Cool Off-Road Rides on RacingJunk to Heat Up Your Summer

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Over the last couple of weeks, we have shared our favorite off-road trails and races, but what would any of these things be without the perfect off-road ride? Whether you’re looking to overland your truck or SUV, test out a classic or new Jeep or Bronco, or prep for your own mini-King of the Hammers adventure, the right ride is key.  While off-roading is huge in the emerging vehicle market, it’s not a new concept in the auto world.  The major OEMs have had off-road ready vehicles for decades. has a whole Off-Road classified category for racing, crawling, overlanding, camping and more. Featured this week are some of the coolest off-road vehicles perfect for vintage vibing on the trail.

Coolest Off-Road Rides on RacingJunk

1972 K5 Chevrolet Blazer

This is a tough, fun off-road machine  powered by a 406 small block, Fi-Tech fuel injection engine with an Edelbrock manifold, Vortec heads, Comp cam and roller rockers. Off Road Design components including High Angle Drivelines front and rear, Dana 60 high pinion front, ARB Locker 5.38 gears, Chromoly 35 spline axles with CTM joints a full custom cage, 4-point harnesses, custom bumpers and a 12,500lb winch.

2009 Xterra Off-Road “Little Beast”

Built with a premium off-road suspension and tires as well as Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, skid plates and an electronically locking rear differential, this beastly bright yellow 2009 Xterra Off-Road is perfect for any back country adventure that you might have in mind. Along with all of the ideal off-road gear, this Xterra Off-Road model is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that is partnered with a six-speed manual transmission. Unlike standard body off-road SUVs, the Little Beast on RacingJunk even offers high ground clearance standard.


Baja 1000 Off Road Racer

If you are ready to go off road racing, then get behind the wheel of this Baja 1000 off-road race car. According to its former owner, no expense has been spared when it came to building this customized motorsports ride, which includes a high-performance motor and a Fox Performance motor. For those times when you break something while racing there are also tons of spare parts.


1990 Jeep YJ Wrangler Islander

This unusual Jeep is built for more than just off-roading. Built with a power transfer case skid plate, superior axles, Detroit Locker, Woods Short Shaft Eliminator kit 6 inch lift, Drive shafts and hardworking Ujoints. Floors, doors, fenders, shock towers, are all PERFECT – NO PATCHES! Not a trailer queen or a show JEEP, but is guaranteed to draw a crowd at every show or mud bog.


2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax Mud Truck

Ok. Admit it! You know that you have always dreamed of driving a monster truck. Allow me to introduce you to your dream come true. This 2005 tricked out Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab is lifted higher than high and includes a Duramax LLY, 2.5 King Coilovers, 2.5 Rockwell Axles and 49-inch mud tires.

So, if you are ready to invest in your adventurous side this year, contact our RacingJunk sellers today to find your ideal off-road ride.

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