Video of the Week: Overland Journal Lexus GX470 Build

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On my first trip to Prescott, Arizona, I remember seeing Scott’s 2007 Lexus GX470 at Overland HQ and asking him about it. At the time, I was considering the vehicle for an overland build myself (which I ultimately abandoned in favor of a full-sized truck, primarily because I needed more robust towing capability).

Scott and I discussing the merits of the GX: the proven J-series platform (Prado), heavy-duty body-on-frame construction, the 4.7-liter V8 power plant, the 1500-pound payload rating, long-travel 5-link airbag rear suspension, as well as the overall reliability of Lexus, and the cost savings (it’s amazing how much a Toyota badge adds to a vehicle’s price!).


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Matt is a paragliding pilot and adventure seeker living full-time in a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer pulled by a Ram 2500. His love of the outdoors has driven him to explore remote destinations across North and South America in search of the most aesthetic peaks and beautiful flying sites. IG: @m.b.swartz