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    Common Jeep Upgrades & Modifications-The Ultimate Off-Roading Experience

    If you love off-roading, you can do it in a truck or a SUV.  Or better yet, you can do it in a Jeep!

    Jeep is the one vehicle that makes driving in even the most inhospitable locations on the planet a fun and exhilarating experience!

    We can help make any off-road experience exceptional with certain upgrades and modifications that can add to the functionality and performance of your Jeep.

    Equipping your Jeep with any or all of these suggested upgrades or mods will allow you to better enjoy your passion for off-road adventures!

    Modifications and Upgrades for Jeeps for going off road

    There are a myriad upgrades and modifications that you should consider.  These upgrades will ensure that your Jeep is properly equipped to handle all kinds of terrain while keeping performance quotient remains intact.

    Our team of specialists at Texas Truck & Jeep Accessories have the experience and expertise to assist you with choosing what best suits your off-roading needs.  We offer an array of products to choose from and extraordinary customer service.

    To give you an idea of what kind of modifications and upgrades are necessary to make your Jeep off-road ready, consider the following list of the most common custom modifications and upgrades.

    Suspension Upgrades and a Lift Kit

    On normal city roads a ground clearance of around 8.3 to 10 inches (standard factory measurement) is fine.

    However, if you’re going to be driving over rough terrain that’s marked with grooves and sharp ascents, you’ll definitely benefit from higher ground clearance.  Hence, the need to install suspension upgrades and a lift kit.

    With better lift you’ll be able to better maneuver and control your Jeep while navigating through terrain obstacles without damaging the undercarriage.

    A better lift is also necessary to navigate trails with streams or shallow bodies of water – the last thing you want is to water flood your Jeep and engine or to get stuck midstream!

    Differential Lockers

    Differential lockers help sync the spinning of corresponding wheels thereby boosting traction. Better traction is what will help your Jeep crawl or climb better.  You won’t have to worry about your wheels simply spinning in the air and not being able to move.

    While some of the most recent models are designed with differential lockers, most Jeeps do not have them.  If your Jeep is of the latter, then we highly recommend you choose a set from the many that we offer.

     

    Upgrade Your Tires

    This is one upgrade that hardly needs explanation.  Obviously bigger tires will give you better road grip – a critical necessity for rough driving on tough trails since it lowers the risk of getting stuck or skidding.

    While bigger tires are a notable upgrade to consider, it is also important to be prudent about your choice of tires.  You might want to spend some time first understanding the functional advantages of different tires and how they can be useful across different off-road trails.

    If you’re unsure about which type of tires you should choose, we can assist you in the right choice for your Jeep.

    Winches – A “Must-have Trouble Shooter” for Emergencies

    One of the most important additions you will need for your Jeep is a winch.  When we say it’s a “must have” we are saying it for good reason.

    A winch can help you out of tricky situations or make it possible for you to offer towing assistance to someone in need.  So never leave for an off-road adventure without installing a winch!

    Protecting the Underbelly of Your Jeep

    If rock climbing is something that you will be or want to try during your next off-road adventure, you will require rock sliders to protect the underbelly of your Jeep from damage due to protruding or sharp jagged rocks or undergrowth.

    Another advantage of having rock sliders is that they can serve as a recovery point for your winch if you flip over. At the very least they can be used as a step to get into the Jeep!

    Upgraded Shocks

    Even on city roads, your shocks are stressed and can sustain damage.  The pressure is magnified on off-road trails that are laden with grooves and bumps.

    Upgrading your shock is one way to give your Jeep an added layer of protection against any kind of impact or shocks your jeep might sustain while driving over rough trails so you are free to enjoy your off-road adventure.

    Sturdier Bumpers

    Whether you are on  a off road adventure or just driving around in the city among heavy traffic, having sturdier bumpers over the standard front and rear bumpers that your Jeep initially came with, is something you should seriously consider.

    In addition to providing an extra layer of protection, sturdier bumpers do off greater aesthetic appeal.  Furthermore, they can serve as a tactical point for mounting a winch.

    Lighting Power for Nighttime Driving

    Adding lights that can help you see better while you’re on an off-road trail in addition to a safety feature can also give you an aesthetics a visual bump.  You might want to consider aftermarket LED lights, which offer great output at half of the amps both at low and high beams, when compared to standard factory LEDs.

    Performance Exhaust Systems

    Your Jeep’s muffler and exhaust system are critical it’s performance as well as to the environment.  Which is why you should consider upgrading your current exhaust system to a high-flow muffler, it will benefit the performance.

