Matt Grably - Author

Matt Grabli – About The Author

Matt Grabli is a professional mechanic, experienced off-roader, writer and founder of Offroadium. With over 20 years immersed in the off-road community and 100,000+ miles logged on rugged trails across the Americas, Grabli shares extensive real-world knowledge. He previously worked as an automotive technician before shifting focus to specialty off-road projects. Grabli co-founded a 4×4 shop which provides custom vehicles and mods for overlanding. His passion is prepping capable rigs for offroading and helping others discover the thrill of far-flung expeditions.

My story

Like many, my passion for cars stems from my father. From a young age, I would linger with him in the garage, watching him fixing and maintaining cars into the late hours. Car magazines showcasing beautiful vehicles captivated me far more than books or cartoons ever could. This blossomed into an addiction where I would eagerly spend my pocket money on the latest issue of Car & Driver. This influenced my decision to pursue a career in automotive field, so I joined a local auto repair shop as a mechanic’s assistant and forged my way up to a professional ASE-certified mechanic.

Like many car enthusiasts in the early 2010s, “stance” and “street scene” dominated my interests, with websites like StanceNation and SpeedHunters as my biggest influences. However, after completing my street stance build, I realized my prized car, into which I had invested significant time and resources, was no longer fully drivable. The stiff suspension and inability to clear speed bumps limited where I could go, even road trips were unrealistic due to ride discomfort.

It was around then that I turned to off-road vehicles. Despite working with client trucks and Jeeps previously, I had not appreciated how well these vehicles aligned with my goals and lifestyle. They satisfied nearly everything on my wish list (except perhaps gas mileage) and opened new roads and destinations through enhanced capabilities versus the limitations of my previous build. I could apply my creativity, knowledge, and experience to improve drivability rather than hinder it.

This opened an exciting new world, from local camping to cross-state expeditions on scenic trails. Events like King of the Hammers and Overland Expo exposed me to the mature, side of automotive culture. My passion for vehicle modification, technical experience, writing skills, and interactions with owners of customized off-road rigs have inspired me to share my knowledge with like-minded enthusiasts on Offroadium.com

My Off-road Rigs

I got my first taste of off-roading behind the wheel of a Subaru Forester SJ, testing it in environments from beach sand to muddy trails and heavy snow. For nearly a year I drove it stock, gradually modifying it until it could tackle trails alongside larger 4x4s, experiencing firsthand the benefits of certain upgrades.

But every AWD crossover has limits, prompting my progression to more dedicated off-road platforms like the Mitsubishi Montero, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ80, Jeep Wrangler JK, and Toyota Tacoma.

My primary modifications on most of these vehicles involved suspension lifts, all-terrain and mud-terrain tires, minor body protection, roof racks, and custom camping accessories to maximize time off-road.

Matt's Posts

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Overland SUV on 40s

Overland & Off-Road Vehicle Renders by Hugo Designs

In the world of off-road enthusiasts, there’s something undeniably captivating about the raw power and…

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Lifted Ram 3500 Laramie on King 2.5 Shock Pkg Stage 3 suspension

2018 Ram 3500 Laramie: The Off-Road Beast with Overland Potential

Make Model: RAM 3500 Laramie
Year: 2018

Price: $49,500

Mileage: 84,000

Location: Williamsport, MD

Class: Lifted Truck

Suzuki Jimny Off-road Vehicle in Eastern Europe

Off road Vehicles in Eastern Europe Spotted In My Road Trip

Despite the common belief that there’s no off-roading in Europe, it’s actually thriving, especially in…

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VW Atlas Cross Sport on 31" Nitto Nomad Grappler All Terrain Offroad tires

VW Atlas Cross Sport With Off Road Tires (31″ All Terrains)

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a relative newcomer to the market, and while it…

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Lifted 2019 Ford Raptor With Lots of Mods & Upgrades

Ultimate 2nd Gen Ford Raptor Overland Build on 37s for Big Expeditions

The Ford F150 Raptor has been a popular truck for over a decade, and for…

Lifted Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Modified for Off-roading and Overland-style Adventures

Lifted Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Overland Build On 33″s With Off-Road Mods

Toyota makes some of the best off-road vehicles on the market, and the Land Cruiser…

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Black Lifted Toyota FJ Cruiser Off Road build With Long Travel Pre Runner Suspension

Black Lifted Toyota FJ Cruiser Off Road build With Long Travel Pre Runner Suspension

The Toyota FJ Cruiser remains one of the most popular 4×4 vehicles even a decade…

1995 Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Overland Build – Triple Locked Adventure Pre-Runner

There are a few good reasons why Toyota has managed to sell millions of Land…

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Lifted 1997 Suzuki Sierra SJ80 / Samurai with offroad modifications

Lifted 1997 Suzuki Sierra SJ80 Off-Road Build on 31″ M/Ts – Big Fun in a Tiny Package

Our today’s feature is dedicated to an awesome lifted Suzuki Sierra off-road build equipped with…

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Lifted Ford Bronco Wildtrak With Off-road Mods Built by a Jeep Guy

Raptor-Worthy Lifted 2 Door Ford Bronco Wildtrak with Top Off on 37s

With its rugged Sasquatch package and a few choice upgrades, this 2 Door Bronco Wildtrak…