Re: Knowing then what you know now
The only mod I would do immediately is a decent set of sliders. Rocker panel damage is a downer, especially if it makes your doors not work right. Everything else is negotiable.
Just recognize there are good, sound engineering reasons your vehicle is designed the way it is, and almost everything you do to it will have other tradeoffs, whether in on-road performance, ride quality, handling, reliability, or efficiency (mpg).
My FJC is the fourth vehicle I have modded, and based on my experience and intended moderate use (mostly overlanding) I have gone for a moderate, light, practical build. I have done a 2" Bilstein 6112 lift, which allows me to keep the factory upper control arms. I have kept the factory tire size (blasphemy, I know) to keep factory gearing and final drive ratio. As a result I still get into the 20s for highway mpg. I don't have a roof rack because they are noisy, cost mpg, and I just don't need the storage room (plus I don't care for RTTs). I have gone for HD rear axle links because they can fold up on you with a fit from a rock. I have aluminum skid plates because I don't do hardcore rock crawling and aluminum is lighter and doesn't rust. I am getting (if Demello ever gets their **** together) a winch bumper that is aluminum for the same reasons. And the winch rope is synthetic for light weight as well. And because the bumper and winch are relatively light I don't have to compensate with a stiffer front suspension.
This works well for me. But it might not work well for you depending on your intended use. Tradeoffs in everything.
Steve in MN, sponsored by Blue Sun Corporation
2010 FJ, now with exciting grill and shifter knob mods
"Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you." - Jeremy Clarkson
Last edited by Serenity Now; 03-15-2018 at 10:21 PM.