    Those who love riding the trails, will also like the idea of changing the sound generated by the muffler and exhaust system.  However, you might want to first look up your state laws pertaining to exhaust noise while driving within city limits as well as on highways.

    Soft Tops

    A soft top is recommended if you love having the option of simply pulling the top down to let the breeze zip past while enjoying the scenery.  A soft top is optional and greatly depends on personal preference.

    Be selective in your choosing process since variety (both for shape, size, form or without a frame) is not a limitation.

    Grab Handles and Entry Guards

    You’ll always benefit from installing grab handles because of the duality of their functions – they help to give you a lift-up when getting in and out as well as a way for any passengers to secure themselves better as you drive along rough terrain or trails.  Entry guards offer protection to the door frames against damage from scratches and other marks.

    Hood Latches

    Hood latches offer security, in addition to the noise factor (rattling) hood latches will keep you from worrying about the hood simply popping open anytime you go flying over a bump or while climbing.

    Floor Mats/ Liners

    While you navigate your way through every day driving or being out on the trails, you are bound to have encounters with dirt and mud.  No matter what you use your Jeep, floor mats or liners are a great addition to help keep your interior neat and tidy.

    These upgrades and modifications are some of the most common and necessary components for customizing your Jeep for off-roading.  There are plenty of other modifications that can help improve your ride such as hitch accessories, a variety of tech gadgets, and recovery gear.

    Upgrade Your Jeep with Professionals at Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories!

    We have been helping proud Truck and Jeep owners customize their vehicles with upgrades and modifications that are exceptionally well made, aesthetically appealing and highly functional for many years now.

    Know that when you come to Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories we will ensure that you find exactly what you’re looking for, and that we offer an ideal balance between the best-in-class off-road modifications and upgrades while also giving importance to the style quotient.

    Our team of knowledgeable Truck and Jeep Specialists can provide you with expert guidance on what mods best suit your Jeep model with respect to performance for both on-road and off-roads.  We work with cost-effective, high-quality upgrades that deliver more bang for your buck while improving your overall driving experience.

    When looking for upgrades and modifications please call us at 469-698-4460 or visit us at Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories located at 5335 Horizon Rd. Rockwall, Tx 75032.  We’re here to help you with selecting and installing whatever it may be that you just can’t live without to enjoy that total Jeep Experience!

    Horizon Auto Center Offers Complete Professional Jeep Maintenance & Service

    We are your choice as a dealership alternative, as we do not employ the same mark up as dealerships.  Simply stated we are your One Stop Shop for Jeep upgrades, modifications and general maintenance.  Do you presently have service concerns about your Jeep or truck?  If so, we can help.

    Horizon Auto Center prioritizes on customer satisfaction.  We have been awarded the title of being the “Best Auto Repair in Rockwall and Rowlett” for seven years in a row by Living Magazine.  We offer a 24 to 36-month warranty on most repairs.  Call us today at (469) 698-8585 or book an appointment with us online at either www.texastruckaccessories.com or www.horizonautocenter.com.

     

    A Guide to Choosing the Right Tires For Your Vehicle

    A Guide to Choosing the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

    Choosing the right tire size for your truck is important. Big oversized tires can get you out of some sticky situations on the trails, but they aren’t ideal for daily driving your truck or Jeep on the highway and city streets.  Tire size not only affects your ride’s performance, but it also affects safety.  It’s never worth sacrificing safety just to get a slight increase in performance, so we’ve created this guide to help you correctly size your tires.

    Finding the Right Size Tires
    A vehicle’s factory tire size can be found in the owner’s manual or on the tire label, which is usually located either on the driver’s side doorjamb, the lid of the glove box or inside the fuel cap.  Most people simply replace their old and worn tires with tires of the same size.  You may not always need to replace just one – sometimes you may need to replace two or all four tires.  When the time comes to replace all four tires, you may want to assess whether the previous size is the best choice.
    If you choose tires with a lower profile, you’re likely to see an increase in your vehicle’s handling and performance while driving.  If you have larger wheels or plan on tracking your vehicle then this may be the option for you.  However, on trucks many people like the visual appeal of larger, more aggressive off-road or all-terrain tires.  “Plus sizing” refers to choosing tires of the same height as the old ones, but with a wider tread.  This improves tire response and the handling of the vehicle.  The more rubber on the pavement, or on the rocks if you are on the trail, the more grip you get.

