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#1 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 10:09 PM
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Deer vs fj!!!

This is my first post here on the forum, I wish it was better. I hit a deer going 65 the other night, here are some pics of the damage. Door dented all the way back and rear fender broken too. front headlight and turn signal missing took the most of the hit. I am thinking of getting a steel bumper for the FJ now as well as bushwhackers and possibly a lift and bigger tires. Possibly an ARB bumper (dont like the look as good but get good reviews) or a Expedition one bumper (I like the more aggressive look).

UPDATE: 4/19/13
Finally got everything fixed up! Took the insurance money from the bumper and put it towards a new bumper. The shop charged the insurance company 6k for all the damages luckily I have full coverage so I took care of the deductible. I had the local Lexus dealer fix damages, and a different shop put the bumper and lift and spacers on.

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I had bought the Toytec adjustable coil overs and Toytec 2" rear lift springs along with 1.25" Spydertrax spacers from the Toytec website, as well as the Expedition One Wyotto style bumper from Expedition One. I provided him with all the components, the first day he gives me a call saying that the stock Blisten shocks on my 2010 TT will not fit the coilovers, and that he had broken one trying. Frantically calling Toytec to see whats up I ended up spending more money on the Blisten 5100 shocks for the coilovers. Toytec shipped them directly to the shop, and they were installed with the rest of the stuff. Elmer said that he had constant problems installing the lift (I think he just didnt like working on an FJ which he seemed enthused at first. I got the FJ back finally after about 3 weeks, thank god I don't need a car at college. I found out that the bottoms of the coilovers had tool marks all over them, not wanting to fight the shop any more I have not asked them about it. One of the coilovers looks like he took a punch and hammer to the little holes that adjust it and had bent or pushed to one side each one of the holes on the part that adjusts. The bumper install appears to have gone smoothly, all I have left to do is install the PIAA 510 fog lights that came with the bumper. Wheels look a little small now, but I knew that and am currently looking at options for bigger tires. I do not want to get different rims but am thinking 33" tires or 35" tires but this is my daily driver and must retain as much highway driveability as possible while still having a rugged look. I did get the old bumper back and have the 2 black bumper wings sitting upstairs, dont know the fate of those yet. ANY THOUGHTS?
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Bummer...but a good excuse for a better bumper!

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Sorry to hear about your FJ!! And its a TT too!!! Ouch!!

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Re: Deer vs fj!!!

Welcome to the forum and you're correct -- your second post can only get better! Glad the FJ took the hit and not you; I assume the FJ occupants were OK.

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Bummer. Damn deer need to look both ways before they cross the street. They should make signs that say that so they do.............

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Bummer. Damn deer need to look both ways before they cross the street. They should make signs that say that so they do.............
LOL! reminds me of this story...,

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Wow! that bumper wing survived Glad you are all right..

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I selected the ARB bumper precisely because it survived so well in Australia against kangaroo strikes.

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Consider yourself lucky. Ive seen deer do much worse damage. The Fj is built pretty well. Glad your okey. Metal bumpers are a good idea. Welcome.
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Re: Deer vs fj!!!

Perfect excuse for a new bumper. Make sure the bodyshop knows exactly what you want...

I had a fender bender with my old Rover and had to stay involved to ensure I got the aftermarket parts instead of OEM.

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