Re: "Selling the FJ, what is the next logical step for crawling?"
Why do you feel 37-39 cost more for a FJ ?
Why do you feel a Solid axle for a Tacoma would cost less than for a FJ?
Why do you think you need a Supercharger for Rock crawling ?
Have you looked at the approach and Departure angles of a 80 series . ? Tough yes . but they are a whale.
Is the FJ the best for Rock crawling ? No . but the best all around do all vehicle that you can drive thousands of miles to a trail in comfort wheel some of the hardest trails and drive home . Yes
I have 2 Tacomas 1 FJ 40 . and a FJC . For now my weapon of choice is the FJC .
A first gen 4 runner would be my suggestion if visibility is your concern . 2nd gen have the Junk 3.0 motor But a 3.4 is a pretty straight forward swap .
In the end Each will end up costing close to the same .
Trying to fit those big tires on an FJ is a bear and involves lots of fabrication, not to mention the strain placed on the OEM components. It would make it unreliable. Heck, my 34s rub at full articulation and tilt on the trail (and that is with the icon coilovers at full height, TC UCAs, and aggressive BMC and more trimming inside the wheel well)
SAS Tacos are way cheaper to build than FJs because there are kits out there available. On the FJ the whole thing is a custom job. That is also why you see a lot more SAS Tacos than FJs.
SC just for the fun factor and to help spin those big tires. The FJ is a bit of a dog even with my 34s, granted I have not regeared it. Having the extra low end torque is nice for wheeling. New Magnuson SC for the 3.4 is 3k, for the later FJ is what, 6-7k, and is it even out?!
True, the LC80 is big, but the FJ is not nimble machine either, first gen Taco would definitely be nimbler
I agree that the FJ has excellent road manners, even more so with the 2.5 Icons, but I have other cars for that.
Other thing to consider is that my FJ has very low miles and is a garage queen. Should be able to fetch somewhere around 22k. For that much I will be able to get a 1st gen Taco with lowish miles and buy everything I need for a good quality swap.
2010 FJC 4X4 AT, K&N air filter, 305/70/17 MT/Rs or Duratracs, NestahEdition Firestik II antenna, AllPro rock sliders, TRS HID headlights, Stebel Nautilus marine, Icon Stage 5, Total Chaos UCAs, ExpeditionOne WyoOtto bumper with Warn Zeon 10S and PIAA 510 Xtreme, Spidertrax 1.25" spacers, BMC, Ellis Precision stuff, AllPro spindle gussets, FJToyman shock skids, Boztec rear diff skid, Infinity speakers w rattle trap, Budbilt skids