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2015 is flying by and our team has been very busy creating the best Toyota coverage on the planet.

Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine Fall 2015

Expedition Overland, our favorite group of explorers have released Season 2 of their series: Central America.

New episodes come out every Wednesday, for a 12 episode season. You can subscribe & see all of their work on their YouTube Channel. We've also included published episodes below.

Also new for this year: Exclusive video of the X Elles Race Team's 2015 Rallye Aiche des Gazelles bid.

Enjoy!

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To paraphrase Charles Dickens, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a weekend of sunshine, it was a weekend of rain (a lot or rain, oh and there was the snow too!).’  Despite the less than desirable weather, the Overland Expo team pulled off an amazing event.  I think the weather actually brought everyone closer together.  In fact, I don’t remember seeing anyone angry or frustrated due to the weather.  I do remember seeing a lot of smiling faces, and I am positive I was grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend. This weather helped me, at least, slow down and really take my time to talk to the instructors, vendors, and attendees. 

Most of us have in the back of our minds those ideal modifications we still want done. When I registered for the Ghost Divide Expedition, I realized I needed to fulfill some of those backburner items. Here’s what I did…

In January 2015, I had the opportunity to borrow a fully loaded XVenture XV-2 for a multi-day expedition on the 4x4 roads of Big Bend National Park (see story in April 2015 issue). I was quite impressed with the trailer – so impressed, that I decided to buy the lighter weight version:  the XV-1. In the first 2 months of ownership, I used the XV-1 at Lone Star Jamboree, on a weekend expedition in Oklahoma, and again on the Ghost Divide Expedition to Overland Expo.

A quick retrospective on the type of amazing Toyota coverage we've completed over the last 8+ years. It's a pleasure to serve our readers and supporters as the top free digital magazine for Toyota Land Cruisers, Trucks, FJ Cruisers, 4Runners, and Lexus SUVs. Here's to many more years of amazing content from TCT Magazine!

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Looking for a roof rack for your Toyota Tacoma, but limited on your options due to your Access Cab?  Look no further, Zach Scott with Prinsu Design Studio offers his AccessRac option to not only solve your roof rack deficiency, but also includes an option for a recessed light bar, adjustable crossbars all in a lightweight aluminum package.

Prinsu is a small company in comparison to some of the other roof rack manufacturers, but what they lack in flashy packaging, they make up for in care and quality in designing and producing their products.  The hardware was nicely labeled and packaged in separate zip-lock bags for the different components of the rack system, and the powdercoated aluminum rails were well wrapped to minimize chances for damage during transportation.  

There are many dual battery systems available on the market. Some of the more famous ones kits being National Luna, Dirty Parts and Painless Wiring. You can easily build your own system as well using solenoids and isolators. The IBS DBS system is a relatively new system available in the states for the past several years. It was created by Swiss, Beat Wyss after having suffered two dead batteries while traveling in Australia’s Great Victorian Desert with his 60 Series Land Cruiser. IBS has created and made Intelligent Battery Systems for over 15 years in Switzerland. We chose the IBS DBS system due to its proven solid state design and if the starter battery dies or discharges to 10v or below we can self jump from the auxiliary battery with the optional RBM module. Our kit came from ExtemeOutback.com, the US distributor for IBS Switzerland. 

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Traveling through New Mexico and Arizona typically involves pounding pavement across I-40, or further south on I-10. These two interstates are like the chocolate sections of an Oreo cookie. While those routes offer scenic views, they are not as tasty as the creamy middle. Jake Quiñones wants you to experience the territories that exist between these two interstates by following in his tire tracks on roads less traveled and void of pavement. Jake operates a 4WD guide service called New Mexico Backroads (NMBR), offering a variety of overland/expedition-based trips each season. While New Mexico is his home and the namesake of his business, his trips are inclusive of the surrounding states. Jake is an expert guide with an immense amount of knowledge about the areas he covers.

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