7 Days to Die: How to Craft and Use the 4×4 Truck

Learn how to craft and use the 4×4 Truck

It’s the next best thing to driving a tank in 7 Days to Die. The 4×4 Truck is an absolute beast of a vehicle and is easily the most powerful land vehicle in the game. Utilizing steel-plated armor, off-road tires, and a custom cow catcher attachment, this monstrous truck can carry you, your friend, your gear, your loot, your dog, and whatever else you can think of safely across the Wasteland.

This guide will walk you through how to craft and use a 4×4 Truck and offer some advice on maintaining it.

The 4×4 Truck Stats

  • Durability: 8000
  • Base Speed: 13 m/s
  • Noise: Moderate
  • Defense: 90
  • Seats: 2
  • Storage: 72
  • Modification Slots: 5

How to Craft a 4×4 Truck in 7 Days to Die

The 4x4 Truck Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
The 4×4 Truck Crafting Recipe

The 4×4 Truck is a big, powerful vehicle. It will require significant skills and resources to construct from scratch. To assemble the finished vehicle, you’ll need a Workbench and the following 6 components:

  • 4 Wheels
  • 1 4×4 Truck Chassis
  • 1 4×4 Truck Accessories
  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Lead Car Battery

1. Wheels

Wheel Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Wheel Crafting Recipe

Wheels may be looted from vehicle parts crates, salvaged from rusted cars, purchased, or crafted. Crafting requires level 5 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

2. 4×4 Truck Chassis

4x4 Truck Chassis Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
4×4 Truck Chassis Crafting Recipe

Crafting requires level 70 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

3. 4×4 Truck Accessories

4x4 Truck Accessories Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
4×4 Truck Accessories Crafting Recipe

Crafting requires level 70 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

  • 49 Electrical Parts
  • 8 Headlights
  • 75 Short Iron Pipes
  • 6 Springs
  • 24 Mechanical Parts

4. Engine

Engines are rare components that cannot be crafted and must be scavenged from cars and car parts crates, salvaged from vehicles and machinery, or purchased from traders.

5. Lead Car Battery

Lead Car Battery Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Lead Car Battery Crafting Recipe

Crafting requires level 65 in the Electrician crafting skill and the following materials:

  • 180 Lead
  • 1 Bottle of Acid
  • 10 Scrap Polymers

Lead Car Batteries may also be salvaged from vehicles or machinery, found in parts crates, or purchased.

6. Vehicle Crafting Skill

The vehicle crafting skill can only be increased by finding and reading copies of the Vehicle Adventures skill book.

How to use the 4×4 Truck in 7 Days to Die

The 4x4 Truck Driving on a Paved Road in 7 Days to Die
Driving the 4×4 Truck on a Road

With a truck in your inventory, you can place it in the world like a regular block, except it does not snap to the world’s voxel grid. Once placed, however, it has several available functions when holding down the interact button (default E key). This radial menu is identical across all vehicles, but actions may differ depending on the type of vehicle.

Here is a quick rundown of 9 of the 4×4 Truck’s main functions:

1. Drive

Denoted by the steering wheel icon, this action will put the player in the vehicle’s driver’s seat and allow them to operate it. This function can also be accomplished by simply pressing the interact button when aiming at a vehicle.

For the truck, the camera will switch to a third-person view when driving it. Players can travel much faster than walking while riding a 4×4 Truck and can go even faster by holding down the sprint key. Remember that boosting like this will increase noise and drain fuel more quickly.

2. Open

Marked with the raised hood icon, this action will open the inspection screen for your vehicle, allowing players to refuel and repair, apply or remove mods, and generally see the vehicle’s overall stats.

The 4×4 Truck offers 5 slots for vehicle modifications, allowing players to increase speed, fuel efficiency, seating and even improve the brightness of the headlight.

3. Repair

Marked by a wrench icon, this action allows players to spend Repair Kits to restore their vehicle’s durability. This action will not become available until the vehicle’s condition is below maximum and may also be performed through the “open” interface.

4. Refuel

This action refills the vehicle’s fuel tank with any Gas Cans in the player’s inventory. Refueling will consume only enough gas cans to refill the tank completely. This action will only become available if the vehicle’s fuel level is below maximum and may also be performed through the “open” interface.

5. Passcode

This allows players to set, change, and input a passcode for their vehicle. With this, only the owner of the vehicle or someone who enters the correct passcode may drive or otherwise interact with the vehicle.

6. Lock/Unlock

This action locks or unlocks your vehicle, allowing or preventing other players from using it.

7. Honk Horn

This action creates a momentary, loud sound that can be heard from a fair distance away and will attract wandering enemies.

8. Take

Marked with a hand icon, this action returns a vehicle to block form, transferring it back to your inventory and allowing it to be carried. This is useful for moving vehicles through tight spaces or to get a vehicle unstuck. Note that this may only be done if the vehicle’s storage is empty.

9. Storage

Denoted by the bag icon, this will open a vehicle’s inventory and allow players to add or remove items from it.

The 4×4 Truck boasts a massive storage capacity with 72 available storage slots.

Tips and tricks for using the 4×4 Truck

Running into a Zombie with the 4x4 Truck in 7 Days to Die
Running into a Zombie with the 4×4 Truck
  • The sound from a vehicle’s horn can be heard from a fair distance away; this may be used to lure enemies out of buildings or to lead them into traps
  • The 4×4 Truck is much better at driving offroad than any other vehicle, but its large size makes it less maneuverable in tight spaces
  • Level 4 of the Grease Monkey perk can reduce the cost of crafting 4×4 Truck components by 33%
  • While at speed, the 4×4 Truck can plow through hordes of enemies and weak obstacles alike, but keep in mind that doing so will damage your vehicle as well

Final thoughts on the 4×4 Truck

The 4×4 Truck is the pinnacle of land travel, allowing players to store an entire chest’s worth of stuff in the back while safely flattening enemies beneath their massive tires. The Fun Pimps created a real monster with this machine, and we cannot overstate how fun it is to drive over enemies. It won’t be the first vehicle you get your hands on, but it’s easily worth all the resources required to build and maintain it.

Looking for some other tips to help you get started in 7 Days to Die? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started and the 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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