooves are just another essential aspect of tires, and inspecting yours to verify they are safe can save time, money and aggravation. 

    • Jeep Wrangler Polar is ready for extreme off-roading

      The Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing, and much of the attention has been focused on European automakers and their offerings. Largely consisting of smaller vehicles and innovative new designs, most of the action surrounding the auto show didn't appeal to avid fans of off-road diving - until Jeep stepped into the spotlight. 

      As the American brand unveiled a new option that should have many off-road vehicle lovers salivating, it also launched a new niche of machines that may spawn some other creations in the near future. Before looking too far ahead, however, take a look at some of the facts and features surrounding the automaker's surprise: the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition. 

      Jeep's big reveal
      Jeep is no stranger to the world of off-roading - in fact, as most people know, it's one of the staples of the industry. So although it is not surprising to see the manufacturer create a vehicle designed for off-highway adventures, the timing and niche of the Polar was a bit more shocking. That hasn't dampened the enthusiasm for the machine, however, with many already praising the special-edition Jeep. 

      During the auto show, the Polar was unveiled as a four-door Jeep, but it will also be available as a two-door ride. Drivers will also be able to select their preferred engine from either a 200 PS 2.8-liter Fiat diesel or a 284 PS 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, Auto Evolution reported. These powerful motors allow plenty of flexibility for future owners, who should be able to make certain Jeep modifications without having to worry about the functioning of the vehicle. 

      More about the Polar
      While the hype surrounding the Polar will certainly - and rightfully - revolve around its capabilities, the impressive exterior of the vehicle should not be overlooked. The first thing you're likely to notice is the Hydro Blue paint color, a vibrant shade that is perfectly complemented by pitch-black accents on the front grille and plenty of sleek gear like the 18-inch gloss black wheels. 

      The vehicle is also equipped with many extras that will be extremely useful for off-roading. A limited-slip rear differential is designed to provide top-of-the-line traction on any terrain. With Trac-Lok anti-spin qualities, it should keep the machine functioning in any situation, and it even goes so far as to direct torque to the tire that has the best grip on the ground to improve safety. 

      Well suited for the cold
      With a name like Polar, you know the Jeep is going to be ready to handle the cold. Its capabilities are not just limited to the standard snowfall and freezing temperatures typically found in winter, either. The Polar is a heavy-duty machine ready to handle severe climates and extreme conditions more associated with Arctic tundra than general off-roading sites. 

      On the inside, heated leather seats maximize comfort, and white accents create a unique look. To go along with this revamped appearance, there is a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, Hydro Blue instrument dials and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen. As if that wasn't enough, the Jeep has a Polar badge emblazoned directly on the automobile. You can find it on the front fender flares, where it shows off the coordinates of Vostok in Antarctica, which is more commonly known as the location of the lowest-ever recorded temperature. 

      The Polar may not be for everyone, but it is certainly an interesting look at some of the potential options in the world of off-roading. 

    • An expert weighs in on common mistakes made when installing lift kits

      Lift kits are one of the most common ways to prime a vehicle for off-road driving. For someone new to the world of off-roading, it can be daunting to jump right in and purchase a lift kit, as there are a number of questions that need to be answered to avoid making a costly mistake. 

      To get the inside scoop on some of the most common mistakes made when installing a lift kit, we turned to one of the experts at Rough Country. Keith Lovins has been working within the off-roading industry at Rough Country for almost nine years, and much of his expertise comes from working as a new parts designer and quality manager. Lovins currently works as a technical writer, so he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to making any type of Jeep or truck modifications. 

      Here is what Lovins had to say about some frequent questions or misconceptions that drivers may have on their minds: 

      What tools should a driver have on hand as they start installing a lift kit? 
      There are few things more annoying than starting to install a lift kit, only to find that you don't have the proper tools to complete the job. Not only can this lead to half-completed tasks that keep you off the roads, but trying to finish the installation without the right equipment is unsafe. Lovins recommends all drivers have a floor jack and jack stands, a drill and drill bits, a reciprocating saw, screwdrivers, pry bars, WD-40 and a socket and wrench set in standard sizes of 1/4-inch through 1-inch. 

      Will installing a lift kit prevent drivers from making other modifications down the road? 
      Drivers new to off-roading may be hesitant about installing a lift kit because they believe it will impact other plans they have for a truck or Jeep. This kind of misinformation could lead to owners making other alterations to a ride that don't have the same immediate effect lifting does. 

      However, lift kits are usually just the first taste of truck mods. It allows the driver to make several similar changes to the exterior of a vehicle, many of which work seamlessly with the lift kit to provide a better driving experience. 

      "Most of the time it is only the start of modifications done to the vehicle," Lovins said. "Once a lift kit is installed, then the customer is going to want other accessories like fender flares, extra lights, [a] winch, bumpers, gears, tube steps or skid plates." 

      Are certain lift kits better suited to a style of driving, such as a better option for mudding, desert driving, etc.? 
      Rough Country kits are split into three categories: economy, standard or trail riding, and rock crawling or heavy off-road kits. Each of these styles is ideal for a certain type of driving, and owners should consider what their vehicle will be used for prior to making a purchase. 

      Economy kits lift a vehicle between 1.5 and 3 inches, and are mainly catered toward drivers who want a bigger tire size but will mainly be driving on the streets. The next level up is the standard kits. These lift a vehicle 4 to 5 inches and can be driven on pavement or for light trail riding on weekends. 

      Those individuals who want to get serious about off-roading will be drawn to the rock crawling or heavy off-road kits. 

      "We have rock crawling long arms kit that are designed for performance off-road use, and are still able to be driven on the road," Lovins explained. "This customer is going to install roll cages, [a] winch, bumpers, lockers and bigger ring gears and pinions to get the most performance he can out of that vehicle."

      Should drivers purchase shock absorbers, brake upgrades or any other accessories with a lift kit? 
      "All of our lift kits already come with new shock absorbers," Lovins said. "They do not need to purchase any another accessory with the lift kit to function correctly ... [but] there are many upgrades that can be added to the lift kit, like brake lines, sway bar disconnects or steering stabilizers." 

      What is the most important thing drivers should keep in mind throughout the process of shopping, buying and installing a lift?
      Lovins believes drivers should pay special attention to what size tires they will need once they install a lift kit. Some kits allow for the use of stock tires, while others require larger wheelers for more clearance. This will also impact the bottom line, so taking these details into account can help drivers stay within budget.

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