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Well after over 2 years of ownership of my 2008 Trail Teams Special Edition FJ Cruiser, I will finally begin my build thread!

First off here is a shot from Day 1 of ownership - December 6, 2015:



And a photo of basically how she looks today!

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If you want to see all the mods I have done to my FJ leading up to the present, then you’re in the right place! But if you just want to see pictures of the adventures and trips I go on with my FJ Cruiser, check out this thread specifically for that: FJX2000's Wheeling Trips & Adventures Thread


It all began with my last FJ. For that build thread look here: Storm Damage - FJX2000 TRD Build. I ended up selling my first FJ before I went and served a 2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the intention of purchasing a new FJ when I got home. Upon my return, the search began. I searched far and wide for the "perfect" FJ for me which would ideally have these specifications: be a reasonable price, be in good condition, be newer than my last FJ, be a special edition, have less miles than my last one had when I sold it, and hopefully already have decent mods so I can save money on making it more off-road capable. I eventually found the perfect FJ on Craigslist and it turned out to be everything I had been looking for (except for the mileage which really wasn't a big deal at 83,000 miles). It turns out the previous owner was actually a member on here too. I ended up flying out to California to pick it up and became the 3rd owner of this awesome TTSE FJ! Drove it all the way back to Colorado and here is where it was mod-wise when I bought it.

Beginning Mods:
Baja Rack Standard Basket Roof Rack
ARB Front Bull Bar Bumper with Warn M8000 Winch, Fog Lights, and OEM FJ Aux Lights
ARB Rear Bumper with High Clearance Hitch
Icon 2.5" Front Coilovers - Standard Travel
Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
OME Rear shocks and coils
Metal Tech Aluminum Rear Bump Stop Extensions
Bushwacker Pocket-Style Fender Flares
ARB Safari Snorkel
TRD Cold Air Intake and TRD Cat-back Exhaust System
TRD 16" Alloy Wheels in Matte Black Finish
All-Pro Rock Sliders with Kickout
Baja Rack Rear Door Ladder
285/75R16 General Grabber Tires
Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers
Springtail Backpack Hooks
Springtail Rear door folding MOLLE rack, Cargo Side rack, and Straddle Racks with M-PAC Bags
Rough Country front UCA bump stops, rear sway bar links, and panhard bar from a previously installed 6" lift
OEM Rear Skid Plate
Silver Aluminum Shifter Knob
Trail Teams Badges and Floor Mats



Needless to say, she was fitted for adventure! In her past interestingly enough, she had once sported a Rough Country 6" lift! But because the first owner didn't really enjoy the look, it was brought back down to the 3" lift it currently sported. Off-the-bat it drove nice, felt good, and the only things I really noticed were that the rear wiper motor was toast and I wanted to change the nose-down stance it had. With it having adjustable Icon coilovers, that could be fixed!



Upon getting home I removed the stickers and the first mod I did was one of my favorite mods from my last FJ, center console lights! I love these! It makes it sooooo nice for seeing the center buttons under the radio and other center console stuff, including my iPod. Check this thread out for more details: Center Console Under-Radio Flex LEDs Install



Next I replaced my old rear wiper motor since it was making a not-so-fun grinding noise. Check this thread out for details on that: Rear Window Wiper Motor Replacement/Install - How To



Around the same time as the rear wiper motor replacement, I also added another unique mod from my last FJ, a 3rd brake flight flasher. I just like how it looks and if it helps keep me from being rear ended, then sign me up! I did a write up for this one too: Third Brake Light Flashing Module Install



Over time the IPF fog lights in the ARB bumper kept burning out so I tried replacing them with high end Sylvania halogen bulbs. Those new bulbs unfortunately didn't last long either so I tried adding LED bulbs. But because of the nature of the housing the various LEDs I tried using kept hitting the reflector in the housing and the light thrown out was never the same as a halogen bulb, regardless of bulb LED pattern or brightness. So I eventually added Rigid Industries Duallys mounted sideways on one of the normal fog mounts. These were way bright and amazing but because they were mounted on a plastic tab they did shake a bit when going over rough surfaces like dirt roads.