    Unique Considerations for Your Vehicle
    If you upsize to a larger tire, you need to make sure that the new tire’s load-carrying capacity is equal or greater than the recommended load for your vehicle. You also need to assess tire-to-vehicle clearance and suspension, so your tire isn’t rubbing along the wheel wells or on suspension components.  The size of your vehicle and your typical driving habits also are important factors.  If you carry heavy loads in your truck or SUV on a regular basis, you need to make sure your new tires aren’t so big that they’ll cause rubbing when carrying heavy loads.  You always want to take your suspension articulation into account when you are choosing tires or wheels.  If you are doing more than just driving in the city you want to make sure you won’t crush your fender when your suspension is flexed on obstacles.

    Weather conditions in your area should also influence your decision.  Some drivers like to have seasonal tires for when the weather changes, while other drivers living in more consistent climate conditions will opt for long-lasting tires suited for their driving environment.  Take all of these factors into consideration when choosing new tires for your vehicle.

    Another variable that you may want to consider while shopping for tires will be road noise as mud tires on the highway can be annoying even with the windows up.  If you will be taking your vehicle mostly on the city streets or highways then you may opt out of an M/T and go with something a little more on the mellow side.  An all-terrain tire has close lugs and more of them so you can have the grip and the quiet, smooth ride on the road.  If you have any questions or concerns about the style, size, or brand of tires you need then feel free to drop by and see the Pros at Tx Truck Accessories.  Our knowledgeable, dedicated team members are experienced and will be helpful in choosing the tires that are just right for you and the vehicle you drive.  We will put you on the right path and give you first had testimonials on different brands and models of tires.  If you’re in the market for new tires or just want to inquire or need advice on what your options may be, please contact us at Tx Truck Accessories at 469-698-4460 or visit us online at https://txtruckaccessories.com/.

    Our Satisfied Customer Reviews are a reflection of our dedication to our craft and continuing to serve our community with exemplary customer service, using quality products.  We offer an array of Truck & Jeep Accessories and Tires.

    Body vs. Suspension Lifts

    Lift Comparison

    Nothing looks quite as good as a big shiny truck on a big set of tires.  Choosing the right size and style lift, however, can be a challenge.  Before you make a purchase, you will want to do a little research and find the look you want to go with.

    Body vs. Suspension Lifts
    There are two main kinds of lifts on the market – body lifts and suspension lifts.  A body lift is done by leaving your suspension in their original place and using spacers and blocks to lift the body (cab, bed, fenders, and bumpers) upward for a factory ride but a bigger look.  Body lifts are known to be significantly less expensive than suspension lifts and they normally take less time to install.  You can add as much as six inches of clearance by choosing a body lift, which is fantastic if you want to move up to bigger tires.  However, body lifts don’t change your ground clearance at all, so they’re geared more toward aesthetics than performance.  They can also cause significant body roll when you’re turning, which can be tough to get accustomed to.  If you’re driving a truck, most body lifts will leave a large gap between the cab and the bed.  This gap can be hidden with specially made gap covers.  The worst part about choosing one of these lifts is that it adds stress to your steering components and can cause failures down the line. Along with those risks, you will also be stretching wires, hoses, and other lines when you put a large amount of space between the frame and body.  Suspension lifts, on the other hand, are much more durable.  They make it easier to tackle obstacles by improving ground clearance, which is especially important if you’re planning to take your vehicle off-road.  Suspensions lift not only increase clearance but they are also designed to take heavy abuse, much more than the factory suspension can handle.  The components can often articulate better in situations where your chassis is torqued from the uneven terrain while off-roading.

    While suspension lifts may sound great they can also be a pain sometimes. Depending on the manufacturer, product, and material they can get very pricey.  If you plan on doing some heavy-duty wheeling and if you didn’t opt for the right suspension lift to suit your needs, you could be incurring some of that cost again after you damage some of your components.  That aside, the only other major issue incurred with a suspension lift kit would be the actual installation of the parts.  We don’t suggest you tackle this type of installation on your own.  There are a lot of tools and expert know-how needed for something of this nature.  We suggest you leave this one up to us before you take down your daily driver in the garage and can’t get your vehicle back in one piece.  There are major safety risks in just doing the tear down before the installation process starts.  Not to mention the huge risks of driving it down the road with a pile of “extra” bolts on the workbench.

    Choosing a Lift
    When it comes down to it, consider your end goal.  If you only want to run bigger tires and feel higher up, a body lift may be more than enough for you.  On the other hand, if you’re an off-roading weekend warrior, it’s probably a better decision to get a suspension lift system instead.  It is also possible to combine the two, some companies already provide kits with a suspension level system and small body lift in one box.  Let’s say you already have a 6” lift and you want to clear 37” tires without cutting up your fenders, then you could have a 2-3” body lift installed and clear those monster with ease.
    If you’re still unsure about what type of lift you need, give us a call at 469-698-4460 or visit us online at https://txtruckaccessories.com/.  You’re always welcome to drop by the shop.  One of our highly trained and knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you and further explain the benefits as well as the drawbacks for whatever lift you may choose.

