How To Make One Vehicle Perfect For Every Off-Road Situation

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If you really need one truck to go prerunning, overlanding, mud bogging and rock crawling... you’re going to have to get creative. Or crazy.

For those of you unfamiliar with off-road vernacular, “prerunning” is the tradition of driving an off-road race course before the race to learn the route. Practically and generally speaking, a “prerunner” is a vehicle designed to move quickly over desert terrain and make late night taco runs. Picture a Ford Ranger with big tires, long shocks and and a lot of exposed steel tubes.


“Overlanding” is about going over rough terrain too, but at a much slower pace and with much more crap bolted to the car. The modern interpretation of overlanding is basically a Pinterest’d execution of porting a tailgate party into National Geographic’s Instagram account. Picture a classic Range Rover with beautifully brushed-aluminum racks, fancy fold-out kitchenware and every off-road accessory mounted to the exterior.

You can probably work out what “rock crawling” and “mud bogging” are on your own. To be good at those your truck needs articulation and lots of power, respectively.

It’s easy to see why it’s so hard to make one vehicle that could master all of these domains, but that’s what Fred Williams and his friend Dave managed to accomplish. That or they wasted two perfectly mediocre truck frames, depending on how you look at it.

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