Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build

2023 GMC


Each year the Overland Expo team selects a vehicle  that embodies the overland lifestyle. Then the latest and greatest gear is assembled to make the build ready for any adventure. The build is donated to the Overland Expo Foundation and auctioned off on BringaTrailer.com. The Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build goes home with the highest bidder, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Overland Expo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to advocating for responsible land use and restoration, promoting safety and preparedness, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

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Read the Build Story

While plenty of GMC trucks are built for adventure, with the introduction of the Canyon AT4X, GMC is redefining off-roading for mid-size trucks. With a bold new look, a totally redesigned interior, and a host of extreme off-roading hardware and innovative tech, the GMC Canyon AT4X was the perfect starting point for our mid-size Ultimate Overland Build. Every modification was carefully thought out by the Overland Expo team and our build partner, Peak Suspension, so as not to detract from the premium ride quality, comfort, and drivability that GMC trucks are known for.   

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Photos by: Andy at Peak Suspension

Build Gear

peak suspension
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Peak Suspension

From their variety of in-house suspension kits and components to carefully selected 3rd party vendors, they can build you the truck of your dreams; Literally. They also offer a full range of installations of their products as well as complete truck builds.

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The Gen 3-R Expedition Tent includes an updated look which increases the tent rigidity, a heater vent as a standard feature, solar panel input as a standard feature and now boasts a weight decrease to 76 kgs.

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270° Shadow Awning

Designed to open, and setup, all in one. There are no additional steps or poles to pitch; you just unzip the bag and swing the awning through a full 270º. It’s so easy, one person can manage it.

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
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AEV skid plate

Hot Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS) is an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel and is most commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength

AEV snorkel kit

Inspired by heavy-duty industrial and military applications around the world, AEV’s snorkel kit was designed to improve performance by drawing in the cleanest, coolest air charge possible.

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AEV rear Bumper

Designed to withstand all the rigors of off-road use and overland travel the rear bumper maximizes departure angle and offers integrated tubular steel corner protection for the bed. To assist with vehicle recovery heavy-duty cast aluminum recovery points were included for easy rigging of ¾” anchor shackles.

589 fabrications
Torque Wheels
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Mini Fighter Winch Bumper

Made from sturdy, laser cut and CNC bent 3/16" steel, this bumper has it all. Featuring Integrated winch, light and recovery mounts. The flow through design allows adequate airflow.

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Canyon (TW401R)

Flow formed through an advanced rotary forming process gives the wheel extreme strength and durability while lowering your vehicle’s unsprung weight. The split 6-spoke concave design and simulated beadlock lip treatment will have you yearning for your next adventure.

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All-Terrain 33-inch T/A KO2

BFGoodrich’s toughest All-Terrain tire offers aggressive traction, a severe snow rating and tougher sidewalls. No wonder it’s become a 33-time Baja 1000 champion with more overall Baja wins than any other tire.

Project X
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drawer system

Full bed-length drawers and side access pass-throughs to the wheel wells offer massive, customizable storage. Almost zero wasted space.

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41QT Blizzard Box

Whether you're going on a road trip, camping, tailgating, off-roading, or simply to the grocery store, the Blizzard Box helps keep your food and beverages chilled and fresh for when you need them.

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Fully programmable and customizable solid state power distribution system. RCR-Touch®8 cover, snaps on for ease of specific switch selection while wearing gloves or riding rough terrain.

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manager Alpha 100

With this much power on tap you can run everything from induction cooktops, to air conditioners, to fridges and still charge your batteries faster than you can drain them.

Midland USA
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MXT575 micromobile w/ Ghost Antenna

Features a Fully-Integrated Control Microphone ideal for vehicles with limited dashboard space, allowing the radio base unit to be stashed away. With 50 Watts of broadcasting power, this radio is the most powerful GMRS radio allowed by law.

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This is it. Your game-changer on the trail. Drive Reach Overland maximizes available cell signal so you can call, text, navigate, even post photos and stream data in more places than ever. It’s the perfect mod for your mighty rig.

