Overlanding - all years. General discussion and pics

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Not sure if this is posted in the right spot or not. I'm looking to start a chain for members to share their overland builds and general info and observations with the Tahoe, yukon, suburban, yukon xl, Escalade, etc. used as an overlanding vehicle.

I'm fairly new to it and have enjoyed the exploring I've done so far. Looking for input and lessons learned,etc. Vehicle modifications, or stock setups and your failures or wins with said setups.

Share your adventures and routes you've taken.
 

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Just started playing with my build. It's also my daily, so being able to quickly and efficiently removed overlanding items is important. I've rented completely built out rigs in Idaho and California, which was awesome! But for mine, I'm going more budget. No RTTs, dual battery system, etc. Sleep in the back on my homemade platform, Napa awning, light bar behind grill, basic supplies, folding solar panel/power station. I'm Midwest, so nothing too amazing is available, but that is why we jump on a plane and rent if we need some real terrain. This is my trial run last weekend in southern Illinois. Seeing what works and what doesn't. And obviously thinning down the list of items really needed.
 

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We run a 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali. Much of our info is around the forum, but here is a current run down. Happy to share what I know.
2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali
6.2L V8 w/ 6L80 replaced at about 240K
Roof Rack – Baseline Overland (that’s us)
Front Bumper - Chassis Unlimited Sierra bumper that I modified. I convinced them to make a specific one for us. (available at baselineoverland.com)
Warn EVO 12S w/ Factor 55 flat link*
Icon 2.5 Coilovers (71555) with Reservoirs CDCV adjusters set at 2.5"
Icon 2.0 rear shocks (76526) they're a pretty basic shock. I'll probably upgrade to 2.5's w/ CDCVs when they wear out. Might give Fox a try.
Cognito Upper Control Arms
Kryptonite upper and lower ball joints and tie rod ends
Dobinson 2" lift rear springs (C09-045)
Air Lift helper bags (don't make my mistake and use the ones spec'ed for this year model with the skinnier Dobinson springs. Use part number 60912 or 60913 for Dobinson springs)
Redarc Tow Pro Elite trailer brake controller. I like it. Fits great in the fuse box on the driver side of the dash. I like that I can switch between the manual mode or automatic since we do a lot of highway and off road driving.
Optimata Yellow Top Battery
K&N cold air intake
RTT: iKamper 2.0
Pelican BX140R Cargo Box behind the iKamper.
DFG Offroad Shower Awning

I'm planning on doing a rear drawer system that is modular so I can do a fridge cooler on one side and drawer on the other and swap the it out for two drawers. I've got it mostly dialed in. Just need to drop the cash and find the time to do it. I'll post a link for a kit once I get it sorted.
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We run a 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali. Much of our info is around the forum, but here is a current run down. Happy to share what I know.
2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali
6.2L V8 w/ 6L80 replaced at about 240K
Roof Rack – Baseline Overland (that’s us)
Front Bumper - Chassis Unlimited Sierra bumper that I modified. I convinced them to make a specific one for us. (available at baselineoverland.com)
Warn EVO 12S w/ Factor 55 flat link*
Icon 2.5 Coilovers (71555) with Reservoirs CDCV adjusters set at 2.5"
Icon 2.0 rear shocks (76526) they're a pretty basic shock. I'll probably upgrade to 2.5's w/ CDCVs when they wear out. Might give Fox a try.
Cognito Upper Control Arms
Kryptonite upper and lower ball joints and tie rod ends
Dobinson 2" lift rear springs (C09-045)
Air Lift helper bags (don't make my mistake and use the ones spec'ed for this year model with the skinnier Dobinson springs. Use part number 60912 or 60913 for Dobinson springs)
Redarc Tow Pro Elite trailer brake controller. I like it. Fits great in the fuse box on the driver side of the dash. I like that I can switch between the manual mode or automatic since we do a lot of highway and off road driving.
Optimata Yellow Top Battery
K&N cold air intake
RTT: iKamper 2.0
Pelican BX140R Cargo Box behind the iKamper.
DFG Offroad Shower Awning

