Even though most off-road vehicles have certain traits in common, each and every brand and model can differ greatly from the next one. Because of this, there are a few things you should consider before choosing a 4×4, to ensure that you’re selecting the very best model for you and your lifestyle.
What is an off-road vehicle?
Unlike most other vehicles, an off-road vehicle is any vehicle that can be easily driven both on and off the ground and paved roads. These off-road vehicles are known as 4×4’s, this is because all four wheels are powered, compared to most other vehicles where only two wheels are powered.
It is this extra stability and power that makes 4×4’s suitable for harsher driving conditions.
What to look for in an off-road vehicle?
When it comes to the performance of off-road vehicles, their capabilities depend on several design features. The ground gearing, clearance, departure angles and approach will affect how much off-road power a vehicle has, however, these features can also impact on-road movement.
You will need to consider how much of your time you’ll be spending driving off-road and on-road, in order to decide on the features, you will benefit from most and to find the best 4×4 for your specific needs.
Choosing an engine for your off-road vehicle
Before you decide on a model, it’s important to know whether you would prefer a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine. 4×4’s like the Land Cruiser and the Hilux have diesel engines, whereas the RAV4 offers a choice of diesel, petrol and hybrid engines.
At AmadaXtreme, we supply a wide range of 4×4 vehicle suspension systems as well as top quality shock absorbers. Our shock absorbers are manufactured in Japan and Thailand using the very best quality alloy and steel available. We have proven race wins behind them going back 10 years’ worth of racing. For more information on our products and services, visit our website on www.amadaxtreme.co.za or give us a call on 012 653 2669.