Spring 2016

Spring 2016 (13)

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2015 4Runner SR5 | Crawl Control Retrofit!

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Like a lot of people, I am disappointed Toyota does not offer the Trail Edition with a 3rd row seating option. We decided to settle on the SR5 because seating for more than 5 people was mandatory for our family. One option is to get a Trail Edition and add a 3rd row, but safety for my family is of the utmost importance.  The SR5 includes additional air bags and safety equipment designed for the 3rd row.  Being the engineer that I am, I decided to look a little further into the Crawl Control Circuit and see if it was somehow possible to put this into my SR5.  Why not just go straight for lockers?  I am a technology guy, and Toyota has really developed some great off-road Technology and I really wanted this over lockers to start with.

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Rokmen Off Road Pro Series Upper Control Arms

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Rokmen Off Road has been building quality off road parts for 12+ years. Their attention to detail and precision machining leads to a phenomenal end product with everything they build. In the last couple of years, Rokmen has begun to produce specialized parts for Toyota trucks and SUVs. TCT Magazine has highlighted some of their great products in past issues and now we bring to you their latest addition to the lineup - Rokmen Pro-Series Upper Control Arms.

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Switch-Pros All-in-One Switching System

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If you know me, you know I’m a nut when it comes to wiring up lights on my FJ. I started out with an sPod switch system to control all the lights, but at Overland Expo in 2015 I discovered Switch-Pros and their new 8100 Switching System.

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Cheap Tricks: SCX10 RC Truck Mods

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So you just got an RC Crawler for the Holidays, and now you want to mod it out to get the most out of the little package.  The RC world is very similar to the 1:1 world of trucks, it’s very easy to get sucked into the modifications  and the bills can add up very quickly.  Luckily, parts for your  new  RC  come a lot cheaper than for your 1:1 rig!  

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Dometic CFX-65DX | Long Term Review

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There are a lot of portable fridge/freezers on the market these days, with more seemingly being introduced each year. With such a saturated market, it can be tough to decided which is the best for your needs.

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Last year at SEMA Show, Senior Editor Dennis Lloyd and I were racing through the show, like we do, when suddenly I was stopped in my tracks. In front of me was a 2014 Tundra with a full truck tent + add-on ground tent. We were looking at the Napier Outdoors Sportz 57 Series with their new addition, the Sportz Link model 51000.

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INSTALL: EZ View Mirrors

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As FJ owners we know all too well how bad visibility can be when looking out our windows from inside. It’s one of the cons to the many pros to our lovable rigs. Especially when it’s stacked to the ceiling with camping gear in the rear and we can’t use our rear view mirror effectively. Trail Toys has introduced a solution.

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In Germany Maltec have built up a reputation for building motorhomes based on the Toyota Landcruiser HDJ80, but far from being just a gimmick for the rich end of the 4x4 market maybe they are actually the ultimate expedition vehicle... Robb Pritchard goes to find out.

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2015 Wild West Overland Trip - Part 2

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Get Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine on the App StoreThis past September, Joey and Jordyn Pitts of J-J Adventures decided to set off on a road trip to the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas. They started their 21-day trip in Paradise, Texas and traveled with their two dogs through 8 states in their 2014 Toyota Trail Edition 4Runner. While on their journey, they primarily chose to camp and live out of their Little Guy, Boss Edition teardrop camper. This is the second of a 2-part series. 

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Toyota Fortuner

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The new Toyota Fortuner has made its way into New Zealand dealerships and it is turning a lot of heads. As the country continues to embrace the outdoor lifestyle image, the demand for SUVs capable of fueling the population’s adventure-seeking way of life also increases. We were lucky enough to spend two weeks touring the North Island in a manual transmission GX Fortuner this past March and immediately fell in love with it.

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