As Christmas of 2015 came along, I got quite a few goodies to add to the FJ including the visually appealing and functional aluminum hause fairlead from OK Offroad and a Factor 55 ProLink! It really cleaned up the look of the bumper so I didn't have the old, nasty, rusty rollers on the front and the winch hook just hooking to the front recovery loops. I also added some new cheap LED bars from Amazon to replace the OEM driving lights. Not sure what they are really but they were advertised as using Osram LEDs and they were a HUGE improvement from the factory bumper-mounted driving lights. (A big reason I replaced them when I did is because a rock cracked one of the driving lights when I had removed the FJ cover.)








Seeing as my FJ is a Trail Teams Special Edition, for Christmas I also got the rare Trail Teams billet door sill protectors and they are awesome! Getting all the old residue off from the OEM protectors was a pain but with these on it looks so good and of course matched the Trail Teams badging on the dash and floor mats! More details here: Trail Teams Billet Door Sill Protectors Installed






As mentioned earlier, I always felt the FJ had almost a "nose down" look to it so I finally got the Icon coilovers cranked up a bit to level the ride and boy did it look good! Another item from Christmas I installed were some front sway bar relocation brackets, since the sway bar was sitting SUPER close to the Icon coilovers.



 

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Soon after this I was off-roading and having a good old time with some folks from Utah when I ended up busting a hole in my upper oil pan as the result of the front differential's rear securing bolts both being gone, allowing the front diff to move enough when articulating to come into contact with the oil pan. It was not a fun day to say the least but luckily I was working at Toyota at the time so parts and labor were half off. Thank goodness! Here are some links on the subject: Watch this video! Save yourself a headache and $$$ and FJ making Thud Noise in 4WD and Turning





Being the fan of LEDs that I am, and after hearing so many good things about Diode Dynamics, I ended up replacing my dome lights with the SMD12 boards, the mirror lights with the HP5 bulbs, and license plate lights with the HP3 bulbs from Diode Dynamics. They are sweet, look good, and are BRIGHT! But the most import bulb I replaced was the reverse bulbs. I paid for the high end XP50 bulbs for the reverse lights and boy are they worth it! You can actually see when backing up at night! It is a miracle! Check out these threads for details: Diode Dynamics Mirror, License, and Reverse LEDs Installed and Diode Dynamics Dome LEDs Installed






One sad thing about the FJ is that the previous owner had worn out the Trail Teams floor mats in such a way that the drivers side mat had torn at the securing hole and the cargo mat had split at the seams. Seeing as finding actual TTSE floor mats was near impossible and any that did pop up were grossly priced, I ended up getting some normal first generation floor mats and found a safe way to transfer the badges from the TT mats over to the regular mats that were in better condition. They have held up to this day and I'm very satisfied! More details here: Replacing/Swapping 1st Gen Floor Mat Badges





Next on the list of mods were little things like adding CruiserGear angry eye decals to the headlights as well as painting the Toyota grille logo white to off-set the black of the grille. The previous owner had blacked it out but I loved having the Toyota stand out! (I need to repaint the white one of these days since it is chipping off a bit haha.)





It is also worth mentioning around this time that I battled quite a bit with the ARB turn signals/marker lights. Because they aren’t a sealed housing quite a bit of rust and corrosion had occurred in both housings and though I was able to get one of them to work, the other had to be replaced entirely. I went through some halogen and LED bulbs that failed until I found a great option from SuperBrightLEDs.com that had the LEDs enclosed in a glass housing to be weather resistant and worked great in the ARB turn signals/marker lights! Check out the following links: 67 LED Light Bulb - (12) SMD LED Tower - BA15S Base | Super Bright LEDs or 1156 LED Light Bulb with Stock Cover - (36) SMD LED Tower - BA15S Base | Super Bright LEDs


Next I decided it was time to clean up the look of the old halogen headlight bulbs and do what I did with my last FJ, run HIDs from DDM Tuning! Unfortunately DDM changed their H4 Hi/Lo Bi-Xenon bulbs so they weren’t as bulletproof as the last set I owned for my last FJ. Not only did they have mechanical issues and would stick on the high beam but they were also way shaky. Therefore I went a different HID route via Xenon Vision and unfortunately decided to give up once I found their HIDs to pretty much have the same shaking issue I was seeing previously. I then made the jump to Zenon Vision’s LED headlight bulbs and I’ve actually been happy with them. What I've liked most is they have lasted a long time and I didn't have to cut the rubber dust boots to make them work!




