Built for Overlanding: A Look at the Sponsor and Support Rigs From Overland Adventure East

    Overlanding continues its streak of being a hot way to get off-road and off the grid, and the examples of ingenuity and purpose-building manage to still feel fresh when it comes to outfitting a vehicle. On Four Wheeler's inaugural 2019 TireRack.com Overland Adventure East, we were joined by these five sponsor and support rigs that were chockfull of ideas that you too might find steal-worthy, whether you're new or a seasoned overlander. Here's how experts at living the overlanding life and building for the overlanding life modify their own overlanding vehicles: Support was provided by Overland Experts (OEX) in the form of vehicles and technical expertise, and Dee Zee was one of the sponsors of the event.

     

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    '10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Owned by: Overland Experts
    Website: overlandexperts.com
    About: Overland Experts (OEX) trains drivers, and for our purposes here, the Recreational & 4x4 Travel experience is the worth a look. It has a focus on technique and survival skills (say, field repairs and recovery, among other topics). The company's emphasis is on self-drive adventure travel. This Jeep is from their diverse fleet of training vehicles. It's stock under the hood, but under the body you'll find some key changes. There are Old Man Emu Nitrocharger 2-inch shocks/springs front and rear as well as Old Man Emu extension brackets and steering stabilizer. The 255/85R16 BFGoodrich KM3 tires have a nugget center in the form of 16x8 KMC XD137 black wheels. There are White Knuckle Off Road Products rock sliders and an ARB Deluxe winch bumper, along with a 10,000-pound Superwinch EXP winch, OEX recovery kit, and 60-inch Hi-Lift X-Treme Jack. You'll also spot a Safari snorkel, Thule roof rack, Yakima gutter mounts, and Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters rooftop tent.

     

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    '06 Toyota Land Cruiser 100
    Owned by: Overland Experts
    Website: overlandexperts.com
    About: Overlanding by nature seems to require only as much as you need, and in the case of this capable-stock Land Cruiser, what you'll see are 285/60-18 General AT/X tires, 18x9 Granite Alloy GA640 Anthracite wheels, and an OEX kinetic recovery kit. There's also a Maggiolina rooftop tent.

     

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    '19 Jeep Wrangler
    Owned by: Dee Zee
    Website: deezee.com
    About: We had this Jeep Wrangler JL from Dee Zee, a company that has been in the truck-accessory business since 1977, on our trip. The company has tons of Jeep accessories and loads of options to outfit trucks and SUVs as well. On that note, spied: Look closely at that bumper situation. The front (and rear) is a Dee Zee prototype unit. That's the perk to having a manufacturer along—you get a first look at possible new products. The nerf bars are the company's Hex series, as is the roof rack, and as you'd expect from an accessories company, there are a lot of functional accessories here: Dee Zee is the name on the front and rear doors, cargo shelf, rear-door work bench, storage box, cowl accessory bracket, and 20-inch lightbar bracket for the hood. The JL also has 37-inch Toyo rubber coupled with 20-inch Black Rhino wheels, a 3-inch body lift from Fabtech, and a B&W drop-ball hitch. The lights? PIAA. A Warn winch and Hi-Lift jack help with recovery needs.

     

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    '13 Toyota Hilux D4D
    Owned by: Overland Experts
    Website: overlandexperts.com
    About: A Toyota Hilux? Overland Experts has a variety of vehicles in its fleet, including this oddball, because, as they say, a solid-front-axle four-cylinder diesel with a manual trans won't perform as a Toyota Land Cruiser with independent front suspension and a V-6 gas engine with an auto trans. So, they train customers—who include regular Joes like you and us as well as military and industrial types—in either their own vehicle or one from the OEX fleet. This Hilux was imported from Spain on a 3-year EPA waiver for military training. It has Old Man Emu handling suspension comfort, including coils in front and leaves at the rear, and a steering stabilizer. Old Man Emu/ARB BP-51 shocks with bypass tech give control no matter what the terrain. Those are 265/70-16 Firestone M/T2 tires. Other odds and ends include OEX custom sliders and recovery bags, Safari snorkel, ARB bumpers front and rear, Superwinch Talon 9.5 SR winch with roller fairlead, and 60-inch Hi-Lift X-Treme Jack.

     

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    '85 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ75
    Owned by: Overland Experts
    Website: overlandexperts.com
    About: This righthand-drive, 3.6L-equipped Toy has a Mike Vine Turbos-tuned turbo. Location for that shop? Brisbane, Australia. There's also custom exhaust and Old Man Emu Nitrocharger shocks and springs as well as a steering stabilizer. BFGoodrich 285/75R16 KM2s roll over whatever is on the path. Custom Iron Pig Off Road rock sliders, Safari snorkel, ARB commercial winch bumper and side rails, and custom OEX bumper add beef. There's an integrated 2-inch hitch receiver, too. A Superwinch Talon 9.5 SR winch with roller fairlead, OEX recovery bags, and 60-inch Hi-Lift X-Treme Jack are at the ready if needed. For sleeping, there's a Front Runner rooftop tent. There are also two fuel tanks. The HJ was imported and added to the OEX fleet almost 20 years ago.

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