An Overlanding Ti­tan

Build­ing an Over­lan­der for Canada’s Arc­tic

4WDrive - - Feature - Words and pho­tos by Budd Stan­ley

While overlanding has a lot in com­mon with of­froad­ing, long-dis­tance ex­plor­ing 4WDs are built quite dif­fer­ently than your av­er­age wheeler. Hard-core off-road­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are of­ten sac­ri­ficed for self­suf­fi­ciency and high­way com­fort. These were traits we had to ac­count for when plan­ning for the Ti­tan Arc­tic Chal­lenge. You re­ally need to put a lot of thought into build­ing an over­lan­der, as you will of­ten be a long way from civ­i­liza­tion. Throw Arc­tic weather and ter­rain into the mix and you have set of un­known vari­ables that can chal­lenge the sta­tus quo.

Back in Jan­uary, we came upon these chal­lenges build­ing two Nis­san Ti­tan XD’s into full-fledged over­land ma­chines. We had time lim­its, bud­get con­straints and nasty weather to con­tend with, but we were suc­cess­ful in our ex­e­cu­tion. So, if you are plan­ning to build a full-size truck into an over­lan­der, here are six key fea­tures we built into the Ti­tan XD’s.

Vol­ume 19/7

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