Chances are you’ve already seen Tony and his FJ, because trust me, they’re both hard to miss.
Tony and I first met after an epic trip to Kentucky for Holly’s LS Fest, after quickly learning we both shared a love of “V8’s and Steak” we quickly became good friends.
He got into overlanding after experiencing a few great trips off road, and some great
drunken nights around a campfire. We managed to get him into an FJ Cruiser, and just like everything else he does, he went all in.
While Tony is new to the off road game, he’s not new to the world of vehicle modifications. Coming from a drift car background, he knows a lot about building a solid platform and what happens when you don’t.
He started off with a low mileage 2007 FJ Cruiser in the fall of 2013, and after dozens of hours at the garage he’s ended up with one of the most capable FJ Cruisers out on the road.
2013 Northeast Overland Rally:
Tony’s first trip out on the trails was a trial by fire. He literally bought the truck 2 weeks before the event, and only threw on a set of factory sized mud tires and some OEM rock sliders. He hit the trails like a champ and was definitely hooked.
Red Cloud is quite literally in our backyard, so it’s become a proving ground for us where we can test new mods, and practice our recovery skills. Tony’s FJ handles the most challenging terrain there with ease, and he’s not afraid of using a little skinny pedal to get out of a tight spot.
2014 Vermont Overland Trophy:
For this year’s 2014 Vermont Overland Trophy, Tony volunteered his FJ Cruiser for use as our press vehicle. We flew down numerous trails, became intimate with plenty of trees and rocks, but the FJ didn’t let us down. Except for the one time we experienced some massive brake fade…
Tony’s FJ is his daily driver and his commute takes him to downtown DC where he trades trees and rocks for pedestrians and Prius’. Some people think he’s crazy but when it comes to practical anyone who knows Tony knows he’s anything but.
BFG KM2 285/75-17
OEM Toyota 17”
ARB Front Bumper
Superwinch Talon SR 9500
100ft Synthetic Line w/ Factor 55 Prolink
All-Pro Heavy Duty Rock Sliders
Warrior Rack w/ 50” Lightbar
Kaymar Rear Bumper w/ Jerry Can Holder
RCI Skid Plates
Bilstein 5100 Front
Bilstein 5150 Rear
Light Racing UCA’s
Eibach Toytech Springs (4” Lift)
Rear 1.5” Spacers
Differential Drop Kit
1200 Watt Inverter
Cobra 75 WX ST w/ 48” Firestik
iPad Ram Mount
Pioneer Headunit with Nav
ARB CKMA12 Onboard Air