You want to ensure you equip your truck with the tools it needs to handle whatever the Great Outdoors and the trip can throw at you when you’re out looking for wild game. You need to know you can rely on your vehicle, whether you’re facing rough roads and terrain, nasty weather, or the need to haul or tow a tremendous amount of weight. Here are four upgrades to improve your hunting truck’s performance. Investing in your truck can ensure years of enjoyment and safety.

Upgrade or Replace the Engine

A diesel engine is your best friend when it comes to providing power, torque, and strength. Most trucks come with perfectly great engines that can get you where you’re going with no problems. But when the land gets rougher and the duties get tougher, you may want to consider upgrading to a new engine. Crate engines—so-called because of the crates manufacturers ship them in—are available. It’s worth buying and rebuilding or replacing your old diesel engine if you have the tools and know-how. It’s not an overnight project. Often, it can take months, but it is a satisfying investment that pretty much guarantees a stronger ride. It’ll also handle hauling RVs and winching much better.

More Storage Space

The truck’s bed can provide plenty of room, but it’s possible to improve on that. You want to keep your firearms, tools, and supplies at hand and in place, even over the bumpiest roads and terrain. Protect them from theft and damage by installing a series of easily locked compartments inside the cab and in the bed. Food and drink also stay safe from animal invasion and infestation if you install a refrigeration unit to store your game.

Replace the Tires

Your truck’s tires probably do a terrific job on the streets and highways, but are they ready to climb and descend winding mountain roads in the harshest weather? Maybe, maybe not. Look into a set of off-road tires. They can handle mud, sand, gravel, and the slickest paths and trails, providing extra grip and control. You don’t want to deal with a truck that’s stuck in the mud or overturned in the middle of nowhere. Off-road tires provide your vehicle with a fighting chance. Off-road tires aren’t cheap, but they’re worth every penny.

Regular Maintenance

Here’s the last of our four upgrades to improve your hunting truck’s performance, and it should go without saying. Keep your truck on a regular maintenance schedule. Change the oil and filter every 3,000 to 10,000 miles (check your owner’s manual for the exact number). Ensure you change all the fluids, top off the gas, and inflate the tires to the proper pressure before heading out for your trip. Your truck can take better care of you if you take care of it.

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Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.