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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Truck at Auto Image

You love your stock pickup truck, but it’s not exactly ready to hit the trail. That’s okay, because Auto Image has what your truck needs to face what life throws at you. Check out our top 5 ways to upgrade your truck with affordable auto accessories that won’t break the bank.

1. Start With Tires and Wheels First

It’s not a secret that your tires are key to how your truck drives. So, if you want to take on the elements, the first thing you need to do is upgrade your tires. At Auto Image, we suggest Cooper or BF Goodrich tires because they have an extensive track record of holding up longer than their competition.

For off-road professionals, Cooper has been the go-to brand. They offer a mix of affordable and premium tires for trucks and other off-road vehicles. For fierce off-roading capabilities, ask our team about the Discoverer STT Pro tire. It has an aggressive tread pattern that grips muddy trails and snowy roads alike.

To take your off-roading to the next level with the BF Goodrich Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. They have decent on-road capabilities and are perfect for rock crawling. With Kevlar, these tires are 35% more resistant to cuts and punctures.

2. Leave Yourself in Suspense

Your truck has ground clearance that’s just right for city streets and highways, but it can’t clear larger obstacles when you’re off-roading. Installing a new suspension and lift kit on your truck is the only way to be sure your truck can tackle unbeaten paths.

A better suspension and lift kit lets you have an excellent view of the road, which gives you the advantage of seeing something dangerous on the road a lot sooner than a lower profile vehicle. Plus, upgrading your suspension and lift allows you to have room for bigger tires, giving you greater control of the tough trails ahead.

Auto Image installs suspension and lift kits in a variety of options and heights. Schedule an appointment at one of our two shops near you, and a member of our team will be happy to go over which kit is best for your upgrade.

3. Light It Up

The headlights your truck or SUV came with have been successfully tested for driving at night on city roads and highways – but they don’t cut it for off-roading. Getting aftermarket LED lights installed on your ride is ideal for driving rocky country roads in the dark. Check out how Auto Image can light up the night with these LED truck accessories:

Light Bar
These light up the area around your truck while you’re off-roading. The trick with light bars is installing them in the right location. For instance, if you want to avoid deer or cattle, have your light bar installed on the lower part of your truck.

Light Cubes
Light Cubes are bright and powerful lights that are best installed in a series on your truck or SUV. They are usually waterproof and are corrosion resistant.

Rock Lights
Rock lights are installed under the body of your truck. They’re used in off-roading to illuminate rocks and other obstacles, which makes navigating a tough trail a lot easier.

Lighting systems require a lot of electrical work. Don’t make a costly mistake by performing a DIY installation, and schedule your next upgrade at Auto Image, where we have over 30 years of experience in aftermarket auto accessories.

4. Step Up With Nerf Bars and Running Boards

Nerf bars and running boards offer a safe place to step while you’re getting in and out of your truck. They both attach to the bottom of your truck, and are made with different materials. Even though they seem the same, they’re a little different.

Nerf Bars
Nerf Bars started out on race cars, and usually appear as pipe-like fixtures attached to the side of your truck. They help truck drivers avoid damage from loose gravel, and allow drivers and passengers to wipe muddy boots before entering your truck. They can hold up to 500 lbs and can be fitted with rubber foot grips for slip resistance.

Running Boards
These truck accessories help shorter drivers step into their trucks. They usually feature a non-slip pad to help keep your foot firmly in place, and are designed to help you stop slipping in snow, rain, and mud.

Choosing the right material for your nerf bars or running boards is essential for their longevity, and it all depends on your off-roading style. Make sure you seek the advice of our professionals at Auto Image. We can quickly identify the auto accessories you need for your next big adventure.

5. It’s the Little Things

It doesn’t matter if you drive a compact car or a powerful pickup truck; you spend a lot of time in your vehicle. Little upgrades like remote start, auto paint protection film, and window tint installation can make all the difference in your daily commute. The experts at Auto Image can make your truck ready for anything, even if it’s just a weekend trip to grandma’s house.

Get Your Auto Accessories at Auto Image – Where We Love to Talk Trucks!

The technicians at Auto Image are experts in all vehicles, but we really like to trick out trucks. Our two shops in New Jersey have the best brands of tires, wheels, lift kits, and more! We can even install a remote start that works with your smartphone.

Talk trucks with us by calling our East Brunswick shop at (732) 254-2727, our location in Brick at (732) 920-0606, or send us a message online. Don’t worry, we still love a good car accessories conversation, too!