One thing that had always confused me is why the previous owner bought General Grabbers but didn't have the sweet-looking red sidewalls facing outwards, so that is something I had done at the shop when I went in for a tire rotation and balance. The only thing I enjoyed about those Grabbers was the red sidewalls so I'm glad I got them flipped around. Otherwise they were heavy, terribly balanced, and not great in wet/cold conditions.



Now we will finally get to some of the exciting stuff! I had a buddy at my school who drove a 2014 FJ Cruiser and he loved my ARB bumper but I had never been a huge fan of it personally. The bumper just felt dated to me and I wanted something lower profile, meaner looking, and different than the average ARB. Luck just so happened to smile upon me as I had the opportunity to sell my ARB bumper to that FJ buddy and I purchased a used Demello Offroad 3-hoop bumper I found online for a steal of a deal. I felt so lucky! We got together one day along with his other 2 siblings who both also drive FJs and after playing musical bumpers (putting his brush guard on his sisters FJ, putting my ARB on his FJ, and putting the Demello bumper on my FJ) we both had the bumpers we wanted and all was well! The bumper came with some Acro fog lights and I transferred my Warn winch over to the new bumper. Later after it arrived, I installed my custom “FJX2000” engraved Gzila Designs hause fairlead which with the red ProLink cleaned up the bumper really well!





 

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Next mod after the bumper was the task of replacing my old, squeaky OEM lower control arms with Moog LCAs. The old, worn out ball joints and bushings were making tons of noise so they were due to be replaced. Forum member RJAMSOIL helped me with the install, thanks bro!





One of the things I added but didn't get photos of was the addition of the CB radio kit I got from PureFJCruiser.com. That way I would have a more permanent setup for events like FJ Summit rather than continuing to borrow setups from other folks for the weekend.

Around this time I also realized some of my OEM Toyota switch bulbs had burned out. So I decided to figure out how to replace them so everything would be up to FJX2000 quality standards (and since my OCD was going crazy). Click here for more details on the install: Replacing OEM Toyota Switch Bulbs And as you can see, I added a dual USB plug to the center console in order to have that much needed feature now-a-days.





Next we have my WheelSkins leather steering wheel cover. I always loved how the 2012 TTSE had the red accents on the steering wheel and after the leather on my steering wheel got in rough shape, I got this black and white steering wheel cover. It feels good and looks great, just gets dirty easily. More details here: Wheelskins Leather Steering Wheel Cover




Up next is a sweet one, Baja Designs LEDs! The Rigid Duallys from my ARB bumper didn’t fit into the fog light holes of the Demello bumper which is why I ended up running the Acro lights in the first place. But these Baja Designs Squadron-R Sports fit the bumper perfect, performed amazing, and looked super clean! Got them for a super sweet price from Moore Racing Technology - Top Quality Offroad, Outdoor, Overland & Racing Parts - Homepage during a Black Friday sale.




Next up is a big mod I had been wanting to do for quite some time. I wanted to change my tires since the General Grabbers weren’t anything to brag about and were running low on tread. My dad had purchased toyotacolin’s barely used 315/70R17 BFGoodrich KO2s to put on his Raptor, but since they were Load Range C, none of the shops in town would install them on his truck (stating he needed Load Range D or E). Lucky for me the tires were up for grabs and after purchasing my dream wheels, the 17x7” TRD Pro wheels (originally seen on the FJ-S Cruiser Concept seen at the FJ Summit/SEMA where I fell in love with them) I was able to get them put on my FJ and now it is looking as sick as ever! The 285s with the Bushwacker fender flares were looking a bit small but these 315s are awesome. They do rub occasionally at full lock but after a little more trimming and castor adjusting they are fine. Super pleased with the results! And I ended up selling the General Grabbers online as well as the old 16" TRD wheels which I sanded and repainted as they were looking a bit faded from the elements.






Next is a mod that I thought would be super unique and one of a kind, altering my Baja Rack air dam to be a custom CruiserGear one! My buddy Blake owns CruiserGear and I wanted to sport his brand and logo much more than Baja Rack’s (especially with the old paint and decal chipping off slowly), so I stripped the paint off the air dam. Once the surface was clean and prepped, I applied a red vinyl across the air dam and then added the CruiserGear decal. It turned out great!



