It’s no secret that Jeep designs its vehicles to go off the road and head for the places where your GPS can’t tell you how to reach your destination. That’s fine because, in off-roading, the journey is the destination. The terrain, of course, varies from region to region. Off-roaders out west revel in rolling through the Rockies while taking in the breathtaking sights across varying elevations. South of the mountains, off-roading is all about open desert spaces, with maximum speeds and maximum heat. However, in areas to the east, the climes are more temperate and see regular rainfall. There, off-roading is a grown-up opportunity to go out and play in the mud.
If you’re new to off-roading in Mid-Missouri, you need to customize your Jeep for the hills and thrills of the Ozark foothills, which are complete with dense forests, twists and turns, and a whole lot of dirt. Make the changes your Wrangler needs with a few of the best Jeep Wrangler mods for mudding.
What’s a winch? When you’re stuck in the mud, you’ll be glad to know. Winches attach to the front or rear bumpers to help pull Jeeps out of sticky situations—which you’ll be sure to find on many trails. When your wheels sink into the mud and lose their traction, attaching a winch to a makeshift support post, such as a tree, will give your Jeep the leverage it needs to pull its way out. This saves you time, money, and the need to ask for assistance from another driver.
When you navigate the forested areas of Mid-Missouri and roll through the mud, you work with less natural light than you would have in an open field. As the sunset approaches and you’re still out on the trails, visibility matters. You can increase that visibility with a set of LED headlights that offer more power and efficiency than the halogen lights your Jeep came with by default. When the mud splatters on the front of your Jeep and its headlights, you need all the illumination you can get.
The all-terrain tires your Jeep came with have designs that should enable them to handle more than pavement. But if you want to specialize in muddy conditions for your off-road adventures, one of the best Jeep Wrangler mods for mudding is a set of specialized tires. These “mud tires” feature extreme treads for maximum traction on troublesome surfaces. Still, they’re versatile enough to work well on the road, too.