Re: Member of the Month June 2013: FJX2000
Has anyone on the forum inspired your build or been a go to resource for you?
Hayden: Yes, I’ve seen a lot of rigs over the years that have inspired me, both in person and on the forum, and some of them are REALLY cool, but probably a couple of my favorites are Joeisip811 and one from LCNW. I just think they are both awesome looking rigs and I actually got my Bushwackers and my TRD exhaust tucked because of Joe’s FJ. If I could, I would totally get a Land Cruiser Northwest front bumper since that is my most favorite bumper of all time! However, because I’m going to be of selling my FJ in the next few months, I won’t be purchasing a new front bumper anytime soon.
Really, my biggest resource has been what I’ve gained and learned from everyone on the forum and from others in the off-roading community. Most of the people I’ve run into, specifically this last year, have been so open and helpful to me, and I really appreciate all the things people have done for me or have been willing to help me with; especially since I have so little to offer in return with my limited knowledge, resources, and experience (compared to so many others on the forum). As a matter of fact, even though I’m honored to be the June member of the month, I feel so inadequate compared to so many of you guys out there who are so great; but I’d just like to say thank you to Brian, and to everyone else on the forum for all you’ve done for me, and for being such an awesome and cool community to be a part of!
What has been the most memorable experience with your FJ Cruiser?
Hayden: Probably my most memorable experience with the FJ was getting to go to the FJ Summit in 2012. I plan again to go to the FJ Summit No. 7, but last year was such a blast and I’m super excited to go again! It’s actually a crazy story: so before the Summit, on July 4th last year, I was in Blanding, Utah for all of the 4th of July celebration. My family has always gone to Blanding since that’s where my grandparents and some of our other family is located, (and since their small-town celebrations are so much better than Cortez’s planned events for the 4th).
Anyway, it was raining and night time and my family and I were getting ready to watch the fireworks out in my aunt’s backyard. As the fireworks started going off, we were probably only a little over a Ĺ mile away, but my younger cousins and I wanted to get a better vantage point to watch the fireworks. So, we hopped in my FJ and started towards the location of the day’s main festivities, or in other words, where they were shooting off the fireworks. There was a large dirt field covered with tall/dry grass they had turned into a parking area adjacent to a nice green field of mowed grass where people were laid out on their blankets and chairs to view the fireworks. As I headed out to park next to the cars lined up in the field, I never saw the 4-foot deep, 2 1/2-foot wide drainage ditch running on one edge of the field because of all the tall grass and weeds. So as I pulled into my parking spot my FJ started to slip and tipped sideways into the ditch on the driver’s side and was totally stuck. We ended up having to crawl out the right (passenger’s side) window and onto the higher ditch ground, and I could tell it wasn’t going to be an easy chore of getting my FJ out of the ditch. I also noticed how the doors and fenders on the driver’s side were very damaged. Lots of people saw and heard the accident, so after the fireworks stopped, many came to my aid, and because it was a small town, people were super willing to help and 2 guys actually ran back to their houses, got their tractors, and came back to dig me out! It was actually pretty amazing how they got me out of the hole, but in the end, after over $7,500 in damage getting repaired, my FJ was finished just in time for me to attend the last day of FJ Summit No. 6 where I got to run Black Bear Pass, and I was able to go to the vendor night, dinner, and to the world-famous raffle! (I did not win anything but just being able to be there was good enough for me)! That is an experience I will always remember! Plus, it was actually when my FJ was getting repainted at the shop that I had them black out the trim pieces, so I finally got that “blacked out” look that I had always wanted!
What advice do you have for someone new to the FJC or the forum?
Hayden: Get involved! I highly recommend that not only you read and learn from others on here, but that you have others learn from you! Your experience and knowledge matters, and when someone joins the forum, I know how it may be confusing and hard to figure out your way around the forum at first (especially if you’re not familiar with forums like I was!), but as you learn how stuff works here, it is the best resource you can have for learning ANYTHING FJ Cruiser related.
Toyota has really made an amazing vehicle and I’ve loved every moment of having my FJ for the past 2 years or so. I just think that everyone should have a great and amazing experience with their FJs, but I advise that people should never let the FJ be a top priority. Even though it is enjoyable, and I know how it can be addicting to be on the forum for hours at a time; family, friends, and work should always come first. Now if you can find a way to combine “FJ Cruiser time” with “family time” or “work time,” then good for you! But never let the FJ become an obsession or something that causes anxiety or problems in your priorities or financially, or in relations with those around you.
Again, I’m so honored to be asked to be the June member of the month and I’d like to thank my family and all my friends for everything they’ve done for me, and I hope to get to know more of you in the off-roading community. Who knows, maybe someday our paths will cross and we could go wheeling together! But thank you Brian for this privilege, and I wish you all the best!
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