Old Man Emu Adjustable Panhards and Trailing Arms

By | October 23, 2014

I’ve been an Old Man Emu suspension fan for years, and have run their standard OME heavy coils and shocks on my FZJ80 for over 100,000 miles. However, the desire for bigger tires and a bit more clearance led me to their J-coil setup and L-series NitroCharger shocks…and with that, the need to adjust my rear pinion angle… Read More »

Marlin helps the FZJ80 C-R-A-W-L

By | July 10, 2013

As we all know, SLOWER is always better when it comes to control…and manhandling a big vehicle like the 80-series makes that even more important. Differential gears have always been common cure, and those are still a better option for big-tire correction…but what about that low-speed trail control? Marlin Crawler has finally addressed that with their affordable Land… Read More »

Pitbull Maddog LT Tires on TrailReady Beadlock Wheels

Anyone can buy new tires and new wheels, install them on their rig, and give a glowing review about how well the tires hook up and how pretty the wheels look…but the real test of a product is how well it survives hard long-term use.  I’ve put a set of 39 x14.5-17 Pitbull Maddog LT Bias Tires and… Read More »

Baileigh Industrial RDB-050 Tubing Bender

There are a lot of options these days for tubing benders. The vast majority of these companies come into the market with a simple manual bender and then grow their business into more sophisticated systems. Baileigh Industrial has taken the opposite approach. They have furnished production-quality metal working machinery for many years, and have scaled their expertise down… Read More »

Optima YellowTop Deep Cycle Battery

By | August 14, 2009

I’ve run Optima Performance Batteries for many years. The reasons are simple: safety and quality. The batteries I’ve owned have lasted beyond their expected life and warranty period, and the AGM (Absorption Glass Mat) design is an added safety factor when it comes to potential rollovers (which I’m known for). I currently run a single RedTop in my… Read More »

TreadWright MTG Ultra-Grip Tires

Like most 4wd owners, I’m always on the lookout for different products to try out on my rigs. My 1996 FZJ80 Toyota Land Cruisers is my summertime expedition rig and my wintertime daily driver, so many things I run on the truck are a compromise between offroad performance and daily driver use.