Build for Off Road concentrates on aggressive off-road builds that are not just for looks; they are purpose-built machines made with the extreme off-roader in mind. At the end of each build, host Ian Johnson tests its capabilities in the ultimate off-road environment. This series will capture the off-road lifestyle, with projects ranging from slow-moving rock crawlers to high-horsepower hill-climbers and everything in between.

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Meet The Host

Ian Johnson built his first off-road vehicle when he was 17 years old – a 1985 Jeep CJ7 that quickly became a serious off-road rig with a V8 swap, custom-built transmission, and one-ton axles. He then pursued his career as an automotive technician, obtaining his certification in both Automotive and Heavy Truck and Coach, specializing in driveline repair.

While working at a large GM dealership, Ian had multiple apprentices and co-op students pass through his bay. This sparked his interest in becoming a high school shop teacher. After leaving the trade to complete his diploma in Education, Ian started teaching high school automotive mechanics and welding, creating a successful program that integrated custom fabrication – including building off-road tube buggies with his students.

Ian left his teaching job to launch Xtreme 4×4, the first serious off-road how-to show on the air, and it quickly became the highest-rated show on PowerBlock TV. For 14 years, Ian was the host, technical producer, and sole on-site builder in over 300 half-hour episodes. With five seasons of MotorTrendTV’s FourWheeler under his belt, Ian continues to set the standard for creating rugged, custom-made machines with Build for Off Road and is always on the cutting edge of the next trend.

When Ian Johnson talks about the parts, tools, and brands he keeps around his shop, people pay attention.  Built into each episode are Integration Features and Tech Tip Features which put your brand in his hands and on the screens of millions watching at home.

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