Jim Long


Mapping Crew - Arizona

My Profile

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My Garage:
  • 2008 Lexus GX (3" lift, 33" tires)
I moved to Arizona in 1984 and bought my first offroad vehicle the next year. I had lots of adventures, seeking out the Old West on paper topo maps in my Toyota FJ40 and can say, fortunately, that I never had to walk home. In 2005 I saw the prototype for the FJ Cruiser, and in the middle of my FJ40 resto project, someone came into my garage with cash and bought it out from under me. (Some regrets) In 2008, I flew out to LA to pick up my FJ Cruiser, special ordered with the Offroad Package (Locker) and MT6. My area of operations has been Southern Arizona, from the New Mexico to California borders. Unfortunately, the FJ Cruiser burned in a fire in August 2020. Now I'm building up from the ashes, literally, salvaged parts from the FJ are going on my Lexus GX470. SO, that's what's coming out next. I have been an active member of AZFJ.org where I'm the top post contributor, and have many trail reviews posted there that I plan on enhancing, revisiting and documenting for this authoritative source. I have a login to Ih8Mud and fjcruiserforums but don't lurk there very much. in my career, I've had the pleasure of traveling in Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia but never had the opportunity to wheel there. (bucket list). But, I hope my 30 years of Southern Arizona discovery, teaching and leading people into the backcountry will finally benefit a wider audience here on Trailsoffroad. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding a historic site, a little-used trail that had significance or the opportunity to take that one photo that defines what we do. (I stink but I'm willing to learn). Oh..Added benefit...I'm the GIS analyst for a fire dept and as such have some skills in ArcGIS.

My Garage (1)

2008 Lexus GX

Lift Size: 3"
Tire Size: 33"
My 2008 "Phoenix" is the updated version of my FJ Cruiser. When my FJ burned, I salvaged the Front and Rear Diff's[w/ e-Locker], the Rear Diff Skid, the Total Chaos UCA's, the Icon 3" Suspension, and my OME 885 rear springs. I upgraded the front springs to 700#. The Factor 55 winch thimble survived too, probably because it fell to the ground when the rope burned. I salvaged some interior items as well, including the RAM tablet mount, and the Dometic 65CFX Refrigerator. Now I have added: RCI Aluminum Engine, Transmission & Transfer case skids Ironman Front Bumper Ironman 12,000# winch w/synthetic rope BFG KO2 285/75/17 tires. Method 305 wheels in Silver. (Bronze was just too dark). I also added my ARB 2500 Awning to the Driver's side of the rack. Handy to hang the tent room off of when Overlanding. I've taken it out a couple of times including on Imogene in CO, Silver Basin in CO and recently on Telegraph Canyon. It's obvious that I need to wire and restore the e-Locker as a Center Diff Locker is nice, but not as beefy as locked rear wheels. Stay tuned.

My Trail Reviews (8)

(within last 6 months)
FR 535 (05/22/2022)
Drove up to the 9018h Y. Checking out campsites, I counted 25 before I turned around. A city Fire truck and ambulance shot by and down 9018h. Don't know what was about but it was surprising to see a motorhome size fire engine flying up the hill. Most spots had campers as it was the last day of Overland expo #2022. Can't wait to go back & camp
Ghost Town Loop (05/19/2022)
According to Inciweb - the Road should now be open, as no closures are listed Inciweb San Raphael Fire Info Parts that could be impacted are in the photo
Silver Basin (05/12/2022)
Open, According to
Owl Creek Pass (05/12/2022)
Reported as Plowed and Open. CDOT Driving reports
Open, According to
Silver Jack Reservoir (05/12/2022)
Reports say this is plowed out and open CDOT Driving reports
Ghost Town Loop (05/08/2022)
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8100/ San Raphael fire pretty much involves WP 20 THROUGH WP 30.
Cinder Hills OHV (04/23/2022)
In the tunnel fire closure area.

43% containment on 4/29/22
Link to 4/29Map
Mount Lemmon Control Road (04/19/2022)
Confirmed with the Catalina Forest Ranger on a Teams Call today that this road is OPEN. He stated to be wary of interruptions around the Oracle Ridge Mine(What the USFS called it, it's actually the Geeseman Mine on the topo) (WP 14) area as they are closing up the mine. It was at the top of this Oracle Ridge hill that land slid and took out the road between WP 15 & 16 this summer during the Monsoons.