What sorts of activities do the FJ Bruisers participate in?
FJ Bruiser activities include regular planned off-road excursions, “wrenching” sessions (get togethers where we assist one another in making modifications to each other’s vehicles), off-road expeditions, trail clean ups and occasional social gatherings.
Where do FJ Bruiser events take place?
FJ Bruiser off-road excursions typically occur in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and surrounding states. The vast majority of these excursions are “stock friendly”, meaning that trails and terrain are at an appropriate level for navigation by off-road vehicles with few or no modifications and are both enjoyable and challenging for experienced and novice off-road drivers alike.
Do I have to own an Toyota FJ Cruiser to attend an FJ Cruiser event?
Certainly not. You do not need to own an FJ to attend an FJ Bruiser event or even belong to the FJ Bruisers. Many of our members do not own an FJ. We only ask that attendees, whether prospective members or guests of members in their own vehicles, bring a four wheel-drive vehicle in good repair and capable of off-road activity of moderate difficulty.
How are the FJ Bruisers different than other off-road clubs that operate in the area?
The FJ Bruisers are different from many other off-road clubs in two key ways. First, most of our members are Toyota FJ owners so the collective knowledge the group possesses about the FJ, its capabilities, maintenance, modifications, etc. is substantial and grows every day. New members who are fellow FJ owners can both benefit from this group knowledge and add to it.
Also, the FJ Bruisers are a great organization for experienced and novice off-roaders alike. Many members had no previous off-road driving experience prior to buying their FJ. Several others had not gone off-roading in many years. Other members are heavily experienced off-roader drivers and are happy to share their knowledge and experience with the membership.
Many other off-road clubs cater specifically to other types of vehicles (such as Jeeps or Land Rovers) or are largely made up of off-road drivers who have spent many years and thousands of dollars heavily modifying their vehicles. These clubs can be intimidating or alienating to some prospective members who are new to off-roading and/or drive lightly or unmodified off-road vehicles.
The mid-Atlantic area is home to several great off-road clubs and several FJ Bruisers members are well acquainted with members of many of these clubs and belong to several of them. We strive to foster relationships with these other clubs so that their members can attend our events and vice versa, maximizing the organized off-road adventure opportunities for all mid-Atlantic area off-roaders.