Shane Williams

Shane Williams

Jim Akers was able to get a little video at Cruise Moab 2013 on the Porcupine Rim Trail. Apparently it was lost until today...we found it & spliced together a short video.


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3DRobotics IRIS Quadcopter

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We’ve been looking at quad copters for a few years to help with our unique video capture requirements. Until very recently they’ve been expensive, very challenging to build, and not user friendly. In the last year a few options have come to market that promise ease of use and a low entry level cost, and the IRIS from 3DRobotics is one of them.

This Quad comes fully assembled and ready to fly, so you just add your compatible GoPro camera and you’re off & flying. They also have kits that include a GoPro Hero 3 and fully articulating gimble to give you the best video shots possible.

The absolute best feature of the IRIS though is it’s auto-pilot functions, specifically the Follow Me feature. When paired with a compatible transmitter, the IRIS will follow you (more importantly your vehicle) at a desired altitude and distance automatically. No flying needed! While the 15 minute estimated flight time isn’t perfect, we see a big future for quads like this in the off-road video world.


ArkpakArkPak Battery Box
If you’re interested in a battery power solution for your Toyota Cruiser, Truck, or SUV, or a solution for emergency or trailer use, the Australian made ARKPak Battery Box has finally hit the US shores!
The ArkPak is a 12V battery charger, a portable power source, a battery management system, a jump-starter and a dual battery system all rolled into one. It delivers both 12V and 120V power via a built in 150 watt inverter and 6 amp battery charger. Depending on the battery you add to the system, you can get up to 3 days of 120V power or 7 days of 12V power (depending on usage of course).
Simply add the battery of your choice (the higher capacity the better) and a suitable charging solution and you’re good to go. The system can be charged from your vehicle, from a 12V home charger, or via solar panels. We’re looking at using an ArkPak based system to build an emergency solar generator for under $1000. It’s normally priced over $500 for a kit that includes the ArkPak, a 12V DC Charger, and mounting bracket, but ArkPak USA has discounted it to $399 for the time being.
We contacted ArkPak about this article and they even offered our readers a special deal: use the code TCT5014 to save $50 off the price. Here’s the catch: that code is only good from Jan 6th through the 14th, so if you want one now is the time to get going!


spod-fjcFJ Cruiser sPOD
FINALLY! The sPOD is available in an FJ Cruiser flavor!
We saw the prototype of this perfect little switch and relay system during CruiserFest last September, and it really fills a need! In addition to their award winning super-easy-to-wire sPOD fuse block, the FJ Cruiser version is available with a fully plug & play switch bank for up to 6 switches.

If you’d rather use the stock FJ switch block, simply wire the sPOD to your switches. There’s also a 2nd Gen Tacoma version available as well. Other Toyota options are currently in the works.


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Trailer Upgrade Components | TCT MagazineThere are a few schools of thought when building a capable, useful off-road trailer. Some choose to go very basic, using their trailer as little more than a cargo carrier, while others go all-out with built in kitchens, showers, and entertainment systems.

Regardless of how you intend to use a trailer, the basic upgrades are usually the same. Of course storing basic camping gear such as food, accessories, clothing, and camp gear is a given, a few other essentials are usually on the list of upgrades.

GX-470 for Family Adventure & Ski / snowboard transport | TCT Magazine January 2014download_nowIf you've read many articles of mine in the past, or have followed FJC magazine at all, you know what a fan of the FJ I truly am. I love the fact that it really is multi use, and you can take it to the mountains and drive it to work the next day.
Unless you have a 3year old & an infant to haul to the mountains.

When we found out our baby girl was on the way, we knew we would need a new more family friendly SUV for our weekly trips to the slopes. The search was short lived when we found a low mileage '07 GX470 w/KDSS on Christmas Eve 2012.
The GX, for those who haven't had the pleasure, is basically a Lexus badged version of the Land Cruiser Prado that's available overseas. What's more, the GX is built on the 120 platform which means that many mechanicals are shared with the FJC as well as the 4th gen 4Runner. Needless to say, it’s a great vehicle.

Toytec SEMA TacomaYou may have seen the Toytec Tacoma before, but never in full SEMA setup. For their second year at the big SEMA show in Las Vegas, Toytec enhanced their already very well built Tacoma with a few additional features.

The 2009 TRD Double cab 4x4 already had a TRD Supercharger, AFE Air intake, and Flowmaster duel exhaust to ‘enhance’ performance, but for the show Doug & the crew added new Toytec BOSS lift with Toytec BOSS rear springs and rear Icon reservoir shocks and bump stops. A new custom color-keyed aluminum front bumper with Rigid 30” SR LED light bar and XRC 8000lb winch replaced the stock plastic, and an aluminum skid plate was added. Lighting was enhanced even more with PIAA LED driving lights and a Rigid 40” Double row light bar with custom roof rack mounts, and an HID conversion kit for the headlights.

If you missed our launch party for the January 2014 issue, don't worry, you can relive the excitement and watch our video, AND jump ahead to the annotations :)

We had a great time chatting about how we got started into off roading & Toyota Cruisers & Trucks, and discussing each article in this issue.

We also want to congratulate Eric from Denver on winning the Toytec Lifts $25 gift certificate, as well as Bill who won the sweet Adventure Tool Company Tool Pouch!

Toytec Lifts   Adventure Tool Company

Let us know what you think of this idea, we're hoping to do more Hangouts on Air in the future!

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I don't speak Japanese, so the only thing I understand in this video is "Land Cruiser".

Clearly the 200 series LC is an icon around the world, and is amazing in the Dakar Rally. Can't wait to see how they do this year!

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Land Cruiser Dakar 2014Autoblog (and several others) are reporting the the Toyota subsidiary Toyota Auto Body Co. will be entering a biodiesel based 200 series Land Cruiser into the 2014 Dakar rally.

The highly modified race truck will run on used cooking oil according to reports, which should make for a flavorful journey!

We found this custom 4 Door FJ-40 over on YouTube. It seems to be pretty well built and is a good combination of classic & modern.

What do you think?

Would you drive a Land Cruiser like this if it was 'reasonably' priced?

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New BFG A/T KOFour Wheeler is showing off spy shots of a newly designed BF Goodrich All Terrain tire in Baja.

For those not familiar with the legendary rubber, the BFG A/T has been the go-to tire for many years on vehicles meant for mixed-use. Every Special Edition FJ Cruiser ships with the iconic shoes, and many of us ran BFG's for years. The BFG A/T practially invented the all-terrain dual/use category, so any change is sure to be major.

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