What’s a better vehicle for an off-road overland adventure – a truck or an SUV? We take two of our project vehicles to Moab, Utah to find out. It’s our Ram Rebel Rouser versus our Toyota Land Cruiser TFL Pro.
A Moab Adventure
This is the first time our built Land Cruiser TFL Pro got to taste the trails of Moab. It’s a 2008 200-series 4×4 SUV that we have been building up over the last several months. Our goal was to turn a regular Land Cruiser into something Toyota would build if they had a TRD Pro version of it. No, Land Cruiser TRD Pro is currently available from the factory, so we hope our TFL Pro version is the next best thing.
Land Cruiser TFL Pro
This Land Cruiser is riding on a small suspension lift and OME (Old Man Emu) shocks. It has a snorkel air intake, MetalTech steel rock sliders, and TRD Pro forged BBS wheels. It’s sitting on BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires.
Ram Rebel Rouser
On the flip side, the truck is our long-term Ram Rebel Rouser project truck. It’s a crew cab 4×4. It’s also riding on a small (2-inch front) suspension lift and larger 35-inch Toyo Open Country AT2 all-terrain tires. It has a few other modifications: off-road side steps (not rock sliders), Mopar off-road wheels, and a sports bar with additional off-road lights (just to name a few).
Which vehicle is better for overlanding? We take them on a challenging Fins-n-Things trail to find out. One thing becomes immediately clear. The shorter wheelbase on the Land Cruiser (approx. 112 in) makes it much more maneuverable on the trail. The Rebel crew cab and its 144.5 in wheelbase is a limo by comparison, but the Ram has more space for all your stuff.
Check out the video below to see what happens.