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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All. Like a lot of newbies introducing themselves, I've been after an FJ for approximately a year now and finally pulled the trigger. Long story short, I previously owned a Tacoma. I sold it in 2016 to get a 2014 Jeep Rubicon. I loved the Rubicon, I really did, but the deeper I got into the Rubicon the more I wanted to get back in a Toyota and that meant an FJ. So, in early July I decided to put the Rubicon up for sale. I sold it in 2 days and really ratched up my search for an FJ. I drove several locally, but I actually ended up finding one here in the FS section (I don't see the link right now, but if I find it again, I'll link it up). It's a Black 2007. I was hoping to find something 2010 and up w/ lower mileage, but this only had 35k on it and condition was so pristine I just couldn't pass it up. So I bought a plane ticket and then drove 7 hours back home in my new FJ.







As far as I go, I've been a member of various other forums under the same user name since the early 2000s. My pride and joy is a 1988 Mitsubishi Starion I spent 6 years restoring. If you're at all interested, my build thread is here: http://www.starquestclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=136464

I'm not sure what all plans I have for the FJ yet, but I look forward to becoming a contributing member here over time and learning from all of you that have been at this for much longer.
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Welcome. Sounds like a great find with that mileage!

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Hello and welcome to the club! Congrats on your FJ, looks like a nice solid start of another great build. This site is a tremendous resource due to the members, hope you stick around and find it useful.


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Greetings from VT - sweet find!



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Welcome, how much did it cost you for that pristine FJ if you don't mind.
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I picked it up for 22k. It was listed here for 24.8 for about a month. Some people had replied to the thread before I saw it. I figured when I called they would tell me it was sold already, but he only had some flaky tire kickers express any interest, so I jumped on it.

Only thing I've done so far is install a Toyota OEM hitch. I have a trailer and I mountain bike a lot, and this one didnt have the towing package.
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Only thing I've done so far is install a Toyota OEM hitch. I have a trailer and I mountain bike a lot, and this one didnt have the towing package.
Did you find it difficult to install?


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Congrats and what a great find!

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Not really. I think it took me about 30 to 45 minutes to install. The only thing goofy is there is one hole that is smaller in diameter than the rest on the hitch. Toyota's instructions say to put a bolt through that hole first - I guess it's supposed to be a centering bolt. However, no matter how I pried or leveraged I could not get the hole to line up with the threads in my bumper. So, I ended up reaming that hole out a bit with a grinder. After that is was smooth sailing.





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Welcome, and congratulations on your awesome find! 35k miles, nice! We're all interested in seeing what you do with it.

Also, a Starion!! I haven't seen one (in-person) in perhaps 25 years. I've followed JNC for years, and I'm trying to rationalize a way to buy an old Datsun pickup 'for my kids' to share during their teen years.

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