In The Desert
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Using OEM parts for maintenance is a good choice in most instances. However there are some newer parts available to us that you might want to consider. Hopefully we've helped you make a decision that'll keep you running!
Our 4X4's get abused in the desert! The dust, sand, and sometimes mud and water cause unusual wear and tear on the components that keep them working. So we have to maintain them and keep them running like new so we can see all those neat places out there and then get home!
We all go and buy new tires, get oil changes, have new brakes put on and buy new batteries, right? But what do you buy for replacement parts and where do you get them? We'll try to help you with some of the questions that have arisen about products and mechanics. Some of these conclusions may not be to your liking, but this is what we've found from over 55 years of off-roading, and doing most of the maintenance ourselves. Need some maintenance on your off road vehicle? Do yourself a favor and check the links below first.
This is a regular maintenance and is required every 5,000 miles along with a new filter - AND a new washer for the drain plug. So what oil is the best?
Your battery is dead so you replace it, with what? How about the battery terminals are they all corroded? What to replace them with?
There is a lot to consider when you buy new tires. Not just the brand or what you're going to use the tires for, but who to buy them from and why?
Which brake pads should you buy, ceramic or semi-metallic? And why? And how much should you pay for this service? Should you replace the rotors or have them turned? Here's a few things you should know.
Replacing Air Filters
All Air Filters are not the same. Some are dry filters (OEM filters) and some after market filters require a special oil on the filter. Which should you have? Desert driving is the answer. How do you know which type is working and where do you buy them? See what we've found!