U.S. Off Road is excited to be a Vendor at IH8Mud.com. IH8Mud is one of the premier Land Cruiser related sites on the Internet is a great source of information for FJ’s of all types and years and we are elated to be a part of this group of great FJ owners and enthusiasts.
Texas FJ owners you have a place to call home on the Internet! Visit Texas FJ Forums and start spreading the word! U.S. Off Road owns and operates this forum but is also open to any and all vendors to apply for a FREE forum there. Even if you are a competitor.
We have a full array of forums for general discussion, technical, regional and of course classifieds so drop on by and say hello!
After two very successful years of sales around the world I am proud to announce the latest evolution of our FJ Winch Mount Bumper. While we have had zero known issues and nothing but praise for this product I am always looking to make improvements where we can. To that extent I was looking to cut down on welds and deburring time, maintain or improve strength and accuracy and maybe even shed a few pounds.
All bumpers are now CNC laser cut for improved accuracy and finish. This also permitted us to alter the design a bit and reduce the amount of welds.
Weight has been reduced from a respectable 57lbs to 52.5lbs!
Fewer welds means a stronger bumper (not that the previous version wasn’t tough enough!)
We also added an A/C line notch to the back to help with clearance, which it does beautifully.
Torque arms were realigned and are made as one piece with the winch tub end caps. Stronger, less welding and weight reduction.
All bumpers are now fully TIG welded which gives a much nicer finish and less cleanup over flux core welding.
Winch mounting holes were moved rearwards 1/2″ for better clearance up front for some winches.
Bumper cover support tabs were added to provide better adjustability, fit and finish.
All of this with no increase in pricing! Retail is still $499.
Here’s an example of how much this setup will weigh:
Winch mount bumper: 52.50 lbs Viper Elite winch with no rope: 51.40 lbs 85′ x 3/8″ AmSteel rope: 3.6 lbs Aluminum hawse: 1.5 lbs Coating and fasteners: 1 lb Total weight: 110 lbs
With the recent addition of more drain holes and light tabs designed to work with 2″ LED lights I feel this bumper has evolved in to a very nice solution.
I have also been working with UPS to negotiate reduced shipping costs and take advantage of the lighter weight. Every penny counts.
I appreciate everyone’s business over the past two years and look forward to many more years of providing these types of products to the FJ owners.
We have some new products in the works for FJ owners so be sure to visit us at www.usoffroad.us for updates.
U.S. Off Road is proud to announce Engo as the newest addition to our recovery winch lineup. Engo provides a great value and has been rated as such by Four Wheeler magazine. The President, Drew Aho, was the COO and Director of Mile Marker winches (a company his father started) so he knows something about winches.
For over 25 years he proudly served the needs of off-road and 4X4 enthusiasts meeting the demands of the off road industry with passion and professionalism. Enjoying the same entrepreneur spirt as his father, he pioneered power steering pump driven hydraulic winches, designed the winch kits for the HMMWV (Military Hummer) and has designed and developed many winch products that have forever changed the winch industry. Having provided winch solutions personally himself in 27 countries, he understands the wide needs of the winch users everywhere and has facilitated a wide array of products under the ENGO brand. Our products are manufactured taking in mind the need of our clients for an effective, reliable, safe, innovative and attractive solution to best serve the diverse needs of the industry worldwide.
Engo offers a line of recovery winches from 3000 to 16,000lbs in addition to winch accessories, LED lights, bumpers and winch mounts.
U.S. Off Road is a sponsor for the third year for the Lone Star Toyota Jamboree. We will have a 10×20 enclosed booth this year (if the wind will let us) and will be hosting a Poker Run for FJ and Tacoma owners who’s rigs are mostly stock (especially if you have a stock front bumper). We will tour 5 one and two diamond trails for a good ol hand of poker to win prizes and gift certificates from our store!
We will share more information as we get closer to May 1 but if you are in the market for one of our winch mount bumpers you will not want to miss it.
The 9th Annual Lone Star Toyota Jamboree will be held May 1st-4th, 2014 at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area in Gilmer, TX
The Lone Star Toyota Jamboree is one of the largest gatherings of Toyota off-road enthusiast and venders held in the Texas area. Vehicles range from Land Cruisers of all types, Tacomas, FJ Cruisers, 4Runners and Tundras as well as a variety of other Toyota off-road vehicles. This non-profit, Toyota Land Cruisers Association (TLCA) sanctioned event is organized by the Toyota Trail Riders for the purpose of raising funds for and held at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area (BMRA) in Gilmer, Texas.
