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Old 08-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rugged Expedition's '07 Build-up

Rugged Expeditions, we do long distance, long time frame expeditions. This will be our FJ Build. We have done trips in Jeeps and on Dual Sports Motorcycles, but we are planning trips with our new FJ.

Here she is now:



This is what she started out as:


We are building up this FJ for a 3 month trip to Panama from Arizona. We intend to document with film and pictures our adventure.

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6 Speed Manual Transmission
73,000 miles
Rear Locking Dif

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3" Lift with Light Racing Coil Outers
295/70R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers
ARB Bumper with Running Lights & IPF Driving Lights
Warn M8000 Winch
ARB Roof Rack c/w Two PF Lights Rear lights
Safari Snorkel
Man-A-Fre Sliders & Skid Plates
All Pro High Clearance SS Exhaust
Line-X Protection on Doors
CB
Limb Risers (See post #7)


Still Needs: (not necessarily in order of importance)

Roof Top Tent
On-board Air
Awning w/ Mosquito Net
Security Film
Dual Battery
Solar Panel
Passenger Tray Table
Power Inverter
12 Volt Fridge/Freezer
Seat Covers
Dash Cams
HID Headlights
Rear Storage

Here is a video of our trip to Death Valley on BMW F800GS's:
Death Valley on Adventure Bikes - YouTube

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Blacked out Grill

I figured I could start off easy and paint the grill and Toyota black. very simple very cheap to do.





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Old 08-05-2012, 06:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Rugged Expedition's '07 Build-up

These items have crossed my mind, so I'm curious about the security film that you have mentioned and the limb risers. Are you speaking of shatterguard film/tint and how will you open the hood w/ limb risers? LR Def's have a narrow hood and run them roof rack to the tops of the front fenders.

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i have to take off my limb risers to open the hood. just a few turns on a turn buckle and they slacken up enough to undo the dring
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i have to take off my limb risers to open the hood. just a few turns on a turn buckle and they slacken up enough to undo the dring
Would love to see a picture of these installed plz! Thx!
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These items have crossed my mind, so I'm curious about the security film that you have mentioned and the limb risers. Are you speaking of shatterguard film/tint and how will you open the hood w/ limb risers? LR Def's have a narrow hood and run them roof rack to the tops of the front fenders.

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Yes! im thinking since i will have all of our stuff inside, i wanted to make it hard for someone to steal it. So im hoping that if i put security film on the windows it might help. Its so cheap that it would be worth it if it works.

Yes im still trying to figure out the best way to instal the limb risers.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Limb Risers

I used these parts, so you will need double of all of these to do both sides. i got all of these at ACE.



I have the ARB Bumper (not sure if i like it) and i didnt really want to drill into it so i used a U-bolt and a tie down thing. I know it might look funky but it works.



Then you cut the left overs.



I have the ARB roof rack, it has this great plate on the front of it and its a great place to mount it.







Here is the final product. Im not sure if i like it though. Ill need to sleep on it. what do you guys think?

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Looks lean but I don't understand what it is for?
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Looks lean but I don't understand what it is for?
Limb Risers...helps keep tree limbs off your hood and saves the paint job
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Limb Risers...helps keep tree limbs off your hood and saves the paint job
does a good job protecting the windshield as well. i like the spring idea, ive been have some problems keeping tension on mine...maybe the spring would help some.
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