January 2013

January 2013 (8)

October 2012 issue FJC MagazineJust in time to start the new year off right! Our sixth year of publication is upon us and that means it's time for the January 2013 issue of FJC Magazine! This issue is HUGE with tons of great content, including Jacques brand new 2013 Trail Teams Edition (modified courtesy of TRDParts4U), FJ Summit Caribbean coverage, ideas for your first $3k in mods, SEMA 2012 coverage, Springtail Solutions new MPAC FJ MSM Drawer, a National Luna Dual Battery Management system install (thanks to our friends at Equipt), and more!

We're very excited to launch the latest issue of this great magazine in with 40 pages packed with FJC, 4WD, and overland articles, tips and tricks. Click the download button to check it out!

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

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 06:57

January 2013 | Volume 6 | Issue 1

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October 2012 issue FJC MagazineJust in time to start the new year off right! Our sixth year of publication is upon us and that means it's time for the January 2013 issue of FJC Magazine! This issue is HUGE with tons of great content, including Jacques brand new 2013 Trail Teams Edition (modified courtesy of TRDParts4U), FJ Summit Caribbean coverage, ideas for your first $3k in mods, SEMA 2012 coverage, Springtail Solutions new MPAC FJ MSM Drawer, a National Luna Dual Battery Management system install (thanks to our friends at Equipt), and more!

We're very excited to launch the latest issue of this great magazine in with 40 pages packed with FJC, 4WD, and overland articles, tips and tricks. Click the download button to check it out!

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

To get your copy of the January 2013 issue of FJC Magazine:

download_now
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read online

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Friday, 25 January 2013 09:16

Jacque's 2013 TTSE Cement FJ Cruiser

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2013 Trail Teams Special Edition FJ CruiserBy Jacque Arnondin, TRDParts4U.com
Photos By: Steve Wilson

In 2011 when I first saw the cement gray, Toyota color code (1H5) on the Scion I commented to the Famous “Wilson” of FJCruiserForums.com, that if Toyota ever made an FJC or Tacoma in that color “I had to have one”.
So here we are at the end of 2012, vehicle model year 2013 and I have my (1H5) FJC.  I’m no stranger to the 120/150 platform, but this is my first FJC . I sold a built 2006 Double cab Tacoma to purchase the FJC as my daily driver, light duty camping, and exploration vehicle.   So far I love it!

 

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:17

First $3,000 in FJ Cruiser Mods

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Stock TRD Special Edition FJ CruiserSo many new FJC owners spend hours contemplating where the first $3,000 in modification money will go, so inspired by this thread (http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/60034-first-2000-a.html) on FJCrusierForums.com, we put together a few different lists to help you decide where to start. FYI, we upped the amount from the $2,000 to $3,000 to accommodate new tires, since the OEM tires are basically useless off-road. (Editor note: We know many people use stock tires off road and they work just fine, so feel free to ignore these tire recommendations)

The reality is that there’s no simple answer to the “First $3k” question. How you start your mod journey greatly depends on what you plan to do with your FJ Cruiser. Like all things, your initial plan may change over time, but the first step is definitely to think about how your truck will live in the offroad world. In most cases the tires recommended are a ‘plus one’ size, 285/70R17, which is about 1” taller than OEM FJ Tires.

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:17

Extreme Makeover: FJC

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2007 FJC TRD in 2012 with 92,000 milesWith nearly 100,000 miles on our TRD FJ Cruiser, we’ve decided to rework and upgrade several items to get us ready for year #6 of the magazine and all the excitement that will come with it. In addition to the 100k milestone, our FJ will no longer be a daily driver due to a new member of the Williams household that will be arriving in July. With those things in mind, we’ve decided to work out a list of upgrades we’ll be doing on the truck over the next year. Since this is quite an extensive checklist, we’ll cover aspects of installs in future issues as well as through live streaming and on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep track of our progress.

 

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:19

SEMA 2012

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SEMA 2012Unlike 2011, we actually found a couple of FJ Cruisers on the SEMA floor this year! We once again made the trek to Vegas (this time we made it an epic road trip: 6 states in as many days) to see get the skinny on the latest and greatest in the off-road (and automotive) industry. We certainly were not disappointed.

Toyota event had an FJ in their booth this year, the same prototype supercharged Quicksand model we saw at the FJ Summit. We would’ve loved to see a 2013 TT in the booth, but we’ll take what we can get. Rutledge Wood from Top Gear USA was in the Toyota booth for their press conference, covering the Toyota Dream Build challenge. No FJC’s were built, but a couple of cool trucks were on the floor, along with a super techy Prius.

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:19

MPAC Rear Drawer

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FJ Cruiser Drawer StorageFINALLY! A commercially available drawer system for the FJ that doesn’t take up the entire rear storage area. If I come across as very excited, it’s for good reason. We all know that storage in the FJC is an issue. Add mandatory gear (recovery, maintenance, etc), add kids, add dogs, and a fridge and very quickly your truck will be popping at the seams.

Since we’ve owned our TRD storage has always been a work in progress. I built the homemade storage box in 2009 (See January 2010 issue) to compliment our MPAC rear door storage and Roll-Top console cover. Later, I upgraded the bags to the quick release, and used the old MPAC bags for storage in the box and around the FJ. The storage box was very inexpensive (about $40) to build and has served fairly well. It was bulky and getting things in & out of it proved very cumbersome most of the time.

 

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:20

National Luna Dual Battery Install

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Dual Battery Install Toyota FJ CruiserA dead battery as a result of the wrong setting at Overland Expo (twice) reinforced the need for a dual battery system in our TRD. While running LED lights and manually disconnecting items we don’t use every day worked ok, in reality any truck that may perform overland/camping duty will need an auxiliary battery eventually.

After attending Paul May’s overland electronics class at the Expo I was sold on the National Luna system. The fact that you don’t have to match batteries was one of the main selling points, but the easy to use controller and automated nature of the system are huge advantages over other systems. I called Equipt Expedition Outfitters and got a kit on the way.

 

Friday, 25 January 2013 09:20

TrekPak Review

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TrekPak ReviewFor years I’ve struggled with the best way to carry camera gear and all the associated accessories. Often times everything has ended up in a pile in the bottom of a backpack, sometimes in a standard (small) camera case, but most times not. Our current gear consists of:
•    Nikon DSLR
•    35mm Portrait Lens
•    18-200 Multi-Purpose lense
•    Charger + 2 extra batteries
•    SD card holder
•    Nikon Point & Shoot rugged camera with batteries/charger
•    ContourHD video camera w/batteries, mounts, and charger
•    Camera cleaning kit
•    Multiple camera straps & slings
Getting all this gear organized has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while, but I’ve never been a fan of the standard (and expensive) camera case/backpacks. The Velcro/padding used to separate components is cumbersome at best. It usually slips and never seems to stay in place. I carry such a variety of gear that no bag has ever been worth the money.

When I saw TrekPak announced on Kickstarter last spring, then saw the prototype first hand at Overland Expo last may, I knew this was the system to try out. With such a huge response through Kickstarter & around the outdoor photography world, Georgia and her team had to re-work their manufacturing process before production could begin. Luckily, just before SEMA show they were able to get one of the first full-production units down to Colorado Springs before our journey.

 

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