Overland Expo creating new, ultimate off-road-ready Toyota SUV, Honda motorcycle builds

The two ultimate off-roading vehicles are currently being prepped for their August debut.

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If you're a DIY adventure travel enthusiast, you're probably familiar with Overland Expo. The company puts together numerous events across the country each year that bring together the best of the overloading industry from vehicles to equipment to experts and more.

With sunny days filled with more expo events ahead as COVID-19 looks even further away in the rearview mirror, Overland Expo's staff has worked with two automakers to create unique builds befitting the spirit of Overland Expo events. The first is the Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build, which is based on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road. The other is based on a 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT and called the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build: Before

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The Toyota 4Runner TRD-Off Road 4x4 comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a standard factory-installed locking rear differential, and crawl Control — among other features. It also has a large number of off-roading and overloading accessories available, making it a perfect platform for this build.

The transformation of the vehicle has just begun. Over the next few months, MULE Expedition Outfitters and several aftermarket parts suppliers, including ARB 4x4 Accessories, CBI Offroad, Alu-Cab, Prinsu Design, Firestone Tires, Mayhem Wheels, 7P Overland, ALP Generators, REDARC, KC- Adventure Further, OK4WD, MagnaFlow, Garmin, Westin, Superwinch, Wagan Tech, TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication, XPLOR, Radflo, Atlantic British /Clearview USA, Dometic, QuietKat, and Midland Radio, will work to add parts to fine tune the model into the Ultimate Overland Vehicle.

The finished Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, Colorado.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build

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Overland Expo's first Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build is based on the 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT, which has been finished in Darkness Black Metallic - a new colorway for the 2021 model year. Together, Honda and Overland Expo will work to transform the motorcycle over the coming months utilizing a variety of suppliers including Outback Motortek, Jesse Luggage, Denali Electronics, Garmin, Wolfman Luggage, Heidenau Tires, KonTour Seats, and Superwinch.

Like the Toyota, the Honda will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West.

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Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.


The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.

The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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