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Wow, a bit jealous of you newer gen FJs

Make no mistake. I absolutely love hopping in my '07 and taking it everywhere. When I got the car it was 118k on the clock and 10 years old, the suspension felt tired. Now 10k miles in, I was working on replacing some of the bushings and arms. What a difference night and day. I imagine the '12+ feel so proper! Ever since I've been giving new life to the suspension, the car has been such a blast to drive harder. Any of you older gen FJs feeling the car's age? Have you decided to wait for it to fall apart before replacing? Also my bushings are intact but showing signs of surface cracks. Maybe there's some compromise in road manners but if you drive an older gen FJ, consider replacing them even if they look okay. Age and wear and tear may be catching up!
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Make no mistake. I absolutely love hopping in my '07 and taking it everywhere. When I got the car it was 118k on the clock and 10 years old, the suspension felt tired. Now 10k miles in, I was working on replacing some of the bushings and arms. What a difference night and day. I imagine the '12+ feel so proper! Ever since I've been giving new life to the suspension, the car has been such a blast to drive harder. Any of you older gen FJs feeling the car's age? Have you decided to wait for it to fall apart before replacing? Also my bushings are intact but showing signs of surface cracks. Maybe there's some compromise in road manners but if you drive an older gen FJ, consider replacing them even if they look okay. Age and wear and tear may be catching up!
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@Loganbeere I'm talking about the bushings. After changing panhard, i feel less lateral uneasiness in turns. I don't think kings are miracles in a coilover... Or are they...
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@Loganbeere I'm talking about the bushings. After changing panhard, i feel less lateral uneasiness in turns. I don't think kings are miracles in a coilover... Or are they...


Just kidding with you but they say kings ride like a Cadillac. The only FJ I test drove is the one I bought, a 2013. Don't have anything to compare to.
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Just kidding with you but they say kings ride like a Cadillac. The only FJ I test drove is the one I bought, a 2013. Don't have anything to compare to.
Now that's commitment! Married to the first FJ you test drove :
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No disrespect to the newer FJ owners, but I prefer my 08. I drove 3 FJ's, one was a brick red 08 with 173,000 miles, a green 2012, and then my Titanium 08, and I preferred the 2008's due to the fact that the older 1GR-FE 4.0 (2007 - 09) loves to cruise at low RPMs, right in the sweet spot, whereas the 2010+ dual VVT-i makes more power, but up further in the RPM band, where trucks like these don't live.

Also, the oil filter being accessible on the top, and availability of the supercharger make this the better platform in my eyes for the DIY folks.

Again, no disrespect to all the newer FJ folks, I love all FJ's, I am just very fond of my 08 over the rest.

I know there were many other upgrades for the 2010+, stronger diff, etc., but I would not trade my 08 for anything. I will say it only now crested 51K miles, so there's that...
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I know there were many other upgrades for the 2010+, stronger diff, etc., but I would not trade my 08 for anything.
I agree. Most of the 2010+ upgrades can be retrofitted to the earlier models too. While retaining the ability to do the big one (supercharger) like you said.

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Make no mistake. I absolutely love hopping in my '07 and taking it everywhere. When I got the car it was 118k on the clock and 10 years old, the suspension felt tired. Now 10k miles in, I was working on replacing some of the bushings and arms. What a difference night and day. I imagine the '12+ feel so proper! Ever since I've been giving new life to the suspension, the car has been such a blast to drive harder. Any of you older gen FJs feeling the car's age? Have you decided to wait for it to fall apart before replacing? Also my bushings are intact but showing signs of surface cracks. Maybe there's some compromise in road manners but if you drive an older gen FJ, consider replacing them even if they look okay. Age and wear and tear may be catching up!
That's actually a really good tip. I think the panhard bushings will soon be the only OE ones left on my rig, and replacing those bushings makes good sense...also cheaper than replacing the whole bar. And I'm sure the Kings have a little something to do with your Rolls Ride



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No disrespect to the newer FJ owners, but I prefer my 08. I drove 3 FJ's, one was a brick red 08 with 173,000 miles, a green 2012, and then my Titanium 08, and I preferred the 2008's due to the fact that the older 1GR-FE 4.0 (2007 - 09) loves to cruise at low RPMs, right in the sweet spot, whereas the 2010+ dual VVT-i makes more power, but up further in the RPM band, where trucks like these don't live.

Also, the oil filter being accessible on the top, and availability of the supercharger make this the better platform in my eyes for the DIY folks.

Again, no disrespect to all the newer FJ folks, I love all FJ's, I am just very fond of my 08 over the rest.

I know there were many other upgrades for the 2010+, stronger diff, etc., but I would not trade my 08 for anything. I will say it only now crested 51K miles, so there's that...


I'm jealous of you guys with the oil filter under the hood. The new cartridge is messy to change. Always get oil dripping down my arm and elbow. The engine bay also has lots of space compared to a 2013.
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