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Trail Reports

Kokopelli Trail - April 28-29, 2012 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/2164487-post482.html

Surf N Turf 2011 - Pismo Beach - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/2024616-post440.html

Summit No. 5 Road Trip Report - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1947032-post434.html

Anza Borrego - 12/26-28/2010 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1801671-post416.html

FJ Summit #4 Report – July 18 – 25, 2010 - Part One - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1703821-post394.html

FJ Summit #4 Report – July 18 – 25, 2010 - Part Two - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1703822-post395.html

Cruise Moab Road Trip - April/24 - May/1/2010 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1651812-post373.html

Mojave Road – 3/13-14/2010 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1622656-post350.html

Anza Boreggo 1/2/10 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1564358-post331.html

Bull Frog - November 7, 2009 http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1527727-post316.html

Big Bear Mine Tour - August 8th, 2009 http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1467147-post309.html

Summit #3 Road Trip- July 11 – 26, 2009 http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1455966-post301.html

Anza-Boreggo / Laguna Mountain - 4/8 through 4/11/2009 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1367769-post280.html

Silverwood Lake 3/28 & 29/09 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1353417-post270.html

Hungry Valley 3/12/09 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1335249-post252.html

Hauser Geode Beds 12/26/08 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1245407-post213.html

Vegas Snow '08 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1229463-post204.html

Joshua Tree - Brooklyn Mine Trail - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1216189-post200.html

BorregoFest '08 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1172437-post180.html

How I bent my Hi-Lift Jack (at BorregoFest '08) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1197828-post195.html

Grand Staircase Trail Report (Part 1) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1148680-post145.html

Grand Staircase Trail Report (Part 2) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1148682-post146.html

Grand Staircase Trail Report (Part 3) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1148683-post147.html

Gold Mountain - Big Bear California - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1074395-post139.html

Summit #2 Report - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1068949-post134.html

Lockwood Creek Trail - Miller Jeep Trail - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/989199-post96.html

North Rim Run (Part 1) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/949760-post70.html

North Rim Run (Part 2) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/949772-post71.html

Wildflowers in Anza Borrego - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/trail-report-photo-section-gps-coordinates/50150-wildflowers-anza-borrego.html

Solo on the Mojave Road (Part 1) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/996675-post101.html

Solo on the Mojave Road (Part 2) - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/996677-post102.html

Snow, Carnage and Madness on the Mojave Trail - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/822222-post365.html

BorregoFest ’07 - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/936969-post67.html

Inspirational Rigs

Part 1:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1375926-post283.html

Part 2:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1375929-post284.html

Part 3:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1384513-post287.html

Fixes / Installs

Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Installed - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1640830-post356.html

Camping Lab Awning Install - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1086427-post140.html

Blitz Can Mount - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/931702-post63.html

Bandi Mount Chop to fit Manik Taillight Guards - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1024405-post8.html

Winch Cable Straightened - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1165001-post178.html

RUD / Grip 4x4 Chains - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1234422-post211.html

Some of my FJ Artwork - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1210976-post197.html

Some of my other Artwork - http://www.vincepetersondesign.com/Vince_Peterson_Design/Projects/Projects.html

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Mileage: Over 115K (no major problems to report)

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My Rig

Toyota build date: 03/06
I bought it 4 days after they showed up at the SoCal Toyota dealers on 4/6/06.

It took me 4 days to find the one I wanted. I had originally wanted the voodoo blue, and waited 4 days to find one at a local SoCal dealer.

When I went down to pick it up, it was sitting right next to a Yellow one, equipped exactly the same, and I drove the yellow one home.

I had never been offroading before I bought the FJ Cruiser.

Stock – From the Dealer:
2007 FJ Cruiser 4x4 AT
All Convenience Packages
Running Boards (I didn't know any better at the time)
Upgrade Package #2
All Air Bags
All Weather Mats (including Cargo Mat)
Subwoofer
400w Inverter
Spare Tire Cover
Tow Hitch
Roof Rack
A-Track
Rear Locker
etc..
The Whole Enchilada (except for the all black paint and the more aggressive Bilstein's , it had everything that the '07 TRD later had)

Some early shots (no mods) -

Fish Creek / Anza Boreggo


On the Trail with Bill Burke


Big Sur


Pismo Beach


Moab



Mods:

My plan is to build an EXPEDITION vehicle that can take us on extended trips into the backcountry and return us home safely.

