July 2008

July 2008 (14)

coversmallFJC Magazine July 2008
Thanks for checking out the latest issue of FJC Magazine. It's a busy time of year for us in preparing for the FJ Summit. We hope you enjoy this very special issue of the magazine.

Table of Contents:

  • Skid Comparison
  • Expedition Comfort
  • Off Road 101. . . Trail Armor
  • Dirty Toys School
  • Off Road Navigation, Part 2: Portable GPS
  • Team Necessary's "Old Girl"

Features:

  • FJ Bruisers Spring Mud Fling
  • 2nd Annual Thrill on the Hill
  • Featured Rigs: MIR & Air2Air
  • WAAG XS Basket
  • Stuck Happens!
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:47

Stuck Happens!

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Picture yourself driving along a trail and enjoying the great outdoors.  You turn a corner and come to a difficult section.  After a couple tries you manage to get hung up with no ability to drive forward or backwards.  What is your next step?  There are a few things to consider that I’d like to share.


Take your time: It is easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment when you are stuck.  You may be worried about your vehicle getting damaged, and people may be frantically shouting advice.  This can lead to injury and damage.   So, take a break.  Realize you are stuck and get out to look.  Knowing when to quit is a key element to preserving your vehicle and the trail.   By getting in a calm mindset you are more likely to make better decisions.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:58

WAAG XS Basket

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In our opinion, the stock FJ Cruiser roof rack fits the truck perfectly. The only time we  have issues with it is when we go camping and would like to put our gear up top. The problem is that the stock crossbars are not very sturdy and leave many gaps in the rack. The plastic attachment brackets are the weak spot, so we dare not load more than the recommended 150lbs on the roof.

The thought of spending over $1000 for an after market rack that would hold more gear, never appealed to us. Most of the after market racks are built from thick steel, which makes them strong, but not light. With gas prices over $4/gallon, a 200lb roof rack (before adding gear) wasn't a practical solution for us. We always thought that if there was a basket that could attach to the stock rack, that would be the perfect solution.

Just a few months ago WAAG introduced their FJ Cruiser XS Rack. It was exactly what we were looking for, so we couldn’t wait to take one for a spin. The rack is simply a basket that fits perfectly inside the stock roof rack. It arrives as a single piece, (no assembly required) it's a welded steel basket, made of 1” steel tubing. This basket is STRONG, it’s light, and it’s powder coat finish maintains the original look of the FJ. The front of the basket is sloped and includes 4 front tabs  and 2 rear tabs for off-road lighting. Best of all, it’s very reasonably priced at $560.00 + shipping.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:59

Featured Rig: Mir

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Like Air 2 Air’s truck, Mir’s FJ is a very heavily modified example of what a built FJ Cruiser can become. Mark has had essentially all his work done by Man-A-Fre in Simi Valley, California, and his mode list is very impressive as well.

Armor:
•    ARB front bumper
•    AllPro rear bumper
•    MAF/4+ wide rock sliders
•    MAF/4+ four part skid trays (three main pieces plus the piece to connect with the ARB)
•    Total Chaos front lower control arm skids
•    AllPro rear diff cover
•    AllPro rear shock bottom mount skid
•    TLC rear lower control arm mount skid
 

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:59

Featured Rig: Air2Air

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If you’ve not seen Air 2 Air’s rig, we wonder where you’ve been. This truck is perhaps the most modified daily driver FJ Cruiser around, and it certainly is impressive. The custom paint job, internal roll cage, built in computer, and completely redone interior all jump out at you when you see this truck. Rather than go into a dissertation about the mods, we thought we would print the entire amazing list:

Armor
•    Demello Offroad sliders
•    Demello Offroad custom Prerunner bumper
•    Demello Offroad aluminum nose and engine skids
•    Demello Offroad body mount chop and fender clearancing

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:00

2nd Annual Thrill on the Hill

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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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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:01

Team Necessary's "Old Girl"

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Team Necessary finished a team best 3rd place in the 2008 Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico. Taupo 1000 class winner Ryan Millen joined the team as co-driver for this event. Team Necessary has really shown what dedication, perserverance, and hard work can accomplish. On the pages of this article you'll find photos of 'Old Girl' along with a mile-by-mile narrative from Kevin Necessary himself.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:02

FJ Bruisers Spring Mud Fling

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This trip was one of the better if not the best offroading trips I have been on. What made this trip so great for was not necessarily so much the offroading, but the company that surrounded it.

FRIDAY: I rolled into KOA Friday around 3:30 not knowing what to expect at all. The campground was very nice, incredibly clean and well kept . I brought my dad (who was a complete bruiser noob), he didn’t really know what he was getting himself into. After unpacking and setting up camp we all ended up gathering throughout the night at pat's lot to hang out and share our stories around a mini fire. Josh the told us that we needed to meet in the KOA lot ready to go at 7:45 Saturday morning.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:03

Off Road Navigation, Part 2: Portable GPS

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In the first article of Off Road Navigation, we discussed the need to carry good paper maps with you wherever you go. Paper maps will always be a necessity, regardless of which GPS option you may use, so don’t leave home without them.

This time, we'll discuss some of the Portable GPS options available for off road use. Portable GPS’s refer to units that can be mounted in the vehicle but are not necessarily permanent. Since there are literally hundreds of options, we narrowed the list of candidates by identifying models that meet these specific requirements:

#1 – Mapping: Any modern GPS that we’ll be using in conjunction with paper maps must support maps. We would prefer topographical maps, but this is not absolutely necessary
#2 – Expandable Memory: Maps take up space. A GPS with very little built-in memory and no expansion capability has limited usefulness.

#3 – Batteries + External Power: The unit must use standard batteries, have a decent battery life, and must support an external power supply.

#4 – Price: A portable GPS unit should be able to meet all of our requirements without breaking the bank. While we didn’t set a specific budget, cost is considered.

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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 13:51

July 2008 : Volume I : Issue 3

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FJC Magazine July 2008
Thanks for checking out the latest issue of FJC Magazine. It's a busy time of year for us in preparing for the FJ Summit. We hope you enjoy this very special issue of the magazine.

Table of Contents:

  • Skid Comparison
  • Expedition Comfort
  • Off Road 101. . . Trail Armor
  • Dirty Toys School
  • Off Road Navigation, Part 2: Portable GPS
  • Team Necessary's "Old Girl"

Features:

  • FJ Bruisers Spring Mud Fling
  • 2nd Annual Thrill on the Hill
  • Featured Rigs: MIR & Air2Air
  • WAAG XS Basket
  • Stuck Happens!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:04

Dirty Toys School

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The first Dirty Toys School was held in Grand Junction, CO from May 16th to the 18th. This one of a kind school brings together Toyota 4x4 enthusiasts from around the country for three days of off road training. World renowned 4x4 instructor Bill Burke, along with Chris Nelson and Dave Logan, pulled out all the stops for this inaugural event.

FJC Magazine Contributor Eric Ross was there and kindly provided this report on the event.

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