was born out of the U.S. military’s need for a four-wheel drive recon car during World War II. Such a vehicle needed to be able to handle the rugged conditions of North Africa, in addition to the wet and muddy terrain that covers much of western Europe.
Lift kits include adjustable control arms, bushings, shocks, track bars, coil springs, and sway bar links.
Improve your off-road performance with these modifications
While lift-kits are a good place to start, there are plenty of other modifications available which will improve your Jeep’s off-road performance.
Skid plates are a type of protective cover, designed to shield your vehicle’s undercarriage. In conjunction with good ground clearance, skid plates protect the bottom of your Jeep from rocks and other hazards.
Off-road tires are a special kind of car tire designed to handle all kinds of terrain with ease. They are bigger and tougher than standard tires, with a deeper tread.
Drivetrains play a major part in a car’s off-roading capabilities. The Jeep Compass comes with a front-wheel drivetrain, but for added traction, you should upgrade to the Trailhawk model. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk boasts a 4×4 drivetrain capable of handling rock, sand, mud, and even deep snow.
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