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When a Toyota R&D Engineer Builds an Overland Rig


Dan Rich, Overland Bound Member 0582 has been an Engineer for Toyota for 30 years in Power-train Research and Development. For much of that time he has tried many different configurations on his FZJ80, which has led to the build he shares in this video. His rig is modest, but performs well, and reliably.

You can reach Dan on instagram @vcexpeditions and in our forums @VCeXpedition

Look for the extended version of the walk around on YouTube for more detailed descriptions and methodology!

Thank you Dan for sharing your wealth of information.





Backwoods country bumpkin. Overland enthusiast and lover of the great outdoors.


  1. A consistent problem in most areas in most the areas we've been to.  Hiking here and there we always manage to collect a small bag.  Might be a good idea to connect to groups already involved in cleanup projects.  Like when in college my Rotaract club did a few pick ups of local reservation areas/ trails.

  2. We started camping with our children when they were infants almost 25 years ago. As soon as they were old enough, we made a game out of trash collection. As soon as we stopped to set camp, we would send them on a "treasure hunt" to collect as much trash as possible. This was a great way for them to occupy time while set camp and a release of their energy after sitting in the truck for hours of travel.  The reward was selected what to eat for dinner.  We did the same when we broke camp, and the winner could choose where to stop along the way to our next destination. Now even though they are both young adults and help set up camp we all clean up the camp when we arrive and leave, and the reward is knowing that the next camper might notice.  It has always amazed me how much litter there is to collect.

  3. Form follow Function was a term used by Mies Van Der Rohe the father of modernist architecture from the Bahause tradition from Germany. He used it to describe his philosophy on designing buildings.