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Well, I think it's time for me to share my mods voyage :)
As I was progressing with the build, every time (well almost) I was thinking to myself, it's not enough to have a thread just yet... let's do the 2/3 of the endless list and then...
Well, I think I am kinda there :) The list is endless but I have done a respectful part of it.

It all started with brand new 2014 grey cement FJ.
I knew it’s going to be a massive build and I was looking for perfect platform, FJ was the obvious winner!

The list!

Suspension and Wheels/Tires:
Front - Fox 2,5 coilovers with reservoirs and DSC - extended travel
Icon Delta joints front UCA
Front sway bar gone :)
Rear - ARB 60071L Old Man Emu (Land Cruiser shock with similar spec to long travel)
Extended brake lines
Metaltech rear LCA
Rear Timbren Bump Stops
TRD Rims 16" & 1.25 spidertrax wheel spacers
Cooper Discoverer STT PRO 315/75/16


Under the Hood:
Yukon 4:56 gears
ARB Front locker
TRD air intake
TRD Cat Back exhaust (not exactly under the hood )
Toyota 4Runner Trail - 130 amp alternator (ours is 100amp)
Big 3 (gauge “0” with 150amp fuse)
Odyssey 2150 battery
Emission pump relocation (Expo one kit)
Washer Bottle relocation (Expo one kit)
Winch Control relocated on the fuse box
Winch Isolator
Rear Scuba mod (so far diff and locker only)

Armor:
Trailworx front tube bumper
Expedition One rear bumper with tire carrier
RCI full skid set
RCI rear lower links
Shrockworks sliders with plates
RCI Diff skid
Toyman rear shocks skid

Accessories/Interior:
ARB Twin air compressor with Viair 1 gallon tank
All pro bandi CB mount
Uniden 520 XL CB radio
Midland MSX400 GMRS radio
Tuffy center console vault
Panavise phone mount with ram mount and additional self-made enforcement
CH4x4 rocker switch panel which I place on wood frame to give it more depth
LED 42" front Roof light bar
LED 7" round Lights 2x96w (front)
LED Lights 2x35w (back, separated from reverse lights)
LED over the hood lights 2x35w with mounts
ARB IPF fog lights
MPAC Rear cargo basket
Self-made drawer system with 100lb rated rails
Self-made wood panel for air compressor and tank mounting
Self-made side rack


Exterior:
Lenzdesign snorkel (wider model for supercharged engines, more airflow)
Blackout grille and exposed by bumper front body parts
1.75” Highlift Jack mount (Front Bumper)
Altered ($10) shovel mount (roof rack)
Rotopax mounted on Expedition One rear bumper X2 4 gallon tank
Frontrunner slimline 2 roof rack
Frontrunner RTT

Recovery:
Engo 10k winch with synthetic rope with wireless from tuff stuff
Factor 55 splicer (red)
Winch isolator (solenoid) controlled from the cabin
High lift jack with LM 100 lift mate
Maxtrax
Plenty of ARB recovery goodies in the rear drawer


Pictures (I will add detailed pictured process of interesting build parts, snorkel, bumper, drawers, etc..):
 

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That's a nice long list, well worthy of a build thread. Looks great and a very clean install. I love the cement grey FJs!


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That's a nice long list, well worthy of a build thread. Looks great and a very clean install. I love the cement grey FJs!


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Thank you!!
I was lucky to get the cement grey as I got one of the last they had in Dec 2014...
 

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Nice build.

Great to see another cement build and to compare the different ideas too, (a few things the same).
Thanks!
Many ideas came from here...Just saw your thread, like the color!!! :)
 

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Well $hit... That snorkel is amazing :rocker: I like that you don't need to put holes in the A pillar. Looks like a great rig!
Thank you! Indeed no holes in A pillar... also less wind noise and less collected water when it's raining.
The installation is a total PITA but the result is good :)
Edit: I will post snorkel install pics
 

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The snorkel:
I initially installed a different model of the same snorkel, the one for stock air intake while I have TRD.
After the instal there was a noticeable drop in power and that's why today I have a wider one (same shape) with higher air flow for supercharged engines. The power came back on!
I also decided to blackout the second one as I didn't like what the sun was doing to the coating although it matched my cement grey so perfectly...

The install was a total PITA, the fitting wasn't all that good but I could make it work eventually..
Had to fabricate my own bracket to the roof rack mount and got some plumbing supplies from home depot to fit the tubing to TRD air intake.

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Thank you! Indeed no holes in A pillar... also less wind noise and less collected water when it's raining.
The installation is a total PITA but the result is good :)
Edit: I will post snorkel install pics
Do you feel that upper bracket is strong enough to protect the snorkel from being ripped by a branch or anything on the trail?
 

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Do you feel that upper bracket is strong enough to protect the snorkel from being ripped by a branch or anything on the trail?
Absolutely, already tested during the last season.
The snorkel also mounted in the base by 4 bolts and this is a steel bracket which took me some effort to shape so I put my trust in it :)
BTW, it's made of fiberglass so it could probably support itself even with just the bottom attached.
 

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Next part is the drawer system I've built.
It took me two days, well, half day and a very long next night and I did get some help from a friend as I needed extra hands on the wrapping part.
I've seen similar products offered on the market between $800 to $1k which was too much for me but I did get the design inspiration from those...
The total cost of the project is approximately $200 with most parts from Amazon (except for the plywood).
I really liked the results so if there will be questions about the build details will be happy to help!

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Great looking build. Well done! I'm finally getting around to building a rear storage system myself. Have too much loose/unsecured stuff in the back that need a home. Where did you find your latches?
 

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Looks really good! Nice rear drawer build!! Like how it is still perfect for the rear floor mat!
Thank you!
That was the plan, I went as high as I could to keep the basis size to match the mat (as with the rear seats angle the higher you go the closer you get).
 

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Thanks for the parts list!!! :clap: So much want going on with your build!!

What solenoid did you end up using for your winch?[/QUOTE]

You got it mate!
I went with the warn solenoid (again from amazon :))
This is a replacement part for their power interrupt kit:
https://www.amazon.com/Warn-63001-WARN-Replacement-Solenoid/dp/B000OV4NT4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486491486&sr=8-2&keywords=warn+solenoid

Works great for me...
* I have also decided to use it for my air compressor power line as it runs all the way to the back so I didn't want it to be "hot" at all times. Now I first hit the winch isolator and then the air compressor switch to get it going. I don't think it bothers my winch in any way :wink
 
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