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Trail Day: Tillamook State Forest

Today I joined my offroading friends for a day of wheeling in our “back yard” trails.  It was a big day for me and my rig, as it marked the first time I was meeting up driving a Toyota.  This group of friends had grown and bonded over our common JKs – build parties installing coil overs, and offroad/camping trips in Moab, the Rubicon, and elsewhere.

So it was a moment of truth for me – was selling my JK and buying a 25 year old Land Cruiser a good choice?

After the initial ribbing and airing down was over, we hit Archer’s Firebreak.  This was an awesome trail choice – Archer’s was my favorite trail in the JK, and one I led every year for the Jeep Jamboree.  So I had a lot of history with it and knew it well.  However, I had never wheeled it in anything other than the JK.  Now I was in a Toyota.  And an automatic.

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Me following a comp-cut JK on one tons and 40s.  Seemed like a good idea.

The biggest difference for me this time, was that I would bypass the burly stuff.  I was without rock rails, skids, and confidence in the new rig.

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Engine Rebuild for a 1993 Land Cruiser

So last year I purchased a 1993 Land Cruiser FZJ80 in Bend.  The vehicle was in really good shape, but as a dedicated family overlanding rig, I was concerned for reliability for a 25 year old vehicle with over 260,000 miles.

Last January I decided to pull the motor out and do a complete rebuild.

I pulled the engine out in my shop at home with countless tools, about 300 ziploc bags, and the help of dear friends.

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Not even kidding. All screws and parts were organized in ziplocs.

After the first night, I had the front clip and hood off with some engine components.

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For organization, I used the aforementioned baggies and also a ton of blue masking tape with letters written on them.  The other end of the hose/item would have the corresponding letter so I knew where everything connected later.

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Lots of Changes at Offroad Vegan!

I have taken a little breather from writing new content for the blog.

A large part of that is due, in part to….wait for it….selling my Jeep!  That’s right, I sold my Wrangler.

A lot of people asked me why.  Basically it was a combination of things.  Primarily, I was just a little bored with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Wranglers.  And I will have another one.  But for now, I wanted something different.

Second, I was bored with rocks.  I have done the Rubicon 3 times, Moab 3 times, and countless trips in Oregon and Washington.  I want to try overlanding and exploring with the family, not just bouncing off rocks.

And last, I want to learn something new.  I have worked on my Jeeps for many years, and want to learn something new.  In addition to overlanding, I want to try a new vehicle, a new platform, and even a new brand.

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