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July 2010

July 2010 (11)

coverwebIt's that time of year again! Summer is in full swing, the FJ Summit is JUST around the corner, and the July issue of FJC Magazine is out.

Everyone will be happy to know that we finally selected & installed our new M/T tires. Which ones did we pick? Find out on Page 4. We also added Dyna Beads to the new meats and have our initial impressions on this cool product. We really should call this issue the "Event Issue" because we've got more Toyota FJ Cruiser event coverage than ever! We have coverage of Cruise Moab, Spring MudFling, the FJ Bruisers Rally, and even an overseas event: The 2010 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!

Other cool stories include our install of Clazzio Seat Covers from TRD Sparks, Lances Expedition Wheeling article covering Ditch Bags, and a sweet 20 minute roof rack accessory mount mod. Be sure to check out Page 25 for something HOT, you'll be glad you did!

We're excited to be taking our baby boy to his first FJ Summit in a few weeks. He won't be hitting any trails just yet, but if you're around be sure to say hi to Brenden, Angie & I. If you can't make it to Ouray this year we certainly hope you have a great summer & enjoy your FJ Cruiser!

If you haven't heard yet, we've also launched our FJC Magazine STORE. You can get several FJ Cruiser posters (more are coming soon) as well as Colorado Pass Stickers (currently Ouray area only, but those will expand as well). Please stop by & check things out, all of our items are very well priced and of the highest quality.fjc mag store banner

 

 

 

With that 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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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 16:02

July 2010 : Volume 3 : Issue 3

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coverwebIt's that time of year again! Summer is in full swing, the FJ Summit is JUST around the corner, and the July issue of FJC Magazine is out.

Everyone will be happy to know that we finally selected & installed our new M/T tires. Which ones did we pick? Find out on Page 4. We also added Dyna Beads to the new meats and have our initial impressions on this cool product. We really should call this issue the "Event Issue" because we've got more Toyota FJ Cruiser event coverage than ever! We have coverage of Cruise Moab, Spring MudFling, the FJ Bruisers Rally, and even an overseas event: The 2010 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!

Other cool stories include our install of Clazzio Seat Covers from TRD Sparks, Lances Expedition Wheeling article covering Ditch Bags, and a sweet 20 minute roof rack accessory mount mod. Be sure to check out Page 25 for something HOT, you'll be glad you did!

We're excited to be taking our baby boy to his first FJ Summit in a few weeks. He won't be hitting any trails just yet, but if you're around be sure to say hi to Brenden, Angie & I. If you can't make it to Ouray this year we certainly hope you have a great summer & enjoy your FJ Cruiser!

If you haven't heard yet, we've also launched our FJC Magazine STORE. You can get several FJ Cruiser posters (more are coming soon) as well as Colorado Pass Stickers (currently Ouray area only, but those will expand as well). Please stop by & check things out, all of our items are very well priced and of the highest quality.fjc mag store banner

 

 

 

With that 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, 01 July 2010 05:59

July 2010 Welcome

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Thanks for reading the July 2010 issue of FJC Magazine!

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Tuesday, 20 July 2010 07:27

Expedition Wheeling: Ditch Bags!

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a flashing blue light in the desert often means water or helpPilots & boaters call them Ditch Bags, survivalist might call them Flee Bags, and those of us who are all about being prepared call them Bug Out Bags. No matter what you call them the name is both the definition of why you need it and an explanation of what it is. Something very bad has happened and you have to ditch, flee or bug out from your vehicle and whatever is in your grab bag is all you have until help arrives.

Let’s put on our pretending caps and imagine we are out alone in the wild and suffer a complete and total vehicle failure (Editor Note: This scenario is of course very hypothetical in an FJ Cruiser). This failure could range from water in your engine during a creek crossing, to a broken axle, to a slide down a shelf road that just lets us crawl out of the passenger side. No matter the reason we now have just a moment to grab our kit bag and get away from the vehicle.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:17

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

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DSC_0195Our search for the best off road tire for our daily driver finally came to an end in May, with over 40,000 miles on our BFG AT tires, the time for change arrived! We decided (against the advice of everyone who voted on the poll, sorry about that) to go with the new Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires. From what we’ve seen with these tires so far, they may be the best (but certainly not cheapest) M/T tire for daily driver FJ’s. Since we have the 16” TRD rims, the only size available so far is the 285/70/16. Without breaking down all the specifics of tire sizes, overall this tire is almost the same size as our stock 265/75/16’s: just a hair taller and quite a bit wider.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:23

2010 Spring Mud Fling

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IMG_6424New Venue. New Obstacles. New Challenges. No rain?

