July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3

July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 (20)

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 When we purchased the Manley EXPLORE trailer last year, we intentionally kept it fairly stock. We wanted to get a feel for how the trailer would be used before doing any upgrades, since each use case is so different. Over the last few months we’ve pondered upgrade options (see the January 2014 issue), to decide how best to spend our time & money, hoping to modify the platform for our best long-term goals.

MORV Explore Upgrades Trailer Parked

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 It has long been a dream of mine to have a 4 door fj40. But until recently it was just that. My original plan was to cut a 40 into quarters and place it on an 80 series chassis and then just fill in the voids. At SEMA 2013 I learned Todd at Aqualu was thinking the same thing, so after a couple phone calls and emails we got rolling. My basic requirement was that I wanted the body to fit directly onto an 80 series chassis. I wasn’t concerned about the drivetrain or suspension too much as I was going to change all that anyway. The plan was a fuel injected v-8, custom 4 link rear and 3 link front and 40-42” tires. 

Introducing: The Sniper 4 Door FJ-40

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App Storedownload_nowAs another May comes to an end, another Rock Therapy goes in the books.  Filled with dusty days and blurry nights, Rock Therapy 2014 was again a must attend Tacoma events of the year.  

Nearly 70 trucks were in attendance this year (including Tacomas, 4Runners, FJ Cruisers, a couple Lexus GX450 and even a Jeep), showing off their rigs and new modifications to their friends of new and old.  This was a great opportunity for the sponsors to see first-hand, their products on a variety of customer vehicles.  At the same time, it was a great opportunity for the attendees to meet and hang out with their favorite sponsors and thank them first hand for their hard work.  

2014 Rock Therapy Event

Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App Storedownload_nowFrom air up to air down, your tire purchase can be a major component of any truck build.  We recently teamed up with Cooper Tire and FN Wheels to put the Cooper Discoverer STT to the test and see how it handled all of our overlanding needs.  After nearly 10,000 miles over a variety of terrain, the Discoverer STT has handled every test given to it with ease.  

Cooper Tire Review Toyota Tacoma

Since the first day the Cooper STTs were mounted on the FN Wheels Five Stars, I knew this was going to be a good relationship.  The STT has an aggressive look that really stands out with the matte bronze finish on the unique Five Star wheels.  The first matter at hand was to ensure proper fitment within my wheel wells for the larger 315/75R16 tires.  Measuring only 11.9” wide, they were a great option as I had previously cleared for 305/70R17 tires which measured 12” wide.

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 We did what you are supposed to do.  Graduate high school, go to college, get a job, go to night school, get a second job (one we were passionate about this time), get married, and buy a home.  Done.  So now what?  We weren’t quite ready to settle down and produce offspring.  What were we supposed to do next?  Why did we feel unhappy and trapped in our seemingly successful lives?

Desk To Glory Driving the East Cape of Baja en route to Cabo Pulmo

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Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App Storedownload_nowMy 1981 FJ45 Troopy was a vacation love affair that has become so much more. I spotted this special ve-hicle on two separate trips ‘down under,’ but it wasn’t until returning home and cross checking photo-graphs that I realized it was actually the same vehicle I was lusting over on both trips. This special Troopy was destined to be mine!

FJ-45 Troopy Land Cruiser

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 On July 2, 2012, I installed my new rear bumper by CBI Offroad Fab with swing-out tire carrier onto my 2007 4Runner. For the next 2 years, the bumper has been through numerous off-road adventures, ranging from overlanding to rock crawling. Not only is the bumper highly functional, but—based on the multitude of compliments I have received—it also adds aesthetic value to the truck's stance. Despite being functional and pretty, there's still the outstanding question of functional durability.

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