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Shahn Brown

Rank V
Member
Adventure

Influencer III

2,491
Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
Member #

29302

Hello everyone!

I am new to overlanding. I have always like the way the rigs looked so decided I would dive in to give it a try. I bought a 2017 Forester Premium NA and am planning several upgrades over the next few years as money rolls in. Currently just have a roof rack but lights are on the way. Lift and tires and wheels are next but still in the air on how much lift and tire size. I'm from southwest Missouri so there's not a lot of public trails within an hour of my area. Hoping I can find others in this area to learn from.
Hello Dustin and welcome to Overland Bound!
 
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Roots66

SouthWest Region Member Rep Texas
Member

Member III

3,477
Georgetown, TX, USA
First Name
Mike
Last Name
Roots
Member #

16968

Service Branch
USAF / FEMA CERT
Hello everyone!

I am new to overlanding. I have always like the way the rigs looked so decided I would dive in to give it a try. I bought a 2017 Forester Premium NA and am planning several upgrades over the next few years as money rolls in. Currently just have a roof rack but lights are on the way. Lift and tires and wheels are next but still in the air on how much lift and tire size. I'm from southwest Missouri so there's not a lot of public trails within an hour of my area. Hoping I can find others in this area to learn from.
Hello Dustin, welcome to the OB family.
 

Davidln1

Rank III
Member
Adventure

Educator I

538
Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois, United States
First Name
David
Last Name
Nellis
Member #

40099

Service Branch
ARNG, EMS, Police
Hello, I'm Levi, I'm new to overlanding but so much to camping. I started working on my build which is a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara JKU. Looking forward to learning more.
Welcome I’m new to overlanding too, this is a great place to start. Lots of supportive people and the app can help plan a great trip.
Thank you, and yeah I've been reading a lot of the different forums/threads.
 

Kent R

Executive Director
Staff member
Expedition
Moderator
Member
Supporter

Pioneer I

5,063
El Dorado, Ca
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Reynolds
Member #

1632

Ham Callsign
K6KNT
Service Branch
Retired Firefighter
Hello everyone!

I am new to overlanding. I have always like the way the rigs looked so decided I would dive in to give it a try. I bought a 2017 Forester Premium NA and am planning several upgrades over the next few years as money rolls in. Currently just have a roof rack but lights are on the way. Lift and tires and wheels are next but still in the air on how much lift and tire size. I'm from southwest Missouri so there's not a lot of public trails within an hour of my area. Hoping I can find others in this area to learn from.
Welcome to Overland Bound
Check the forum calendar and Meet-Up page for events, and the Trip Planning page for trips being planned by members. These pages can be filtered by region.
Overland Bound Meetups
Overland Trip Planning
You are in the Midwest Region, local information can also be found in the “Overland Bound by Region”
OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY
Your Regional Director is @Mike W. The closest Member Representative to you for local information is @Paris0514 and in North AR @BlueLineOverland
Quick adult & youthTread Lightly online awareness course.
Online Courses - Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly! Youth Online Course
Check out the Overland Expo https://www.OverlandExpo.com
If you have any questions don't hesitate to message me, hopefully I can get you going in the right direction. @Kent R
 
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BlueLineOverland

US Southeast Region Member Rep, Arkansas
Member
Adventure

Explorer I

5,614
Ozark Arkansas
First Name
Mason
Last Name
Berry
Member #

8818

Hello everyone!

I am new to overlanding. I have always like the way the rigs looked so decided I would dive in to give it a try. I bought a 2017 Forester Premium NA and am planning several upgrades over the next few years as money rolls in. Currently just have a roof rack but lights are on the way. Lift and tires and wheels are next but still in the air on how much lift and tire size. I'm from southwest Missouri so there's not a lot of public trails within an hour of my area. Hoping I can find others in this area to learn from.
Welcome Goody!!!!!! If you find yourself in the Arkansas Ozarks or want to see some cool places don't hesitate to reach out! Happy to help where I can!

Mason
 

Kozysnack

Rank VI
Expedition
Member
Adventure

Enthusiast III

3,335
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
First Name
Vance
Last Name
Ely
Member #

28800

Ham Callsign
WRNX949 is my GMRS, haven't taken my test yet but working on the HAM
Service Branch
USAF BRAT
Hello everyone!

