Well I figured better late than never to start a build page.
I bought my Army Green 2014 FJ with 8 miles on her from the Toyota of Orlando dealership on Friday, March 28th 2014 and drove her home in the dark that night in awe of owning my own car (after driving a '98 sienna for three years) I was happy to get her with steel wheels the off-road pkg and CRAWL control as well as the convenience pkg.
My first project was to get some plasti-dip and rear light tint on her to make her look better (I really hated all the shiny handles and all) and protect some of the paint. I have been using plasti-dip for a long time and have been charging people to do custom work on their cars for a long time, so I was really excited to get to work on my own
I did all of the handles, mirrors, front bottom valence, the grille, and front side pieces, rear valence over the hitch, rear wings, gas cover, rear lettering and Toyota symbol and the sides of the roof as well as front and back roof sections black. And I did the "FJ" symbol on the back, white. (see pictures) And for anyone in Florida, I can hook you up with some plasti-dip work if you want, I have experience with FJ's and other cars, just PM me or go to the FB page: TDDCFL
My second project was to get some rock sliders on her. So after looking around I eventually decided on the Demello Hybrid Sliders
powdercoated black and installed these as soon as I could. during the install I noticed the brake line running to the back would rub against the attached slider support so I fixed it by taking out the stock bracket, sliding it down the tubing some, putting a cut piece of strap in between the clamping bracket and the hose, and then reinstalling the bracket on top of the sliders to give them clearance over the sliders. (see attached pictures of before and after) And I also ended up getting a skidmark4x4 rear hitch skid plate to protect the hitch and give other people something to run into hehe.
My third project was to buy a hi-lift, so I bought the Hi-Lift X-TREME Jack 60"
as well as a rubber handle-keeper and neoprene cover. This I kept in my trunk for a long time, barely fitting across the back and wrapped in towels to protect it and my FJ. (I am currently waiting for my mounting solution to come in)
Around this time I bought a tree saver strap, a 30ft 30,000lb strap, and a 20ft 30,000lb strap as well 4 D-Shackles, a twisted D-shackle, and a hitch adapter for the D-shackles. I also put together a survival kit and a couple off-road necessities (there are plenty of other threads dedicated to these kits so I won't go into detail) I also got an electric AC adapter for the convenience to plug in the cigarette lighter.
After I got home from two semesters of college near Chattanooga I realized that some of my off-roading in Prentice-Cooper state forest, had seriously beat up the stock skid plates so i'm looking into skid plates. I also bought a Warrior products rear lower gate cover, body armor rear light protectors, and will be posting about custom installing a Tantrum-X rock light kit with my own switch and wiring.