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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Torrance Toyota's 2006 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Posted in Top Truck Challenge on November 1, 2009
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
If we handed out a Winning Ugly award, this rig would win going away. Still, the FJ is ready for the rigors of the Trap, with an ARB snorkel on board to prevent hydrolocking and a Warn 9.5ti to drag it through all seven waterholes if needed. The brand-new and plenty-capable 42-inch Goodyear Kevlar Wranglers, installed just for TTC, are sure to get their baptism as well.

Every family reunion includes at least one black sheep, and TTC is no different. This year's reader-approved square peg is an '06 FJ Cruiser that was built by some magazine guys as a project rig a couple of years back. The scribes long ago bailed on the project, leaving the hapless driver without a support crew; he managed to enlist his parole officer to help out as a last-minute spotter this year.

Owner name/city: Toyota Motor Sales/Torrance, CA
Occupation: World's leading auto manufacturer
Vehicle model: 2006 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Estimated value: N/A
Engine/aspiration: 4.0L Toyota V-6, URD supercharger, Flowmaster exhaust
Transmission: Stock 6-spd manual
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Suspension (f/r): All-Pro custom links, Walker Evans coilover shocks/All-Pro custom link, Walker Evans coilovers; Light Racing JounceShocks
Axles (f/r): Dynatrac Pro Rock 60/Pro Rock 60; Detroit Lockers, Dynatrac/Yukon shafts, Tom Wood's driveshafts, Howe ram assist steering
Axle ratio: 5.38:1
Wheels: 17-in aluminum Spyderlights
Tires: 42x12.50/17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlars

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