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20 Reasons Why Toyota Discontinued the FJ Cruiser

Written by on January 8, 2017 in Dusty Trails Blog, Reviews with 74 Comments
20 Reasons Why Toyota Discontinued the FJ Cruiser

2014 was the last production year of the FJ Cruiser.  Why?  Well lets talk about that…    Ask 100 non-FJ owners what they think of the FJ Cruiser and you can bet there will be more “Love it” or “Hate it” than answers of indifference.  Why? Probably because the FJ is so unique.  But narrow your survey […]

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Top Trails in America – Rubicon Trail

Written by on December 18, 2014 in Dusty Trails Blog with 1 Comment
Top Trails in America – Rubicon Trail

Rubicon Trail The Historic Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile long rock-crawling offroad adventure consisting of some of the most challenging and rugged 4-wheeling on the planet.  Expect long, intense days traversing  extremely difficult rocky terrain.   The Rubicon Trail is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California due west of Lake Tahoe and about 80 miles […]

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Vintage Iron: 1948 Dodge Power Wagon

Written by on October 8, 2014 in Dusty Trails Blog with 0 Comments
Vintage Iron: 1948 Dodge Power Wagon

Many great advancements came out of Post World War II.  penicillin, radar, the jet engine, jerrycans, radio navigation, nuclear power, microwave ovens, and of course many great vehicles were all borne out of a necessity to defeat the Axis Powers. Among all of the great military to civilian vehicle transitions was the Dodge Power Wagon. […]

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Easy DYI Jeep Wrangler JK CB Antenna Mount

Easy DYI Jeep Wrangler JK CB Antenna Mount

When I was searching for a good location to install a CB antenna on my Rubicon X, I considered several locations.  Most required me to purchase a mount of some kind or make a complicated bracket.  Since I’ve always enjoyed fabricating when possible I also considered locations where I could make a mount.  I like […]

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Butler Jeep Invasion 2014

Written by on June 20, 2014 in Dusty Trails Blog, Jeep Shows with 0 Comments
Butler Jeep Invasion 2014

What would a town with a population just under 14,ooo do when they can rightfully say, “We are the birthplace of the Jeep”?  Hold a massive Jeep Invasion of course!  Butler Pennsylvania, located just north of Pittsburgh in Butler County PA, is the home of the Bantam “Jeep” or more specifically the Bantam Reconnaissance Car (BRC) as it […]

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Hard Drive Magnets on Your Oil Filter

Written by on March 2, 2014 in Cheap Tricks and Useful Tips
Hard Drive Magnets on Your Oil Filter

Using a Hard Drive Magnet on your Oil Filter It’s a fact that as your engine runs, tiny metallic particles along with the soot from the combustion process become suspended in your circulating oil.  That’s the nature of an engine where metal on metal contact occurs. The engine oil attempts to create a lubricating buffer […]

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Refinishing & Distressing a Romanian WASR-10 AK-47 7.62x39mm Rifle

Refinishing & Distressing a Romanian WASR-10 AK-47 7.62x39mm Rifle

  Ever since the days of the crated, dirt cheap AK-47’s I’ve always wanted one of these but never bought one.  Then one day while doing some online window shopping, I came across an Atlantic Firearms pre-order deal for used Iraqi Contractor WASR 10 AK-47’s at a reasonable price.  What really tickled my fancy was […]

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