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2015 TRD Pro 4Runner – Behind the Wheel

So much buzz went on when Toyota first announced in Feb. 2014 that they will be launching a trio of off-road vehicles that will cater to novice and expert trail junkies.  Typically, the SUV and truck segment of the automotive industry is heavily dominated by domestic vehicles.  With this announcement, it reawakened the off-road gods and goddesses as well as stints from Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races; Toyota  showed off the TRD Pro vehicles – the TRD Pro Tundra, TRD Pro Tacoma and TRD Pro 4Runner.

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is an in-house hop-up / tuning shop for Toyota, Lexus and more recently Scion vehicles.  TRD accessories and upgrades are readily available to update a common Toyota vehicle with performance enhancements such as supercharger, big brake kits, and suspension components.  In recent years, it seemed that Toyota had concentrated its efforts to promote TRD components for the new sport compact baby – the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S.  With the introduction of the TRD Pro vehicles, Toyota encourages an enthusiast to kick some dirt and be ready to discover uncharted places.

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With the current media demand, it took some time to get a hold of at least one vehicle from the TRD Pro fleet.   It seemed like everyone wanted to get the first crack on how these vehicles performed on and off-road.  Tagged with the phrase, “Let’s Get Dirty!” while aligning with the summer season, everyone in the industry wanted to put these pre-production babies to the test.  Luckily, the team was able to get a hold and go Behind-the-Wheel of the 2015 TRD Pro 4Runner.

The 2015 TRD Pro Series trucks only comes in 3 color pallets – Black, Super White and the all-new exclusive color Inferno.  “It  is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first off-road package was introduced for the Tacoma.”

The Super White TRD Pro 4Runner does have that intimidating front end and exterior.  It seemed to be really bold and unconventional which could be a love it or  hate it affair.  Some said it looked like a Star Wars Stormtrooper or as one DaYUUM Instagram (@instaDaYUUM) follower chimed in and said it looked like Bane from Dark Knight.  However,  it just slowly grows on you – as you get to appreciate the lines and overall outlook.  Also, the TRD Pro Series fleet are the only trucks that rock the unique front grille “TOYOTA” badge that pays tribute to iconic models such as the FJ40 and FJ Cruiser.  Additional blacked out TRD Pro emblems can be found on the side panels showing people this isn’t an ordinary family hauler. While on the rear end, you can hardly notice any distinguishable accessory aside from the blacked out lower bumper accent piece that differentiated it from an ordinary 2015 4Runner.

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To get a good feel of the TRD Pro 4Runner enhancements, the vehicle needed to be evaluated on and off-road. Surprisingly, the truck was very comfortable to drive through the city streets and highway speeds. Cracks, bumps, dips or any on-road imperfections were all trampled by the TRD Pro Series 4Runner. Weaving through traffic isn’t its forte due to its width and length, however it is more than capable with the use of its 270-horsepower / 278-lb-ft of torque 4.0-liter V6 (1GR-FE) engine coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The team decided to dust up the truck so we took it to Cleghorn Ridge Trails off the I-15 and 138. Joining in for the run, we also took a 2013 Tacoma Pre-runner (TRD Package) as well as the 2013 Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser.

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Inside the 4Runner, premium convenience was incorporated to satisfy the driver and passenger. Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite, the Black SofTex-trimmed seats with red stitching, TRD shift knob and TRD floor mats were included in the TRD Pro 4Runner package.

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Even before arriving at the trail I was already impressed with the ride of the TRD Pro 4Runner. It wasn’t too stiff but just enough for the daily travel. I was more impressed as we took the truck to the trail – with how the TRD Pro 4Runner conformed with the rough terrain that Cleghorn trail served us. The TRD-Tuned Front Springs gave the truck a 1.5 inch front lift. This unique tuning provided decreased spring rate improving ride quality over the rough or harsh terrain. The front shocks also have a 1.0 inch of additional wheel travel and improved approached angle. It used 60 mm pistons and 18 mm shafts as opposed to the 32 mm piston vs 12 mm OE shock counterpart. The rear also provided a 1.0 inch of additional wheel travel. The addition of the remote reservoirs increased the oil capacity for efficient heat management and for more controlled suspension articulation. These were also beefed up with   46 mm shock piston which was 14 mm bigger than the OE shock piston.

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As we arrived at the trail, we also found some Jeep Rubicon owners getting ready to trail as well. I am sure that these trucks are more that capable to rock crawl as well –seeing their beefed up long travel suspension and bead-locked wheels.

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With its trail stands dialed in, the 17 inch matte black TRD alloy wheels wrapped with Nitto Terra Grappler tires (P265/70/17) were great complements for the suspension upgrade. The Nitto Terra Grappler tires were to my surprise quiet and nimble both in highway and trailing speeds. Also, protecting the front end of the vehicle is a quarter of an inch thick aluminum “TRD” stamped front skid plate with venting for the front differential.

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Some may recognize the 2013 Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser as this was also featured in one of our Behind the Wheel post – Now comes equipped with an audio upgrade from OEM Audio+ as well as a few exterior and lighting pieces from Metaltech, Rugged Ridge. Warn, DigiDiodes and Fourtreks.

