These days, it's relatively impossible to find an affordable 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser—low mileage examples commonly exceed $10,000 in stock form. When you start looking for a decently maintained 80 series with some modifications the sky is the limit. That's why we were so impressed to find this reasonably priced and modified 1996 Land Cruiser with factory locking differentials for sale on the Expedition Portal Classifieds for only $5000 or best offer. It's already been equipped with a 3" Old Man Emu lift kit, ARB front bull bar, a pricey Kaymar rear tire carrier, and 255/85/16 BFG Mud Terrain KM2 tires. It does have somewhat high miles at 227k, but we've seen these vehicles run for well over that will proper maintenance.
Watch as a Land Rover Series IIa is reborn with a variety of Toyota mechanical parts.
Each year thousands of new products destined for the automotive industry are unveiled at SEMA—along with a few hundred not-so-new Chinese knock-offs based on last years latest and greatest. None-the-less, it's one of the premier times of the year to launch your new products in front of your industry peers and the media. At the expense of our feet, voices, and mental capacity, we scoured the show from open to close looking for the coolest new gear available to overlanders and 4WD enthusiasts—saving you the time of sifting through the garbage. Here's 13 coolest and most significant off-road products we could find at SEMA 2012.
Traveling is hard. Remembering the name of the epic beer you enjoyed at 3am inside a nightclub in Bogota, Colombia is significantly harder. Luckily for beer enthusiasts everywhere Moleskine has created the solution to a problem we never really knew existed (after drinking all night) with the Beer Journal. (~$20) The quality bound journal contains 5 themed and tabbed sections for recording everything from your precious notes on various home-brews and recipes, to different establishments you've visited and what you drank there. I'm an enthusiast of Moleskine products—and if this is like any of their other special edition journals—it's sure to not only be unique, but durable enough to withstand the test of time. Because surely it will take you quite a while to actually fill up all 240 pages with the best beverages your liver can hate.
Last weekend I found myself with an inexplicable urge to get myself a waterproof jacket, an empty flask for my shampoo, and a machete. My hard work at the hostel is beginning to encroach savagely onto my free time, but, after rearranging a few duties, I managed to clear a couple hours last Sunday and head to the much-feared Mercado de Abastos. For starters, this lawless metropolis is a triangle about eight times the size of the average city block, running parallel to the Periférico city ring and limited by the Atoyac river—a winding, muddy stream laden with debris, garbage and (often-times) criminals.
So, yeah, if you're looking for a roof rack for your Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that is incredibly strong, you might just want to take a look at Front Runner's newest Slimline II Extreme Roof Rack. It's capable of supporting the entire weight of your vehicle—if you don't believe us, watch this video of a crane picking up a loaded Wrangler Unlimited by the Slimline II Extreme roof rack.
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If you've been keeping up on our coverage of SEMA 2012 you've undoubtably seen countless modified 4WD's—most of them being the 4-door Jeep Wrangler—but without a doubt the most popular 4WD at SEMA was still the big trucks. Some of the most expertly prepared Toyota Tundra's, Ford F-Series, Chevy 2500, and Dodge RAM pick-ups all descended upon Las Vegas last week to show off the best in pick-up modification the industry has to offer. We were incredibly impressed with the popularity of the Ford Raptor and saw them modified for everything ranging from extreme race use to easily tackling technical 4WD trails.
via West County Explorers Club: I went on a nice little solo trip up to the Sierra Nevada this past summer, found some great back country camp sites, and thought I'd share them with you. Keep these in mind for next summer when the snow clears.
See the map on the post at WCXC.
via West County Explorers Club: Here's something you don't see every day, a 1959 Chevy NAPCO Suburban. NAPCO was the company that made aftermarket 4-wheel-drive systems for GM trucks in the 1950s, before GM made them in-house. This truck has reportedly had a frame-off restoration, including a rebuild of its 6-cylinder engine, and has covered less than 1,000 miles since then.
via West County Explorers Club: Icon 4x4 does a great job of reimaging existing 4-wheel-drive classics and building them anew in ultimate-spec form. With FJ44 they're taking a new tack, since this 4-door, six-passenger FJ never existed way back when.In this video Jay Leno talks to Jonathan Ward from ICON to find out what it's all about.