I feel like the FJ has so many shortcomings as an stock vehicle. Or I guess you could say potential to be positive.
I came from a land rover that didn't really need much from factory to conquer most California trails. Realistically, I don't have time to upkeep an old vehicle . But after getting the FJ, I feel like so many parts need reinforcing. Weak spindles, control arms/links, skids, fender ripping, elocker that doesn't lock etc. Please don't think I'm bashing the FJ, i feel like there's so much from the factory that needs attention. Also coming from my rover which felt top heavy, I'll be trying to keep this vehicle near stock height. Low and wide, instead of lifting and realizing I need larger tires to fill the wells.
I'm not planning a major build but hopefully most all things I can do are bolt on or what I have time to DIY since much like you, we're shorter on time these days. Growing up but not growing out of having fun!
I just wanted to use this thread to document things that were going to make my ride more enjoyable and reliable for me and my girlfriend. I enjoy desert running and the crawl and climb. If you're not in California, there's everything from beaches to mountains here, so it's best to be prepared. This is my first Toyota so please be kind.
Color: Ti Silver /white roof quarters/silver roof panel (mistake by autobody shop oops)
Tires: Hankook Dynapro MT 295/75R16
Color: Ti Silver /white roof
Tires: Hankook Dynapro MT 265/70r17
(am i getting ahead off myself?)
Replace all fluids with synthetic
Gas/water can carrier
UCA, rear upper and lower link
Cam tab, shock tower, engine mount gussett.
Curry anti rock rear sway
√ Toyota oil and air filter
√ Castro syntec 5w-20
√16x8 -25 wheels
√ 295/75R16 Hankook dynapro mt
√ Wheelers bumpstops front and rear
√ King 2.5 coilovers with CSS rear springs +.5" 205 lb-in
√ Toyman gussetted spindle
√ Allpro UCA
√ Whiteline adjustable panhard
Mwstudt sliding disco endlinks
Metaltech rear links
√ Coverking Neoprene 11/2/16
√ ram mount tab holder
√ blue tooth wireless adapter
√ 10lb co2 tank
√ 2.5 Halon fire extinguisher
√ Factory fender removal
√ RCI skids
√ Baja Rack Flat Utility
√ Demello hybrid sliders
√ Deezee ladder
Olympic 4x4 gas can mount 10gallons
Current condition 1/7/17