I'm planning on doing a rear drawer system that is modular so I can do a fridge cooler on one side and drawer on the other and swap the it out for two drawers. I've got it mostly dialed in. Just need to drop the cash and find the time to do it. I'll post a link for a kit once I get it sorted.
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We run a 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali. Much of our info is around the forum, but here is a current run down. Happy to share what I know.
2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali
6.2L V8 w/ 6L80 replaced at about 240K
Roof Rack – Baseline Overland (that’s us)
Front Bumper - Chassis Unlimited Sierra bumper that I modified. I convinced them to make a specific one for us. (available at baselineoverland.com)
Warn EVO 12S w/ Factor 55 flat link*
Icon 2.5 Coilovers (71555) with Reservoirs CDCV adjusters set at 2.5"
Icon 2.0 rear shocks (76526) they're a pretty basic shock. I'll probably upgrade to 2.5's w/ CDCVs when they wear out. Might give Fox a try.
Cognito Upper Control Arms
Kryptonite upper and lower ball joints and tie rod ends
Dobinson 2" lift rear springs (C09-045)
Air Lift helper bags (don't make my mistake and use the ones spec'ed for this year model with the skinnier Dobinson springs. Use part number 60912 or 60913 for Dobinson springs)
Redarc Tow Pro Elite trailer brake controller. I like it. Fits great in the fuse box on the driver side of the dash. I like that I can switch between the manual mode or automatic since we do a lot of highway and off road driving.
Optimata Yellow Top Battery
K&N cold air intake
RTT: iKamper 2.0
Pelican BX140R Cargo Box behind the iKamper.
DFG Offroad Shower Awning

I'm planning on doing a rear drawer system that is modular so I can do a fridge cooler on one side and drawer on the other and swap the it out for two drawers. I've got it mostly dialed in. Just need to drop the cash and find the time to do it. I'll post a link for a kit once I get it sorted.
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I like the setup. Where have you traveled? What kind of roads,trails, etc? Have you found any limitations without a low range available? I know 08 will do most anything, but the trans does work hard climbing up to 12k and beyond at 10 mph.
 
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Just started playing with my build. It's also my daily, so being able to quickly and efficiently removed overlanding items is important. I've rented completely built out rigs in Idaho and California, which was awesome! But for mine, I'm going more budget. No RTTs, dual battery system, etc. Sleep in the back on my homemade platform, Napa awning, light bar behind grill, basic supplies, folding solar panel/power station. I'm Midwest, so nothing too amazing is available, but that is why we jump on a plane and rent if we need some real terrain. This is my trial run last weekend in southern Illinois. Seeing what works and what doesn't. And obviously thinning down the list of items really needed.
I love the simplicity of it! I too, have been trying to figure out a more efficient way to travel.......I'm going to leave the kitchen sink at home next time. LOL

The napa Awning looks legit. How does one fabricate a NAPA Awning? Like napa auto parts I'm assuming? The light below it has a nice glow.

Where in southern IL? What kind of trails/terrain?
 

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I love the simplicity of it! I too, have been trying to figure out a more efficient way to travel.......I'm going to leave the kitchen sink at home next time. LOL

The napa Awning looks legit. How does one fabricate a NAPA Awning? Like napa auto parts I'm assuming? The light below it has a nice glow.

Where in southern IL? What kind of trails/terrain?
To fabricate one, just go to Napa's website and order one. It's a whole unit. Just mount it when it comes. But they can be hard to get now. I just camp in the Shawnee NF in Southern Illinois. Pretty much light gravel roads in that NF. A few natural material trails. I don't consider overlanding heavy off roading though. I'm not looking to break stuff. Just a nice cruise to my camp. I save more technical stuff for overlanding rentals out west each year. Tear the rental up a bit more.
 

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