coverwebFall is in the air, so it must be time for another issue of FJC Magazine. We’re very excited to bring you one of our best issues to date! As we close out our third year of publication, we first want to thank everyone for their support. We simply could not produce such an amazing publication without our contributors, subscribers, vendors, and friends, so thank you!

This issue of FJC Magazine includes some amazing stories and anecdotes from three FJ Cruiser events: The FJ Summit, Thrill on the Hill, and All Cal 2010. Of course we’ve included plenty of awesome photos as well, so you’re sure to enjoy all of our event coverage.

We finally got the LoD Rear Bumper installed, so checkout our pics and get all the info on page 4. We decided now would be a good time to round-up all of Lance’s Expedition Wheeling articles, so see page 17 for a summary of every article he’s written for us.

Perhaps our favorite feature this issue is an exclusive interview with Joe Bacal, lead test driver during the development of the FJ Cruiser. Joe has also included a few rare photos of the prototype FJ Cruiser performing some amazing feats. ALSO, starting in January 2011 Joe will be answering your FJ Cruiser related questions. You can ask Joe anything about the FJ Cruiser and we’ll publish your question and his answers in our new feature coming in the next issue. Simply e-mail your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some other great stories you’ll find in this issue:

  • Taft is back with a long term review of the Baja Rack basket for the OEM FJ Rack.
  • We have some insight on the newly announced 2011 FJ Cruiser.
  • Fuel Magazine sent us an update on their Project FJ.
  • We have new products from Sierra 4x4 Trailers AND Otterbox, so check those out!





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

P.S. Interested in Toyota Tacoma Trucks? We’re happy to announce that we’ll be starting publication of Tacoma Magazine early in 2011. You can subscribe (for free of course) right now at www.tacomamag.com. Look for a preview issue this fall too!

 

Published in October 2010

coverwebIt's that time of year again! Summer is in full swing, the FJ Summit is JUST around the corner, and the July issue of FJC Magazine is out.

Everyone will be happy to know that we finally selected & installed our new M/T tires. Which ones did we pick? Find out on Page 4. We also added Dyna Beads to the new meats and have our initial impressions on this cool product. We really should call this issue the "Event Issue" because we've got more Toyota FJ Cruiser event coverage than ever! We have coverage of Cruise Moab, Spring MudFling, the FJ Bruisers Rally, and even an overseas event: The 2010 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!

Other cool stories include our install of Clazzio Seat Covers from TRD Sparks, Lances Expedition Wheeling article covering Ditch Bags, and a sweet 20 minute roof rack accessory mount mod. Be sure to check out Page 25 for something HOT, you'll be glad you did!

We're excited to be taking our baby boy to his first FJ Summit in a few weeks. He won't be hitting any trails just yet, but if you're around be sure to say hi to Brenden, Angie & I. If you can't make it to Ouray this year we certainly hope you have a great summer & enjoy your FJ Cruiser!

If you haven't heard yet, we've also launched our FJC Magazine STORE. You can get several FJ Cruiser posters (more are coming soon) as well as Colorado Pass Stickers (currently Ouray area only, but those will expand as well). Please stop by & check things out, all of our items are very well priced and of the highest quality.fjc mag store banner

 

 

 

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Published in July 2010

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Our cover story is an article on cleaning your FJ Cruiser. We’ve actually been working on this article for several months, and we finally put all the pieces together. Check it out on Page 4. Lance Blair continues to impress with his article “Escape Pods” on how your expedition equipped FJ Cruiser can serve double duty in times of crisis. One of our new contributors, Stacey Knight, is well known in the FJ Cruiser community, and she’s provided great coverage of the 2010 Lonestar Toyota Jamboree. Our other new contributor and team member is Bob Blakely. He was lucky enough to score a great tour of the Ricochet Off Road Armor factory in Utah, so be sure to check out his article & great pics. After almost 50,000 miles on our FJ, and in preparation for our July 2010 seat cover comparison, we have a great article on installing Wet Okole seat covers in your FJ Cruiser. Let’s not forget Off Road 101 – this time we get into coil springs and which type are the best for you. We've also got great new products from Drake Off Road, you won't want to miss them!

