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Hello everyone,

My name is Hanibal from West Covina. I meet Raygunn today in line at the test driving off road event at the Pomona expo. It was the first time I stepped inside an FJ to test it out off-roard. I own a 08 Black/White FJ with the works, ATRAC, Rear Diff, front Grill bar and top roof rack. I did not get the rock side bars, but I will. I hated giving the dealer more of my $$ since I knew its cheaper elsewhere.

RayGunn was a cool cat, and it was fun chatting it up with him and talking all things off-road related to FJ's. He mentioned the website and his username name. After checking you guys out and following some of the links to events and such, this seems like a cool place to hang out and plan trips.

I can normally go for day long trips- my wife and I have a 3 month old baby boy, so i still need to be somewhat close just in case. The cool thing is that the FJ was her idea for a family car for her-she even gave up her 2006 Infiniti G35coupe since it was not baby friendly. We both loved the FJ since it was a concept back in the days of the LA Car Shows. She loves the idea of off-roading in a safe a secure manor. I told her about you guys a few minutes ago, and she says so long as our boy can ride along and stay on safe trails, she likes the idea of going out with groups for safety reasons. I agree of course.

Anyways ::)

I look forward to checking out the first couple of trips with the FJ Clan. I'm sure I will need to buy things in advance for trips, so if you guys link me to a posting for what i may need, that would save me some browsing time.

Store wise, I have a brand new Super AutoBachs in the area. It's a well known store and they have alot of off-roading gear. I have a 4-wheel parts also in Azusa, although they have a somewhat bad rep regarding customer service. There is a Berts Mega Mall also with some pushy sales reps with equally annoying reps: Who really knows until I check them out I suppose.

Sorry for my long winded intro, but it's best to let it all out I suppose.

FJ_Mud_Rider
 

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You won't have to worry about family adventures. We are one huge family, all comprised of smaller families. It is VERY family-friendly. The runs are great, and I've learned a LOT each and every time we go on one.

I have one regret....the amount of money spent. At least the fun-per-dollar ratio was very high!

Welcome to the forums, and I hope to see ya out on the trails. Oh, and congratulations on the new baby!! Seems to be a lot of that going around lately! :D
 

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Thanks Guys. Seems as if I need to figure out where to best utilize the dollars. The Toyota Rep at the event this weekend was talking about that. He said that people drops thousands of $$ and that normally a pretty stock FJ is more then enough for what we need. All they did was put in a 2 inch lift, and that was it.

I guess the obvious can be a tire change, but i wonder if the stock tires are good enough.
 

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stock tires will do you fine, FJdave has run on stock tires most of the same places we go with AT tires, and he is 4X2. A CB should be a good start to your modding. From there as you go on trail runs or meet some of us, you can see on our trucks what we have done and decide what you want to do with yours.
 

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Welcome to the forum! I'm in Pomona so we're practically neighbors. The stock FJ is capable, but it does have it's weaknesses. Before you upgrade, you should identify what your needs are first.
 

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It's good to see the local peeps are in full effect. Seems like Azusa is a great place to start and its close by. Saturdays are less crowded according to the various posts.
 
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