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  • TVOTW: 2012 FJ Summit - Found Footage
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    We were cleaning out our files and found a little footage we managed to shoot back in 2012 at FJ Summit #5. Just a few quick shots, mostly of Imogene Pass between Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. Enjoy!

    Written on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:48 in Videos Read 50 times
  • 2014 Overland Expo [FRAMED]
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    Written on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 Read 68 times
  • Introducing: The Sniper 4 Door FJ-40
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     It has long been a dream of mine to have a 4 door fj40. But until recently it was just that. My original plan was to cut a 40 into quarters and place it on an 80 series chassis and then just fill in the voids. At SEMA 2013 I learned Todd at Aqualu was thinking the same thing, so after a couple phone calls and emails we got rolling. My basic requirement was that I wanted the body to fit directly onto an 80 series chassis. I wasn’t concerned about the drivetrain or suspension too much as I was going to change all that anyway. The plan was a fuel injected v-8, custom 4 link rear and 3 link front and 40-42” tires. 

    Introducing: The Sniper 4 Door FJ-40

    While Aqualu was busy with the body we got started on our chassis. Everything was removed from the frame and it was sent off for media blasting. When it returned it was given a quick coat of epoxy for protection and we waited for the body. We decided to take delivery of the body in Moab during Easter Jeep Safari, since Aqualu was already planning a trip south. Once back at the shop the body was perfectly fitted to the frame. 

    Introducing: The Sniper 4 Door FJ-40It was at this point that our target wheelbase of 120” just wasn’t enough. This thing is a monster and needed to be moved a little more. We pushed the front out for better approach and moved the rear back for a better departure angle, resulting in a 135” wheelbase. I then Contacted Josh miles of 5 ace designs to work on some concept ideas. 

    After a few layouts I wasn’t happy with any of my color choices. So what about polishing the body? Maybe a full wrap? It was decided that a combination would look awesome. So we contacted Zephyr for polishing and they hooked us up with Mario at extreme polishing, who made the body look like a mirror. We then selected Gatorwraps for the partial wrap and the design of the wrap. Now with the body under control we focused on the drive train. 

    We had Brian and County Machine build the motor, which is a 383ci full roller with aluminum heads. It runs an MSD ignition, fuel injection, and stainless ceramic headers from Gibson. Our compression ratio required a heavy starter and so a Powermaster 9500 was installed. The 9500 is capable of 18:1 compression and can be clocked to clear all headers and oil pans. Cooling The Sniper is left up to flex-a-lite and a 27x19” aluminum radiator and fan combo. The transmission is a 4l80 from Maximum transmission and we are using a split case transfer from an FJ-60. Since this will be a street ride as well as trail truck, we decided against full hydraulic steering and opted for AGR performance’s rock ram and pump. A tilt column from Ididit is attached to the AGR box, again because of its dual purpose we wanted the tilt.

    For suspension we wanted to stay Toyota. We want to use as much of the donor car as we can. However the high pinion 8” front wouldn’t be happy with our large tire size. So we decide to have Ruffstuff build us a housing for the 9 1/2” diff as well as all our hiems and brackets. Nitro gear chromoly axles and birfields and 80 series high steer knuckles from Hellfire fab complete the drivetrain, so we moved to shocks. Bilstein Black Hawk 9100 series coil overs and springs from Hyper Coil will keep everything in control. While tires haven’t been chosen as of yet, we have gone with Method race wheels new 20” 105 full bead lock as our wheel of choice. 

    For electronics in this Land Cruiser, we’re going to keep it simple. Lights from VisionX, gauges to be determined, sound system of course and for recovery a 12.5 talon from Superwinch. With the electronics ready, we need to work out our power system. 4x4spod was the answer and they sent out a double stack set up of their source units complete with switches and panels. 

    Accessories for The Sniper are equally as simple. A Powertank for airing up tires, a box of billet grab handles, and a quick release extinguisher from Off Road Solutions. Rally venture seats and belts from PRP including a 60” rear bench finish off the interior.

    The Sniper will be on display at the Off Road Expo in Pomona in October, and of course SEMA 2014 November. We’ll also make the rounds at the major events on the west coast. Full build updates are available online at RSOperformance.com and see our videos on our YouTube channel.