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There is an outpour of eagerness for the launch of the TRD Pro vehicles in the market. It is anticipated that give or take only 7500 units total will be released for the TRD Pro trio. Rumor has it that if you aren’t on a waiting list for the Tundra or Taco you might be the unlucky one who will not get a unit. However you may have a greater chance of getting the TRD Pro 4Runner that is due to be released next month September 2014. With what I have experienced during the few days driving this vehicle, you will not be disappointed. Be ready though to cough up that gas card as it gulps quite a bit- averaging 17.5 mpg on regular gas. Who buys an SUV for its gas mileage anyways???. With its menacing looks and stance, I really liked it a lot to the point that I was having separation anxiety as I gave back the keys. Overall, the highlight of this vehicle is the great engineering put in the suspension components / assembly straight from Toyota with factory warranty. The vehicle stayed composed on turns and rough surfaces at various speeds. It was a good balance that catered both On and Off-road duties. What did I expect from a well-engineered, tested and tuned vehicle from the experts of Toyota Racing Development (TRD)? Nothing less than exceptional.  So let’s dust it up going places and “Let’s get Dirty!”

Until the next one…. Peace!

-jayson

Instagram: @DaYUUMjayce

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OEM Audio Plus + DaYUUM FJ Cruiser Trail Team Edition

There has been statistical evidence that the general working population today spends hours driving from home to work and vice versa.  A recent report shared by the U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov) highlighted that “An estimated 61.1 percent of the workers with “long commutes (over 60 minutes travel time) drove to work alone, 12.9 percent carpooled and 26 percent used public transportation.” For some, daily in-car travel experiences may also mean – meeting time, chow time, well I’ve also seen ladies use this time to put their make-up on.  For me, a means of battling the rigorous hours spent in-car driving is filling your private cabin with good music from various artists such as the Nujabes, Anuhea, or even raw mixes from Awthentik Vibes Vj – Dj Skitz.  OEM Audio Plus (O+), a company based in Anaheim, CA; aims to capture and enhance these daily travel experiences.

I was introduced to O+ audio system by a good friend Paul (@van_dayuum_paul), who had all of his past and current Scion vehicles equipped with the OEM Audio Plus system.  I have always been impressed with the simplicity of how the system integrated with the OEM radio and more importantly utilized the standard speaker locations.   One would not understand the motto that the company goes by “Clean, Crisp and Clear”, if you have not experienced listening inside a vehicle equipped with one.  The company started building systems for Scion vehicles however this year, they wanted to explore on non-Scion platforms such as the FJ Cruiser.  Last year, they have introduced an FJ Cruiser equipped with its first prototype system at Toyota Fest held in Long Beach, CA.  I’ve asked Paul, who’s good friends with the man behind OEM Audio Plus , Mr. Sandy Lirag, if this was true.  Sure enough it was confirmed; and they’re just waiting for the interest to build up.  With a few phone calls and emails, the 2013 Cement Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser was off to OEM Audio Plus Laboratory in Anaheim, CA.

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The 2013 Cement Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser I reviewed sometime in December 2013 had the very basic sound system – (a) Non-navigation radio, (b) a pair of 6 x 9 (inch) door panel speakers, (c) a pair of 1 inch tweeter-like dash speakers and headliner baffle speakers.  Music played using the Bluetooth radio always sounded flat.  With the volumes slightly turned up, the headliner baffle speakers would reverberate and distort the sound.  At times, keeping the radio off was the best option when driving the FJC.   The sound system of the FJC was the first thing that will be addressed as the vehicle will also be used as a daily commuter.  And recuperation and relaxation starts during the drive home with a favorite music after a good days work.

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After a few weeks of fitment, testing and sound optimization, the DaYUUM Project FJC is back from O+ Laboratories.   Now equipped with the OEM Audio Plus’ FJ REFERENCE 400CF Sound Solution System, we were excited to compare the before and after sound result.  The O+ REFERENCE 400CF comes with (a) pair of 1” Soft Dome Tweeter with a one piece aluminum baffle plate, (b) carbon-fiber cone 6 x 9 inch door panel speakers (c) an 8 inch subwoofer in special Trail Team Edition sub enclosure (d) Dual Amplification featuring the 8-Channel 32-Bit DSP power amplifier and dedicated subwoofer amp and lastly (e) Plug and Play wiring harness specific for the FJC.  The O+ team also suggested that  a pair of (JBL) speakers that came from the option premium sound system from Toyota be added on the rear pillar to complete the surround sound solution for the FJC.

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Eager to get some seat time on the FJ to compare the end result, I head over to Tom’s Farms for my first experience going to an FJ Cruiser meet hosted by FJC Forums.  Even before I hopped on to the FJ, one won’t be able to tell that the system had been replaced.  Utilizing the stock radio and all components concealed in stock locations aside from the subwoofer added on the rear were aspects that I’ve also liked about the O+ system.  It has that sneakiness to it where you won’t expect the sound that comes out.  But turn on the radio and one can tell that this was no stock system.  The cabin will be filled with sound that even a person with no knowledge about radios and speakers would really appreciate the music playing.  Turning the volume up or down will not make any difference in the clarity that you hear from the REFERENCE 400 CF sound solution system – highs and lows can still be appreciated with out any distortion.  As Mr. Lirag once mentioned; “When we say -Clean, Crisp and Clear, it’s about the sound, the way it installs and its seamless integration into your vehicle.

