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April 2010

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coverwebWe’re excited to publish the April 2010 of FJC Magazine just a little early. This issue features more excellent Toyota FJ Cruiser articles for your enjoyment, and we’re happy to introduce two new contributors.

Our cover story is an article on cleaning your FJ Cruiser. We’ve actually been working on this article for several months, and we finally put all the pieces together. Check it out on Page 4. Lance Blair continues to impress with his article “Escape Pods” on how your expedition equipped FJ Cruiser can serve double duty in times of crisis. One of our new contributors, Stacey Knight, is well known in the FJ Cruiser community, and she’s provided great coverage of the 2010 Lonestar Toyota Jamboree. Our other new contributor and team member is Bob Blakely. He was lucky enough to score a great tour of the Ricochet Off Road Armor factory in Utah, so be sure to check out his article & great pics. After almost 50,000 miles on our FJ, and in preparation for our July 2010 seat cover comparison, we have a great article on installing Wet Okole seat covers in your FJ Cruiser. Let’s not forget Off Road 101 – this time we get into coil springs and which type are the best for you. We've also got great new products from Drake Off Road, you won't want to miss them!

fjcmagtrailteam
Bob and Stacey join Athena, Angie, myself, and our new little boy Brenden to form the FJC Magazine Trail Team. Our team will be attending many events around the nation this year, so look for us on the trail and SMILE for the camera!


We also want to pre-announce a new project our parent company, Zaxyn Media is taking on. With the Apple iPad coming out in just a few days, we’ve decided to seize this opportunity to improve the way we all enjoy off road driving. By the time we all get to Ouray in July, we’ll have a prototype of an iPad (and iPhone) application called Off Road Trail Maps. This application will combine all the great features of off road guidebooks, paper topographical maps, and online trail information sites into one media-rich experience. You can follow the progress of this application at http://www.offroadtrailmaps.com , and even signup to be notified when it becomes available. We can’t wait to help every off road and 4x4 enthusiast enjoy the trails even more!

We hope you enjoy this issue of FJC Magazine, and look forward to your feedback. You can send your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or leave them in the comments section on any story. Until next time, Stay the Trail, Tread Lightly, and have fun!

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:39

April 2010 Welcome

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:11

April 2010 : Volume 3 : Issue 2

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coverwebWe’re excited to publish the April 2010 of FJC Magazine just a little early. This issue features more excellent Toyota FJ Cruiser articles for your enjoyment, and we’re happy to introduce two new contributors.

Our cover story is an article on cleaning your FJ Cruiser. We’ve actually been working on this article for several months, and we finally put all the pieces together. Check it out on Page 4. Lance Blair continues to impress with his article “Escape Pods” on how your expedition equipped FJ Cruiser can serve double duty in times of crisis. One of our new contributors, Stacey Knight, is well known in the FJ Cruiser community, and she’s provided great coverage of the 2010 Lonestar Toyota Jamboree. Our other new contributor and team member is Bob Blakely. He was lucky enough to score a great tour of the Ricochet Off Road Armor factory in Utah, so be sure to check out his article & great pics. After almost 50,000 miles on our FJ, and in preparation for our July 2010 seat cover comparison, we have a great article on installing Wet Okole seat covers in your FJ Cruiser. Let’s not forget Off Road 101 – this time we get into coil springs and which type are the best for you. We've also got great new products from Drake Off Road, you won't want to miss them!

fjcmagtrailteam
Bob and Stacey join Athena, Angie, myself, and our new little boy Brenden to form the FJC Magazine Trail Team. Our team will be attending many events around the nation this year, so look for us on the trail and SMILE for the camera!


We also want to pre-announce a new project our parent company, Zaxyn Media is taking on. With the Apple iPad coming out in just a few days, we’ve decided to seize this opportunity to improve the way we all enjoy off road driving. By the time we all get to Ouray in July, we’ll have a prototype of an iPad (and iPhone) application called Off Road Trail Maps. This application will combine all the great features of off road guidebooks, paper topographical maps, and online trail information sites into one media-rich experience. You can follow the progress of this application at http://www.offroadtrailmaps.com , and even signup to be notified when it becomes available. We can’t wait to help every off road and 4x4 enthusiast enjoy the trails even more!

