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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.

Published in October 2009


Our thanks to Daniel From the Northeast FJ’s crew for forwarding this account of the FJ Northeasters Lobster Run:
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Well it was another successful and eventful trail run for the Northeasters! 

After much work and last minute scrambling Eric, Daniel, and John managed to put together a great event complete with lobster dinners and some exiting wheeling. Between the raindrops we ran through some of Maine’s finest fall foliage on scenic logging roads and muddy boulder infested inclines.

Published in April 2009
The Tillamook State Forest, located in the Coast Range mountains of northwest Oregon, offers some of the best Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails in the Pacific Northwest.  Browns Camp is one of four areas in the OHV Trail system filled with moderate to extreme rated 4×4 trails, as well as a few that are labeled severe.  Connected by logging roads, the wide variety of trails places drivers in some of the more remote and scenic parts of the forest as well as providing excitement for beginners and experts alike.

Browns Camp is in the North West FJ Cruisers Club's (http://nwfjcc.com)  backyard and the club decided it would be perfect to show off everyone's lighting mods with a night of wheeling under the soft moon glow and blazing off road lights.
Published in January 2009

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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Published in July 2008

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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Published in July 2008

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.
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Published in July 2008

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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Published in July 2008

The story began last year when I went to buy parts from Johnnewyork and his SFA project.  We started to talk about meeting up for some wheeling, and after talking about how the folks on the Northeast part of the continent were really limited for trail runs, we decided to make this an open event for all FJ owners.

Easter weekend finally arrived and Friday, the first day at the park, we had about 20 trucks show up, including the Toyota Trail Team.  The day was sunny and 35F, but the wind was blowing hard on the mountain.  Having the Trail Team on site was great! They had provided great lessons in off roading to everyone. They then led groups out into the field to put into practice what they just learned.   What’s better than learning on the trails?  Returning home from your first day of off-roading and having a BBQ by the Trail Team and raffle prizes!  Our sponsors provided us with all types of gear: sliders, spacers, lifts, subscriptions, rims, bumper discounts, and the most sought after prize, the E-Tool!

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Published in April 2008

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