Fall 2015 | Volume 8 | Issue 4

Fall 2015 | Volume 8 | Issue 4 (14)

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreSuppliers and manufacturers of vehicle bolt-on LED lights have sprung up faster than Texas blue bonnets in the spring. The task of identifying solid brands that rival higher priced brands in performance and quality can be daunting. Furthermore, adding multiple lights means adding rocker switches, which means looking for dashboard real estate for cutting slots if the few spares Toyota provided in the truck are already occupied. In this review, we’ll examine a quality LED brand and a switch solution using a space-saving LCD screen.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreWorking with ARB on this new product, LabRak has developed a solid alternative to the factory fog lights that come with the ARB bumpers.  Using laser cut steel and a powdercoated finish, these inserts are made to look factory and provide a durable upgrade to your ARB bumper.  Their design is made to work with most flush mount LED lights offered on the market and utilize a proprietary dual color LED marker light that comes standard.   LabRak offers a set of LED pods as an option to complete the set all in one purchase.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreWalking into an outdoor store in search of a new sleeping bag can be overwhelming, even if you’re a seasoned camper. Between quilts, blankets, mummy bags, rectangular bags, and more, it can be tough to figure out what’s best. Whether you’re planning on driving to the trailhead and carrying everything with you, pulling into a campground, or curling up in the back of your truck for a good night’s sleep under the stars, ask yourself these questions to help you choose the right sleeping bag for you.

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Here is the short list for what you need to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California:

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreOne of the first things I did after getting my FJ back in 2012 was to install a pair of PIAA lights on my bumper. I of course wanted to test them out, so a friend and I planned for a night run up to our local mountain peak. It’s an easy trail ride to the top. On the way back it was pitch black and the PIAAs. We came to an unbeknownst blind corner and almost went over the edge if it weren’t for a row of shrubs.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreWhen people discuss Oklahoma, they mention things like Big 12 Football, tornadoes, flyover state, Route 66, flat, and maybe even sing a few lines of Okie from Muskogee. The red dirt state isn’t exactly known for being an off-road expedition destination.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreHouston Harvey embarked on an unusual journey for swapping the engine in his 1986 4Runner. Instead of a 22RE, he pursued another Toyota engine:  the 4.0 Liter V8, which was utilized in various 1990’s era Lexus vehicles, as well as the LeMans MR2.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreIt is hard to say how many times I have seen the movie, "Dante's Peak" in the 18 years since its release. While a bit on the cheesy side, the one thing that keeps me going back is the modified Suburban equipped with what I have come to refer to as, the Lava Snorkel. Watching Pierce Brosnan fumble around to get the rig into 4-wheel-drive while already floating down the river is hilarious. He finally engages it, and the big red Sub emerges from the river unscathed and running like a champ because, "it’s okay... this rig has a snorkel".

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreMost would say Arizona is just a hot desert. You’ve been to the Grand Canyon and saw the big hole in the ground, but have you been to southern Arizona and witnessed the grandeur of the wide open ranges around the Patagonia Mountains and the San Rafael Valley? I got that chance when I was made aware of an Arizona FJ event called the AZFJ Monsoon Border Run. They run it every few years. It’s an all day adventure starting in Tuscon and stretching south to the Arizo-na/Mexico border and back up to Sierra Vista for dinner then completing a huge loop back to Tucson.

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreFor many people CruiserFest once again started with the trail rides. Groups met in Moab, UT; City of Rocks, ID; Grand Junction and Denver, CO, and spent as many as five days overland.

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