Armor:
ARB Front Winch Bumper
All Pro Rear Bumper
BudBuilt Skid Plates (painted Red, full set, original gas tank plate)
OUTRIDER OFFROAD rear Diff Skid
OUTRIDER OFFROAD LCA Skids (rear/ front and back)
Rickocet! Control Arm skids/guards
All Pro Rock Slidders (kick-out style)
Rear Shock Skids - Thanks Cowboy4x4 (OverlandXT)
Manik Rear Tail Light Guards
Front Headlight Wire Rally Rock Guards

Recovery:
Warn M8000 Winch
ARB Snatch Strap
Hi-Lift Jack (60" currently mounted to front bumper)
Hi-Lift Lift-Mate
Shovel
Off Road Unlimited Gerry Can Holder
Blitz Gas Can
RUD Snow Chains (From Bill Burke)
XD/HD Waffle Boards - Bridging Ladders OKoffroad.com Equipment - Waffle Boards
2nd Full Size Spare Tire (carried up top when needed)

Lighting:
On the ARB Front Bumper:
(2) IPF 900 XS Extreme Driving Lights (w/ Brush Guards)
(2) IPF Fog Lights
On the Front of the ARB Roof Rack:
(4) IPF 868CS Driving Lights (w/ white protective covers)
On the Back of the ARB Roof Rack:
(2) PIAA 1500 Driving Lights (used as Work/Back-Up lights)
(2) LED Dome Light Swaps

Suspension and Tires:
Front:
Stock UCA's (replaced at 80k with and new slightly used set - thanks Sang)
Old Man Emu (OME) 886 - Heavy Duty Coil Springs - 2” (51mm”) Lift
Old Man Emu (OME) Nitrocharger Sport Shocks (Struts) OME 60004
replaced: Old Man Emu (OME) N140S - Firm Struts - these lasted over 80k and were great.
Rear:
Old Man Emu (OME) 896 - Heavy Duty Coil Springs (Prado Springs) - 2” (51mm)
replaced: Old Man Emu (OME) 895 - Medium Duty Coil Springs - 2” (51mm) Lift
Old Man Emu (OME) Nitrocharger Sport Shocks (Struts) OME 90000
replaced: Old Man Emu (OME) N141 -Heavy Duty Nitrocharger Shock - these lasted over 80k and were great.
Toy Outfitters Lower Control Arms - Control Arms
Toy Outfitters Rear Upper Control Arms Control Arms
Tires: (6) BFG 285/70/17 All Terrains (I have 2 full size spares that can be deployed)

Engine / Performance:
ARB Safari Snorkel
Scuba Driver Mod (rear diff & E locker)
No Cut Atrac/Rear Diff Hack (Thanks much Roger/FJ4RWS)

Safety:
Amerex Fire Extinguisher
(2) Guide Markers (antennas) on ARB Front Bumper Corners
Emergency Life Hammer
M-Pac Cargo/Pet Barrier
Matte Black Hood Decal http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/1653690-post374.html

Storage:
ARB Full Length Roof Rack (87” x 44”, with mesh floor)
Fourtreks Hi-Lift Jack Mount
Fourtreks Shovel Mount
Tuffy Rear Drawer
Pelican Cases (one yellow 1400 & one green 1610)

Communication:
Midland CB (installed by Soder Joint)
4 Foot Wilson Antenna (with spring & quick disconnect)
Bandi Mount (trimmed for Manik Tail Light Guard)

Way Finding:
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx (hardwired/installed)
Garmin Topo Chips - West Coast Hawaii - Moutain Southwest

Comfort
ARB Rooftop Tent (Simpson Series II)
Camping Lab Awning

Cosmetic:
Stars - Two 12” white vinyl (military style) stars on doors

Phase One (factory skids - stock rack - no lighting - no snorkel - the STAR appears on the door - the Brigadier concept is born).

