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Old 03-09-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default What are some of the best performing Off-road Vehicles of all time?

Alright, Lets keep this to Trucks/SUV's that folks can actually own. Sure the FJ40 and Unimog's are nice, but how many folks can afford to drop 25k on a 1974 or older truck?

I was thinking about the Toyota 4Runner that I've been looking at and realized that the 1985 and earlier models are pretty bad ass.
Chevy Z-71's aren't terribly shabby
Then there's the Dodge Power wagon from the 70's

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Old 03-09-2006, 09:05 AM   #2
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saw a Unimog on the way to work this morning, actually...
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:05 AM   #3
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saw a Unimog on the way to work this morning, actually...
Not that there's anything but concrete in ATL metro or anything.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:06 AM   #4
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JEEP CJX
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:06 AM   #5
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The good ole Jeep Cherokee with the staright 6 has been around for decades and is as reliable.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:08 AM   #6
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Alright, Lets keep this to Trucks/SUV's that folks can actually own. Sure the FJ40 and Unimog's are nice, but how many folks can afford to drop 25k on a 1974 or older truck?

I was thinking about the Toyota 4Runner that I've been looking at and realized that the 1985 and earlier models are pretty bad ass.
Chevy Z-71's aren't terribly shabby
Then there's the Dodge Power wagon from the 70's

So what says you OT?
What makes the pre-'85 Toyotas so badass?
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:11 AM   #7
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Chevy K5 Blazer
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:12 AM   #8
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What makes the pre-'85 Toyotas so badass?
Straight axles, I think.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:13 AM   #9
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What makes the pre-'85 Toyotas so badass?
Solid front axle
22R(E) engine (God of all Toyota's in reliability)
Few other things too that its too early to remember.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:16 AM   #10
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Yeah, I've seen a few Toyotas of that era in rock crawling videos. Pretty sweet.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:19 AM   #11
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oh also this one is a little funky but Ive seen it run circles around full size pickups on the rocks

Suzuki Samauri with a 4.3L Chevy Vortec V6 transplant

http://www.rocky-road.com/vortec.html

and its a REALLY cheap vehicle to build up, if you can tolerate the fact its a Samauri
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:23 AM   #12
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #13
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I've actually seen a lot of Samurai's built up for it. I would guess that since they're so cheap, and you'll just be replacing everything underneath it, you might as well just get whatever you can without wasting a ton of cash.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #14
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K5 Blazers, old Broncos and Z71's are all good in the mud but they really aren't the best all around vehicle. They don't flex very and they are all wide which can hurt you on rocks for tight trails.

In stock form I guess there are a lot of vehicles that are good, Jeep Wranglers, Cherokees, Land Rover D90's, old Toyota pickups.

If they are modified, they are just like street car, any of them can be made good. Anything with a narrower body and good approach angles can be made to flex. Throw in some lockers, good tires, and the amount of lift that you need and your set. I've seen some really really badass Suzuki Samuri's on the trail, as well as Tracker's and other normally gay vehicles.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #15
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:30 AM   #16
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yes, but they shouldn't be destroyed by wheeling them. They are so swank, and getting hard to come by.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:33 AM   #17
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another vote for the samuri. Even without the transplant they use to be able to get through areas I could not in lifted Z71's. We mostly played in the mudd and they would just float on top as we sunk.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:38 AM   #18
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Last weekend I went to Winterfest 06 with a friend. It was an event by NAXJA. Kinda like us, but XJ instead SIO. XJ is Jeep Cherokee. Here is his Jeep.


This thing was bad ass. The chick driving owns it, last year she had a red XJ that wasn't nearly as beefy.


Here is what I mean about big trucks and SUV's, they are great for mud if that's what you do, but on trails they do this.


And this is what suspension should do
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Can't think of the name of it... It's based off a land rover... VERY fast and very expensive... they used it to race the kid down the hill after the EVO couldn't beat the kid...
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:47 AM   #21
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Solid front axle
22R(E) engine (God of all Toyota's in reliability)
Few other things too that its too early to remember.
oh, let's not forget the propensity to go on a diet by rusting all their body work off!!
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Can't think of the name of it... It's based off a land rover... VERY fast and very expensive... they used it to race the kid down the hill after the EVO couldn't beat the kid...

might not be what youre talking about but its close in theory

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how can you go wrong with a v12 and that swanky interior


Russ- nice XJ man - got some serious flex too - ever ramped it?
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^^ Nope that's not it..
This is really annoying me.. It's been posted on here several times..
It can survive a drop from 20' with no damage.. it's a racing SUV...
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Russ- nice XJ man - got some serious flex too - ever ramped it?
It's not mine, but he's taken it off some sweet jumps. J/K. This happened later in the day. Tiime to take the carpet out again.
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