April 2013

April 2013 (9)

April 2013 FJC MagazineIt's already been a busy spring for the crew at FJC Magazine, and the April issue is finally out! We have another great issue in store for you including a Baja Mexico trip report from Paul (the Last Great Road Trip), Steve's Maya Rally FJC, and a slew of installs. We finally got the Manley ORV trailer out for a spin and we installed a snorkel from RiverRaider. The trailer & truck got new shoes from Discount Tire Direct, and our dash also got a little upgrade. Don't forget about the Warrior Products front bumper update from Tim!

We're very excited to launch the latest issue of this great magazine in with 40 pages packed with FJC, 4WD, and overland articles, installs, tips and tricks. Click the download button to check it out!

Until next time, Tread Lightly, Stay the Trail, and HAVE FUN!

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:33

April 2013 | Volume 6 | Issue 2

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April 2013 FJC MagazineIt's already been a busy spring for the crew at FJC Magazine, and the April issue is finally out! We have another great issue in store for you including a Baja Mexico trip report from Paul (the Last Great Road Trip), Steve's Maya Rally FJC, and a slew of installs. We finally got the Manley ORV trailer out for a spin and we installed a snorkel from RiverRaider. The trailer & truck got new shoes from Discount Tire Direct, and our dash also got a little upgrade. Don't forget about the Warrior Products front bumper update from Tim!

We're very excited to launch the latest issue of this great magazine in with 40 pages packed with FJC, 4WD, and overland articles, installs, tips and tricks. Click the download button to check it out!

Until next time, Tread Lightly, Stay the Trail, and HAVE FUN!

To get your copy of the April 2013 issue of FJC Magazine:

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:57

Manley ORV Trailer Introduction

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Manley ORV EXPLORE ModelWith a growing family and publication business (did you know we publish a Tacoma Magazine?), space in the FJC has been getting short for a while. Combined with our love for the CVT Roof Top Tent, but distain for packing it up every day to go play, the need for an adequate trailer quickly became clear.

You may remember we tested the Ruger Trailer last year (including taking it to Ouray), but it lacked several standard features that we decided were requirements for any off road trailer (ORT) we would haul around the southwest. The Ruger was a little small, didn’t offer a standard rack option for the RTT, and the $275 small tailgate option was less than ideal. It’s a great budget trailer, but just didn’t meet our needs.

Luckily all of our requirements were met last October when Josh Manley launched Manley ORV. Unlike many ORT manufacturers, Josh decided to do something a little different with his trailers. He would simply offer three versions, in two different ‘finishes’ that all include great standard features. His three models: Original, Utility, and Explore include a ‘military style’ powder coated box trailer, LED lighting in one style, stainless steel hardware, a really cool tailgate design, a plethora of tie down points, and a receiver tongue as well as a receiver in the rear of the trailer. See ManleyORV.com for a full list of standard features.

Friday, 03 May 2013 01:00

New Shoes from Discount Tire Direct

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Nitto Trail Grappler review from Discount Tire DirectAs part of our Extreme Makeover FJC project, and with about 45,000mi on our last set of tires, we decided it was time for an upgrade.  If you remember last time we were trying to select tires (in 2009/2010), we had a hard time deciding which to go with. Luckily this time there wasn’t much discussion, since the tire we’ve dreamed about had finally been released.

When the Nitto Trail Grappler first came out sizes were very limited, specifically the 16” size. We had to run with the stock-size 285/70/16 tires the first time around. Those 32” tires worked well, but didn’t look ‘quite right’ on the TRD, especially after we installed Bushwacker fender flares. When we contacted Discount Tire Direct for a new set of meats, we were excited to see that the coveted 285/75/16 Nitto Trail Grapplers were available and in stock! We ordered 5 tires for the FJC and two more (with outstanding Level 8 Tracker wheels) for our new Manley ORV trailer (See page 8) since we wanted everything to match.

Friday, 19 April 2013 08:00

LGRT: Baja Mexico Adventure!

