OT - Overlanding

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Submitted by evolusd on May 25, 2021 - 3:00pm

I know there are some car nuts here - anyone into overlanding? Just lifted by Lexus GX and got some all terrain tires. My small group of friends like to go off grid and camp for a night or two out in the desert or mountains - bring mountain bikes, food, beer, etc. Great getaway from the hamster wheel.

Submitted by gzz on May 25, 2021 - 3:11pm.

I have been on two fun off road trips to Baja with a friend who has a similar vehicle (an early 2000s Lexus version of the land cruiser, can't remember if it is gx or lx).

The more recent trip was late 2019 to Ejido Eréndira. We stayed at the only hotel there:

https://www.coyotecals.com/

So remote there was no cell service half the time, not even slow 2G/3G!

Submitted by Coronita on May 25, 2021 - 3:59pm.

I know someone else that did this to their Lexus GX. Is there a reason to do this to a GX?

Submitted by spdrun on May 25, 2021 - 4:28pm.

Coronita wrote:
I know someone else that did this to their Lexus GX. Is there a reason to do this to a GX?

GX is basically a shorter-wheelbase Land Cruiser -- it's a decently capable off-road vehicle.

Submitted by phaster on May 26, 2021 - 12:50pm.

spdrun wrote:
Coronita wrote:
I know someone else that did this to their Lexus GX. Is there a reason to do this to a GX?

GX is basically a shorter-wheelbase Land Cruiser -- it's a decently capable off-road vehicle.

one thing to consider for over land trips,... from what I gather the lexus GX 470 has an air-suspension,.... ditch the air-suspension and install steel coil springs which would be more roubust

https://www.strutmasters.com/lexus-gx-47...

https://www.strutmasters.com/products/20...

driven tens of thousand of miles on various dirt roads in my 80 series land cruiser which was setup for alaska/baja,... personally consider the 80 series the last true serious off road vehicle because it came w/ solid axles

the 100 series land cruiser introduced IFS (independent front suspension) which gives the vehicle a more comfortable paved road ride BUT IMHO for overland trips its best to have solid axles

decades ago when I outfitted my 80 series for overland trips, purchased lots of stuff from spector off road (mentioned this because they might have stuff for the lexus gx???)

https://www.sor.com

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