    Our Satisfied Customer Reviews are a reflection of our dedication to our craft and continuing to serve our community with exemplary customer service, using quality products.  We offer an array of Truck & Jeep Accessories and Tires.

    LIFT KITS-ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT ADDING A LIFT KIT?

    LIFT KITS 

    You see them everywhere: Trucks, Sport Utility Vehicles and Jeeps, coasting down the highway with a lift kit and a set of tires so big that they give the vehicle an intimidating appearance.  If you’re wondering, “How can I do that to my truck,” you’ve come to the right place for answers because TX Truck Accessories is a trusted accessory business serving North and East Texas including Dallas, Garland, Rowlett, Royse City, Fate, and Rockwall.

    If you’ve also asked yourself, “Why should I lift my truck?”  Tx Truck Accessories has the answer to that as well.  Equipping trucks with a lift kit involves more than buying the best-looking truck lift kit and taking your truck to the mechanic.  Installing lift kits to trucks requires hard work, specialty tools, and certified mechanical training and includes consistent upkeep and attention to your truck’s components. TX Truck Accessories can help with all of that!

    What does a lift kit actually do?  Basic functions of lift kits are designed to increase a truck’s ground clearance, tire fitment, and suspension travel.  A suspension lift kit works by raising the suspension of a truck through the replacement of the front and rear shocks and leaf springs.  In general, a suspension lift kit will elevate a vehicle between four and six inches above its stock stature, though extreme lift kits can reach elevations up to 18 inches.  You want to keep in mind the higher you make your truck, the more you also raise the center of gravity increasing the chance of your truck tipping over.  It also reduces how the truck handles when driving over boulders, trudging through mud, coasting across the desert or even just driving through a forest trail.  You can gain a wider stance by a lower positive offset wheel.  This will typically result in the wheels being more flushed to the fender, giving the truck a more aggressive look.

    The decisions you make regarding suspension alterations are important.  You want to closely evaluate what you are working with and think about what you’re trying to accomplish.  Your truck may serve multiple purposes; a daily-driver, hauling, towing and may include some occasional off-roading.

    Vehicle drivability can be described as, “the sum of a vehicle’s driving traits and mannerisms.”   When a vehicle has multiple roles, the goal is to find the proper balance between on-road drivability and off-road capability.  If you have the luxury of owning a vehicle specifically dedicated to off-roading, you can sacrifice higher speed handling traits to maximize suspension and articulation.  The suspension is only one part of the performance trio; you must also address your truck’s tires and drivetrain.  The key is to get these three vehicles “systems” working together to provide the best possible traction at all time.

    There are four factors to consider when figuring out what suspension lift kit will work best for you:
    1. Truck type and factory suspension specifications
    2. How the truck or Jeep will be used
    3. Desired tire size
    4. Your budget

    Because of all the variables, it is very possible that a “one type fits all” lift kit is not going to be in your best interest.  No one offers more lift kits and options that TX Truck Accessories.  Throughout the years, vehicle manufacturers have paid more and more attention to drivability, especially in the area of ride quality.  A properly modified, moderately lifted truck generally rides and steers as well as a factory truck.  It is not unusual, to noticeably improve drivability depending on your choice of suspension, shocks, and tires.  It’s all a matter of what truck you start with and your aftermarket equipment choices.  We’d like to share a few rules of thumb to keep in mind.
    Ride quality

    • A coil spring lift system tends to maintain factory-like ride quality.
    • Lifted leaf spring equipped vehicles generally ride factory-like or slightly firmer than stock.  As spring arch increases, firmness increases as well.
    • On most trucks, with independent front suspension, ride quality does not noticeably change since the factory tension bars, coils or struts are not replaced.
    • Properly valved shocks impact ride quality significantly; shocks do not provide lift.
    • You want to make sure that tire operating pressures are not higher than needed for your truck’s weight.  For example, a full-size SUV requires more air pressure than a Jeep Wrangler, yet they are commonly equipped with the exact same aftermarket tire.  Over-inflation degrades ride quality and includes uneven tire wear.  Research what pressure is right for your truck’s weight through TX Truck Accessories. • Ride quality is degraded by over-tightening certain suspension components or tightening certain components out of sequence during the installation process. TX Truck Accessories addresses this when installing your truck’s lift.

