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2019 Toyota Rav4 AWD XLE – WHATZS

JEFF AND HIS 2019 Toyota Rav4 STORY

Introducing Jeff Palma and his Toyota Rav4. Jeff took advantage of the pandemic and bought his Rav4 in January 2020 when the dealer was overstocked and the price was affordable. He didn’t initially plan to use it for anything other than traveling between states, but the Rav4 allowed him to explore trails that were inaccessible to his Honda Fit. After successfully modifying his Honda Fit for off-road travel, Jeff replicated the process with his Rav4, transforming it into an overland vehicle. For even more challenging trails in the future, Jeff is considering purchasing a GX 470.

RAV4 Build Details

GALLERY

SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram: @jeff_palma03

YouTube: Whatzs Productions

JEFF IS A MEMBER OF WHATZS OVERLAND

Whatzs Overland is a community that brings together off-road enthusiasts and overlanders. The events they organize vary in difficulty, from easy fire roads to moderately challenging 4WD trails, but are suitable for both all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive vehicles. The group was founded by Jeff Palma of the Whatzs Production YouTube channel.

Rav4 BUILD DETAILS

MAKE AND MODEL

  • 2019 TOYOTA AWD XLE

ENGINE

  • DYNAMIC FORCE 2.5 LITER 4-CYLINDER ENGINE PAIRED WITH 8 SPEED DIRECT-SHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

SUSPENSION

  • ROUGH COUNTRY 2.5 INCH LIFT KIT
  • EIBACH SPRINGS 1.7 LEFT SPRING WITH CUSTOM SUBFRAME DROP 1 INCH
  • UNBRANDED FRONT STRUT TOWER BAR

WHEELS & TIRES

  • 16X8 MST TIME ATTACH WHEEL +20
  • 265/75/16 Maxxis Big Horn Mud Tire

DRIVETRAIN & AXLES

  • SWAYBAR DELETE FRONT AND REAR
  • CUSTOM TRANSFER CASE AND REAR DIFF AIR VENT

ARMOR

  • ROUGH COUNTRY MODULAR DIY FRONT STEEL BUMPER
  • 41.22 HITCH SLIDER
  • LP ADVENTURE SKID PLATE AND CUSTOM REAR DIFF/GAS TANK SKID PLATE

EXTERIOR ACCESSORIES

  • (FRONT) 12000 LB. BADLAND WINCH WITH SYNTETIC ROPE
  • (REAR) 5000 BADLAND WINCH WITH STEEL CABLE
  • 41.22 WINCH SHACKLE AND FAIRLEAD
  • CUSTOM TIRE CARRIER
  • RNOFIT LADDER
  • (2) ROTAPAX STORAGE
  • (2) UNBRANDED AWNING
  • HARBOR FREIGHT SHOVEL
  • 8 GALLON WATER STORAGE
  • (2) RECOVERY BOARD
  • RC HOOD VENT
  • 100 SERIES CUSTOM FIT SNORKEL
  • UNBRANDED TOW HITCH
  • (2) 2 GALLON GAS TANK
  • WEBOOST CELLPHONE SIGNAL BOOSTER
  • UNIVERSAL UTV WINDSHIELD WATER RESERVOIUR

LIGHTING

  • (2) 9″ AUXBEAM LIGHT
  • (5) FRONT RTT 5″ UNBRANDED LIGHT
  • (4) SIDE RTT UNBRANDED LIGHT
  • (1) BLACK RTT UNBRANDED LIGHT
  • (2) HOOD UNBRANDED LIGHT
  • (2) ROUGH COUNTRY 10″ STEEL BUMPER LIGHT
  • RAPTOR LIGHTS
  • UNBRANDED UNDERGLOW LIGHT

INTERIOR

  • AUXBEAM 8 GANG SWITCH PANEL
  • SCAN GAUGE 2
  • HAMMERHEAD MICKEEPER
  • KILMAT SOUND DEADENING

COMMS

  • BAOFENG UV-5R TWO WAY RADIO DUAL BAND
  • MIDLAND MXT275 15WATT RADIO

OVERLANDING SET-UP

TENT AND SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

  • UNBRANDED CLAMSHELL TYPE RTT (ROOF TOP TENT)

KITCHEN SETUP

  • Portable Gas Stove

BATHROOM AND TOILET SETUP

  • PORTABLE BUCKET


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