Many of us have grown up in the country where off road driving is not just a past time, but a great way to spend time with family and friends. Having mud bogging trucks to tear through off road obstacles, are some of the best times ever spent off road. In order to successfully navigate areas, a well equipped rig is essential.
Starting with tires, the best kinds of tires are ones that can handle deep holes filled with all kinds of muck. The more aggressive the tread the better, by using tread patterns that are spaced out more will allow the muck to be thrown rather than collected. The larger the tire the better and having wider tires is another helpful idea, as it will allow the rig to have more ground to grab onto.
Sealing up the electrical system is the next step in getting your rig muck ready. Using Room temperature vulcanizing silicone, you can seal up the areas that are exposed such as the distributor and other components that will cause havoc if they get wet. Once the electrical is sealed up nice and tight, it is time to move onto the gears.
When adding larger tires to the rig, bigger gear boxes will be required to properly push the new tires. After market packages are very useful in this instance, as they are not only inexpensive but also tend to last longer in most cases. When the new gear boxes have been purchased and installed, remember to keep them greased properly so they will not become damaged.
Since the nature of these rigs is to be off the road running through muck filled holes that run upwards of 6 feet deep and generally have a healthy amount of water. If the intake system from sucks in water the engine is likely to seize up and that means time for a new motor, a good way to prevent this from happening is to install a snorkel system that will allow the intake to breathe in fresh air. If the snorkel system is out of the question, another alternative is to modify the intake to receive air from inside the cab of the rig.
Along with adding a breather system, another consideration is securing the radiator. A lot of owners move their radiator to the back of the rig to prevent damage. When they do this they connect an electric fan to prevent overheating, this also prevents the fan from being pushed into the radiator. This method saves time and money on costly repairs that can be caused by unknown conditions.
When it comes to having good traction, a good set of locking hubs is a must have for any rig of this type. These devices allow the front wheels to be turned by the transmission at the same time as the rear wheels allowing for more traction and power when moving through obstacles. These parts can be purchased in off road shops all over the world and are relatively inexpensive and highly recommended.
Having the proper gear ratio is very important when building a rig of this type, if the ratio is too small or too large the proper wheel speed will not be achieved. This can cause the vehicle to become stuck mid obstacle. Also when installing tires on mud bogging trucks, it is a good idea to extend them as far away from the rig as possible. With the extensions the rig will be less likely to trap muck thus lightening it up and it will also provide additional stability.