What a crazy year it's been! We just wanted to share a quick update with what's going on currently here at LFD.
We are currently rolling out price increases on some items and modifying our product offerings. This is the first price increase we've pushed out in the four years since we started this division. We've seen raw material prices rise dramatically in the past few months, coupled with some material shortages as well. We are constantly working with our suppliers and working hard to try to stay on top of material availability.
One major change to our product line, we are discontinuing all aluminum roof rack products and introducing 100% stainless steel grade 304 options in their place for those looking for a rust proof product. The weight difference between the aluminum and stainless steel products is not significant, only 2.5 pounds per crossbar, but rigidity is greatly increased. Stainless steel will never rust even if the paint is scratched.
On the new product development side, we're working hard on our Tacoma right now, and are beginning to work on our Tundra. We're close to wrapping up (for now) our 4Runner and GX product lines with only a few outstanding engineering projects there. We've also got some exciting new products we're teaming up on with some other companies that we're really looking forward to. As always, please let us know if there is a product we don't currently make that you'd like to see!
We have added personnel in both production and shipping to keep up with the increased demand and are working on trying to stock more products and reducing lead times.
Thank you all for your continued support, and we look forward to the rest of 2021!
Our 2nd Gen Tacoma out in the field evaluating our new sliders, bumper, skids, and bed rack system
It is a beautiful summer morning, a few small clouds, light breeze, not too hot yet. I’m sitting in my 4Runner, engine idling, 4low lit up on the dashboard. I’m third in a line of 4Runners, one Tundra, and one Jeep. Ahead of me a tall instructor, Director of Training Mike Morrison, leans into an open window, chatting with the driver, our teammate Scott, talking him through the first obstacle that lies ahead. Our teammate Greg is in front of me in his recently purchased 4Runner, and our owner Jeff behind me in our work Tundra. Our crew is about to begin the obstacle course of the Overland Expert’s (OEX) 4wd 101 class.
Our team took third place in the Southern Expeditions Overland Challenge this past weekend!
Three days, 900+ miles, 31 hours of "engine on" time, six winch recoveries, two off road parks, vehicle damage for the whole team, and tons of fun.
Thank you to the guys with Southern Expeditions for setting up a great event!
Our prototype skids took quite a beating over the weekend, but held up great, and our prototype roof racks proved to be very solid on the rough trails! We couldn't be happier with how our parts preformed.
Our trip started out just on outside of Charlotte city limits where we met up with team Apex Overland before heading through Georgia into Alabama.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a decent amount of time looking at blogs and forum posts about amazing off-roading trips out West – stories of running the famous trails in Colorado, crawling around Moab, maybe getting lost somewhere in Idaho or Montana for a few weeks.
Here on the East coast, it seems almost like a dream; we just don’t have the same vast open deserts and mountain ranges that exist out West. Most people don’t think you can do a similar kind of trip on this side of the country, but there are quite a few little known routes one can take that can feel almost as remote as the Western trips. I had the chance to run one of them with one of our friends, Alan, this past October – the Georgia Traverse.