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ET in Offroad Magazine

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ET in Offroad Magazine
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:01:12 PM »
Last December while in BIBE and waiting for the sun to settle for a sunset shot of ET off Black Gap Road, I decided to take a photo of my FJ Cruiser too just for the fun of it.  Well, it turned out better than I had expected.  Per others' suggestions, I submitted it to an offroad magazine for FJ Cruiser enthusiasts and I am happy to see it made the October 2011 publication.  While this is a magazine geared towards offroad FJ Cruiser crazies like myself, I still hope that the awesome backdrop of ET and the other mountains will catch the attention of some readers as a place that needs to be seen!

Attached is a PDF of the page (page 28) from FJC Magazine: ttp://www.fjc-mag.com/

Here is a larger image:
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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 02:59:01 PM »
LOVE the vanity plate MOT!

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 03:01:32 PM »
LOVE the vanity plate MOT!

Thanks!  I was shocked that it was available when I checked and jumped right on it!  :icon_biggrin:
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ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 05:25:10 PM »
Nice shot! Toyota should buy that from you.

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 06:02:49 PM »
Oye, mira nada mas...... :eusa_clap:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 06:07:48 PM »
Nice shot! Toyota should buy that from you.

Thanks Casa Grande!

I sure wish they would.  I sent it to a Toyota USA communications manager, but he said,

"It is a great shot in an amazing setting!

At this time, we're all set with our FJ images for media use.
We had some minor changes with MY11 as well, so we're currently using a
new set."
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 06:11:53 PM »
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 06:43:53 PM »
sweet... im gonna show my wife this photo just so she can see how her FJ will look in the desert, IF she ever lets me take it to the bend.

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 07:14:32 PM »
sweet... im gonna show my wife this photo just so she can see how her FJ will look in the desert, IF she ever lets me take it to the bend.

James

Just let her know that the FJ is at home when it is IN the desert!   :crossedfingers:
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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2011, 07:18:18 PM »
sweet... im gonna show my wife this photo just so she can see how her FJ will look in the desert, IF she ever lets me take it to the bend.

James

James I hope it works out better than when I gave my wife a chainsaw for Christmas.    :eusa_doh:

Nice 4WD porn, MOT!
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2011, 07:40:16 PM »
So, MOT.  I'm actually in the market for a good 4x4.  One that can sit 5 comfortably and still have room for gear.  Although I've driven an FJ before and it was cool, I'm not sure about the room.  I know you're a big fan of the FJ.

I'm open to any suggestions.  My love, of course, is the Jeep.  But, that's just not practical at this time. (I miss my CJ ). :(

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2011, 07:42:44 PM »
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2011, 08:15:45 PM »
So, MOT.  I'm actually in the market for a good 4x4.  One that can sit 5 comfortably and still have room for gear.  Although I've driven an FJ before and it was cool, I'm not sure about the room.  I know you're a big fan of the FJ.

I'm open to any suggestions.  My love, of course, is the Jeep.  But, that's just not practical at this time. (I miss my CJ ). :(

I went through quite a struggle in my decision between a Jeep and the FJ Cruiser.  Ultimately I went with the FJ Cruiser because I felt it was the better option for my needs, and I have never looked back or felt that I made the wrong decision!

I took a party of four adults, including myself, from Austin to Abilene and back the same day, and nobody complained of room.  I do know that there isn't enough in the back seat area to spread out for adults, but there is plenty of room for kids.  Unlike the Jeep, the rear seats in the FJ are actually usable! (I am not referring to the full four door Jeeps, as I have not been in one).

The other downside to the FJ regarding the back seats is that the side windows are not full size windows, however the driver and passenger door windows are enormous, and should be adequete from even the back seat.

There is a ton of cargo room even when using the back seats, which do fold down to open up the cargo area even larger.  The roof rack is a nice option if more cargo is needed to be stowed.  Heck, they even make rooftop tents for FJ's!

Some of the other things I like about the FJ are:

(1) Cost of the vehicle - for the price diff between a new stock FJ (with 4wd, locking differential, traction control, etc) and a new stock Jeep with comparable features, I can make some serious mods to the FJ for the money I saved.

(2) Mods: While naturally there aren't as many options for FJ's as there are out there for Jeeps, there are a ton of mods for the FJ that are just very inexpensive.  As an example, I am adding a 3" suspension lift to mine in the next couple of months and while the one I picked is on the expensive end of the scale, it is still less than $2000.

(3) Power: Although it is only a V6, the FJ has plenty of get up and go!  I think it is rated around 230HP, but it sure has a lot of torque.  In addition, add in the low transfer case gear ratio of 2.566:1 when the two-speed transfer case is in low, and you can control every ounce of the power and torque with a 33.76:1 crawl ratio!  I have used 4-low quite a bit to control going down steep offroad grades, so I didn't have to ride the brakes and could control the power over obstacles on those steep grades.  The automatic transmission will permit the driver to engine brake and have control over shifting.  They do make a manual transmission version as well.

I can go on and on about the FJ, just like a Jeep owner can for their Jeep, etc.  I like Jeeps too, and grew up with a 53 Willies, so I am no Jeep hater!!!  However, the FJ makes me smile ear to ear every single time I get in it, and in the end that is what really matters!

If you would ever like to test out my FJ offroad, just give me a shout!  I bet the dealerships won't let you do that, haha!!!

Again, I spent close to a year researching my needs and in the end the FJ fit mine.  I would never try to say that I have the best of anything, but I may have the best for me.   :icon_biggrin:

EDIT: My source for the gear and crawl ratios, and a good read for other things that the FJ has to offer, was from this site: http://www.toyoland.com/trucks/fj.html
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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2011, 08:59:57 PM »
Awesome shot. Nice work!

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Re: ET in Offroad Magazine
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2011, 09:21:28 PM »
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