Will These Parts Ruin Your Rig?

    How Far Can You Go?

    Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

    We’ll let you in on a dirty little secret. Every modification you make to your rig has a downside. That flexy suspension might work great on the trail but be a handful on the freeway. And those aggressive tires may hook up in the mud but howl like a propjet going down the pavement. What’s acceptable on a flatfender is not necessarily acceptable on a new JK, with higher levels of refinement expected from the new vehicle. Ideally the only downside to a product should be cost. Many high-end products are designed with the purpose of minimizing compromises.

    Despite the clickbait title (hey, it worked if you’re reading this online), there aren’t a lot of single modifications that will render your vehicle incapable of safely traveling down public roads. Slower acceleration? Yes. Increased turning radius? Sure. But you can adapt your driving style to compensate for these changes. Most issues compound, though, such as worn steering joints and a bad alignment resulting in death wobble, or drive flanges with square driveshafts creating vibrations.

    Here are our top 10 modifications to avoid if you want to daily drive your 4x4 while sipping a latte and streaming music on your way to work.