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Must Know for Newbies to Off-Roading

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We have been overlanding, 4x4ing, off-roading for decades. What vehicle features I use now I didn’t always feel comfortable using.

My favorite tip for newbies, start using your Central Differential Lock.

Went to Hawaii and tested out Jeeps Off-Roading, diff lock engaged!


A central differential lock allows for equal distribution of power between the front and rear axles. In a typical 4x4 system, power is distributed between the front and rear axles using a transfer case or a differential.

Here’s a video explain how and when to use it:

In situations where traction conditions vary significantly between the front and rear wheels, a central diff lock can be engaged to lock the front and rear axles together, ensuring that power is distributed equally between them. This can be particularly useful in off-road conditions where one set of wheels may have better traction than the other, or when driving on slippery surfaces like snow or mud.

By locking the central differential, the vehicle’s ability to traverse challenging terrain is improved, as power is distributed evenly to all four wheels, providing better traction and stability.

It’s worth noting that the central diff lock is typically disengaged for regular on-road driving to prevent drivetrain binding and excessive tire wear.

If you aren’t sure how to use your make and model diff lock just search it, I’m sure you’ll find info out there.

We have a free training section to help improve your off-road driving, check it out HERE.