I am new to overlanding. I have always like the way the rigs looked so decided I would dive in to give it a try. I bought a 2017 Forester Premium NA and am planning several upgrades over the next few years as money rolls in. Currently just have a roof rack but lights are on the way. Lift and tires and wheels are next but still in the air on how much lift and tire size. I'm from southwest Missouri so there's not a lot of public trails within an hour of my area. Hoping I can find others in this area to learn from.
Welcome! With the Mark Twain National Forest in your backyard and the Ozark NF just down across the state lines, I bet you can find plenty of cool trails to hit. I'm sure someone from your area will have a great list.
 
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igobyjoe

Rank 0

Contributor I

60
East Bay, CA, USA
First Name
Rommel
Last Name
Cuevas
Hey Everyone!

New to the overland game. Ever since childhood, I've always been more/less and outdoorsy person. College, I got my first mountain bike and hit up the local trails, and ever since then I've been hooked to the dirt in one form or another.

Currently have a 2003 Nissan Frontier, and all the years it's been kind to me, and now my wife and 2 kids. Pandemic got us to truly appreciate the outdoors (I'm sure we're not the only ones!), but alas, the miles have taken its toll on the engine, so we had to replace it with a 2015 Tacoma. Our last days with the Nissan are numbered; we'll officially say our goodbyes on Sunday at the local CarMax.

So - that said - the Taco is currently all-stock. No need to post pictures of it when you can just google "2015 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Sport". Looking forward to hearing/learning about overlanding life, and what we can do to our new family rig to extend our camping trips to last more than a few days!
 

Shahn Brown

Rank V
Member
Adventure

Influencer III

2,491
Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
Member #

29302

Hey Everyone!

New to the overland game. Ever since childhood, I've always been more/less and outdoorsy person. College, I got my first mountain bike and hit up the local trails, and ever since then I've been hooked to the dirt in one form or another.

Currently have a 2003 Nissan Frontier, and all the years it's been kind to me, and now my wife and 2 kids. Pandemic got us to truly appreciate the outdoors (I'm sure we're not the only ones!), but alas, the miles have taken its toll on the engine, so we had to replace it with a 2015 Tacoma. Our last days with the Nissan are numbered; we'll officially say our goodbyes on Sunday at the local CarMax.

So - that said - the Taco is currently all-stock. No need to post pictures of it when you can just google "2015 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Sport". Looking forward to hearing/learning about overlanding life, and what we can do to our new family rig to extend our camping trips to last more than a few days!
Hello Rommel and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Kozysnack

Rank VI
Expedition
Member
Adventure

Enthusiast III

3,335
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
First Name
Vance
Last Name
Ely
Member #

28800

Ham Callsign
WRNX949 is my GMRS, haven't taken my test yet but working on the HAM
Service Branch
USAF BRAT
Hey Everyone!

New to the overland game. Ever since childhood, I've always been more/less and outdoorsy person. College, I got my first mountain bike and hit up the local trails, and ever since then I've been hooked to the dirt in one form or another.

Currently have a 2003 Nissan Frontier, and all the years it's been kind to me, and now my wife and 2 kids. Pandemic got us to truly appreciate the outdoors (I'm sure we're not the only ones!), but alas, the miles have taken its toll on the engine, so we had to replace it with a 2015 Tacoma. Our last days with the Nissan are numbered; we'll officially say our goodbyes on Sunday at the local CarMax.

So - that said - the Taco is currently all-stock. No need to post pictures of it when you can just google "2015 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Sport". Looking forward to hearing/learning about overlanding life, and what we can do to our new family rig to extend our camping trips to last more than a few days!
WELCOME to Overland Bound!
 

TexasLandman

Rank III
Member

Contributor I

703
Midland, TX, USA
First Name
Christopher
Last Name
Harrell
Member #

16045

Hello all,


My name is Chris Harrell and I’m currently a resident of Midland, Texas. I’ve been stalking the forum for a while now but never got around to doing the whole introduction thing so here it goes. I am new to overlanding but not to wheeling. I used to be into the slow crawling Jeeps (LS powered YJ on tons) but a wife and 2 kids later, I decided that I’d like to do something a little more inclusive of the family. That brings me to where I’m at now.

