Off-roading is a great way to combine a love of modifying vehicles with a love of adventure. Off-roading can be done in a variety of terrains but it always requires a special vehicle. In this section you'll find articles devoted to off-roading.

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When you're really off-road, there are logs and boulders, sand and mud, steep inclines and who knows what else to contend with out there. Why is torque so sought-after by off-roaders?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

It's considered one of the most grueling races in the world. So what exactly is the Dakar Rally and who's racing in it?

By John Perritano

Off-roading may be the ultimate driving adventure, but trying it without four-wheel drive may turn your trip into the ultimate driving nightmare. It won't kill you, but it will almost certainly annoy you.

By Stephanie Watson


Air compressors are a must for any serious off-roader. They can help you inflate your tires, re-align your seats and even power the blender for some post-ride margaritas.

By Dave Roos

If you're going to go off-roading, you're going to need some good brakes. Buying new shoes and pads may not cut it, so should you upgrade your brakes before you hit those mountain trails?

By Josh Clark

Electric cars aren't new, but new technology has made them more widely available and easier to use. Electric off-road vehicles are a great option for green adventurers, but they do have their disadvantages.

By Stephanie Watson

There are times when an ordinary 4x4 just won't do. Like when you need to climb an impossibly steep sand dune, for example. Sand buggies are designed to handle some of the toughest terrain out there.

By Patrick E. George


The right vehicle, sporting the right equipment, can handle almost any obstacle Mother Nature throws at it. How does your mode of exploring the road less traveled measure up?

By William Harris

Who wants to cruise on boring old pavement after battling some sand dunes -- and winning? Not off-roading enthusiasts. Is there more to this driving adventure than simply ditching the road?

By Caitlin Uttley

The sport of motocross features spectacular leaps and stunts performed on off-road motorcycles. It also features broken bones and some seriously death-defying crashes. Is all off-roading similarly risky?

By Jacob Silverman

Off-roaders like public lands for their wild terrain -- water, mud, rocks and sand all make for an exciting ride. But not everyone thinks ATVs, dirt bikes or snowmobiles should be allowed free range. Why?

By Julia Layton


Most off-roaders thrive on the excitement of traveling through wide open spaces where most people don't normally tread. What do you need to bring with you during an off-roading adventure in order to make the trip a success?

By Jennifer Sellers

Winches can be very helpful for getting out of the mud. But they can also be dangerous, if you're not careful when you use yours. What do you need to know before you hook up your winch?

By Jonathan Strickland

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are compact, powerful and rugged machines that can handle a variety of jobs. But due to the increased power associated with ATVs designed for paved roads, manufacturers have started to tout the advantages of off-road ATVs.

By Ed Grabianowski

You don't have to shake hands with danger every time you gas up your ATV for a drive through the wilderness. What tips will help keep you safe behind the handlebars?

By Robert Lamb