There’s Off-Roading, Then There’s Extreme Off-Roading

If you’ve ever seen a cliff climbing demonstration, you know there’s a difference between off roading and extreme off roading. Off roading is something like mudding. Sure, it’s fun and you get your truck dirty, but if you have big tires and a decent amount of power (and don’t drive into some obviously deep spots), there isn’t much of a challenge. Extreme off roading, on the other hand, is a whole different beast. Cliff climbs are almost 90 degree ascents up slippery or rocky terrain. You can’t take your grandma’s Jeep on a cliff climb.

What do you need to build an extreme off roader?

The most obvious key is ground clearance. The more ground clearance you have, the steeper hills and crests you can clear. Also, there’s the whole deal with scraping the underside of your vehicle and nobody wants that.Check out the angles of your vehicle. This picture illustrates ways to measure angles and thus determine what size obstacles you can clear.

As you can see, by removing the front and rear bumpers on the Jeep pictured could allow it to clear bigger obstacles by increasing the approach and departure angles. The breakover angle is the largest obstacle you can clear without high centering. Raising the whole vehicle will increase all of those angles and let you climb bigger rocks. Removing the bumpers is free if you can figure it out yourself but lift kit costs vary depending on how much lift you want. (more…)

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For 1.5 inches, it’s about $150, depending on your make and model, with Jeep being a bit cheaper than GM or Dodge.  For 3 inches, you’re looking at around $400. There