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Bob and Stacey join Athena, Angie, myself, and our new little boy Brenden to form the FJC Magazine Trail Team. Our team will be attending many events around the nation this year, so look for us on the trail and SMILE for the camera!


We also want to pre-announce a new project our parent company, Zaxyn Media is taking on. With the Apple iPad coming out in just a few days, we’ve decided to seize this opportunity to improve the way we all enjoy off road driving. By the time we all get to Ouray in July, we’ll have a prototype of an iPad (and iPhone) application called Off Road Trail Maps. This application will combine all the great features of off road guidebooks, paper topographical maps, and online trail information sites into one media-rich experience. You can follow the progress of this application at http://www.offroadtrailmaps.com , and even signup to be notified when it becomes available. We can’t wait to help every off road and 4x4 enthusiast enjoy the trails even more!

We hope you enjoy this issue of FJC Magazine, and look forward to your feedback. You can send your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or leave them in the comments section on any story. Until next time, Stay the Trail, Tread Lightly, and have fun!

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Published in April 2010

It’s time to ring in the new year!

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Our featured story for this issue is the 2010 Army Green FJ Cruiser. We caught up with one of the first sold for a trail run & some great pics. We’ve got all the details on the major changes for the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, so checkout page 6.

Taft Babbit is back with his take on the new BajaRack basket for the stock FJ Cruiser rack. This time Lance from Disabled Explorers is discussing Expedition Sponsorship, so if you’ve been thinking about it – he’s got some great tips for you.

In this issue we’re introducing a new contributor. Our long time friend & colleague Erick Pound, founder of AdventureInsider.com has a great introduction to adventure travel. He’ll be contributing to FJC Magazine regularly discussing adventure related topics.

Of course we’ve got a sweet Featured Rig, a couple of Reader Rigs, and your FJ Nation pics on the back cover. We also upgraded our storage solutions in the TRD, check out those details on page 22. Also don’t forget our New Products, an update on the Aluminess Front Bumper, Groups & Clubs, and upcoming FJ Cruiser events as well.

We hope you enjoy the January 2010 issue of FJC Magazine!

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Published in January 2010
Wow what a great summer! It was great to meet so many FJC Magazine readers & other FJ owners at the Thrill on the Hill & FJ Summit!
 
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We've got pics & info from both of those events, plus much more in the eigth issue of FJC Magazine. As always, if you're looking for Toyota FJ Cruiser information - FJC Magazine has you covered! One change we want to let you know about is that FJC Magazine now includes a white background on most pages, so there's only one download link, which is still printer friendly.
 
What's inside this issue:
  • 2009 FJ Summit
  • 2009 Thrill on the Hill
  • Winch Comparison
  • Kenwood NAV Follow Up
  • Expedition Families
  • Off Road 101: Which tire to choose?
  • Reader Rigs: Eric's BD & Jon's TRD
  • New Products: Rear Diff Skid Armor, Front LCA Skids, and the new Baja Rack Basket
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Published in October 2009
Summer is in full swing and all around the country FJ Cruiser Owners & Enthusiasts are taking to the trails! In just a couple of weeks many of us will be making our way to scenic Ouray, Colorado for the 3rd Annual FJ Summit.
 
While we've been preparing for the summit, we spent plenty of time making sure the July issue of FJC Magazine is full of great articles & ideas for you to get your truck ready for the summer. We've got a new couple of new contributors this issue as well. Many of you know Athena Innis from Ouray & Moab, she not only wrote an article for us this time around, but her BC FJ Cruiser is the featured rig! Al (aka SwiCago) also shares a little information about his DIY “Ghetto” Roof Top Tent with us.coverweb
 
Other articles in this issue include:
  • Cruise Moab 2009
  • Expedition Medic From Lance Blair
  • Front Bumper Comparison
  • Off Road Lighting Update
  • New Product: BriteBox from Toytec
  • Aluminess Front Bumper Initial Review
  • Off Road 101: FJ Cruiser Storage Solutions
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Published in July2009

