toyotacolin Mod List:
All Pro +2” Long Travel (UCA/ LCA)
2.5” Fox Coilovers w/ external reservoirs
Timbren Bump stops
All Pro Spindle Gussets
Total Chaos Tower Gussets
Total Chaos Cam Gussets
Currie +2” CrMo Axles
All Pro HD Steering system
SS extended brake lines
Custom Metal Tech Long Travel
ICON Omega Twin Tube Bypass- Custom lengthened for LT set up
Light Racing Jounce Shocks with custom welded spacers
Metal Tech Long Travel Springs
Day Star 1.5" Spring Spacer
Metal Tech 3" Bump Drop spacers
Timbren Bump stops- modified
All Pro HD Upper Links (Control Arms)
Metal Tech Offset Lower Links (Control Arms)
SS extended brake lines
Wheels/ tires/ accessories
17" x 9" Level 8 Bully Pro Wheels from Discount tire
35x12.50x17r Goodyear MTR kevlar tires.
17” x 8.5” Trail Ready HD Bead Locks with Blue anodized World Series Rock Rings (w/ rock ring spacers)
35” x 12.5” 17R Pitbull Rockers (Tennis ball, golf ball and airsoft pellet balanced)
Spidertrax 1.25” Spacer- Rear only
ARB Airdown tool
ARB Compressor (See TC / Gearing)
Transfer Case/ Gearing
Marlin "Lefty" with 30 Spline CroMo Output shafts (Front and Rear), 23 Spline Competition 4.7.1 Gears and 4.0 Inchworm Adapter Plate. Installed with Tummy Tuck package- 4" additional break over clearance.
Nitro 4.56.1 Gears (Front and Rear)
8" ARB Air Locker- RD121 for 8" IFS Clamshell
ARB Compressor- Hi-output- CKMA12- 12 Volt w/ 2 Gallon reserve tank- Air lines plumbed to rear bumper with quick connect (also used to activate locker)
Front Bumper- Demello Aluminum Rally bumper
Rear Bumper- LoD with Tire Swing out- includes Hi-Lift mount, RotoPax mounts and tray
Briareos Bumper Mod
Bud Built 5 piece "Tummy Tuck" skids- PC Hammertone Grey
Bud Built Rear Differential Skid- PC Hammertone Grey
Demello X-Wing Heavy Duty kick out sliders
Rocktec Upper link armor
Outrider Lower link armor
FJToyman Shock armor
Aero Light Guards
Plastic fender removal
Pinch weld "correction"
Threadworkz Custom CB antenna Flags (Toyeti & Punisher)
Lighting (changing constantly)
New Headlights! A local friend made me a set of retro Bi-Xenon projectors!
I went and replaced everything for Baja Designs!!
2 pairs of the new bad ass XL-pro 80s in combo beam!!!
1 pair of the Squadron pro in wide cornering on the cowl mounts ( These will shock you! highly recommend)
1 pair of Squadron pro in amber wide corning.
1 pair of Squadron sports used as DRL/ cornering lights
1 pair of S2 pro mounted on rear bumper mounted on teflon washers and aim-able as needed from side light to rear lights.
Check out their website and PM Me for hook up price on them! --> Home of Off Road LED auxiliary lights and LED Light Bars
All my lights are controlled wireless from up to 250 feet away with this NSA Switch Panel This NSA unit is awesome! It makes having all these lights a breeze to turn on and off, check it out for sure!
OLD set up was-
1 Pair- Lightforce Blitz 240’s with yellow/ clear lens covers/diffusers spot/flood combo beam (REMOVED-sold already to a friend)
"1 Pair- Scorpion-LED 109 watt LED (5”)- flood beam-
1 Pair- Rigid Dually D2’s- euro beam-
1 Pair- PIAA LP530- LED lights in rear bumper
LA Trail Teams 10- Side Mirror Light Mod- Amber LED
Insanely bright interior leds! Amazon.com: LEMONBEST Pack of 4 New Energy-saving Vehicle White COB LED Dome Light Roof Lamp Car Interior Plate COB LED Light For Lighting In Car Reading Light: Automotive
also used as rock lights.
ComeUP 9000 lb wireless winch with synthetic rope.
