Most Recent Photos:
Not so special driveway pic...
And where we are much happier
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I've decided it was time to get my build logged. Hopefully I can share some experiences, trips, adventures, mistakes and some good times. I've been reflecting and realized that I've recently reappeared from a FJC wormhole. Having passed through, I've inadvertently built a rig. I've come to the conclusion that all owners build their rig in different directions, different themes, different purposes, different price points and they all are good. Having stepped into the FJC after so many years (15) of owning an '86 1st generation 4Runner, there were a lot of adjustments. Most for the good and some I'm still getting used after 2+ years of ownership.
My build has been mostly driven buy necessity. Some wants, some needs, some cosmetics, but mainly through experiences on the trail and the great advice of so many here on this forum. Take it out, wheel it, break something and adjust and replace as needed. Am I done? My wife would like me to say yes... but I'm only getting started.
So I've decided to itemize my mods for others so that they may enjoy, not like, not make the same mistakes or follow some of my steps as you create your own rig.
The down and dirty. Bought it in September, 2014
•2007 Black Cherry FJC 84K, 2 owners, all records and services up to date and STOCK. (Build date 01/06)
•Convenience Package & Upgrade Package 2
This is a working document and I'll update and add commentary and photos as I remember. My first objective was to get it to a basic level of "trail worthiness" and then go from there.
1.Started with the OME medium full 3" kit witch included 885s in the front and 895s in the rear with nitro-charger sport shocks
2.Now have a hybrid of sorts. Still have 885s in the front with swaybar relocation kit, discos and paired with MT LT Rear coils and OME-60071L (extended length). Thank you superflexy on the cheap!!
•MT Offset RLLs
•No rear swaybar
•FJ Toyman rear shock skids
•Budbuilt DIFF skid
•OPOR RLL Skids
•ARB Bull Bar
•Pure FJ Sliders
Wheels and Tires:
• Vision Manx 17X8.5 0 Offset
•Spidertrax 1.25 spaces on front and back
•285-70-17 Cooper ST MAXX
•and of course the beloved BMC.
•Dirty Deeds Industries custom Hi-tuck with BAMuffler
•Blacked out all silver bits
•Blackout hood decal
•BAJA rack drop-in basket
•DIY shovel mounts
•DIY Kayak rack
•Plenty of stickers for aerodynamics, increased HP and fuel economy
•Brandi mount w/ 3' Firestick and quick disconnects
•USB (switched) in front console
•USB and 12V (un-switched) behind shifter
•DIY rear door storage rack (most of my recovery gear is stored here for easy access)
•Rugged ridge floor mats
•IPF Spots and floods. Came w/ ARB and will upgrade when $$ and needs present themselves
•LEDs interior and amber LED mirror lights
Auxbeam S1-H4 LED headlight conversion
Diode Dynamics LED rear backup lights
•SE Overland synthetic recovery line (haven't used yet, my steel is still good). And waiting to purchase the Factor 55 prolink before swapping out.
•Shovel and AX
**First aid supplies on rear door
⁃Upgrade factory headlights (LEDS or something. Haven't decided yet) -DONE!
⁃New UCAs when mine are finally done
⁃Finish a storage box that I've been procrastinating on for 2 years now
⁃And possibly an Overland trailer project this year in preparation for some adventures on the left coast!