It was my fourth time out with the Bruisers for their annual Memorial Day weekend Mudfling event. This is their main event of the year, and every previous Mudfling has had its share of rain somewhere during the event.  This year was no exception. We encountered a few showers on the drive out to Gore, VA and the campground on Friday. Once we got to the campsite that afternoon though, the rain had stopped for the weekend.

Upon arriving at the campsite, we  pitched our tent and made our way around the campground to greet everyone. There were a fair amount of FJ Cruisers and some  relatives: FJ40s, FJ60s, FJ80s, 4 Runners, other Toyota family members, custom rock crawlers, Jeeps, and a four-wheel-steer rock crawling Suzuki. People arrived throughout the night from various locations and several hours drive away.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:42

20 Minute Mounts

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DSC_0192Since we started FJC Magazine, we’ve done a total of 10 articles for Off Road 101. These tips, tricks, and information have covered the gamut from tire options to trail armor, we’ve covered nearly everything a new FJ Cruiser owner would need to know.

That’s why I find it amazing that in all that time, with all these articles, we’ve never talked about how to best mount accessories to your roof rack. The reason we haven’t is actually pretty simple, up until now we’ve mounted our axe & shovel (the most popular accessories for your rack) with bungee cords. I know, that’s not very exciting. In the past we only mounted those items when we were going on trail runs. Also, the fact that most aftermarket mounts are rather expensive has kept us from making the jump on that mod.

 

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 09:13

Dyna Beads

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dynabeads logoSince we upgraded our tires we wanted to move away from classic weights for tire balancing. The major benefit of using a dynamic balancing system such as Dyna Beads is that you should never have to have your tires re-balanced again. This is especially helpful as your tire size increases since larger amounts of rubber (especially in very aggressive tires) can harbor more ‘dense areas’ that are more difficult to balance. Also, many very large tires cannot be balanced on a traditional machine, so a dynamic solution is vital.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 09:17

Slaying the digital Sherpa

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IMGP0159A weekend with the FJ Bruisers

We pass a white checkpoint sign less than half a mile from the starting line. For me, it's an omen that we're on the right track. For my cousin and driver, Doug Dobrynski, it's cause for uncertainty.

"They wouldn't put a sign that close to the start," he says.

"Yeah, they would,” I reply more harshly than intended. “They don't expect us to be looking for one this early on. They're hoping we blow right by it."

Three minutes into the first ever FJ Bruiser Tri-State Rally and we've already had two reasons to doubt each other. At the starting line, I confused the area code and the zip code on the Green Ridge State Forest data sheet and now we can't agree on the validity of a checkpoint that's sitting in front of us as plain as day. There's brilliance at work in the set-up, but it’s hard to see past the inhuman cruelty of making us question each other’s judgment at such an early stage in the game.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 09:25

Clazzio Seat Covers

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DSC_0238For this installment of our seat cover reviews, we contacted TRD Sparks about a set of Clazzio Seat Covers. The great thing about Clazzio covers is that they are very customizable. The outer material is made of a quality PVC product and is available in 4 colors. Next, the inner material can be PVC, Leather, or suede in many different colors. Finally you can choose a custom stitching color to complete your customization. Fully customized covers take a little longer to arrive since they’re made individually at the factory, but for a truly custom seat cover they’re well worth the wait!

The install took a little less than two hours, thanks in large part to the amazing instructions that came with the covers. Some manufacturers only provide ‘generic’ instructions for their covers, but this Clazzio set from TRD Sparks comes complete with custom directions for the FJ Cruiser. They include full color photos with captions that detail exactly how to do each step. The grammar is a little off sometimes, but it’s very easy to see what needs to be done.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 09:32

New Products : July 2010

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Our new products this month are a little bit different. Instead of choosing products that are FJ Cruiser specific, we’ve found a couple of really cool gadgets that we’ll be testing out this summer. These devices can be used by anyone, and are excellent options for those looking for an outdoor HD Camcorder and/or a cell phone signal booster.

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