Is it bad for a basic truck to be taken off road?

I got a new 4×4 truck and there’s a big empty muddy cornfield beside my house. My truck doesn’t have any special off road suspensions on it its just a regular daily driver and I mostly use it on road. But if I take it off road will it wreck anything that would be a real b!tch to fix after?
Its just a cornfield… no real big bumps or hills to go over…

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6 Responses to Is it bad for a basic truck to be taken off road?

  1. HotRodGuy November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Being that it is a cornfield, you run the risk of pushing a stalk through a cv boot if it is a truck with IFS type front suspension, and any time you are off road you are subject to break parts. No traction in the mud, then finding a root, block or other solid object under the mud can break parts, or with enough speed and depth can bend suspension parts. Also, getting mud in the seal areas and moving parts causes increased wear, and early failure. If you take it pretty easy, and wash it up really well after (the underside, brakes, axle seal areas, universal joints, inside the wheels) it should be fine. I will warn you the mud track I race on typically leaves me cleaning for 8-9 hours to get all of the grit and mud out of my brake and suspension parts. And that’s before I wash the body of the truck.

    And of course, when/if you get stuck. Use a strap, not a chain to pull the truck out. Chans can cause alot of damage if they snap. And being a stock truck, you will eventually get it stuck playing in a field.

  2. white.mike33 November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    It wont hurt it just dont dog it out, 4x4s are made for that. just go kinda easy.

  3. David November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    First, your truck has no way to manage mud. Off road trucks have special wheels that can manage off road terrain. I would not attempt to go through the cornfield because the truck will get stuck.

  4. cdaler November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Play with the truck that is why you bought it. Just like anything else you could over do it and have to fix something if is broken. Just keep the rubber side down. Have a friend come along as well so if you get stuck in the mud they can help pull you out. But don’t trespass on someone else’s property. If you know who own’s the field get permission to drive on it first, if you don’t know who own’s it then stay off it. Too many people drive where they aren’t supposed to and give honest off roaders a bad name.

    Have fun, be safe and drive legally.

  5. ~Xaus~ November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    If you do it occasionally no problem, 4X4s can take it.

  6. JetDoc November 11, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    The operative word is muddy! Your new 4×4, with mostly highway tires will probably get stuck in the mud, and have to be towed out, plus the farmer who owns the field may not be that happy about your tearing up his field.

    Your new 4×4 is capable of limited off-road use, but you need to be careful with it, as the main difference between a 4×2 pickup and a 4×4 is how deep it will dig into a hole before it gets stuck!

    Have fun!