Last April, my wife and daughter got me a InDeflate dual tire inflation/deflation tool. While not necessarily a new concept, it’s turning out to be a neat little gadget. The unit comes in a handy little pouch, with two hoses with locking fittings for valve stems. Also included is an adapter to go from an […]Read more "Indeflate – a first look"
Last November, I was up at Windrock Park, TN with a group of friends from Florida, for some trail time. We trailered EvilFJ up behind my friend Matt’s Tundra, as I knew I was probably going to push harder and run some gnarlier trails than normal. The “Remember, stupid, you have to drive this home” […]Read more "Break all or nothing."
Cue the panhard bar. A bar connected to the top left side of the axle to a mount on the frame on the right hand side.Read more "The Panhard Problem"
For a while I had been thinking about the future of EvilFJ. It’s been a great vehicle, and she’s been dead nuts reliable, and has taken me everywhere I’ve wanted her to take me, but I was starting to ask “What’s next?” Two options came to mind, either front Total Chaos long travel, or a […]Read more "And then…Longtravel! (Part 1)"
For those of you that run aftermarket control arms with Currie Johnny Joints or similar, some regular maintenance is required to keep things working 100%. But what is required? I know some that never check their joints, and others that rebuild them every 5k miles. Ultimately, it depends on many factors, but a big one […]Read more "Check your nuts!"
This year will be the second year I’m organizing a Toys for Tots run down in Southwest Florida. The turnout was good, and we collected a bunch of toys and had a great day. What: The event is a social meet and greet/potluck for Toys for tots. This is a family oriented events, bring your […]Read more "SW FL Toyotas for Tots 2018"
Once on a table inside, the disassembly began. Rear drive flange off, and remove the cover that hold the rear flange seal.Read more "A nice add-on to the front locker…Twin Sticks!"
After some wheeling and dealing, I acquired an ARB Front air locker. Score. Always wanted one, and the price was right. I knew a front locker is frowned upon by some as it seems to be hard on the CV’s but I figured I’ll try for myself and see. As long as I use my […]Read more "Lock it up… with an ARB front Air Locker!"
As most of us know, the FJ Cruiser has a pathetic fuel capacity of 19 Gallons. While that’s OK for some, others, like myself, have heavy trucks, full of armor, batteries, fridges, 35″ tires, bumpers and other things that reduce fuel economy dramatically. My fuel light comes on, and will take about 15 gallons to […]Read more "Project X…."
My friend Mark from Metaltech 4×4 made me an offer I couldn’t refuse… fly to Oregon, and drive the Metaltech Lexus 470 down to FJ Summit XI in Ouray Colorado… My bags were packed before I hung up the phone with him! Upon our arrival in Portland Oregon, my 5 year old daughter and copilot […]Read more "FJ Summit XI…in a Lexus"