    Different Rear Lift Methods
    • Rear block kits tend to be the most popular lift methods since they afford the best ride quality and are the least expensive.  However, spring/axle wrap up can be an issue with some trucks.  For these, consider utilizing add-a-leaf or replacement rear springs.
    • Add-a-leaf can be used with or without lift blocks and are recommended to strengthen weak factory springs and/or when the truck is used for heavy hauling or towing.  Top-mounted factory overload springs can be retained when using add-a-leaf.
    Net lift Height
    • Net lift height varies slightly depending on which suspension package the truck is equipped with and its condition.
    • Generally, front lift if more than the rear lift in order to achieve a closer to level front-to-rear attitude.
    • The presence of additional weight, such as a winch, heavy-duty bumpers, storage boxes, extra fuel capacity, etc., reduces lift height.
    • On trucks that have independent front suspension, the use of exceptionally wide tires and wheels exerts additional leverage on the vehicle’s springs.  This leverage results in a slight amount of ride height loss.  With torsion bar-equipped trucks, the available torsion bar adjustment may not be adequate to offset this leverage and heavier rated bars may be required.  For other suspension types such as TTB and strut, TX Truck Accessories can suggest and find products that will restore this lost height.

    Types of Suspension Lift Kits
    • Spring over axle (SPOA) lift kits is popular with rock crawlers looking for the most articulation, or up and down wheel travel.  These truck lift kits keep the tires on the ground for quality traction, while correctly lifted springs lift everything out of harm’s way, including the springs.

    • Shackle reverse suspension lift kits are designed to provide a smooth ride on a mild terrain such as forest roads and scenic trails.
    • Coil suspension lift kits offer unbeatable ride quality and cheaper springs which results in a suspension lift kit that provides excellent articulation on the trail and a comfortable ride.
    • Lifted spring suspension lift kits are the most commonly used type of truck lift kits. Lifted spring systems are easier to install and an excellent choice for first-time lifters in the off-road world. These truck kits allow you to run larger tires for additional clearance while producing control on the highway.
    • Shackle suspension lift kits are primarily for the truck enthusiast looking to add larger tires but are not intending to do much off-roading.

    Any questions you may have about lift kits can be answered by our highly trained, knowledgeable certified team members.

    CAI (Cold Air Intakes) 101
    Cold air intakes are a favorite addition for people who like to customize their trucks and increase the performance of their engine.  They also happen to be one of the simplest to install as well.  If you’re thinking about adding one to your truck, here’s what you need to know.

    What Are Cold Air Intakes?
    CAIs, as they’re known, replace the stock intake system on your vehicle.  Every combustion engine needs oxygen to run, and the intake is in charge of pulling in fresh, cool air and filtering out harmful contaminants, dirt, and debris.  Your stock intake will perform this job, of course, but it’s not the most efficient.  Cold air versions utilize different materials, to keep the air cooler and avoid heat soaking, and different filter types to help increase horsepower and miles per gallon.

    How do CAIs Work?
    It’s easy to understand how cold air intakes work if you think about it like your own lungs.  Stock intakes often have smaller ducting and, therefore, more restrictive.  They also tend to have unnecessary curves and tight bends in them, making it harder for the air to flow.  Think back to the days of crazy straws, it was also more difficult to slurp you tang through a straw that looks like a rollercoaster than it was to use a regular bendy straw with one mild bend.  The intake tubing works the same way, the fewer bends, fewer bottlenecks, and fewer obstructions; the faster the air will travel and the more volume of air your engine will get.  CAIs remove all the unnecessary curvature.  The tubing is much larger in diameter and they use oversized pod filters so your car can pull in greater volumes compared to stock.  With stock parts, you usually draw in the air only from a small gap in the sealed filter box.  CAIs can have an exposed filter to minimize restriction or a snorkel to draw in the coolest air from the grille area.

    The result of greater airflow is more efficient atomization of fuel.  The gas will be dispersed and burn more evenly.  In turn, you’ll waste less fuel and enjoy the maximum amount of power each time a cylinder fires.  In short, you’ll have higher MPGs and more power with only one modification.

    Our knowledgeable, dedicated team members are experienced and will be helpful in choosing the options that are just right for you and the vehicle you drive.  If you’re in the market for lift kit or just want to inquire or need advice on what your options may be, please contact us at Tx Truck Accessories at 469-698-4460 or visit us online at https://txtruckaccessories.com/.

    Our Satisfied Customer Reviews are a reflection of our dedication to our craft and continuing to serve our community with exemplary customer service, using quality products.  We offer an array of Truck & Jeep Accessories and Tires.

     





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