I thought about equipping my wife’s 2017 Sequoia but I wanted to keep size and maneuverability in mind so I searched and found a really clean 2007 1st gen Sequoia limited in Augusta GA so I snagged it. It’s a smooth reliable rig so far and is bone stock.


I have already purchased a lift, lockers, BFF rear bumper and sliders but I already have another project truck taking up the bay in my shop so installing those goodies may have to wait a bit. I’ll throw up a build thread when I do though.

I look forward to exploring neighboring New Mexico and meeting like minded folks and families within the overlanding community.
 

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Shahn Brown

Rank V
Member
Adventure

Influencer III

2,491
Seattle, WA, USA
First Name
Shahn
Last Name
Brown
Member #

29302

Hello all,


My name is Chris Harrell and I’m currently a resident of Midland, Texas. I’ve been stalking the forum for a while now but never got around to doing the whole introduction thing so here it goes. I am new to overlanding but not to wheeling. I used to be into the slow crawling Jeeps (LS powered YJ on tons) but a wife and 2 kids later, I decided that I’d like to do something a little more inclusive of the family. That brings me to where I’m at now.

I thought about equipping my wife’s 2017 Sequoia but I wanted to keep size and maneuverability in mind so I searched and found a really clean 2007 1st gen Sequoia limited in Augusta GA so I snagged it. It’s a smooth reliable rig so far and is bone stock.


I have already purchased a lift, lockers, BFF rear bumper and sliders but I already have another project truck taking up the bay in my shop so installing those goodies may have to wait a bit. I’ll throw up a build thread when I do though.

I look forward to exploring neighboring New Mexico and meeting like minded folks and families within the overlanding community.
Hello Chris and welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Prerunner1982

US Southwest Region Member Rep
Member

Member III

3,372
Navina, Oklahoma
First Name
Jon
Last Name
B
Member #

16274

Hello Scott (@scotticus ) welcome from Oklahoma. I see you are a ham as well. Check out the Communication section and feel free to join in on the weekly Friday evening Echolink net.
When: 17:30 PST, 20:30 EST, 00:30 UTC

Where: Our net is graciously hosted by the Starlink White Mountain Repeater System group. Below is the current list of of nodes, hubs, repeaters, and links which get us on the air each Friday. For more information please visit their website at White Mountain Repeater Association .

Echolink
Conference Node 357087 (Starlink)

Check the WMRA web page for linked repeaters, talk groups, etc.

I am none of the SW Region Member Reps however @Roots66 is your closest rep and will be around shortly I am sure with some new member information/links and local meet up info.
 

igobyjoe

Rank 0

Contributor I

60
East Bay, CA, USA
First Name
Rommel
Last Name
Cuevas
Hey Everyone!

New to the overland game. Ever since childhood, I've always been more/less and outdoorsy person. College, I got my first mountain bike and hit up the local trails, and ever since then I've been hooked to the dirt in one form or another.

Currently have a 2003 Nissan Frontier, and all the years it's been kind to me, and now my wife and 2 kids. Pandemic got us to truly appreciate the outdoors (I'm sure we're not the only ones!), but alas, the miles have taken its toll on the engine, so we had to replace it with a 2015 Tacoma. Our last days with the Nissan are numbered; we'll officially say our goodbyes on Sunday at the local CarMax.

So - that said - the Taco is currently all-stock. No need to post pictures of it when you can just google "2015 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Sport". Looking forward to hearing/learning about overlanding life, and what we can do to our new family rig to extend our camping trips to last more than a few days!
OK - now that I've formally introduced myself - can someone please point me in the right direction of lift kit suggestions?

With rather limited choices available for 1st gen Nissan Frontiers, I ended up getting a 3" Rancho kit for my soon-to-be-retired rig. Although it did in fact give me the lift, I wasn't very impressed with its ride quality. We could feel almost all the bumps/cracks on the freeway; they felt really stiff, and I kept thinking they'd just need a "breaking in" period. Got the kit installed April 2019, and to this day, they never felt like they got any softer.

Getting a Tacoma, I've found that there are DOZENS more aftermarket upgrades commercially available than for Frontiers. Lifting it is the 1st of many upgrades I plan on doing. I was able to test drive a used rig w/ King shocks; those felt GREAT, and I felt why they were so expensive on that test run. I want to start researching which brand will give me the best bang for my [limited] buck.

Thanks in advance!!
 

