MetalTech FZJ-80 Sliders

By | November 16, 2007

Body damage…uugh…knowing how I drive, it’s inevitable. As soon as I purchased my 1996 80-series, I knew I’d wheel it some, and I knew I’d push it’s limits too far. One of the most vulnerable spots on the 80-series is the rocker panel area, and since damage there is also an expensive repair, it’s one of the first things any smart 80-series owner should protect.

I researched a LOT of vendors for rocker sliders, and seriously considered making my own as well. Some of the major Vendors include Slee Offroad and Hanna Quality…both make great products and have some variations to their designs. But I was looking for something a bit different with a bit more “flow” to the design…Mark Hawley with MetalTech was in prototype stage for his new design, and his drawings caught my eye. Continue reading

Roundeyes Conversion Headlamps

By | November 14, 2006

I don’t know about you, but I’m notorious for my ability to break accessories on my rig…as much as I slide the cage/body on rocks and trees and as often as I flop or roll the rig, anything bolted on the outside is a candidate for replacement. Mirrors and auxiliary lights are no exception…and frankly, replacing even cheap floodlights gets expensive. I’ve also run some junk aftermarket headlamp replacements…JC Whitney offers a couple, but they filled with haze and rusted so quickly that they were ineffective after a year. And as we all know, the “off the shelf” halogen light is sufficient for lighting the shop, but not so great when you are on a deserted stretch of road or on the trail trying to see what’s coming ahead. Finally, I came across the Roundeyes 7″ Toyota Conversion Headlamps. Continue reading

Pitbull Rockers

By | October 18, 2005

If you’re like me, you always search for better products for your rig…it’s a constant comparison shopping spree. While my wish list tends to drive my wife crazy, sometimes you have to take the plunge and take a chance.  Pitbull Rockers are new on the market, and turned out to be an excellent choice. Continue reading