For us city dwellers, the thought of owning an off-road vehicle was once nothing but a pipedream. It’s hard to find the justification to outright buy a Jeep Wrangler when the majority of your driving exploits are of a conventional nature. But, the fact remains, off-road driving is still a heap of fun. Off-road excursions have been some of my fondest adventures to date. Besides, why should you let the small matter of a road stop you from getting where you want to go, anyway?
With a little bit of time, effort and initiative, you can turn your economy car into an off-road force to be reckoned with. If you get your kicks out of customizing your car and want to experience the thrill of off-road driving first hand; keep reading. We’re about to give you the information that you’ll need to transform your car into something fit for off-road purposes. Note: this article is not suitable for those that have grown too fond of their car’s paintwork.
The tires are by far the most important part of any car. Remember the good old days when all you had to worry about was making sure they were well inflated and not balding? Not anymore. Now you’ve got more unforgiving terrain to contend with, you’ve got to think bigger. Quite literally. The tires that came equipped with your Ford Escort aren’t going to cut it; I’m afraid. Things that you need to take into consideration now are grip, traction, and resistance to punctures.
Removing the Back Seats:
Before you ask us why you’d ever dream of doing something so drastic, allow me to paint you a picture. Imagine being the envy of Instagram with your #cargoals sleeping space. The whole point of an off-road adventure is to explore. Sometimes that means sleeping under the stars in the middle of nowhere. Talk about total freedom. Or, better yet, all that space in the back is about as close as you can get to an authentic pickup truck experience without actually owning a pickup truck.
If you don’t particularly like the idea of going to town on your back seats with a socket wrench, you could try folding them down flat instead. Just keep in mind that the goal here is to create as much interior space as possible. However, make sure you leave enough space for a couple of essentials. You’ll need to keep a set of jump leads somewhere just in case your battery dies, as well as all the usual breakdown essentials.