October 2009

October 2009 (13)

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. 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
New for this issue! Our regular issue is now printer friendly, so there's only one download link.
Get your copy of FJC Magazine HERE
NOTE: Internet Explorer users should right click and select "Save Target As"
You can also view this issue Online
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Monday, 28 September 2009 09:27

October 2009 Welcome

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Thanks for reading the October 2009 issue of FJC Magazine!

Visiting this web page allows us to determine how many people are reading the magazine, thanks for your cooperation. While you're here, why don't you forward this issue to a few of your friends? Click the 'E-mail envelope' on the upper right side of this article.

You can also read this issue Online, or order a printed copy!

Enjoy the October issue!

--The FJC Magazine Team

Monday, 28 September 2009 09:28

October 2009 : Volume 2 Issue 4

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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
New for this issue! Our regular issue is now printer friendly, so there's only one download link.
Get your copy of FJC Magazine HERE
NOTE: Internet Explorer users should right click and select "Save Target As"
You can also view this issue Online

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Just a reminder that FJC Magazine supporters have full access to all the online articles (including MANY more photos), the online Flash Version, and less advertising on the web site. We also e-mail breaking FJ Cruiser news to all supporters. We ask for an annual donation of just $12 to become a supporter. More details are here.

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:27

2009 FJ Summit

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In late July nearly 200 Toyota FJ Cruisers made the trek from across the country to bask in the sunshine and play on the trails surrounding Ouray, CO for the 3rd Annual FJ Summit. Our trip this year  began like the others, with the convoy to from Colorado Springs to Ouray.  We like organizing this meetup and convoy because every year there are people coming from all over, and we want to make sure they see as much of Colorado's great scenery as possible on the way to Ouray.  The views on a clear day from Wilkerson Pass and Trout Creek Pass into Buena Vista are views you don't soon forget.  It never fails, we always have at least one on the CB that says “That's it, we're moving!”  Colorado is such a beautiful state and we like to show new-comers a good time!

 

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:40

2009 Thrill on the Hill

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The third annual Thrill on the Hill event was held this year outside Cloudcroft, New Mexico on Labor Day Weekend. The HQ headquarters for the event was Camp of the Tall Pines, high in the mountains near Weed, NM. Nearly 70 FJ Cruisers made the trek this year, the weather cooperated (for the most part), and everyone had an amazing time!

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:41

Expedition Families

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When it comes to expedition style travel many of us have that classic image of the solo explorer traversing dissolute dunes or fighting through dense jungle. In reality, it is more likely to be that other classic scene with dad screaming "don't make me pull this truck over" while the wife sits with her arms crossed and the kids in the back pinch and punch each other. Well truth be told, with a little pre-planning, some habit changes and a bit of post trip debriefing your family will transform into a laughing, talking memory making machine.

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:41

Kenwood DNX-7120 Update

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We’ve been using our Kenwood DNX-7120 daily for over 9 months now, so we thought it was time for an update on our original January 2009 article.Kenwood 7120 topo maps screenshot
Monday, 28 September 2009 13:42

Ricochet Front LCA Skids

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Although they’re new to FJ Cruisers, Ricochet Off Road Armor has been producing skid plates for dirt bikes & ATV’s for over 30 years. During the Toytec / FJC Magazine Fun Run in June, one FJ Cruiser managed to get a rock wedged in the open space in front of the front lower control arm (LCA) and had to be jacked & yanked off the obstacle. That’s when we first thought of adding a little protection to our LCA’s.

After reviewing all the top vendor websites, we found very few options for a front LCA skid that was lightweight and provided great protection. That’s where Ricochet comes in. Just a couple of months ago they released their front LCA aluminum guards. They’re very lightweight, super easy to install, and fit perfectly. At only $129, they’re a great way to protect one of the most vulnerable areas on your FJ. For all the install pics, click the Install tab above.

We’ll be testing them out in the coming months, so look for a long term review in 2010. For now, we’re happy to have this added protection.

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An LCA skid before installation

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Insert the bolt & washers as shown

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Insert the bolts & washers up through the factory holes in the control arm & slip the nut on.
Leave them loose until all bolts are in, then tighten.

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Installed & ready to go!

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Monday, 28 September 2009 13:42

OR 101: Which Tire To Choose

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Which tire to choose?
With over 40,000 miles on our original BFG All Terrain tires, discussions of what our next tire should be have begun at FJC Magazine headquarters. A quick Google of ‘off road tires’ yields more than 300,000 results, so we won’t find any answers there. Heading to the wheels & tires section on FJCruiserForums.com shows a little more promise. There are dozens of discussions on virtually every option. Still, the tire you choose is (like many things in the FJ world) a little like religion. That’s true for us as well, our family has owned seven different 4x4 vehicles in the last 10 years, and we’ve run the BFG A/T tires on all of them.all tires

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:43

Winch Comparison

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adam_upWe’ve all seen dozens of winch comparisons that usually conclude with “Buy X-Brand winch, because it’s the best”. We agree that if you’re looking for a winch that you’ll use three times a day every day, you’ll want to spend as much money as you can afford on a competition-grade winch. The reality is that for most of us, the winch is an insurance policy that will rarely be used. However, on the very rare occasion that we need it, we want it to work.

The purpose of our winch test was to ensure that the various winches tested would work on a moderate obstacle. We looked at details such as: Pull speed, ease of use, perceived power (non-scientific), and best practices. We want to stress that our winch comparison was not an ‘endurance’ or ‘show down’ type of test. We wanted to show that the winches we tested (all makes and models) would work just fine with our test FJ’s.

Monday, 28 September 2009 13:43

Readers Rigs: Jon's TRD

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