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I’ve been in the market for an FJ for a long time now. I’ve found two that I really like but both are pretty different. I’ve arranged both deals for the end of this week but can’t keep the sellers waiting any longer.

One is a 2010 automatic (55,000 miles) army green color, Old man Emu lifted, ARB bumpers, snorkel, 34inch tires and minimal under carriage rust. For sale for 23k.

The second is a 2008 MT (81,000 miles) Black, SUPERCHARGED with other slight engine mods, stock suspension and minimal hail damage (replace the hood and should look fine). No rust. For sale for 20k

I can’t decide between the two. Hoping for an overwhelming support one way or the other to help decide.

Also forgot to mention both have Rear Lockers and ATRAC.

INPUT?? Please and thanks!
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I would go with the auto, just depends if you're looking to do some serious offroading or take it easy though. For the price if you want to lift it, add bumpers, tires, etc you may be wise to go with the 2010 that already has that stuff.
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I would go with the auto, just depends if you're looking to do some serious offroading or take it easy though. For the price if you want to lift it, add bumpers, tires, etc you may be wise to go with the 2010 that already has that stuff.
I would do some decent off-roading. Right now I have a lifted ‘96 Tacoma that does pretty well. I would lift the 2008 for sure. They probably have the same amount of money in mods, just one is for Off road and one is for interior, speakers, and Supercharger.

That supercharger was legit when I test drove it but the other one is decked out with off road goodies.
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Yeah I would say they're about the same $$ in mods also. If the 2010 mods are not to your taste you could get the 08 and finish it your way.
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I don’t have good pics of the supercharged FJ, but some decent pics of the lifted one. I’ll post now. To be able to customize the unlifted one is nice, but also not putting all the work and install is nice too lol. #StillUndecided
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Re: Need Guidance! ASAP! On which FJ to buy. 2 Choices!

Hoods are cheap & available at Amazon. Wrap it in vinyl. Flat black the whole hood, leaving the front portion painted IF it's not hail damaged? See the pic for reference.

Why is the AG plugged in?

https://www.amazon.com/Go-Parts-Comp...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Hoods are cheap & available at Amazon. Wrap it in vinyl. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/images/smilies/thinkerg.gif[/IMG] Flat black the whole hood, leaving the front portion painted IF it's not hail damaged? See the pic for reference.

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https://www.amazon.com/Go-Parts-Comp...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
Yeah that does look good! I thought about the flat black hood then flat black on the roof as well. I guess my biggest choice just needs to be ; do I want a manual supercharged, or an automatic lifted with Armor and bumpers. I’m stuck on that...
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Re: Need Guidance! ASAP! On which FJ to buy. 2 Choices!

Boiling it down to items that can't easily be fixed with money are:
1. Model year and mileage
2. Manual Full-time 4WD vs Automatic Part-time 4WD
- 3. Possibly horse power; a stock 2010 has more than a stock 2008. I don't know how much the SC adds, but I'm sure there's at least one thread here that'll break that out. (and there's nothing wrong with choosing '8 just because the SC appeals to you regardless of final HP; it may be very cool)

Lifts, bumpers, tires, and wheels can be done or re-done for an expenditure of some amount of money. I'd make the call on which transmission and 4WD system you think will work best for you.
The agony of too many good FJ choices. Good luck with your decision!
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Re: Need Guidance! ASAP! On which FJ to buy. 2 Choices!

I'd say the MT '08 with S/C all day long (because that is exactly what I have!).

The TRD S/C is an awesome kit, it cost $6000. Compare that to some bumpers and wheels/tires and the odds are that's worth more than they would be.


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That 2010 looks goooooooood.
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