Battle Born

100Ah 12-Volt Heated LiFePO4

The powerful battery solution to elevate any outdoor adventure. The lithium-ion battery is designed for long-term use and can last up to 10 times longer than lead-acid batteries, with 3,000-5,000 deep discharge cycles.

Rig’d Supply
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Ultra Swing w/ Mega Table + Bike Rack

With an adjustable tire carrier mount for up to 37” tires and an off-set swing-out hitch for bike racks and other accessories, the UltraSwing Multi-Fit is purpose-built to carry all your rig’s essentials in one easy-to-use hitch mount.

ComeUp Winch
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Solo 9.5RS Self Recovery Winch

An integrated-style winch, with a control pack that is easily relocatable using the Comeup SOLO Relocation Kits (sold separately). 12V DC severe duty winch rated at 9,500 lb pulling will meet or exceed your expectations.

Vision X
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Outer bumper houses 4.7" CG2 LED Lights in amber. The inner bumper received 6.7" CG2 LED Lights in amber. The rear bumper has 3" Multi LED Square Lights in clear and the interior bed has 4 Overland Area Lights - 2 Rear Facing and 2 in the interior bed.

Leitner Designs
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Active Cargo System - Forged

Designed to enhance the functionality and versatility of your truck bed, the ACS Forged system allows you to securely transport cargo with ease. With this system in place, you'll be ready to tackle any hauling task with confidence and convenience.

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System Accessories

To enhance the Active Cargo System a Gear Pod XL and Maxtrax Mount were added to the driver side and a Gear Pod dual and HydroPod ACS Rack Shower Kit to the Passenger Side. The pods provide 40 gallons of storage and feature 2 locking latches as well as a padlock hasp on each end for extra security.

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traction boards

MAXTRAX takes the drama out of getting stuck. The aggressive large cleats on MAXTRAX sink their teeth into the tyre tread and the terrain under your 4WD vehicle to prevent it from slipping back into mud, snow, or sand and make vehicle recovery quick and easy.

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Overland Exhaust System

Engineered for off-road function and built to explore further. The high clearance exhaust design of this kit is designed to keep your truck clear of any challenging terrain or obstacles you may come across.

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Perfect for overlanding, rooftop tents, stargazing, backpacking, moto adventures, movie nights, and all the snuggs. Aeronaut premium down blankets will let you sleep like you're at home. Overfilled with premium goose down the blankets keep you toasty warm up to 30F / 0C.

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With an impressive 2,400W output, the AC240 fuels many devices, including fridges, window air conditioners, microwaves, heaters, and coffee makers. Its 1,536Wh LFP battery can sustain a 20 cu. ft. fridge (1.2kWh/day) for at least one day.

Forrest Tool Co
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Heavy-duty steel finished in a matte black texture powder coat combined with an exquisite, supple yet strong latigo leather case make this Signature Edition MAX® the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast to take on adventures, whether in the jungle, climbing rocky peaks, or fighting the good fight in the city.

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Adventure Ready Camp Griddle

Make great meals on the go! This Griddle is designed for portability with a latching hood and handle that make carrying as easy as carrying a briefcase. With 2 independent heat zones, this griddle top is big enough for you to cook a variety of different foods in quantities large enough for a small group.

Quad Lock
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Phone Mount

Embark on your next overland adventure with the certainty that your navigation and communication needs are securely handled. Designed with the modern overlander in mind, this car mount stands out for its remarkable stability and functional convenience, ensuring that smartphones remain securely attached and charged, ready for whatever lies ahead.

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Camp Kitchen

Blistering boil times come standard on the Flash personal cooking system, the ultimate camping stove for preparing coffee, soup, or dehydrated meals on the trail. Genesis Basecamp System is the ultimate all-in-one backcountry cooking system, stowing neatly into itself and fitting snugly among your gear. & Silicone Coffee Press

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Supplemental Insurance

Tredder is an insurance policy that works hand in hand with your current vehicle policy, providing coverage for the modifications that you’ve installed to make it perfectly fit your needs. Most car insurance policies only cover around $5000-$6000 in accessories and mods, and for many of us, that may not even cover our suspension upgrades. Tredder is here to close that gap.

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