Warn Industries Winch selonoid shut off w/ remote switch
Custom made Aluminum Fairlead with my logo on it from Greg at https://www.facebook.com/gziladesigns?pnref=lhc
48” Hi-Lift Extreme
Rocktek Hi-Lift/ Slider adaptor
Bushranger X-Jack (AKA- The Orange Marshmallow)
ARB Premium Recovery (9000 Snatch block, Snatch strap, Tree saver, Winch extension, Shackles, winch line isolator and gloves)
RotoPax 4 x 2 Gallon gas cans
Trail Spare +2” CV (Total Chaos axle)
Sound system- 17 speakers
Pioneer AVH- P8400BH head unit
JL Audio XD600/6 600watt x 6 amplifier
JL Audio XD500/3 100watt x 2/ 300watt x 1 amplifier
JL Audio remote level controller
6 x 9" Focal Access 690 CA1 SG's 2-Way Coaxial speakers (Door)
TacoTunes 6 x 9" Speaker door mounts
3 1/2" Infinity Reference 3002CFX 2-Way Coaxial speakers- (Dash)
4" Focal Polyglass 100CVX 2-Way Coaxial speakers (Rear Pods)
4" VersaPod enclosures
3 1/2" Polk Audio DXi350 2-Way Coaxial speakers (Rear Pillar)
10" JL Audio 10TW3 Slimline Sub woofer
SubThump FJ Cruiser subwoofer enclosure
Kicker 4 gauge OFC wire- to amps and ground
100 amp AGU Fuses/ 50 amp MAXI fuses
12 gauge Monster speaker wire throughout- soldered connections
JL Audio power distribution block and Battery mount
Dynomat Xtreme Light- 20 sq ft- front doors
Fat Mat sound insulator- 100 sq/ft- floor/ walls/ remaining doors
Cobra LX 29 Limited Edition -Post- 537
Astatic Noise Cancelling Microphone
4’ Firestik FS4 antenna
Firestik SS Spring
Astatic PDC1 SWR meter -(so you can help others tune their radios)
Wilson 801212 Dual Band Car Cell Phone Booster Antenna
Garmin Nuvi 500- Offroad GPS
Ultra gauge- OBD2 controller/ scanner
Engine/ Electric Other
TRD Drop-in filter
Megan SS catback exhaust- post 309
Dirty Parts Dual Battery Kit w/ Odyssey PC2150 battery and Sears Platinum Battery w/ Lots of booger weldz- post 505
Blue Sea Systems 3000HD battery switch/ single circuit On/Off- 600 amp continuous
PRP Podium Racing seats SOLD and replaced with Corbeau seats that I could fit into.
Metal Tech PRP seat brackets w/ SRS delete switch
Ellis Precision shifter handle- Stealth Black
Bones- Dead pedal replacement mod
Custom ARB locker/ Compressor switches
DIY- 12 Volt receptacle
SpringTail Side M-Pac Rack with Large MOLLE bag
SpringTail M-Pac- 1st Aid MOLLE Bag
TPMS light- always on (same with compass- hoping thy burn out soon)
Custom Aluminum Dead pedal - Bone Offroad
Interior grab handles- Gzilla Designs custom “Captures by Colin” logo in aluminum
Hayden: Any key modifications unique to only your FJ Cruiser?
Lots of stickers… No seriously though, I never wanted to have something everyone else saw. I always tried to take the road less travelled in modifications. From the Marlin Lefty, Custom RTC Stinger Bumper, LoD swing out bumper in the rear, AP Long Travel and custom rear suspension with bypasses. The PRPs were icing on the cake but some loved the onboard air system with quick-connects on the bumpers.
Quite a few things, most Alex did, some I have done. See above. lol
Hayden: What modification was your favorite or has been the most worth the money/time/effort that you’d recommend it to someone else?
The PRP Podium seats- avoided death grip on the steering wheel in way off camber situations. Always made the rocks easier and with 4600 miles in two weeks of epic adventure road trip/ wheeling extravaganza- They were surprisingly very comfortable. The Kill helmet was a close second… LOL.
I would say the Baja Design lights have finally satisfied my insatiable thirst for light at night!
Hayden: What upgrade was your least favorite, or what modification would you do differently if you had to do it over again?
I had two- The first was the whole gutting the rig to install a stereo that I never listen to. Nothing like blowing close to 5K on something you never even turned on and took days of my life away installing. While it did sound good- I guess I enjoyed the hum of tires and gears over tunes.
The second was a love/ hate with the 35” Pitbull Rocker tires. I loved that I was the only guy running them (for good reason as they tore up a lot of the fenders, plastics and just about anything else in the way of those massive tread blocks. They looked huge and were about the meanest looking tire you could find. The hate was how incredibly weak the side walls were. I lost two tires in under 8K miles I think and both were stupid sidewall punctures that would have easily been shrugged off by my old pizza cutter KM2s.
The PRP seats for a fat guy! LOL I had to take those out quick, plus the fact that you couldn't change the angle of the seat back. I would also skip the Headlight retrofit. They look cool, but really not worth it imo. Good thing I have lots of Baja Designs to make up for the light loss.
