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Old September 25th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Expedition Trucks Take on the Rubicon

The team just finished with the fall issue of Overland Journal (major Rolex, EE, D90, Snap-On, LR, Camel Trophy porn...), so now I can get back on the forum.

I thought some of you would enjoy this.

I was contracted to drive the new XV-JP EarthRoamer over the Rubicon trail a few weeks ago, which also meant bringing my Tacoma for support. From Loon lake through the trail to Tahoe without a scratch or drivetrain failure (on either vehicle). Not bad for a couple of 6,000 lb., $$$ overland vehicles.




















In addition, a few weeks prior, I was taking the new Liberty (KK) through the trail and we came across a "blackwater" group testing diesel Toyotas (which were interestingly enough, registered and plated out of North Carolina). A few videos too.

Diesel Toyotas

Diesel 105 Land Cruiser (dream truck)


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Old September 25th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Great pics! I can't wait to see the full write up!
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Old September 26th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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That night photo is incredible.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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Sweet.


Being an expedition-style truck on the Rubicon is a fun experience. How did the other trail users treat you?
We got lots of love from the local tribes.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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all the fond memories.....
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Old September 28th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Sweet.


Being an expedition-style truck on the Rubicon is a fun experience. How did the other trail users treat you?
We got lots of love from the local tribes.

It was strange, but the trail was empty. We started the Tues. after the holiday weekend, and there was no one there. The trail was slightly more challenging than the month before, as the yahoos had rolled big boulders into the trail, etc.

We should have added another day, it would have made it much more enjoyable.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 03:35 PM
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COCONUT!!! Lots of love might be an understatement...

Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
Sweet.


Being an expedition-style truck on the Rubicon is a fun experience. How did the other trail users treat you?
We got lots of love from the local tribes.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:43 PM
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Coconut:


WB:


What a crew that was. LOL
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Old October 1st, 2007, 06:39 AM
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What is the powertrain on this LC?
I'm assuming it's bigger than the 2.8D in the HiLux.

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Old October 1st, 2007, 06:46 AM
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The 105 Land Cruisesr has a diesel 4.2L straight six, normally aspirated. 5-Speed manual gearbox.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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That night photo is incredible.

X2 That's very cool.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 02:08 AM
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Scott,

Thanks for the pix. I'll chime in too. The night photo is fantastic.

Craig
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