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October 2011

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The colors are changing on the aspens here in Colorado, so that must mean it’s time for the October issue of FJC Magazine! We’ve got another amazing issue ready for your viewing pleasure. Some of the choice FJC articles we have for you include the 2011 FJ Summit (of course), as well as the 2011 SedonaFest event! We test drove the XPLORE FJ Cruiser, built a PowerWheels “FJC Mini” and installed Bushwacker Pocket Style Flares. We also tested out the LiftTrax recovery devices and FunTreks new Data Cards for GPS units. It’s been an amazing summer & we’re looking forward to a little Fall Fun, now that this issue is in the books.

So sit back, pour yourself a cold one, and enjoy the October issue of FJC Magazine!

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Saturday, 01 October 2011 00:12

October 2011 Issue - FJC Magazine

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The colors are changing on the aspens here in Colorado, so that must mean it’s time for the October issue of FJC Magazine! We’ve got another amazing issue ready for your viewing pleasure. Some of the choice FJC articles we have for you include the 2011 FJ Summit (of course), as well as the 2011 SedonaFest event! We test drove the XPLORE FJ Cruiser, built a PowerWheels “FJC Mini” and installed Bushwacker Pocket Style Flares. We also tested out the LiftTrax recovery devices and FunTreks new Data Cards for GPS units. It’s been an amazing summer & we’re looking forward to a little Fall Fun, now that this issue is in the books.

So sit back, pour yourself a cold one, and enjoy the October issue of FJC Magazine!

 

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Until next time, Tread Lightly, Stay the Trail, and HAVE FUN!

 

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Monday, 24 October 2011 05:59

FJC Mini - Our Powerwheels Project (Part 1)

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Brenden taking his firt test drive in his FJC MiniHave you tried to find an FJ Cruiser Powerwheels lately?

When the FJ first came out, the black FJC Powerwheels was available at nearly every Walmart, Target, or toy store. Today, there is exactly one listed on Amazon.com and it’s selling for nearly $800. Not exactly a great option. Of course you can, if you look around enough, find a purple & pink “Disney Princess FJ Cruiser”. That’s wonderful if you have a little girl, but our boy just wouldn’t look right rolling around in a pink FJ.

So what does a crazy FJ Daddy do? He buys the Disney Princess FJ Cruiser and mods it, of course. Had I known how much time and effort would go into this project I may not have done it. Ok, I admit it, I totally would have. While it’s been a lot of work so far, transforming the Disney FJ into a mini replica of our ’07 TRD has been a great project even though I may never been done with the mods for this FJ either.

The process started with disassembly. Initially, I planned to just remove the ‘main’ body parts and paint the rest Black Diamond to match our truck. Of course once the screws started coming out, one thing led to another until we had virtually every removable part off of the truck. Luckily all the screws are the same size so they all went into one bin and re-assembly wasn’t too bad.

 

Monday, 24 October 2011 06:15

XPLORE FJ

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XPLORE FJ CruiserHow about a green FJ? No, not THAT green – a real ‘off road worthy’ green. I’m talking about a matt green 2010 FJ Cruiser, completely customized to support the XPLORE program and your national parks. This is the XPLORE Special Edition FJ Cruiser, and you can get one now at many Toyota dealers.

During the FJ Summit in Ouray, CO (See page 6), we had an opportunity to spend a little time with the XPLORE FJ and chat with Ron Flint from the XPLORE program. The first thing you notice about this FJ is that it’s clearly built for exploration. Part Overland truck, part weekend warrior, XPLORE set this FJ up for one purpose: Family fun!

Monday, 24 October 2011 06:16

Install: Bushwacker Pocket Style Flares

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Bushwacker Pocket Style Flares - Toyota FJ CruiserWhen we talk to new FJC owners, one of the most common questions is how to change the look of the truck while adding a performance. Of course a lift kit, tires, and bumpers are all valid options. However for the relatively small investment, fender flares are certainly one of the best options. Flares can significantly improve the look of your truck while adding room for larger tires at the same time.

There are a few options for flares available, everything from basic ‘OEM style’ flares to full tube ‘flat’ flares. We wanted a little more aggressive look so we sourced a set of Pocket Style Fender Flares from Bushwacker. These are by far the most popular flares for the FJ Cruiser, and for very good reason: they look great!

 

Monday, 24 October 2011 06:17

LiftTrax Tested

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LiftTrax TestIt’s easy to spend thousands of dollars and pack your rig with recovery gear, yet when the time comes to use that gear it just doesn’t meet your needs. When we came across the LiftTrax we were very intrigued by the possibilities. LiftTrax use pneumatic power of trapped air to support your truck in recovery situations. According to their website, they can be used to avoid high centering, to cross ditches, climb shelves, or as traditional sand ladders.

 

Monday, 24 October 2011 06:18

FJ Summit #5!

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2011 FJ Summit in Ouray, ColoradoWhen most of us get excited about the FJ Summit, we imagine the Wednesday dinner, trail runs Thursday through Saturday, and the group photo on Sunday morning. We are all always very grateful for the work the volunteers and directors put into the event, but don’t give much thought beyond a thank you, hand shake, and the occasional adult beverage.

This year I was lucky enough to be able to help organize the event in a minor capacity. In addition to the event guide FJC Magazine does every year, I had the opportunity to act as a vendor liaison for the FJ Summit. This meant that I got involved in the planning process fairly early and got to witness much more behind the scenes action that most Summiteers never get a glimpse of.

Monday, 24 October 2011 06:23

Sedonafest '11

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SedonaFest 2011Sedonafest 2011 has come and gone!  The fifth annual event was the largest yet with 70 trucks and over 150 people in attendance.  Many thanks to our generous sponsors for backing another year of our famous raffle.  Over $2,000 was raised for the Every Kid Counts charity and the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition.

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