Spring time is here!coverweb

2009 has started off really great for FJ lovers around the world and we're no different. This issue of FJC Magazine has some of our best articles to date. We're also very happy to announce that we've partnered with MagCloud.com to offer a PRINTED version of the magazine that can bemailed to your house. The price of $9.99 per issue covers the cost of printing each copy on demand, it's better for the environment and much more cost effective than other methods of printing. Check out the great articles we have in this issue:

  • Off Road 101 : Recovery Demo Run! We headed out with the Colorado FJ's to practice recovery techniques
  • Expedition Economics : Lance discusses how expeditions & overlanding can save you thousands during tough economic times
  • TRD White Out! Inspired by a Brick FJ & wanting to get back to our 'roots', we completely de-silvered the TRD
  • Corey Tando from Yotatech.com shares his thoughts on the Maggiolina AirLand roof top tent
  • Want to install a CB overhead? Chuck Davis from OffRoadSurvivalCamp.com shares his GREAT step by step install guide.
  • Heard about Wheelers for the Wounded yet? Learn more about this great program in this issue
  • AND much more, don't wait - download your copy now!

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Published in April 2009

Welcome to 2009!January 2009 FJC Magazine Cover

We hope that everyone had great Christmas & New Year holidays. We were hard at work putting the final touches on the first issue of '09. We have plenty of great content for you to help start 2009 off right! Some of the articles in this issue include:

  • Off Road Lights Compared! We tested four of the most popular brands of off road lights on the trail. Which one is right for you?
  • Kenwood 7120 Installation & initial review. We finally got our hands on a Kenwood in-dash nav unit. Checkout the install & review in this issue!
  • We welcome Paul Thompson from the Last Great Road Trip as our newest contributor, he's written a great article on his recent trip to Browns Camp with the NWFJCC.
  • Lance is back! This time he discusses how Overlanding Habits differ from normal camping trips. You don't want to miss it!
  • Follow along as we install a set of Lightforce Striker 170's on the WAAG XS Basket, it's not the easiest mod but WOW what a difference!
  • Our first in a two part Off Road 101 series covers Emergency Gear - a basic survival kit.
  • So much more, don't wait - download your copy now!

As always, we have two downloads available - absolutely free:

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Published in January 2009

October is finally here & that means it's time for another issue of FJC Magazine!October 2008 FJC Magazine Cover

This issue is full of great articles to help you learn more about your truck, pick some of your 'wish list' mods for winter, and catch up on what's happening in the FJ Cruiser world. Some of the articles in this issue include:

  • Communications 101: CB, FRS, & HAM - Which one is right for you?
  • Off Road Navigation Part 3: Navigation Systems. We look at the top nav systems available for your FJ so you can make an educated buying decision.
  • We've upgraded our Toytec 3" Lift with their new Adjustable Kit specifically for TRD & TT FJ's
  • Lance continues his Expedition Wheeling series with a great article about the difference between a Trip, Adventure, and Expedition
  • The coolest interior mod you'll want: TinCan's LED Dash Swap!
  • In Off Road 101, we cover some of your options for Suspension Upgrades
  • And MUCH more!
Published in October 2008

Welcome to FJC Magazine!FJC Magazine January 2008

We're excited to finally publish the very first issue of FJC Magazine - free for anyone to download! This first issue includes great information for every FJ Cruiser Owner and Entusiast.  Just some of the topics in this issue include:

  • The RAPTOR is finally revealed: Mike's very customized TRD is an inspiration to us all!
  • FJ's On Ice - We went to Georgetown, CO for a little Ice Racing Fun
  • Ouray 2008 : The 2nd Annual FJ Summit is scheduled, now is the time to make your plans
  • Off Road 101 . . . New to Off Roading? Our first installment of Off Road 101 will help new drivers get a feel for their rig
  • Expedition Wheeling : Lance from The Expeditioneers dicusses what it means to build an Expedition Ready Rig
  • Penny Pinchers : Top 5 Mods Under $100
  • Preparation for the Bullet Buildup
  • Reader Rigs: El Diablo
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We welcome your feedback! Visit the feedback form if you have ideas, comments, or suggestions for FJC Magazine.

Thanks for everyone's support - and enjoy this first issue! 

Published in January 2008
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