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Last Great Road Trip Baja AdventureSitting in my office, looking out the window on another rainy northwest day I find my thoughts drifting south... south of the border to Baja Mexico.  Sunny beaches, arid deserts, rocky hills and miles of nothing. For me Baja remains one of the last wide open, untamed places left that can still be explored on a budget.

The Baja peninsula extends 775 miles below San Diego separating the Sea of Cortez from the Pacific Ocean.  The Baja's personality changes as you descend from the north toward its southern tip.  Time actually does slow down, as you become more alive in this magical land of racing legends.

Close to the USA boarder, Baja is dotted by cities such as Tijuana, Ensenada, Tecate and Mexicali.  The economic down turn and constant drug violence reports in the media have driven out the hordes of tourists who once came across the boarder for cheap trinkets and late night parties.  But it is not the cities that interest me.

|| See all Last Great Road Trip Baja Off Road Adventure Coverage ||

Monday, 06 May 2013 01:00

RiverRaider Snorkel Install

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River Raider Snorkel InstallWhen the original snorkel was released for the FJ Cruiser, I realized that someday we may want to install that as an option, but I really never liked that design. Something about that giant plastic sticking to the side of the truck, plus drilling a large hole in the fender just never worked for me. Over the years I’ve seen several DIY options that seemed promising, but I was holding out for something a little different.

As we reported in the last issue, the River Raider Snorkel aims to provide another option for your deep water fording needs. This snorkel has three primary differences from other options I’ve seen. First, it’s made of steel so it just feels more ‘solid. It also doesn’t require drilling a fender, but you do have to drill the cowl, which is probably more difficult. Lastly, this snorkel looks more like military style options, which I personally love but others may not.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 01:00

Warrior Front Bumper Update

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Warrior Front Bumper FJ CruiserI have had the Warrior Products FJC front bumper installed for a little over a year now with no issues at all. The bumper has held up really well: zero rattles, zero problems with the powder coat, and of course it looks great.

About two weeks ago I added the Warrior Products Filler Plate to my bumper in order to protect the vulnerable area between the bumper and skid plates.

Friday, 19 April 2013 08:03

Maya Rally FJC

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Maya Rally FJCThe MAYA RALLY is a multi-week, multi-national, expedition scavenger hunt and challenge course. It pits teams of overland drivers in their own vehicles against one another and the elements, traverses thousands of miles of variable and unknown terrain, enters rarely-seen locations far off the beaten track, and spans countless foreign horizons.

The MAYA RALLY is an overland adventure distilled to its most raw form: there is a start, there are designated challenges which must be completed for points, and there is a finish. Everything else is up to you. There is no route. There is no support. There are few rules. If you break your will, if you break your body, or if you break your ride, you are on your own.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:00

Redline Slider Install

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Redline FJ Cruiser Slider InstallAs promised in the last issue, we were able to get the new Redline Land Cruisers sliders installed on the TRD. I was cautiously curious to see how the sturdy OEM sliders have handled 93,000 miles and some pretty good off road abuse. So one afternoon I whipped out the jack stands and tackled the removal/install.

In reality this article should be more about removing old sliders than installing new ones. Not that removal should be terribly difficult, and in fact it wasn’t – for 15 out of the 16 bolts. With 8 bolts in 4 pairs per side of the truck, getting the old sliders off isn’t hard, but it does take some time. Luckily Toyota was thinking outside the box when they designed the sliders, the top bolt holes are notched so the hard-to-get-to bolts simply need to be loosened to remove the slider.

Nexus 7 FJ Cruiser InstallWhen we first installed the iPad after removing our Kenwood head unit in 2011 (See January 2011 issue), our goal was to keep the price tag under $1000. In order to do that, we had to go with an entry level iPad paired with a fairly expensive connector concoction of wiring that worked, but was fickle at best. A lot can change in three years.

Although the iPad Mini is a great option for audio/nav replacement (See March 2013 issue of Tacoma Magazine), a GPS enabled Mini will still run you $459 since you have to upgrade to the cellular version. For 2013 (as part of our Extreme Makeover FJC project) we wanted to prove that you can have a very functional, modern tablet audio+nav install for under $500.

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