     

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Written on Thursday, 18 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3
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  • 2013 FJ Summit [FRAMED], July 2014
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    Written on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 Read 123 times
  • Desk To Glory Part 1: Building a Tacoma
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     We did what you are supposed to do.  Graduate high school, go to college, get a job, go to night school, get a second job (one we were passionate about this time), get married, and buy a home.  Done.  So now what?  We weren’t quite ready to settle down and produce offspring.  What were we supposed to do next?  Why did we feel unhappy and trapped in our seemingly successful lives?

    Desk To Glory Driving the East Cape of Baja en route to Cabo Pulmo

    Written on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 Read 153 times Read more...
  • Top of the World 4Runner [FRAMED], July 2014
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    Written on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 Read 87 times
  • MORV Explore Upgrades
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     When we purchased the Manley EXPLORE trailer last year, we intentionally kept it fairly stock. We wanted to get a feel for how the trailer would be used before doing any upgrades, since each use case is so different. Over the last few months we’ve pondered upgrade options (see the January 2014 issue), to decide how best to spend our time & money, hoping to modify the platform for our best long-term goals.

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    Written on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:00 in July 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 3 Read 138 times Read more...
  • Sunday Morning Ride: FJ Summit 2014 Video from AU
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    A great 2014 FJ Summit video from Australian website CarAdvice.com.au

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    Written on Sunday, 31 August 2014 01:00 in Videos Read 122 times
  • Toyota Announces 2015 TRD Pro Tundra Pricing
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    2015 TRD Pro Tundra Pricing

    Today Toyota announced pricing for the 2015 TRD Pro Tundra trucks.

    The trucks will begin arriving at dealerships late next month, and include several noteworthy upgrades:

    • TRD Bilstein front & rear remote reservoir shocks ($900)
    • TRD-tuned front springs providing 2" of lift ($300)
    • De-tuned rear springs for better ride on rough terrain ($300)
    • “TOYOTA” front grille ($200)
    • TRD badging & special design changes ($800)
    • All-black 18-inch TRD alloy wheels with Michelin Off-Road tires designed exclusively for Tundra ($1500)
    • TRD front skid plate ($180)
    • We estimate a cost of about $4180 to replicate the modifications included on this truck from the factory.

    2015 TRD Pro Tundra Truck Prices

    Depending on which model you order, the pricing for the TRD Pro version of the 2015 Tundra ranges from $41,285 (Double Cab with a 5.7-liter V8 & 6 speed auto) to $43,900 (CrewMax V8 & 6 speed auto).

    On the Double Cab model, this is about $6295 more than a similarly equipped SR5 wth the TRD Off Road Package, and Toyota doesn't specificy which base model the TRD Pro is most similar to. For the DC the TRD Pro option seems a little steep.

    For the Crew Max, however, the TRD Pro model comes in about $2975 more than a similar SR5 with the TRD Off Road Package, so it's a much better value.

    2015 TRD Pro Tundra Toyota Truck

    Like the 4Runner & Tacoma TRD Pro models, the Tundra TRD Pro will fit those looking for a ready-to-go truck with light modifications and a factory warranty. If you're planning to heavily modify your truck, in many cases it's still better to go with a base model and choose individual modifications. Still, at just under $44k for a Crew Max TRD Pro, it may be a great platform for a large exploration rig.

    SOURCE: Toyota.com

     

    Written on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:29 in Latest News Read 290 times
  • FJ-UTE 4 Door FJ-40 Land Cruiser Sneak Peek
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    Yesterday we snuck in to Red Line Land Cruisers to catch a glimpse of the in-production FJ-UTE 4 Door FJ-40 Land Cruiser.

    Four door FJ-40 Land Cruiser from Redline Land Cruisers in Colorado Springs

    What did we find? A full aluminum body sitting atop a freshly cleaned 80 Series Land Cruiser frame. Justin & the guys at Red Line are already test fitting seats and lights to finalize model 0001 of the FJU, which will be on display in the Radlfo booth at SEMA 2014.

    4 door FJ-40 Land Cruiser 80 series frame colorado springs

    FJ-40 Land Cruiser with 4 doors on an 80 series frame

    While no one knows exactly how the finished truck will look, feel, and most importantly handle..we're very excited to see this project get started.

    4 door FJ-40 Land Cruiser 7 passenger seating

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    Written on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:59 in Latest News Read 324 times
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