Hayden: What future modifications do you have planned for your FJC?
A new rear axle! I blew my rear spiders up at FJ Summit X, so I’m debating between a 9.5” Diamond axle or just going back to a stock with new 4.56 Nitros.
Hayden: Where all did you go with your FJC? What trail/park/location was your favorite?
Lots of places here in Texas- Texas Toyota Jamboree in Gilmer TX, The ill fated Wheeltoberfest in Marble Falls and a few meet and greets. On the Epic adventure, Mrs OC and I attempted to hit as many National Parks as possible in NM, AZ, CO and UT but were thwarted by the government shut down. We did find a lot of great state parks like Pink Coral Sands where the CR got the chance to rip in the dunes and let that pre-runner type suspension do what it was breed for. We also got to wheel with some great forum friends in Arizona and CO and of course at Summit. My greatest moments off roading was when I made it through the rock garden at the Jamboree (not many IFS rigs could make it through the whole run- I think just two of us did that year). The other was with FJess on a little lump of rocks that reportedly had only been done by one FJ in the past and they almost dumped it. The CR crawled up it like it was nothing. Made me realize how well sorted it was.
Hayden: Where all have you been with your FJC? What trail/park/location is your favorite?
I have been all over New Mexico with it, and all the Ouray Colorado area trails. I love poughkeepsie and Imogene pass, black bear was fun, but idk about going back. LOL
Hayden: What park/location that you have not been to yet would you like take your FJ too?
One word! MOAB! I can’t wait!
Hayden: Did anyone on the forum inspire your build or was a go to resource for you?
Texas Land Shark and Air to Air. Both blazed their own trails by doing something different than the rest.
I would say Alex’s build thread has been a great one to go back and read up on, as well as quite a few others.
Hayden: What was the most memorable experience with your FJ Cruiser?
Hanging out with Baz at Summit. You haven’t wheeled until you have a crazy Aussie yelling out the window at Poughkeepsie Wall “Where is this bloody hill??” as the CR creped up the wall without a slip of the tires.
The other would definitely be with Mrs OC on the Epic Adventure. Who knew trying to drive almost 5K in two weeks would make you giddy.
I would throw in one last one as it was a real testament to being prepared for recovery. One work day at an oil rig and a guy ended up having a flat so he though he wouldn’t be able to leave for his two weeks off (Tow trucks rarely came that far back off the road). I pulled out the “Orange marshmallow” and lifted his car, pulled off the wheel/tire, plugged it and refilled it with the PowerTank all while half the crew leaving were watching in amazement. The looks on their faces when the car lifted with exhaust gas was priceless. LOL
The most memorable would be right after going up the wall on Poughkeepsie, at the top of Hurricane pass! My awesome wife decided she wanted to be a Ninja Warrior and hang off the sign while I took pictures, well it ended badly with her having to get stitches!
Hayden: Was there a special reason of all the stickers you removed you’re your FJ before selling it that the one that remained was of Calvin and Hobbs flying in a box?
The Calvin and Hobbes was me and my wife (she the sensible red head and I the nutty impulse driven wacko) – the white box was the FJ. It seemed to be the perfect sticker that symbolized us and our journey together as the Crack Rock evolved. I actually left two stickers on the rig. The 2nd was the very funny “tribute” sticker that Demello Offroad made “In memory of…2007 to 2014”. Both were part of its lasting memory. One a tribute to its roots and the other to its demise LOL (J/K Colin- The CR lives on with a new owner. I was just speaking of the stickers humor)
Hayden: Do you ever plan on owning another FJ Cruiser?
Thought about it and what I would do differently. Definitely SAS with Atlas 4 speed, one tons and huge tires… Basically Sols rig LOL
Hayden: Any additional thoughts about your FJ or FJ Cruisers in general you’d like to share?
It was a great adventure and for me, being away most of the time, was like Christmas everytime I returned. Boxes piled up in the living room to great me and my next mod project. In the end, I think I enjoyed modification process. Seeing a project from start to finish by yourself of with some help, is very therapeutic not to mention, great training for when your CV boots fall off in a posh AZ parking lot (Thanks again Don for getting greasy with me), or changing a 123 lbs tire at 12500 ft (yea it felt like 400 lbs)- Thanks Jess and lastly- swapping a CV in record time at Gilmore with a great guy whose name was never given. In the end- the rig sat more than it rolled and for me it seemed sad to see it caged up. So off it went to NM and now CO with its new owner Colin. The only memories I have are the sticker that I could save now on my old garage freezer, my torn up and bent rock ring from my bead locks and the Power Tank system I never could sell.
I love it!