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Welcome to my new and improved build thread. My previous build was very unorganized and broken apart, so I thought I would do it right this time.

I named my rig Hermes, Greek god of safe travel, road travelers, orators and wit, athletics and... thieves (hehe no reason for that part but I still like it) see there have been multiple times that while driving something has happened where if I was in my old car and not the FJ I would have died, not been able to turn ect... so I feel the name is very appropriate.

I purchased my FJ in Aug of 2007, as a birthday present to myself.


My overall plans for my build are to make a capable expedition rig that I can use for both road trips/vacations but also be able to pack it up and disappear into the wilderness for extended periods of time.

AS HERMES SITS TODAY


Just like most of us I still have a lot of plans for my rig, but here is what Ive done so far. Enjoy :)

Oh and this is my copilot Shea. I wish I could take her on more trail runs and road trips but she gets very antsi in the rig and gets jumpy around people.


and here she is rockin her new tough girl collar. 2inches of thick black leather with three rows of silver studs... thats right shes a Hard Ass :)
 

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APPEARANCE
First lets start with the basic stuff:

my first mod was the FJ cubby hole cover off ebay. Simple yet functional.


20% tint on the fronts and 3in weather strip




Blued out the Toyota


and the engine cover


blacked out the rims, wings, and mirrors (I did eventually do the center caps too)


Wet Okole seat covers with the skull graphic
(I could have sworn I took a picture of them... Ill have to find it)

lots of stickers on the rig


 

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PERFORMANCE
aFe Intake


aFe exhaust




Both of these are Awesome and I would highly recommend them to anyone!!
 

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LIGHTING
For what ever reason I really want a ton of lights on my rig...

Walmart fog lights on stock grille guard


Tuffy lightbar with 4 150watt ebay lights


all the lights burnin


I turned the side panel into a control panel, I really like the rocket launcher toggles. :)
 

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STEREO AND NAV
Sirius Sat radio and Garmin Nuvi 250w. both hardwired for a wire free dashboard


I also hardwired my radar detector


I get a lot of questions about the mount for the sat radio, I cant remember the brand name for it but they are on ebay for about $25, are really easy to install and you can put what ever you want on it.


Home built sub boxes mounted on either wheel well

 

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STORAGE
I always liked the Mpac racks, but could never bring myself to spend that kind of money on one... so I made my own!





Im going to mount a High Lift, shovel and ax on there as well. Here is how it looks today (oh and yes that IS and ammo can on the right side there)
 

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PROTECTION
Its not much but its what I got

Rear light guards


Hunter Bull Bar (this will be coming off and be replaced with either a custom lightbar or a Intense Fab tube bumper


OEM Rock Rails

Im working on some custom steps for these, just trying to work the kinks out of the design
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
SUSPENSION AND TIRES
Rough Country 3in Lift




Nitto 295 Terra Grapplers that will be installed as soon as Im done with my body mount chop

 

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MISC

FUTURE PLANS:
Bushwacker fender flares or extenda fenders
Spider Tracs 1.25in spacers for stability and aggressive stance
Scan Gauge II
Intense Fabrication Tube Bumper with 4 more lights
possible a set of rims with street tires for everyday driving

PICS FROM THE TRAIL

a lil damage from the Trail Teams event at the Badlands


Mud is fun!!


 

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Pretty nice! I like the home made storage rack on the back door. I too would like to get the MPac, but like you, think it is too much for me to be spending right now.
 

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OK, I'll bite... Did I send you a Hurricane sticker? I have lost track.....
 

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OK, I'll bite... Did I send you a Hurricane sticker? I have lost track.....
LOL yeah you did when I bought your old Palm phone from you. I get a lot of questions here in Chicago as to why I have it, being there are no hurricanes in the area and all :rofl:
 

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Geez... I forgot!!! Please keep that on your rig!!!! I want to make a thread with all Hurricane stickers on it!!!!!
 

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Oh yeah, Hermes is an AWESOME name! That is one of my Favorite MG parades here. It is a very very classy all Men's krewe that is known for their classy throws!
 

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Geez... I forgot!!! Please keep that on your rig!!!! I want to make a thread with all Hurricane stickers on it!!!!!
Of course! Let me know when you get it started Ill send you some pics! i dont have a lot of trail pics, seems that no one I go with likes to take pics but me, and its kinda hard to drive and take pics of your own rig. But I can send you what Ive got.

Nice rig :bigthumb:
Thanks Tuna!
 

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Saweet Rig and nice write up! you don't have to spend a Bazillion dollars to personalize
and make your rig more capable.
Nice job on your rear storage pack. I feel the same way as to the price point on some of
this equipment.
Well Please keep us posted when you add more mods to Hermes!
 

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Cool build, and great rack :bigthumb:
So are you going to sell me you engine cover since its voodoo :lol:
Im glad you like my rack :rofl:
 

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Nice build! :)
 
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