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There’s the age old question of should or shouldn’t I get a snorkel. On a popular FJ Cruiser forum it’s ten pages deep of back and forth banter espousing the pros and cons of having one. There’s everything from power gains, waterproofing to clean air. But in the end, it’s your rig and even if it’s as simple as liking the look, then go for it. The only thing to remember is, it’s permanent. Unless of course you shell out for a new painted fender.

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Their travels and adventures inspire us to step out into the world and truly experience life.

We have followed along as they visit remote villages in South America, cross deserts in Africa, and traverse mountain passes in Asia.

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The experiences, sights, and sounds of Lone Toyota Star Jamboree are forever engrained in the heads of the participants. The reddish-brown dirt is forever part of every truck that hit the trails. Deep in the piney woods of East Texas, this annual TLCA sanctioned event, affectionately referred to as Jambo, is held at the 1,850-acre Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area OHV park (BMRA). The event has gained in popularity due to the first-rate marketing, word-of-mouth, numerous trails, and massive raffle. Once again, Lone Star Toyota Jamboree broke an attendance record.

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I have been very fortunate in the number of truly amazing natural wonders I have visited: Mauna Kea, Maze Overlook, The Doll House, Copper Canyon, The White Pockets, and Bisti. There are many other scenic destinations I have yet to see, and in some cases, maybe I’ve waited too late. 

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It nearly 50 years ago in January 1967 when the first official SEMA show debuted under the grandstands of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  At the time, the show featured 98 booths and approximately 3,000 attendees.  It was not until 1977 when SEMA moved to Las Vegas where it’s been growing rapidly ever since.  Today, the four-day event attracts more than 140,000 attendees and over 2,400 exhibitors from all over the world.  

Published in Fall 2016

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I recently installed a set of Bushwacker fender flares onmy2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser. It was a change from the naked look I was previously rocking—byI, I mean myFJof course. In other words, I had removed the stock fenders a while back, and now I’ve gone from no fenders to these Bushwacker ones. The addition gives the cruiser a beefier look, while also making it look somehow more polished. It looks great! Here are the basic steps I went through to install them.


Opening the Package

I received the box for the kit—a very, VERY big box—and opened itupto check out the parts. I laid them all out and read over the manual, which describes all of the components that should be included and walks through the installation process step-by-step. Everything looked like it should, so I got to work.

Preparing the Area

First, I needed to clean and prep the areas of the FJ where the Bushwackers would be going. I happened to have a sticker on that area on one side, so I had to carefully remove it with a razor blade. Then, I cleaned off as much of the dirt and grime as I could from the area around the wheel wells. MyFJ goes ona lot of adventures, so there was a lot of dirt. I used a wax-type cleaner todo the job. Next, I needed to make a minor modification to the lower body molding on the cruiser. There is a part of the plastic trim that extends slightly into the wheel well, which would bein the way of the new fenders. I simply cut that piece off in a smooth line down, following the shape of the wheel well. Lastly, I removed the bolts from the inside of the wheel well to make room for the new bolts I would be using as part of the installation—all of which is described in detail in the manual, of course.

Prepping the Fenders

There were only a few simple steps required to prepare the fender flares. First, I puton the included trim liner, a thin strip of rubbery material that forms a transitional seam from the fender to the truck body. It sticks right on the fenders, not on the truck. I was careful to run the liner smoothly along the edge of the fender and around all the curves, so that it stuck well. Next, I puton the decorative nuts and bolts that line the fender for that tough-looking style.

Installation

The next step was to put the fenders on the FJ and bolt them on from underneath. One of the fasteners included in the kit is a specialty pin-type fastener rather than a bolt, and it goes in a specific hole; again, all is explained well in the manual. I started with the front wheels, and had an easy time with it; it was assimple as setting the fender in place, fastening it on, and repeating on the other side. Then I moved onto the back fenders, which took more effort and most of the time to install. For the back wheels, the fender flares come in two pieces which need tobe bolted together. I also had to make a modification to the fenders on the back, because I have an Expedition One Trail bumper installed and they couldn’t fit with it without modification. After determining where to cut, I put the Dremel tool to work and carefully carved some of the edge off in a square shape to frame the bumper, until the fit was just right. Then I went to work on the smaller piece which goes on the end of the fender at the bottom of the arc. I modified itin a similar way, carving out a rectangular section to make room for my bumper. I repeated the modifications on the rear fenders for the other side as well. After that, I bolted the pieces together and finally, installed them on both sides.

The Finished Look

From start to finish, this entire project took me about 5 hours. A significant chunk of that time was likely because ofmy bumper which required extra work to make the Bushwackers fit. After all was said and done, I’m definitely satisfied with the results. They look good and add something extra to the overall appearance ofmy cruiser. I would recommend these fender flares for their (general) ease and simplicity of installation, and for the way they complement the FJ’s look so well.

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Body molding before modification

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Body molding after modification

FJ Cruiser fender flare install

The finished look

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    Feeding off the success of the previous year, the annual Lone Star Toyota Jamboree hit another homerun with over 500 people in attendance. A total of 320 Toyota Trucks and 46 sponsors made for a spectacular event at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area OHV Park, including “a raffle surpassing $50,000 in value” according to organizer Chris Gray.

     


     

    2016 Lone Star Toyota Jamboree

    1)Blind Man’s Bluff where driver is blindfolded and completely dependent on the passenger serving as the co-pilot.
    2)Rock Garden Crawl where distance accomplished determines the winner for each tire size classification.
    3)The return of the Timed Obstacle Course where going airborne can be to the driver’s advantage.

    2016 Lone Star Toyota Jamboree

    It was a very emotional time for longtime Jamboree organizers after learning a long time Toyota Trail Riders club member and Jambo attendee, Angie R., was having a rough time in her fight with cancer. The Jambo staff had already chosen breast cancer combatant organization called Women Rock, Inc. as the recipient of charity contributions, and had raised $7888 for their efforts. Upon hearing an update during the raffle from friend, Butch Baker, of Angie's fight, the Toyota crowd came together and raised an additional $3000, including a $1000 donation straight from Jamboree itself, togo directly to the Rushing family! Several raffle winners even donated their items back to be auctioned off for money to be donated. It was heart moving and emotional time to see this outpouring of support. In total, Women Rock raised $10,958 at the 11th Annual Lone Star Toyota Jamboree!

    The dates for Jamboree next year are May 4-7, 2017. If you have not yet visited the giant BMRA off-road park in the eastern Piney Woods of Texas, shoot for next year by attending Lone Star Toyota jabmoree. You don’t want to miss this great event.

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