As I’m getting ready for the Appalachian Toyota Roundup, one of the things I go through are my trail spares I bring. Things can break when you least expect them to, and it’s a good idea to bring spares for your own vehicle, even if you don’t know how to replace them, there will always […]
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One day in 2020 my phone rang. It’s Mark, from Metaltech. “Hey man, I’m taking the Atlas out of my Orange FJ. I’ll give you a good deal on it!” “Let me think on…. OK, sending funds now”.A week later, a pallet showed up with on it, a 4 Speed Atlas, 2 driveshafts and all […]
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“this axle is a beast! It’s a massive unit, giant differential housing, and monster DOM tubes. It took every bit of 2 people to lift it onto two wheeled dollies to move it underneath the truck”
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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 […]
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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” […]
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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.
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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)"
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 […]
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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 […]
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“All the other ones, 7″ and under are by CFM rating too small, and provide insufficient air to our engines, potentially resulting in loss of performance.”
Read more "A little bit more on the Pre-Filters."