 

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Next I was able to install my full RESZ Fab rear link set and panhard bar complete with Duroflex joints. It took quite some time to receive the panhard after ordering it due to bushing parts becoming unavailable but now it is on and I love it! It is riding great and the shiny red parts look so awesome. Thanks RESZ Fab! I also installed some quick disconnect rear sway bar links I got from Bazross and they were super sweet, but ended up coming off at the following FJ Summit due to them being a little too long and contacting the lower link at full flex. The old links I used to run were from a 6” Rough Country lift and were so shot they ball joint in the link simply fell out of the housing along with a pile of rust dust. Overall these rear links were a huge upgrade and have made the ride seem smoother and more comfortable.





I also got flex LED strips back in the Christmas of 2015 but finally got around to installing them 2 ½ years later. I installed them under the front doors and hooked them up to the dome lights as per Nestah Edition's instructions so they illuminate the area on the ground at night only when the doors open. They are awesome!




Next I was able to get around to a project I had been wanting to do for a LONG TIME. At the end of my Spring 2017 semester, a fellow FJer on the Utah FJ Offroad Facebook group posted saying how he was clearing out his garage of FJ parts and was giving away his barely used medium rate Metal Tech 4x4 long travel coils and Icon 2.0 VS Series long travel shocks for free to the first person who claimed them. I was that first person! So for the past year I had these long travel shocks and springs laying around ready to go, and at the 2013 FJ Summit I actually was given a set of Low Range Offroad stainless steel extended rear brake lines during the raffle. With the FJ having the Metal Tech extended rear bumpstops already installed when I bought it, I had everything I needed to run long travel, but I knew my stock links would be an issue with binding at full droop, so I waited. But now that the RESZ Fab links were finally installed which are designed to work with a long travel lift, I was ready to begin the long travel process!

I made an appointment to have the rear coils installed at a shop as I don't have the tools or equipment required to do that install, but I knew if I could do the shocks myself, that would at least save some time and money. Therefore I went ahead and installed the rear shocks! Unsurprisingly the Old Man Emu rear shocks were rusted at the top bolt and on the lower shock mount. So I tried using an angle grinder to take off the shock near the upper mount, but found it was way easier and faster just to use a sawzall to take off the top bushing and nut above the upper mount once you bend the fender metal out of the way a little. Using a lot of rocking and flexing of the lower bushing I was able to persuade the shock off the lower mount eventually. Had to clean up some rust but made it a nice clean surface for the Icon shocks to install on, and boy are they long!






Then in a moment of weakness I bought and installed FJ Toyman rear shock skids. After finally installing the Icon 2.0 VS Series Long Travel Shocks I didn't want them to get ruined while off-roading, and I had seen the skids from FJ Toyman Offroad and loved the design and toughness, so they were a must have! Plus the red powdercoating matched the RESZ Fab links!



Next I decided to tackle replacing the OEM rear brake lines for 20" extended stainless steel braided ones from Low Range Offroad. It wasn't too bad for not knowing what I was doing, but if you wanted to see how it is done I made a detailed YouTube video explaining the process, check it out here:




Then I had a local shop called Rocky Mountain Sprayliners do the install of my Metal Tech 4x4 long travel rear coils and now it is all done! I officially have rear long travel!















And recently I removed my rear sway bar, so now I have even more flex!
 

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Another event that occurred in January of 2019 was my alternator going out! Lasted 129,000 miles so it was to be expected. Started off as the typical alternator whine and then soon I noticed the drop in volatage and the difficulty the FJ had starting up and staying alive. So I just ran down to AutoZone and got a Duralast one. I also ordered a Tacoma one from eBay but it arrived unusable and damaged... Sad day. Either way I installed a 130A alternator intended for a Tacoma with the Towing Package to replace the 100A FJ Cruiser one, now my rig is a little better equipped for the additional accessories.



Kind of a pain to remove, but this was my first ever alternator replacement!


The old and the new (refurbished) alternators.


