While you may want to buy all the add-on and accessories for a 4WD modification, it’s advised not to rush into too much of buying without a foolproof planning. Often you keep an expectation that all the money you invest on the modification will enhance the valuation of the vehicle such that when you sell it off, you will get paid for the investments. But sadly, that’s far from reality. You really don’t get the return on the investment if you are thinking of the valuation. Other than that, if you are thinking of utility and style, then here are some excellent tips for a smooth 4WD repair modification and enhancement planning.
What will you use your 4WD for?
It is the most crucial part of the planning. You will have to ask yourself first what you expect of the vehicle after modification. Plan accordingly. No vehicle will be an all-rounder. You will have to compromise with one or the other factor, and hence prioritizing your needs is good for satisfying yourself after the modification.
Select the right vehicle for modification
Investing on tons of accessories to make changes on a vehicle which will never meet up to your expectation is a fatally wrong move, and equals flushing your money down the drain. If you have a vision, then choose the vehicle for modification accordingly. Remember, not all vehicles can be converted to what you are actually visualizing.
Don’t expect a luxury class cozy car to turn into a hardcore shock absorber to bounce up and down without creaking. For such modifications, you will have to choose a sturdy chassis and a challenging performer.
Avoid working on an old vehicle
An old vehicle will be much demanding, asking for too many accessories to turn out as your dream 4WD. Rather you must choose a newer vehicle with a good condition with the scope for fewer enhancements. This simple step can help you save many bucks on optional accessories which otherwise would be needed on an old vehicle to take up the modifications.
Don’t spend on accessories you will never need
You may want to get all the accessories you may ever need for the modification. But over stuffing for a 4WD enhancement is a waste of money, labor and time. Only modify that much that you would really need. Unless you are a complete bohemian traveler to spend all your time in the car, you may never have to utilize all the modifications in the vehicle.
Believe it or not, all the accessories sold out there for 4WD modifications aren’t really required to be fitted in one vehicle to modify. You may custom plan and choose the units instead of buying all that you see.
Don’t mess with the state’s motor vehicle laws due to the 4WD modifications
When modifying your vehicle, check on every accessory you add, that the vehicle is still compliant with the state’s motor vehicle rules. Sometimes the car owner realizes after all the investment and enhancements that the car is no more compliant to run on road ethically and legally, just because one or the other factor does not keep up with the state’s MV regulations.
For example, in case you have enhanced the roof or the tires too much, like more than 50 mm, then you would have to get the vehicle checked by an MV engineer and get it certified to run on the roads.
Remember to stay practical
Don’t modify it in a way to make it look like a car out for the adventure, or action, or sci-fi movies. Practical handling and fuel economy always rule amongst the several factors car owners bother about. And your 4WD must not be difficult to handle, bulky looking, or should not suck up the fuel too fast after the modification.