Ah, Ecuador – what a wonderful place. Yet another on the list that offers so much and places where I have to tear myself away from. If I had known of the riches (in bike parts and workshop terms) that Loja offered – coupled with the local prices being the cheapest I´ve encountered to date – I would have scheduled more time here. But as it was Idris was on top form, and I wasn´t doing too bad either, so time to move on.
For those of us in North America, the LR4 remains the most capable vehicle that Land Rover currently sells in North America for overland travel and off-roading. Essentially an LR3 with some upgraded features and styling, it's proven itself to be even more reliable and capable on the trail and that's why we're exited when we see more accessories being launched for it like ARB's new Deluxe Bull Bar. The factory bumper provides no solid recovery or jacking points, and leaves the vehicle vulnerable to trail damage, with ARB's bumper, you'll never have to worry about that again.
What happens when you're one of the leading Toyota 4WD shops in the country and you're not quite happy with the products on the market? If you're Slee Off-Road you just go and produce the product on your own—like they just did with their new Reservoir Shocks ($400-565.) Available for the 80 and 100 series Land Cruiser as well as the newest-generation 4Runner, they've been tested for the last two years before being put into production, including a season on the XRRA race series, where they suffered zero failures. Without a doubt, this is one of the best drop-in shocks money can buy for your Land Cruiser or 4Runner, and feature a lifetime warranty on material defects and workmanship.
Alright, so we know that a Land Cruiser is awesome...and so is a Defender—but sometimes awesome can be really, really boring. The last we checked, adventure is supposed to be exciting, spontaneous, challenging, unique and memorable. So the editors here at Expedition Portal have assembled the top five vehicles that are awesome for different reasons, and somebody should (no—they must) take them on a grand overland adventure.
Earlier today we showed you some leaked images of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover—it turns out that those actually were correct, and as of less than an hour ago, the new Range Rover has been unveiled. The new model promises to keep the legendary off-road capability while transforming it's on-road handling and agility. It's the first SUV to use a unibody made entirely of aluminum which helps the US market Range Rover achieve a weight savings approximately 700lbs when compared to a similarly equipped outgoing model.
Last week I had the chance to ride the new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom ABS 650. This wasn't just a jaunt around the block but rather a 400-mile only-stop-for-fuel-and-ice-cream ride across the flat desert highways and mountain twisties of California and Arizona. After picking up the bike from Suzuki and a short spin around the parking lot for familiarization I was off and running.
With the current model Range Rover seeing more than just one face lift since it's introduction in 2003, we've all known that Land Rover would soon be releasing a new flagship model. The question however was what would it look like, and would it retain that class-leading off-highway performance that we've come to expect. In true Land Rover fashion, it appears there's a leak, but this time it's not from the engine or gearbox, it's from their marketing department with these images of the all-new 2014 Range Rover. [More Images]
If you're looking for an FJ40 that has few of the drawbacks you traditionally get with an older car...and you don't want to drop the money on an ICON, check out this FJ40 that has had a newer Corvette engine stuffed under the hood. The vehicle, for sale right here on Expedition Portal, was built by Proffitt's Cruisers where the owner spent nearly $70,000 having almost every nut and bolt replaced. In addition to the build LS5 there's front and rear disk brakes on FJ60 axles built with chromoly gears, axles, and ARB air lockers but the upmost in performance and strength. There's a huge list of incredibly desirable upgrades on this FJ40, and with the vehicle being priced at $45,000 (obo) there's no way you could ever built something for the same price.