Aesthetic Upgrades for Your 4×4

The aftermarket industry is brimming with glistening parts that claim to improve the appearance and performance of your truck, with some even touting increased macho or feminine based on your gender. While some speed increases can be discovered with freer-flowing exhaust pipes or cold-air intakes (subject to debate), there’s no denying the dramatic cosmetic effects some additional pieces can have – parts that don’t cost a fortune to build or require substantial skills. Here are a few easy methods to “mod” your truck without making it seem ridiculous.

A pair of rims with meaty tires is the easiest way to alter your truck from ho hum to holy cow status. If you’re going off-road, 17-inch tires are great, but don’t go above 20 inches for the glitter because all those big wheels will cost a lot of money to wrap with big tires.

They’ll even be heavier and more likely to go out of round if you drive on bumpy roads. Because OEM tires are typically placed with optimal fuel efficiency in mind, simply choosing a tire with a more assertive tread pattern would greatly improve the aesthetics while somewhat compromising fuel economy.

Lift kits

Adding elevation to a truck without spending loads of money per inch is a top priority for truck owners, and no one desires to risk voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. Leveling kits, which can contribute 1 to 3 inches to the elevation of a truck’s coil spring suspension assembly, are often installed on top of the truck’s spring – loaded strut assembly and primarily address the factory-designed rake, in which the back sits taller than the front. Kits vary in price from $50 to $500, however the extra height allows for a larger tire to be installed without friction. Suspension raises or trunk lifts take things to the next level, and the parts alone can run more than $500. Setup fees vary, but they can easily exceed $1,000.

Light bars

There is nothing like light bars for four wheel driving when it comes to turning night into day. Unlike inexpensive sets from China, strong light bars from Rigid, Black Oak, KC, or Westin frequently come with lifelong guarantees and come in a variety of lengths.

To make backing or trying to load in the dark simpler, the bars can be installed behind the grille, just above cab, or even on the rear bumper. However, make sure the lighting is fitted by a skilled technician because no one wishes a blaze or electrical problem to occur, voiding the manufacturer ‘s guarantee or, worse, leaving you stranded in the dark.

Side rails

Manufactured running boards have a purpose, but they’re generally not particularly robust and mostly serve as a stepping surface; they can also restrict ride height. Side rails, often known as “nerf bars,” are typically tubular in construction, composed of aluminum or steel, and extend from wheel to wheel, tucking close underneath the side sill. They give rock protection while also serving as steps. They also create an instant statement, frequently distinguishing posers from genuine off-roaders. Expect to pay between $300 and $800.

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