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We even had one completely bone stock FJ make it up the wall this year. Didn't meet the driver but met someone in his group and I guess the guy was a really experienced driver and they were in an FJ they borrowed from their friends.
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A lot of good advice piling up here but what needs to be said with this and threads like https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...-ice-snow.html is that the FJ is a tool and is only as good as the driver who wields it.
Ive seen heavily modified FJ's get stuck where a stock FJ had just passed, just a few months ago I saw Tarver King fight his way out of a deep mud hole in a stock FJ with worn all season tires. (all the other FJ's present declined and did the work around).
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I think my initial post was taken a bit too serious. The FJ is very capable. If I didn't have the experience or capability, I probably wouldn't go through all this just to see the vehicle transform into something ideal for myself. I've driven 4runners extensively but have plenty of drivetime with the 120 platform.

I very much agree with everyone's advice. I see others making so many changes to their vehicles and some of us go too far down that rabbit hole. I'm not planning to go down that path. If I can bolt it on between lunch breaks at work, maybe I can swing it but I don't have time or space for a trailer queen.
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You owned a Land Rover and feel like the FJ has short comings?
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You owned a Land Rover and feel like the FJ has short comings?
Hah trying to poke at the LR? My Disco1 was the last of it's kind before all the electronics plagued it. It would still put up a great fight if the motor was still running
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A little bit of both. I've been driving trails for awhile and realize that you have to use your equipment to get around. But there are times I've probably been lucky that more damage hasn't been done to my vehicle, so the insurance is nice that I prepared ahead of time. Ie. I had a friend who's ICON coilover snapped (possibly due to a bumpstop/bottom out) and took out his CV. I overheard the towing was $1300 alone
Snapping due to bottom-out is probably a case of the front suspension set up for long-travel without a corresponding suspension to handle it. One of our COFJ guys had this happen this year in Buena Vista with a different suspension, I don't think it's necessarily tied to the vendor (independent of other issues people have been having with ICON lately).

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Is there a video somewhere? Love to see it!
I was working the winch wall with All-Pro that day so I didn't take a video of it. I'm sure there is one though, I saw people videoing it and I believe I've seen other videos posted from that group of the wall. They went up Friday or Saturday, can't remember which one. I'll look for the video and link it if I can find it.

EDIT: I actually think its in the Summit X photo and video thread. Someone with a dash cam posted a bunch of videos of their group going up.

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(independent of other issues people have been having with ICON lately).

If you have Facebook, join Colorado FJ Cruisers and we'd be happy to help plan a route, meet up for runs etc. We're over 1200 members, and many of them are out-of-state people who ask for destination suggestions or just go on runs with the locals.
You're right. I'm not trying to point any blame, rather point out that it was an expensive tow home. Although there may have been some manufacturing issues, this coil set up was on a LC200 body. ICON made amends to the issue and was truly professional about it from my friend's experience.

Appreciate the referral. Went ahead and joined up.
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As she sits right now. I'll be honest, this took a good couple mornings to do. At no point did I feel I couldn't drive my FJ, so I was relieved since I don't want a "project" vehicle sitting in the driveway. BMC done by cutting relief cuts in the mount and just need to weld her back up. Also I wanted to keep the door trim even all the way across. I chopped the front/rear fender flare to maintain the line. As for the front rake, I'm going to wait it out for proper suspension. In the past, I've always asked for advice and got different opinions. I realized it's best to research, wait it out and make the proper purchase. Otherwise, I end up leveling it, spending twice and getting the coilovers I originally wanted.

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Re: Polishing a shiny turd

Personally I like the rake, but a lot of people seem to want to level it for some reason. I like that I can load it up and still be near level, rather than shining my headlights in everybodies eyes.
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