Afterwards, I inspect the drivetrain, chassis, steering, and suspension:
– Look for leaks around transmission, transfer case, and differentials, and check fluid level and condition.
– Wiggle universal joints (axle and driveshafts). Lubricate if possible.
– Check all skid plates. Tighten loose bolts.
– Inspect frame for rusting or signs of cracking or stress.
– Check steering linkage and steering box for looseness. Lubricate anything with a zerk fitting.
– Check for weak, sagging or cracked springs and broken or leaking shocks.
– Examine condition of muffler and tailpipes. Check hangers, replace if needed.
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Finally, I make sure to top off the windshield washer reservoir, re-spool and inspect the winch cable, and check headlights, taillights and turn signals. Having a rig that is capable on the trail is great, but when the rig has to spend time on-road as well, it is vital that it be safe, street legal, and able to bring you to the trail and home again.
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