Mudding is some serious fun when you have the right truck, gear and accessories all up in your grille or down south where it counts – your tires. The first thing to think about when upgrading your mudding truck is cost vs benefit. We all know the sky is the limit when upgrading any vehicle and mudding trucks have plenty of room for cool toys and add-ons. And of course your must haves like winches, big tires and a cute fuzzy ducky to dangle from your mirror. All kidding aside below we list a few must haves and want to haves for you to consider adding on to your rig. 1. Tires, Tires, Tires As mentioned before number one is tires – the more aggressive the better, but of course the bigger and badder the tire the more you will suffer with road noise and tread wear on the open road. Even some of the big boys like these Nitto Mud Grapplers http://www.vintagevwcars.com/auctions/nitto-mudding-tires will provide all you need in the mud yet are long lasting and not too bad on the road noise. A good set of mudding tires will have wide tread blocks to push through heavy mud, deep self-cleaning groves so the mud washes away better, and additional sidewall protection to give you added protection against punctures over rough and sharp terrain. Of course the type of tire that will work best for you depends on your set up, lift and modifications. But a good choice are the Nittos. 2. Wheels – Sick vs Functionality We all want wheels that stand out and get noticed the good thing for us is that there are some pretty sick wheels out there and better yet they are designed with mudding in mind. A good set of mudding wheels are of course bigger to handle a specialty set of tires while providing you a natural lift to get over rough terrain without bottoming out. The Essential Gear List If you are going mudding you WILL get stuck, but there are a few must haves that will help prevent that from happening too often and get you out when it does. A suspension lift kit is definitely a must in order to give you more clearance to go over the big stuff and prevent those pesky flooded engines from especially deep mud. Typically a 4″ suspension lift (or combining a 2″ spacer with a 2″ lift) will be plenty to handle what you throw at it. And of course what mudding truck doesn’t have a winch for getting you out of a tough pinch. Using a recovery winch and tying up to a tree will save you from expensive tows and the embarrassment of admitting you got stuck and needed to call for help. Of course if you have the winch and your buddy is the one that gets stuck you have plenty of leverage for free beers that night. When buying the right winch you will typically be looking for 1.5 to 2 times the gross weight of the truck.
The word car probably evolved from the word “carriage” which was shortened to car. The word motor cars was widely used in the 1890’s for electrical trams, but 1886 is considered to be the birth of the modern car, as Karl Benz of Germany built the first car with a motor in it. The car was expensive and hard to find until the 20th century when Henry Ford and others developed a means of mass production by using interchangeable parts that were put together along a production line. This enabled the new mobile vehicles to be priced at an amount that people could afford, and the rest is history, as they say. There were other manufacturers, such as Ransom E. Olds, one of the early pioneers of the assembly line technique, but Ford primed the concept to a tee, enabling his production to produce a new car every 15 minutes. The process was so successful that it was difficult for the paint department to keep up, so Ford used a color called Japan Black because it dried so quickly, thus the predominant color of black on Ford vehicles. The automobile, another name for the vehicle which was a combined effort with words, auto, meaning “self” and mobile, meaning “going” became the factor that actually changed society, making an on-demand means of transportation available to the general population. These vehicles were designed to run on roads, most of which were not built when the first vehicles first came off of the production line. Consequently, many got stuck in the mud and soft ground in the process of learning how to drive these ungainly instruments and where. The car of today runs on an internal combustion engine, where gasoline literally explodes within a chamber, thus producing a gas that propels a piston that drives the wheels. This is a continual process withing the engine and so the car can be propelled until the engine is shut off. Today we are blessed with so many cars that there can be four or five in a family. They have certainly become a necessity, as we use them, or their derivatives for all of our travel needs, with the exception of longer trips across the country or overseas. For the past 100 years of so, the world has experienced a revolution in transportation unlike ever seen before in history. The millions of vehicles that come off of assembly lines all over the world make it possible for people in all societies to travel in a comfortable and speed manner from one destination to the next. Today we have millions of vehicles on our roads every day and we have built super highways to accommodate all of this traffic. People take these easily accessible vehicles for granted, until they experience a flat tire or an engine breakdown. The problems with these vehicles, the pollution and the accident rates, are problematic of course, but they have been somewhat, if not haltingly, over come. The car will still reign on, as its necessity has become a permanent fixture in our society.