I am considering an FJ cruiser for a DD/adventure vehicle. I would like to do a front bumper, rock sliders, and skid plates for the vehicle.
Don't forget about suspension, the stock FJ coils aren't designed to hold all this extra weight. And tires.
If you haven't already bought the truck, let's talk about that as well. Are you ready to buy a plane ticket to fly to the right truck? Because that's our market now. Don't worry, plane tickets and gas are cheap. But some people just can't get over this mental block of being able to roll down to the nearest Toyota dealer and buy whatever they have on their lot.
For the sliders and skid plates, I don't mind buying raw steel and painting them myself.
I want quality parts, but they don't need to be the top end of the market either. I had a terrible experience with Iron Bull Bumpers, which were neither quality nor inexpensive. Trying to avoid that this time.
A friendly bit of advice, and something I always tell the new folks who say they're on a budget: doing it right is always cheaper than doing it twice
. Write it down, put it on a hat, sharpie it on the front of your checkbook, tattoo it to the back of your eyelids.
"Doing it right" requires some planning on your part. What kind of terrain will you be offroading on: sand, dirt, mud, smooth rocks (Moab), pointy rocks (Colorado). Different gear is appropriate for different places. Figure out where you want the truck to end up, and then draw a straight line between where it's at now and that.
This doesn't mean that you have to buy all of the most expensive stuff, but don't discount any one specific product just because it's more expensive than another similar product. And the best way to see what works is to ask "what kind of offroading will I be doing" and then look at the people already doing it. Join the regional subforum for where you live, attend a few FJ meet&greet's in person, see what everybody else has.
As for vendors, we can steer you to the folks you won't have a problem with. Aftermarket for Toyota is a small crowd so we all hear quickly who the flakes are.
So, action item for you: tell us a little more about where you live, what you plan on doing with the truck, how hardcore you want to get. And then we can make better suggestions.
Welcome to the club