I definitely did not mind the traffic I faced on the 91 freeway on my way to the FJC Forums meet.  The music that you hear definitely influences your mood and the way you drive.  Where at one point while sitting in traffic, there was a moment where you’re so into a song (Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift if you may ask hahaha) with full facial expression and finger thumping – and you look out the window – a lady in the car next to you was full on staring.  It’s like straight out of a VW commercial -I don’t even want to know what she was thinking.  She was possibly just mesmerized by my irresistible good looks.  And so I cruised on to the 15 freeway and headed over to Tom’s Farm.

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At the meet, a good number of FJCs showed up to mingle, chit-chat, talked shop and new upgrades.  Being that the FJ that I brought was so stock and one of the cleanest one out there, it was a full give-away that the driver that brought it was a newbie.  Took a few shots of the meet, mingled and tried to learn as much from active forum members – Greg, Jason, Dimitri and few others who welcomed me in their little pow-wow.  As I drooled on some of the aftermarket and custom upgrades – I also start to visualize ideas that will be sufficient for the DaYUUM Project FJC.

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One vehicle that really stood out from all the FJs that showed up was this fully caged – Baja FJ. It was shared that this FJ competed in Baja events -did really well and quick in various terrains.

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Here are a few that really caught my eye –

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Need a panoramic shot – No problem –

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So as I drove back to Orange County, I realized a few things:  One, the OEM Audio Plus REFERENCE 400CF sound solution system was a needed and great upgrade for the FJC.  No more quiet drives or flat music to hear but a space filled with sound that is tailored to your own liking.  Special thanks to the O+ team for their superb customer service and catering to a non-scion vehicle.  Two, the lumpy looks of the Trail Team FJ needs to be updated so hope you stay tuned for upcoming enhancements that we have in store for DaYUUM Project FJC.

NOTE:

There are only a limited number of FJ REFERENCE 400CF systems made so if you’re in a look out for a plug and play sound system upgrade, please don’t hesitate to contact –

OEM AUDIO PLUS Incorporated

Tel. 855.OEM.ODIO (855-636-6346)

Instagram: ig@oemaudioplus.com

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Until the next one… Peace!

-dayuumjayce

OEM Audio+ Hearing is Believing – “Clean,” Crisp,” and “Clear.”

Photos Courtesy of: OEM Audio+

The average working class spends a minimum of 3 hours daily in-car laboring the urban sprawl and congestion. Some spend a few more and treat their vehicles as a moving office.  Others relish this time as alone time for relaxation – accompanied by their favorite soft, slow or upbeat tunes.  OEM Audio+ wants to enhance and capture this daily aural experience and take it to the next level by “putting a little more extra to the ordinary.

OEM Audio+ is a company that designs and upgrades the audio systems for Scion vehicles.  Each vehicle sound system is engineered and tailored to a specific Scion vehicle while meeting OEM specifications, superior sound quality and flawless vehicle integration.

There are a number of appealing features that OEM Audio+ sound systems bring to the table and one of them is Ease of installation. The personnel behind OEM Audio+ ensured that the system can be installed by an average “Joe or Jane” – with little or no experience; following the straightforward procedures they prepared and using simple tools for each sound system.  Each OEM Audio+ sound system installation can be completed in 2 to 4 hours of labor, giving each sound system that seal of approval from “do-it-yourself” car enthusiast.

Another engaging feature of OEM Audio+ sound systems is that it “fits like a glove” and utilizes OEM locations. This feature gives the sound system of the vehicle the “stealth-look.” The sound system upgrade may not be physically recognized by an onlooker since upgrades are in the vehicles standard or in concealed locations. Every component was designed and fitted like it was from factory.

Lastly, the real strength of OEM Audio+ sound system is the overall sound improvements that it brings to each Scion vehicle.  Once the system is turned on and put to work, the owner or observer will hear and feel how Scion owners nationwide defined OEM Audio+ vehicle sound systems…“Clean,” “Crisp,” and “Clear.” A philosophy that designers and engineers of OEM Audio+ ensued during the construction of each sound system was to have a system with pieces and elements complementing each other – as oppose to most aftermarket systems designed with an individual component approach.  OEM Audio+ sound systems are closed-loop systems which “include factory speaker replacements, vehicle-specific subwoofer system, 32-bit digital Signal Processing Amplifier and their Quick-Sync Wiring harness for the ultimate Plug-and-Play installation

As OEM Audio+ is quickly making a name in the sound system industry, the personnel behind the company want YOU to be the judge and encourage everyone by saying… “You’ve got to hear it for yourself!!!”

Catch the OEM Audio+ team at your nearest 2012 Scion scheduled events or you can follow them at…
http://www.facebook.com/oemaudioplus
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