8 Off-Road Parts for Your Ford Truck
If you are taking a trip off the beaten path, then these are the parts your Ford truck should be equipped with. For your safety and the safety of your truck, take a look at the top 8 parts for off-roading.
This is mainly for safety reasons and for that reason alone it should be on top of your list. There is a huge chance your Ford will get stuck at some point and place in time, and if there is no one around, then you will find yourself pretty much screwed. A winch will allow you to get yourself out of trouble.
2. Recovery Straps
Recovery straps are another safety precaution. It is not like your Ford is going to need assistance from another truck, especially a Dodge Ram, right? The reason for buying recovery straps is two-fold: (1) You can use it to help another truck, like a stuck Dodge Ram, or (2) you can use it in case the other vehicle getting you out of that ditch isn’t equipped.
Your stock tires might not be up to the standards for driving over different terrain. To pick the right set of tires, you will need to do some research on what is best for the type of off-roading you will be doing. You also have to make sure that your truck can handle the tires. Going with bigger tires means modifying the gear ratio, otherwise, you will suffer lower RMPs and higher gas consumption.
4. Lift Kit
A lift kit will elevate your Ford to help you maneuver over off-road terrain. A higher truck will give more clearance to drive on steep rocks or other off-road obstacles. This kit will also allow you to fit larger tires for improved traction and performance.
5. Bull Bars
Bull bars are meant to keep your truck safe, specifically the grille, undercarriage and skid plate. Think about the areas that will be most affected when getting into a fender bender. The bull bars will limit the damage from the impact. Another plus to using bull bars, some come pre-drilled to add a winch and off-roading lights.
Off-roading really means off the road. If you find yourself needed to go through water, then a snorkel will come in handy. Installing a snorkel will help protect the engine from both water and dust by only allowing clean, cooler air through the head of the snorkel.
Off-roading lights will do the same as your regular headlights on pavement but allow for an extended view of the road. Look into adding fog lights, rooftop lights, and even spotlights when thinking of off-road lighting, especially if you are off-roading at night. You want to make sure the road ahead is always visible. This will ensure your safety.
8. Fender Flares
Going with those bigger tires means needing more protection for your paint job. The tires will pick up and throw rocks or debris. Fender flares will keep those rocks from hitting your Ford’s body. This is a great way to keep your Ford looking like a huge mess, especially if you are planning to sell it.
For information on maintenance or repairs, please check out our do-it-yourself technical articles at https://www.ford-trucks.com/how-tos/.