Ocotillo Wells


Azusa Creek Crossing


Big Bear - Holcomb Valley


Ouray Colorado - Summit #1


Ouray Colorado - Summit #1 (with the stock Raptor)


Moab (after Summit #1)


Phase Two (full skids, big rack, lights, snorkel)

Mojave Road (2/3/08)


Mojave Road (2/3/08)


The Middle of Knowhere / Mojave Road / 2/03/08


Joshua Tree Brooklyn Mine Trail


What its all about


Trusted Vendors:

Dirty Parts
BudBuilt
Outrider Offroad
ARB
Rock-Tech Offroad

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Future Mods - Wish list.

I'm thinking about "risers".


• ARB Bushranger X-Jack

• Dual Battery System (Dirty Parts)

• Marlin Crawler Gear Box (or Inchworm or ?)

• Pelican Cases - I need a couple more 1520 0r 1550 cases (not to heavy to load up on rack)

• ARB Front Locker

• In Dash Nav - Garmin compatable - rear/front video compatable (Kenwood DNX7140?)

• Front/Rear Video Cameras

• Auxilary Gas Tank (MAF maybe)

• Power Tank (10 lb.)

• Pull-Pal (11,000 lbs) : https://www.expeditionexchange.com/pullpal/

• Risers

• Ham Radio (might just go with a Sat phone)

• Adventure Trailer

Some more Trail shots:

Mojave Road


A glorious day in the desert with rain, snow, family & friends.


California is the best...
 

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Some of my Graphics (FJ related - click the link in my signature to see more of my artwork).

OUTRIDER OFFROAD Logo


Sedonafest 2010 T-shirt


Sedonafest 2010 Web Header


Summit #4 Web Header


Summit #4 Grill Badge


Summit #3 Grill Badge


Summit #2 Web Header


Summit #2 Grill Badge


Summit #2 Flags


Summit #1 Window Sticker


Summit #1 Grill Badge (this original design was more diamond shaped)


Socal Logo


Forum Grill Badge


Summit #3 Website Header





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Very nice Vince! Love the pictures. In regards to tree limb spreaders, you can always just go with wires. Wires from front bumper to roof rack. I'm assuming you're talking about risers.
 

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It's about time Vince! :lol:

Awesome buddy! The Brigadier looks great buddy! I can't wait to see it again and hit the trails with you and Claudia. This time I'll be ready for the rocks. I'll be watching this build thread closely. :D
 

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Very nice Vince! Love the pictures. In regards to tree limb spreaders, you can always just go with wires. Wires from front bumper to roof rack. I'm assuming you're talking about risers.
Thanks Tony...

Yes "Risers".

Only problem is, I'd have to remove them to open the hood.

No big deal I guess...
 

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Thanks for posting. I saw your FJ cruiser on one of the latest runs posted here and I actually searched for your member build but didn't see one. Glad that you did.

Your FJ looks with authority.
Cheer,
 

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Nice build vince
It's about time Vince! :lol:

Awesome buddy! The Brigadier looks great buddy! I can't wait to see it again and hit the trails with you and Claudia. This time I'll be ready for the rocks. I'll be watching this build thread closely. :D
Thanks Mike, yeah we are both ready for anything this time around.

Can't wait to see you guys again, and OH yeah, that Rock Star Rig of yours...

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Thanks Tony...

Yes "Risers".

Only problem is, I'd have to remove them to open the hood.

No big deal I guess...
You could make them with a quick release.
 

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Very nicely built rig. The tree limb spreaders is a cool idea!
 

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Thanks for posting. I saw your FJ cruiser on one of the latest runs posted here and I actually searched for your member build but didn't see one. Glad that you did.

Your FJ looks with authority.
Cheer,
Thanks Speedy...
 

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I'm glad you finally started a build up thread. I enjoy seeing what you did to your FJ.
Thanks Tubig, see you on the trail...
 

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