Marangatang94

Rank IV
Member
Adventure

Contributor I

981
Decatur, GA, USA
First Name
Daniel
Last Name
Maranga
Member #

29081

Ham Callsign
KO4TMA
Heya,

Recent subscriber to Overland Bound, OB#29081. I'm based out of North Decatur, Georgia. I've started building out a new to me 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. All that's been added at the moment are some new Falken Wildpeak rubber, hitch mount Body Armor skid plate/recovery point, a pair of 3 color led low beam bulbs, and a handheld HAM/CB radio system. Planning on building a unistrut safari rack for it, trimming the bumper, installing a set of Dobinsons Lift Springs for a little more ground clearance, and fabricating anything else I'd need such as underbody protection, full size spare carrier, etc. Newer to overlanding but have done a good amount of camping, backpacking, and cross-country driving. Looking forward to learning from the rest of the members!
 

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Kozysnack

Rank VI
Expedition
Member
Adventure

Enthusiast III

3,335
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
First Name
Vance
Last Name
Ely
Member #

28800

Ham Callsign
WRNX949 is my GMRS, haven't taken my test yet but working on the HAM
Service Branch
USAF BRAT
Hello all,


My name is Chris Harrell and I’m currently a resident of Midland, Texas. I’ve been stalking the forum for a while now but never got around to doing the whole introduction thing so here it goes. I am new to overlanding but not to wheeling. I used to be into the slow crawling Jeeps (LS powered YJ on tons) but a wife and 2 kids later, I decided that I’d like to do something a little more inclusive of the family. That brings me to where I’m at now.

I thought about equipping my wife’s 2017 Sequoia but I wanted to keep size and maneuverability in mind so I searched and found a really clean 2007 1st gen Sequoia limited in Augusta GA so I snagged it. It’s a smooth reliable rig so far and is bone stock.


I have already purchased a lift, lockers, BFF rear bumper and sliders but I already have another project truck taking up the bay in my shop so installing those goodies may have to wait a bit. I’ll throw up a build thread when I do though.

I look forward to exploring neighboring New Mexico and meeting like minded folks and families within the overlanding community.
Welcome to Overland Bound!
 

Kozysnack

Rank VI
Expedition
Member
Adventure

Enthusiast III

3,335
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
First Name
Vance
Last Name
Ely
Member #

28800

Ham Callsign
WRNX949 is my GMRS, haven't taken my test yet but working on the HAM
Service Branch
USAF BRAT
Heya,

Recent subscriber to Overland Bound, OB#29081. I'm based out of North Decatur, Georgia. I've started building out a new to me 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. All that's been added at the moment are some new Falken Wildpeak rubber, hitch mount Body Armor skid plate/recovery point, a pair of 3 color led low beam bulbs, and a handheld HAM/CB radio system. Planning on building a unistrut safari rack for it, trimming the bumper, installing a set of Dobinsons Lift Springs for a little more ground clearance, and fabricating anything else I'd need such as underbody protection, full size spare carrier, etc. Newer to overlanding but have done a good amount of camping, backpacking, and cross-country driving. Looking forward to learning from the rest of the members!
Welocme to Overland Bound
 

OVRLNDX

Rank I
Member
Adventure

Contributor I

233
Del Rio, TX, USA
First Name
Josh
Last Name
Overfelt
Member #

29288

Hello all!
Josh here. Southwest Texas area. Been camping since I was a toddler, now sharing that passion with my kids.
2014 Xterra PRO4X, Roofnest Condor XL RTT along with a 2020 Rockwood 2280 ESP off-road pop up. Love backcountry camping in Big Bend NP and all over NM, CO and UT.
 

Kozysnack

Rank VI
Expedition
Member
Adventure

Enthusiast III

3,335
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
First Name
Vance
Last Name
Ely
Member #

28800

Ham Callsign
WRNX949 is my GMRS, haven't taken my test yet but working on the HAM
Service Branch
USAF BRAT
Hello all!
Josh here. Southwest Texas area. Been camping since I was a toddler, now sharing that passion with my kids.
2014 Xterra PRO4X, Roofnest Condor XL RTT along with a 2020 Rockwood 2280 ESP off-road pop up. Love backcountry camping in Big Bend NP and all over NM, CO and UT.
WELCOME oh to be so close to Big Bend. see you out on the trails!