Because of the trails being shut down in the Lincoln NF, we traveled to Orogrande (a mining town) and Tularosa for our trail runs.  There were over 100 people with about 40 FJ's, 4 Land Cruisers and 11 FJ-40’s at the event.

Friday night (for those that made it in) we ran a parade run through the town of Ruidoso, it was a awesome sight.  Saturday morning we departed to Orogrande to hit the trails.  There was nothing too difficult, but some great views and some different scenery for those not from around here. On Saturday night at the camp ground, the Trail Teams cooked everyone burgers and brats. They had plenty of goodies to give away and performed some great demonstrations.  Mark from Metal Tech also did a great demo on how to break and reseat a bead while on the trail using a Hi-Lift jack.

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Published in July 2008

The story began last year when I went to buy parts from Johnnewyork and his SFA project.  We started to talk about meeting up for some wheeling, and after talking about how the folks on the Northeast part of the continent were really limited for trail runs, we decided to make this an open event for all FJ owners.

Easter weekend finally arrived and Friday, the first day at the park, we had about 20 trucks show up, including the Toyota Trail Team.  The day was sunny and 35F, but the wind was blowing hard on the mountain.  Having the Trail Team on site was great! They had provided great lessons in off roading to everyone. They then led groups out into the field to put into practice what they just learned.   What’s better than learning on the trails?  Returning home from your first day of off-roading and having a BBQ by the Trail Team and raffle prizes!  Our sponsors provided us with all types of gear: sliders, spacers, lifts, subscriptions, rims, bumper discounts, and the most sought after prize, the E-Tool!


Published in April 2008

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Ouray 2008: Make Your Plans Now!

If you missed the First Annual FJ Summit last July, you probably don’t have the itch that the rest of us do. As soon as the Summit ended, many people on began asking about the 2008 Summit.

Our questions were answered on October 5th, when Jason made the announcement:

July 16th – 20th, 2008 – Ouray, Colorado.

It’s Official - The FJ Cruiser World will once again invade Ouray, this time for a full 5 days (3 days of organized trail rides). If you’ve not been or heard of Ouray – it’s the self proclaimed ‘jeep capital of the world’ (Although in July it will be the FJ Capital). There are hundreds of miles of the most scenic 4x4 roads you’ll find in the surrounding San Juan mountains. Infamous passes such as Imogene, Black Bear, and Engineer create the perfect location to wheel your FJ, catch up with old friends, and make new ones.

Key changes for this year:
-Five full days – three days of organized trail rides
--Registration/sign-in will be on the July 16th
-The website ( should be ready to allow registrations within the next couple of months
-The Best Western is entirely blocked off for the FJ Summit, and will once again be the hub of activity
-More FJ’s will be allowed to register, but there will probably still be a maximum number (TBD)
Other ideas that have been discussed (but are not confirmed)
-Online pre-signup for trail runs
-More “How To” Classes for people new to off roading
-More vendors on-site
-A video documentary of the event
-A ‘parade’ of FJ’s through town - showcasing all the participants
-Use of HAM radios to coordinate runs and any issues that may arise

There are many other great ideas. For more info, visit this story on and look for the link to “Summit Suggestion Box”.

If you plan on going and haven’t made accommodation arrangements yet, you should soon. The hotels and campgrounds in Ouray are filling up fast. Visit for a list of hotels in Ouray & the surrounding area.

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Published in January 2008
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The First Annual Toyota FJ Cruiser Northeast meet will be held at Rausch Creek off road Park in PA on March 21, 22, and 23 (Easter weekend 2008).{mosimage}

The Northeast does not have many places to wheel. If you can’t make it to Colorado for the FJ Summit (and even if you can), we’d love to see you out at Rausch Creek. 
Spend a memorable weekend in a 1700 acre park, try your FJ in rocks, bowls and hills - or just wheel with other FJ enthusiasts. We have trails for every level of driver and vehicles.
The aim of this meet is to bring together all FJ owners of the Northeast for a weekend of family fun and (of course) wheeling. Drivers and families are invited to attend this international (U.S & Canada) event.

We need your help to make this a great annual event. Sponsorship opportunities are available and would be greatly appreciated. We have space available on-site at the event to showcase all the aftermarket accessories available for the FJ cruiser.

Registration is now open!

Published in January 2008
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