We hope you enjoy this issue of FJC Magazine, and look forward to your feedback. You can send your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or leave them in the comments section on any story. Until next time, Stay the Trail, Tread Lightly, and have fun!

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Thursday, 15 April 2010 09:14

New products from Drake Off Road

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drake logo smA newcomer to the FJ Cruiser accessory business, Drake Off Road has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing quality parts. They've just released a full line of Billet Aluminum accessories for the FJ Cruiser.

All of these new products are precision machined from 6061-T6  billet aluminum, so they'll last a lifetime. Each part is easy to install and will bring a distinctive style to any FJ Cruiser.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 06:45

FJ Cruiser Cleaning

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cleaning coverOpinions and information on the best way to clean your FJ Cruiser is plentiful and varied. We each have our own products, methods, and traditions that we’re used to. Before we discuss what’s worked best for us, we should say that if you’re happy with what works for you, stick with it. Hopefully you’ll find some of these tips helpful. If you have tips that we haven’t covered here, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll add them to the Readers Thoughts section on the website.

Most people that look at your FJ see the exterior, so why not keep it looking great? We understand that many FJ’s are meant to be used and therefore will never look like they did brand new, but taking good care of the exterior will help your truck last longer. During and after events, we generally use a pay wash to get the mud & gunk off our truck, but when it’s time for a hand washing, there are plenty of options available.

It seems that every manufacturer claims that their car wash is the best, get’s off the most dirt, and is all around...amazing! In our experience though, a car wash is a car wash. Buy a quality brand that you’ve heard of and you should be OK. We like either Meguires NXT or TurtleWax ICE for a basic car wash.  If you do choose to use a drive-through car wash, make sure it’s the “No Touch” variety. Automatic washes that use fabric brushes can leave tiny swirl marks or scratches on your truck.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:02

Ricochet Off Road

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Monday, 03 May 2010 01:00

Expedition Wheeling: Escape Pod!

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even in survival mode the penthouse suite is sweet“The Zombies are coming!” someone yells, or maybe it is the heat of a raging wildfire, or even the roar of the flood waters breaking over a dike wall, but whatever the reason you need to hightail it out of town and now. How will you deal with fallen trees, deep water or worse, TEOTWAWKI (The End of The World As We Know It)? I know as an expedition style traveler, I am more than prepared to run the zombies into the ground.
We live an a dangerous world, earthquakes in Haiti, mudslides in California, flooding in the midwest, simple house fires and more. All prove the point that in only minutes you could find yourself leaving behind your home and everything inside it. However, if you are an overlander with an expedition style built 4x4, then you are well setup with extra water, shelter, food, and security.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:19

Wet Okole Seat Covers for FJ Cruiser

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front seatsWe've been thinking about adding seat covers to the TRD for quite a while. The nearly 50,000 miles we've put on our FJ have begun to wear the stock seats, and they're getting harder and harder to keep  clean. While there are many options for seat covers available for the FJ Cruiser, the two major players in custom fit covers are Wet Okole and Clazzio (See our Clazzio install & review in the July 2010 issue). Wet Okole is currently the standard aftermarket cover in the FJ Cruiser community, so when we contacted them about our comparison (coming in the July 2010 issue), they were excited to show us their latest covers.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:24

OR 101: Coil Springs

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For this installment of Off Road 101, we wanted to briefly discuss the technical details of a key aspect of your suspension: Coil Springs (or just springs).

When you lift your FJ Cruiser (unless you’re going with a spacer lift), you’ll be adding aftermarket springs to all four corners of your truck. In the front, you’ll replace the ‘coilover’ with a new spring and possibly new shocks. Depending on the option you choose, your new front suspension may be adjustable, meaning you can adjust the amount of lift by spinning the spring seat up or down. Yes, this is a simplified explanation, but it will do for our purposes.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:26

FJC Magazine Trail Team

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fjctt logoWith the birth of our son (Brenden) a few weeks ago, we realized that in order to properly serve our readers in providing the best FJ Cruiser coverage possible, we would
need some help.

We asked a few great FJ Cruiser enthusiasts to join us and form the FJC Magazine Trail Team. You can expect to see Athena, Bob, and Stacey on the trails this summer snapping photos and covering as many events as possible. Also look for great FJ Cruiser articles from all of these awesome enthuisasts.

So make sure you smile for the camera when you see any of our Trail Team this summer.

 

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