After lurking on this forum for a year, I pulled the trigger and purchased my new to me FJ Cruiser on July 18, 2015. I have to admit I bought it because it looks unique and quirky and I had no offroading experience prior to purchasing this truck. But after taking it on some dirt roads I realized it was more capable than my skills were. I then took a beginners offroad class by Badlands Offroad Adventures (Badlands Off-Road Adventures
) with Tom Severin and off we went...
Thank you to all those who contributed to this forum. With the knowledge on this forum, google and youtube, I was able to complete all of my mods thus far in my own garage. I was also able to do some trail riding with local areas with much more experience from who I learned from.
This was the day I bought it:
2013 Iceberg 4x4 AT, bought used from Carmax with about 21K on the odometer. I’m not even sure what package it came with but it was pretty much a base model with Rear diff locker.
And this is how it looks like now:
I decided to name my FJ "Ghost" after the white direwolf from Game of Thrones.
Trailworx front tube bumper (Evil eye)
RCI steel skids- Front, transmission, transfer case (Rustoleum satin red)
OPOR Rear LCA front mount skid
Pure FJ rock sliders (Rustoleum textured black)
PIAA 520's crystal ion fog lights
22" 120W Ebay spot/flood CREE LED lightbar
-Rugged Radios 1.75" billet tube mounts
Vipermax 13k winch
-Winch solenoid relocated to behind grill
Factor 55 Prolink (red)
Ellis Precision aluminum hawse fairlead (red)
Powerbuilt 3-Ton All-in-One Jack
Harbor freight 3ton bottle jack
Krazy Beaver shovel
Iconic's rear recovery points
All-pro Bandi mount
3' firestick CB antenna (black)
4gal Rotopax x 2
Exterior Blackout (Duplicolor bumper and trim paint)
Black Tundra door handles
Off-road Garage Snorkel (Kazakhstan) (install instructions http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...ml#post8178785
Dirty Deeds Industries hi tuck tailpipe
Body mount chop
ARB 4' awning
On board CO2
-Beverage Factory 10lb CO2 tank
-The "Source" Hyperflo 150psi fixed regulator (Wheeler's Offroad)
-Viair 88P air compressor (backup)
Ellis Precision shift knobs (pewter)
Midland 75-822 CB radio
Android head unit-Carjoying
Coverking spacer mesh custom seat covers
Dometic CFX-40US fridge/freezer
DIY Cargo Area/Fridge Tie Down Rail System Version 2.0 (Ghost FJ Build
UNDER THE HOOD:
Winch kill switch
-PAC-500 amp solenoid
Dual Battery System
-DIY second battery tray
-Diehard AGM Gold and Odyssey 34-PC1500
-NVX BIR500 500 Amp Relay Isolator
-2-gauge wire, 250amp ANL inline fuse
DIY Windshield washer fluid bottle relocation
Rear Scuba mod: E-locker and rear diff
Hayden 678 aux transmission cooler
Rad Rubber Designs engine guard
SUSPENSIONS, TIRES, WHEELS:
Front: Fox 2.5 Factory Series Coil-Over IFP
Rear: Fox 2.0 with reservoir/cd adjusters
SPC Light Racing UCA
SAW 1.5” rear springs
Metaltech offset rear LCA
Mastercraft Courser MXT 285/70/17
Bajarack low profile full mesh rack
Nitto Ridge Grappler 285/75/17 E
HKB alternator voltage booster fuse MK3
King 650lbs front coil springs
Skyjacker rear sway bar links
Stock roof rack
N Fab nerf bars
Toytec ultimate lift
(Mostly) Chronological order of mods
1.First mod/mistake was adding the NFab nerf bars. Makes for a nice step but gets caught up on the trails.
2.ATRAC button mod was easily the best bang for the buck
(Mod Resource: A-TRAC Switch
3.Allpro Bandi mount with Midland 75-822 CB radio. Should have used a step drill, almost had a mishap with the normal drill bit.
(Mod resource: PcCruiser's CB Install
4.Went to my first offroad class. Nerf bars kept getting caught on the ledges so off they went in exchange for PURE FJ sliders
5.Blackout silver bits with Duplicolor bumper and trim paint
6.I found the first $2000 forum thread and was convinced that stronger rear LCA’s were needed. Metaltech offset rear LCA with OPOR skids
(Mod resource: The first $2000
7a. Adding the Dashpod...cutting this square with a dremel was nerve-racking. Measure twice cut once. Some think it's useless but I find myself using the temp and compass often.
(Mod resource: Dash Pod gauges install /w pics
7b. Android Head unit installed. Ordered directly from Carjoying's website (https://www.carjoying.com/).
Replaced the OEM usb/aux port with this one (https://www.sonicelectronix.com/item...campaign=43737
). Works well.
GPS antenna placed here hidden under the dash pod cover. Strong GPS signal in this location.
8.I needed better tires but needed a lift first so that I could fit 285/70/17 size tires. After some research, I went with a more budget friendly Toytec Ultimate Lift and SPC light racing UCA and a set of used SAW 1.5” rear springs
9.Decided to go with Mastercraft Courser MXT LT285/70/17 Load E tires mainly for the aggressive mud terrain tread pattern, good reviews and also they are one of the lighter MT’s on the market (56lbs each). Made in America by Cooper tires. Only draw back is the 2-ply sidewalls. I have had 18K miles on these now, with every 5k mile rotation. They are wearing well and I expect to get about 35-40K miles on them. Road noise was minimal at first but is more noticeable now. Soft, smooth ride on road and does pretty well offroad
10.Because I often go out alone for the most part, I wanted to get a winch bumper for self recovery and also for better approach angles. Did some research and decided on a tube bumper for weight savings. I was initially set on the MetalTech tube bumper but found Trailworx Fabrication which looks better in my opinion with the option of the 3 hoop evil eye design. It's light (60-70lbs), strong and provides very good approach angles.