Deep in the Pineywoods region of East Texas, the Dallas-based club known as the Toyota Trail Riders holds the annual Lone Star Toyota Jamboree at a large off-road park. The Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area contains nearly 2,000 acres atop one of the tallest hills in the area. Scenic wooded trails are scattered across all sides of the hilltop, dipping into the connecting valleys. Trail difficulty levels range from easy, which are suitable for stock trucks, to the boulder-strewn playgrounds for crawlers.
"This is one of my off-road buddies, John Teckley, who is a service technician at Toyota of Dallas. The dealership is next to the major Loop 635 construction (busiest highway in Dallas). A construction truck got stuck in the mud. Teckley pulled it out with his 2001 Tacoma this morning."
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Here's a pic of John next to his beloved Taco Phillip recently shot.
Toyota Tacoma: Anything is possible!
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It all started at the local coffee house. Fridays after work a group of Vegas FJ Cruiser owners and offroad enthusiasts got together to talk mods and trails. Being February, it was just nice enough to sit outside as the coffee warmed our hands. But, as winter sometimes does in Las Vegas, the breeze picked up and brought a chill to the air. We moved our conversation back inside, and the topic changed to where we should explore when the temperatures rose. Almost immediately it was mentioned that the Mojave Road should be at the top of that list. Before we departed we settled on the dates of April 5 and 6, 2014 and started planning; in addition to the normal camping/offroading supplies there are a couple things you will want to bring: some pennies, a ceramic frog and a garden gnome. You know… for safe travels.
AutoBlog.com has posted a gallery of photos showing a 2016 Tacoma test 'mule' performing towing tests. This vehicle is most likely testing an updated powertrain, so from a design standpoint it looks like a current model Toyota Tacoma. This truck sports a 6speed Manual transmission, but AutoBlog reports a 6-speed Auto will be available when the truck ships in late 2016. While we're all still wondering what the new Taco will look like, it's great to see testing of an updated drivetrain.
More info will be coming soon, so stay tuned to Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine!
Equipped with their 3rd generation 4Runners, Chris Wenan, Tyler Carvell, and Nate Hufnagel ventured onto popular off-road trails in Moab alongside friends with other types of trucks.
Spring Break was in March, but it was January when the foundation for our wheeling trip to Moab, UT was planned. Moab is the mecca for off-road enthusiasts, and we were ready for it. Eight weeks later, our mud tires hummed over Highway 128 along the Colorado River, with views of the quintessential red rock canyon walls on either side.
We recently got our hands on a Piranha Dual Battery System for the Toyota Tacoma courtesy of Outback Proven. Outback Proven offers a wide range of Piranha dual battery kits designed to fit various Toyota Trucks and Cruisers. The kit comes with an electroplated battery tray, 140 amp isolator (Piranha DBE140S), battery monitor (Piranha DBM4), cable kit, six blade fuse box and mount, and steering pump hoses that are used in rerouting the plumbing. Battery sold separately.
Calling all East Coast Enthusiasts! (Or anyone that would love to visit Asheville, NC this fall)
Today Weekend & Day Passes for Overland Expo EAST went on sale. The first ever OX east of the Mississippi will happen October 3-5 at Taylor Ranch just outside Asheville, and promises to be another great event. If you've ever wanted to see what this overland stuff is all about, this is a great opportunity. For this event the Overland Expo team is adding a kids adventure area and a bushcraft skills area in addition to the 100+ vendors and very popular Camel Trophy Overland Skills area.
Weekend Passes provide access Friday-Sunday and are available for $55/person or $95/family. One day passes are available for Sunday only for $10/person or $15/family. Camping for the weekend is a separate fee of $35, which covers all 3 days.
To learn more or sign up, visit the Overland Expo East website.
A very “Happy Anniversary” for Toyota Racing Development (TRD)! This year TRD is celebrating 35 years in the US market, and the official Racing Division of Toyota USA has been a crucial part of the company’s success, not only with their motorsports racing victories, but with their performance and accessory parts for both on and off-road. Over the years TRD has earned the reputation of being one of the leading developers of motorsport-derived retail performance accessories with offerings such as wheels, exhausts, suspension parts, brakes, superchargers, body kits, and more for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion cars, trucks and SUV’s.
In the quiet hills of Arizona’s Coconino National Forest world travelers, adventurists, entrepreneurs, and renowned experts gather at Mormon Lake for the world’s largest overland event, Overland Expo West. Started in 2009 with an attendance of just 900 people, the expo has had to change venues in previous years to accommodate the demanding growth. In fact, because of the demand, there will now be two shows per year. The second show will be held in Asheville, NC on October, 3-5 of this year.