April 2009

April 2009 (9)

  • coverwebOff Road 101 : Recovery Demo Run! We headed out with the Colorado FJ's to practice recovery techniques
  • Expedition Economics : Lance discusses how expeditions & overlanding can save you thousands during tough economic times
  • TRD White Out! Inspired by a Brick FJ & wanting to get back to our 'roots', we completely de-silvered the TRD
  • Corey Tando from Yotatech.com shares his thoughts on the Maggiolina AirLand roof top tent
  • Want to install a CB overhead? Chuck Davis from OffRoadSurvivalCamp.com shares his GREAT step by step install guide.
  • Heard about Wheelers for the Wounded yet? Learn more about this great program in this issue
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April 2009 Welcome

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--The FJC Magazine Team

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April 2009 : Volume 2 : Issue 2

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2009 has started off really great for FJ lovers around the world and we're no different. This issue of FJC Magazine has some of our best articles to date. We're also very happy to announce that we've partnered with MagCloud.com to offer a PRINTED version of the magazine that can bemailed to your house. The price of $9.99 per issue covers the cost of printing each copy on demand, it's better for the environment and much more cost effective than other methods of printing. Check out the great articles we have in this issue:

  • Off Road 101 : Recovery Demo Run! We headed out with the Colorado FJ's to practice recovery techniques
  • Expedition Economics : Lance discusses how expeditions & overlanding can save you thousands during tough economic times
  • TRD White Out! Inspired by a Brick FJ & wanting to get back to our 'roots', we completely de-silvered the TRD
  • Corey Tando from Yotatech.com shares his thoughts on the Maggiolina AirLand roof top tent
  • Want to install a CB overhead? Chuck Davis from OffRoadSurvivalCamp.com shares his GREAT step by step install guide.
  • Heard about Wheelers for the Wounded yet? Learn more about this great program in this issue
  • AND much more, don't wait - download your copy now!

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Overhead CB/Ham radio install

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This method of install will take about six to eight hours to complete, so make sure you have plenty of time. You will need basic tools and help from the feminine persuasion if available (I’ll explain that detail later). Wear hospital type gloves when working around the headliner to keep it clean. As each component is removed, use painters tape to wrap the threads to secure the bolt or screw to the component (Fig 1). If you’re going to paint the radio mounting bracket, it’s best to do that several days before you start the install.

 

Read all instructions before you start!

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Expedition Economics

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From the TV news to the radio talk shows and even the guys at the bar, everyone says times are tough and the economy is in the tank. Well, from the expedition travel standpoint things are as good as they have been in a long time, and they just keep getting better. Simply put: for a family of four, overlanding is a great way to save money while packing in a tremendous amount of history, scenery and experiences.

Before you go anywhere the savings start by going to the library for your research and surfing the web for sites and trip reports. History comes alive when you see it for yourself, and borrowing a few books on the areas you plan to visit will give a unique historical perspective. You can also engage your kids since the stories of gold mines, gunfights, battlefields and more can turn a pile of rocks into a king’s castle with a little imagination.

 

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FJ Northeasters Lobster Run

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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.

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Maggiolina AirLand Roof Top Tent Review

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My intentions with my FJ are setting it up for daily driver, off roading, overlanding, and expeditions. In this article I’m going to discuss the the Maggiolina AirLand medium tent, which was purchased in March of 2008. Most of the mods I have done to the rig are to make it self sufficient when away from home, so the AirLand is a very necessary item. This roof top tent allows me to camp on a whim so to speak, since it only takes a few minutes to set it up once you are parked.

I did an extensive amount of research online and in various outdoor forums, and came to the conclusion that this tent was the right one for me. Since it will pretty much be on the rig full time, a hard shell model was the best choice. I decided that other options that have canvas tops may not hold up quite as well  to the elements. This style is also easier to setup than most others on the market, and it is a well proven model used by many overland/expedition teams around the globe. Setting it up is as simple as inserting a hand crank in the side and turning it to lift the lid up and raise the canvas. Storing the tent is also very simple, just reverse the crank and stuff the canvas inside of the unit. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. (Video Demonstration)

 

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Wheelers for the Wounded

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logoWheelers for the Wounded is part of a non-profit organization that will provide weekends of off-road driving, camping, and in some cases fishing, to our country’s wounded military members (past and present) all over the United States.  They will experience much deserved fun and excitement as they traverse the most extreme terrain our great country has to offer in a variety of the best off-road capable vehicles ever built.

Upon the completion of Jason Havlik’s tour in Iraq, he will return to the United States and begin a 6-month off-road driving and camping adventure across our great land.  This portion of the program will start in April 2009.  The wounded servicemen and women will get to experience the beautiful country they have unselfishly given up so much of their lives for.

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TRD White Out

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xWhiteTRDFJCruiserMany FJ Owners have painted the silver on the outside of their FJ. The most common mod of this type is to rattle can the mirrors, door handles, bezel, and bumper wings in flat or matte black. TRD’s that are ‘blacked’ out are very popular, so we thought we’d try something different. When we started discussing doing this mod to our TRD, Angie reminded me of an awesome FJ we saw on the trail. Early in 2008 we did a couple of runs with Jock (RockyMtnHigh), who has an awesome ‘whited out’ Brick FJ. Instead of the traditional black, he painted most of his silver trim pieces bright white. What Angie & I both loved about this mod is that it not only makes the truck stand out more, but it also really enhances the ‘retro’ FJ-40 look. Which we feel is commemorated in the “white out” of our TRD.

 

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Off Road 101: Recovery Demo Run

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One of the most important aspects of being in the wilderness is recovery. What I mean by that is having the proper gear and know-how to get yourself (or a companion) out of a ‘stuck’ situation.  Many times this knowledge goes unused, but it is crucial to being self-sufficient in case of an emergency.  Having the right equipment is essential and learning how to properly use it is the next step.

We took the opportunity to brush up on these skills during a “Recovery Run” with the Colorado FJ's.  We practiced a few recovery techniques that some of us had heard of but have never done.  It’s highly recommended that you make yourself familiar with these recovery techniques prior to actually having to use them on the trail.  A demonstration run is the best way to get people together to pool ideas and techniques that you may use down the road.

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