U.S. Off Road is proud to be a sponsor for the 2014 FJ Northeast Run put on by the guys at the FJ Northeasters Forum.
Get ready and reserve your spot for the 7th annual FJ Northeasters Northeast Run. Join us at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park on May 16th-18th for a week-end of wheeling events. Come meet other FJ Owners from Northeast USA and Canada and make new friends while enjoying 30 miles of some of the most beautiful trails around.
Spend a memorable weekend in a 1700 acre off-road park. Meet and run the trails with other FJ Cruisers. We have trails for every level of driver and vehicle.
Have a chat with reps and techs from our sponsors. Stay on the site in a comfortable RV or book a room in one of the nearby lodging facilities.
The FJNortheasters Northeast Run is a non-profit event. In 2013 FJNortheasters donated over $3,000.00 to charity. The registration fee is $70 which includes a catered dinner & raffle (Saturday evening) at the Twin Grove Campground’s private lodge, a T-Shirt, and one FJNE sticker. If you do not want the included meal, you can let us know during the registration process and your registration will only cost $50. You can also buy extra meals, t-shirts, and stickers during the registration process.
If you are planning on attending the Lone Star Toyota Jamboree in May you should read this article from Toyota Trails magazine about last years Jambo. This year’s Jambo is May 1st to the 4th in Gilmer, Texas at the Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area. U.S. Off Road will be there again this year as an event sponsor. Make sure to register early on the Jambo site.
I have finally started development on the 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma winch mounts! I hope to have them available before Christmas. You can visit the Tacoma World Forums for more information and as always check back here.
Development for the 2012+ Tacomas and 2005+ 4Runners will hopefully start in mid to late December.
Pricing and options to be announced once prototyping is finished in a few weeks.
U.S. Off Road is currently looking for international distributors in Australia/New Zealand, Japan, Russia and the Middle East. If you are interested in importing our FJ Winch Mounts please contact us for details.
We also have some new products in the works including winch mounts for Toyota Tacoma models.
Now available. Sirius LED Premium Driving Lights offer the best in class light output, crystal clear optics and an unyielding aluminum construction, all backed by an IP68 certification. Available in 2″ to 50″ widths.
You may add other options above including cover plates, mounting clamps and multi plug harnesses.
5 watt, 50,000 hour LED lifespan
94% Reflector Efficiency, 10 degree Spot Beam & 20 degree Flood Beam Pattern
Single piece aluminum housing
100% optically clear, polycarbonate lens
IP68 Rating: Impermeable to dust and continuous immersion
Passes US MIL810-STD environmental testing
Waterproof breather equalizes internal pressure while maintaining a moisture barrier
Plug & Play waterproof wiring harness included
Stainless steel hardware & UV resistant paint
Optional anti-theft bolts
While there are an abundance of FJ forums there is a lack of social sites geared towards FJ owners. As a solution we have released FJ Cruiser Garage.
The core of this site is the Virtual Garage, a place where you can enter a list modifications you have performed to your FJ. There are also blogs, events, forums, photo albums, videos, articles and classifieds. All of this is designed around a social site format similar to Facebook. You can even use your Facebook login to join FJ Cruiser Garage!
Please drop by and take a look, join up and enjoy! It’s open to any all FJ owners whether you own a FJ40, FJ55, FJ60, FJ80 or the latest Cruiser.
The guys at Top Speed Photography have sent us some neat photos of them installing our winch mount along with a Warn Zeon 10s winch in their 2013 Cavalry Blue FJ. Not only do these guys produce some nice photography for others but in these sessions gave us a good look at how things all fit within the factory bumper cover. The first shots with the bare mount are test fits, after pulling everything back off they painted the inside of the mount flat black and the visible front fascia silver to match the FJ’s trim. Make sure to visit our Google+ page for more photos from this installation and many others.
Here’s a quick video of the synthetic line being spooled in to the Warn winch.
It was great meeting everyone again this year, we had a fantastic time! U.S. Off Road gave away one of our FJ Winch Mounts and a Viper Max 12,000 lb winch courtesy of MotoAlliance, the manufacturer of Viper winches.
Here are a few photos from the Jamboree. I’ll be posting some videos on YouTube as I have time to edit them.
I’ve also uploaded a few hundred more photos to our Google+ Albums for the Jamboree. You can view and comment on photos here.