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"Selling the FJ, what is the next logical step for crawling?"

I need some new perspective here. Have had my FJ for 6 years now, modified it heavily and did lots of offroading with it. I am now to the point where I need a change. A lot of the offroading I do is rock crawling stuff in Moab and such and the limits of the IFS have become evident.

Looked at doing the solid axle swap but financially it just makes no sense (axles, supercharger to run 37-39" tires, and the like). Plus, the FJ has relatively poor trail visibility so I don't think that will be improved with a solid axle.

The question is what to get next. I'd like something as close to a family buggy as possible while staying road legal. Solid axles of course with the option of fitting 37-39" tires without demolishing half the body of the car.

I thought of a 1st gen Taco with 4 doors, easy to supercharge, relatively easy to do an axle swap, bonus having a bed. Also thought of an 80 series Land Cruiser. Comes with good stock axles, cheap to lift, available supercharger and bonus 3rd row.

Please give me some ideas. No, getting a Rubicon is not an idea

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3rd row seating !

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If you like the pickup look.

Oh wait, did you want another Toyota?? My bad. LOL

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Re: "Selling the FJ, what is the next logical step for crawling?"

How about the next gen FJ?
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Re: "Selling the FJ, what is the next logical step for crawling?"

There's two ways to do what you want - you could:
1) Throw money at it, buying another vehicle that will allow you to cruise over the obstacles etc. (a helicopter would be perfect)
2) Develop the required talent.

There is of course a third way - you could make a few relatively cheap mods to the FJ and take the middle road.
Do you have lockers front & rear? Have you looked at swaybar disconnects? Have you considered long travel arms up front?
That way would be my preference - The easy way isn't the fun way. I like to build my skills first, but maybe that's just me.
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Re: "Selling the FJ, what is the next logical step for crawling?"

This is what you need.
Great visibility from the driver's seat. Plenty of room for the family and camping gear, will tackle any trail obstacle with ease, and excellent for recovering lesser vehicles.
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Toyota, family friendly and trail ready.... FJ45 wagon.

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Toyota, family friendly and trail ready.... FJ45 wagon.
76 Troopy?
https://www.toyota.com.au/main/landcruiser-70/range

Gets better mileage than the Chinook as well, but not anywhere near as cool

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76 Troopy?
https://www.toyota.com.au/main/landcruiser-70/range

Gets better mileage than the Chinook as well, but not anywhere near as cool
Not so easy to get in the USA.... and about as basic as the 45...having driven a 70 for 14yrs I know which one I'd have and neither drive as nice as the FJ.
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I need some new perspective here. Have had my FJ for 6 years now, modified it heavily and did lots of offroading with it. I am now to the point where I need a change. A lot of the offroading I do is rock crawling stuff in Moab and such and the limits of the IFS have become evident.

Looked at doing the solid axle swap but financially it just makes no sense (axles, supercharger to run 37-39" tires, and the like). Plus, the FJ has relatively poor trail visibility so I don't think that will be improved with a solid axle.

The question is what to get next. I'd like something as close to a family buggy as possible while staying road legal. Solid axles of course with the option of fitting 37-39" tires without demolishing half the body of the car.

I thought of a 1st gen Taco with 4 doors, easy to supercharge, relatively easy to do an axle swap, bonus having a bed. Also thought of an 80 series Land Cruiser. Comes with good stock axles, cheap to lift, available supercharger and bonus 3rd row.

Please give me some ideas. No, getting a Rubicon is not an idea



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 .

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