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Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

For years I have always wanted to start a build thread to document my journey with my FJ. And here I am today

The Name
I like the character of a craftsman, someone who is humble, dedicated and good at creating and making things. I enjoy modifying my FJ equally, if not more than wheeling it. Hence I called myself a Tinkerer. My avatar is the Chinese character in an ancient font for tinkerer if you were wondering.
I work as a mechanical engineer. At least where i work, when we design a new part (injection molded, sheet metal, extrusions and etc), we call the first article samples T-1 (Trial-1). These are always the most exciting parts to receive because they are the first time you touch the real incarnation of your designs. For the first fully functional product we assemble, we call it the Alpha build. Whenever I can, I love to design and fabricate some unique parts for my FJ. Therefore, my FJ is my alpha build with T-1 parts.

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December 2018
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August 2018
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July 2018
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June 2018
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Baby Pic
This is within 1 months I got my FJ new. As you can see, it was covered in plasti-dip
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Data Sheet
2013 AT with off-road stuff

Front Suspension:Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build-20160605_182546.jpg

Rear Suspension:
  • Toytec Superflex Medium + Bilstein 5100s (SOLD)
  • OME60071L (in my garage)
  • MetalTech 1st Gen Medium Long Travel Springs
  • Modified Bilstein 5160s for Long Arm JK (25-187632)
  • MetalTech Offset Lower Links
  • Icon Double Adjust Panhard
  • Timbren Active Off-road Bump Stops
  • ADDCO 2301 Swaybar + Skyjacker Links
  • eimKeith Panhard Correction Bracket

Bumpers:Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build-lrm_export_20180611_210047-02.jpeg

Armors:
  • TRD TTUE Front Skid
  • RCI Integration Plate
  • Ricochet Transmission Skid
  • Trail Gear T-Case Skid
  • Icon Stainless Steel Rear Shock Skids
  • RCI Lower Link Mount Skids
  • Boztec Rear Diff Skid
  • Pure FJ Sliders
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Wheels and Tires
  • Walker Evans 17" True Beadlock Wheels
  • 35-12.50R17 General Grabber X3 Red Letter
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Drive Train
  • RCV +3.5" Extended Axles (D60 Outter/Plunging 930 Inner)
  • 4.56 Nitro Gears
  • ARB RD121 Front Air Locker
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Other Notable Accessories
  • Lifetime LED Amber/White Flush Mount Fog Light
  • Superwinch Tigershark 9500SR
  • ARB High Output Air Compressor CKMA12
  • RhinoRack 49" Pioneer Platform + ARB Rack Fit Kit (Instant $150 Saving!!)
  • Smittybilt Overlander RTT
  • Auxbeam Aux-trend series 21" Light Bar
  • Baja Designs LP9 Pro
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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

FINALLY! Love the 35's. Well done
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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

In my mind, you already had a build thread Glad to see it come together. I'm looking forward to the next tinker project
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Great rig!
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Re: Tinkerer's T-1 Alpha Build

Nice rig! Great job on that bumper!
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Love this FJ. I'm still waiting for you to make me that bumper.

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Love this FJ. I'm still waiting for you to make me that bumper.
Haha, i'm making a 3 hoop version for myself and i made a few extra sets of small parts. So it will happen!
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Haha, i'm making a 3 hoop version for myself and i made a few extra sets of small parts. So it will happen!
Keep me in mind bro, thanks
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Great build. I too love your front bumper design. Can’t wait to see the rear one. (I wish I could weld,sigh)

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Great build. I too love your front bumper design. Can’t wait to see the rear one. (I wish I could weld,sigh)
You Can . There is not a Welder in this world that was born with a welding rod i his hand . Just takes Practice . You are such a creative person and your attention to detail is top notch . You will be great
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