Yeah I might be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I was looking at random FJ things and saw this beautiful FJ build called "Oreo" on this site (I put the URL in the Trackback feature thing, hopefully that is visible on my post for anyone to see the beast that user
has created) and decided to check the forum out! Now here I am drooling over all these FJs and thinking of things I want to do to mine (but can't afford!), so I decided to tap into the immense pool of Cruiser knowledge to be found here.
Thanks for your time!
No clue what that trackback feature does, but here's the URL I was referencing:
Appreciate the shout out. Glad my rig inspired you to join the forum. I've definitely met a lot of great folks and learned and shared quite a bit.
One thing to remember when looking at other builds, they all took time.
Things get pricey quick, but you can also do it pretty affordable as well (which I think I did a good job of) by picking up used parts. Believe it or not, I got my Wet Okole seat covers from someone on the forum turning in a leased FJ. Good deals are out there. A lot of shocks/coilovers for lifts are rebuildable for servicing, making them a good candidate to pick up used. Also, if you attend any sponsored events, pick up some raffle tickets. Some absolutely huge prizes given away (won my Metal Tech bumper at FJ summit, winch at Jamboree, etc..)
Key is to go at a financial pace you are comfortable with. If that means a spacer lift for a while (I started with one) then so be it. It works, maybe not for the Rubicon Trail, but mine never let me down the first few years I had it on and wheeled. Point is you can always upgrade or swap out to something different later (most do at some point). My thought has always been to upgrade if possible when you have to replace a part. Most people wait until they wear out tires to upsize, etc. And - most folks have to pay it off as they are building and enjoying it. Plus, you want to make sure you have some cash for gas to actually enjoy it.
As far as priority, I put my first $$ upgrades into protection (skids) & CB for wheeling. I do agree, a lift is not required to make the FJ awesome (although mine had one when I purchased it.) I've seen a stock FJ out do a modded FJ... learning to drive it/capabilities and limits is really the key.
Also, hold on to good replaced parts for spares - belts, tierod ends, etc.
(I recently put back on my old spacer lift and TRD shocks while I had my ICON Coilovers sent in to be rebuilt... very handy to not have any downtime.)