I’d been looking to add an awning to the FJ Cruiser for a while now so after doing my research I settled on the Ironman 4×4 awning.
My main reason for choosing it was the integrated LED light, plus the price was right. At $282.50 (you can find them on sale for less) it was something that I wouldn’t have to worry about damaging, especially with my driving style.
The Ironman 4X4 awning is made of the same rip stop canvas material as my CVT MT Shasta roof top tent. It includes a heavy duty vinyl cover with neatly sewn seams, and heavy duty zippers that have held up great to tree branches and everything else I’ve hit while out on the trial.
I mounted the awning to my roof rack by utilizing the BajaRack awning mounts and they have been rock solid and rattle free. Deploying the awning is a straight forward affair, and deploys just like comparable units from ARB. The legs use a sturdy twist lock system and have plenty of adjustment to keep you out of the sun or rain.
One of the great features of the Ironman awning is it’s built in LED light bar. The light bar is mounted directly to the frame and is powered by a standard 12 volt plug for your cigarette lighter or a battery pack. From night time cooking to evening drink mixing, the light bar has proven its utility, and earned its keep.
The only issues that I’ve had so far were with the 12 volt plug adapter, one of the clamps broke off (probably covered under warranty) and I haven’t had time to get it fixed yet.
Overall I’ve been very pleased with the Ironman 4×4 awning and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for one. Mine has survived a year of hard and regular use, and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one again.