After getting into a minor car accident that damaged my front steel Demello bumper (read more about that in the future posts of this thread) it allowed the insurance company to replace it with an Expedition One WyoOtto bumper that we ordered through Cruiser Gear! (In hopes of winning the Lengend Cruiser Giveaway) It was perfect since I've always loved the look of Exp One bumpers and now I could finally get one! Swapped over the old Warn M8000 winch along with the GZila Designs aluminum hause fairlead and Factor 55 ProLink. Also swapped over my Baja Designs Squadron-R Sport LEDs since they work perfectly with this bumper (and with some washers used for spacing you can get them centered in the fog light pocket). However my eBay 6" LED bars I had on my old bumper didn't work well with this bumper's angled top, so I had to look around for a while until I found the LED bar that I wanted to install on top.
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With the money I got from selling my old, and only slightly damaged Demello Offroad bumper, I was able to then buy ANOTHER big mod I've been dreaming of for a long time, Ricochet Offroad skid plates! I got a full set of skids and had the visible front pieces anodized red to made the color scheme of my FJ (white, black, and red). The install took quite some time but I got it all figured out! Luckily I could install them in my uncle's garage since the day I put them on it snowed 6 inches outside!! (I also put the front filler plate on wrong at first and had the fix that a couple days later, but it is all good now!) And I discovered later that with rear long travel and the Ricochet gas tank skid, at full flex where the rear driver's side tire is tucked, the drive-line scrapes slightly on the skid, so I took an angle grinder to it and took off a bit so scrapping wouldn't occur in the future and possibly damage the drive line or skid plate.

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And then for Christmas I got an LED bar I've always thought looked good and would go with my preferred styling, and that is the Extreme LEDs X6S 25" slim light bar. It fits perfectly on the top of the Expedition One bumper given the width, and though I had to get the mounts custom extended to work with the angle of the Exp One bumper, it now looks great and works great! The amber side LEDs definitely aren't as bright as the Baja Designs amber LEDs I have but that could be because of the diffused lens. The white center LEDs of this bar are GREAT! Love the look, and I got the wireless remote with it and wired it to work in a way so I can use the remote on my keychain or I can turn on the amber side LEDs along with my amber fog lights using the same factory button as well as turn on the white center LEDs with my high beams like you can with the factory driving lights since I have that factory switch too.

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Recently found that my rear Icon 2.0" diameter long travel shocks had started leaking and were basically doing nothing, so an upgrade was required! Contacted Metal Tech 4x4 and using their St. Patrick's Day sale on Icon shocks, got new Icon 2.5" diameter rear long travel shocks with reservoirs equipped with CDCV. Installed them as per the instructions I was emailed from Metal Tech after finding none in my box that was shipped and now I have rear remote reservoirs! Super neat! Tested them out and while offroading I put them at setting level 10. It makes certain bumps that would have been jarring before now feel like riding on a cloud! I've had them set at 5 for normal driving. Still playing with the CDCV to find what I like best.

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And that about sums it up for now! So here is the mod list as it stands now. I'm glad to be evolving this FJ to meet my own vision and tastes in FJ styling. Scroll through other pages of this thread to read more details or see more photos of more recent mods.

The current mod list:

Exterior Mods:
Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares
Baja Rack Basket Style Roof Rack
Baja Rack Rear Door Ladder
Expedition One WyoOtto Front Bumper (Used to have ARB Bumper and then Demello 3-Hoop Bumper)
ARB Rear Bumper with High Clearance Trailer Hitch
Warn M8000 Winch
All Pro Kickout Sliders
Factor 55 ProLink - Red
Diode Dynamics HP5 LEDs - Cool White - Mirror Lights
Diode Dynamics HP3 LEDs - Cool White - License Plate Lights
Diode Dynamics XP50 LEDs - Back Up Lights
Cruiser Gear Angry Eye Headlight Decals
"Whited-Out" Toyota Grille Logo
XenonVision LED Headlights
Baja Designs Squardon-R Sport Amber Combo Beam
Ricochet Full Skid Plates with Expedition One Filler Plate - Visible Pieces Anodized Red
Extreme LEDs X6S Slim Series Amber White 25" Light Bar with Wireless Remote
Wits' End ARB to TEQ Conversion Sticker

Interior Mods:
Dash Flex LEDs - 8" White - Mounted under center console
Dash Flex LEDs - 12" White - Mounted under front doors
Springtail Rear Door Folding Rack, side rack, and console rack with M-Pac bags
Diode Dynamics SMD12 LED Board - Cool White - for both dome lights
2013 Trail Teams Door Sill Protectors
Lots of Velcro Patches on the ceiling! Mostly from CruiserGear
WheelSkins EuroTone Black & White Leather Steering Wheel Cover

Electronics/Sound:
Premium OEM sound with Subwoofer
Midland 75-822 40-channel CB Radio
Boztec CB Antenna Mount
Firestik Quick Disconnect
Firefly 3ft CB Antenna - Red

Engine/Performance Mods:
TRD Cold Air Intake
TRD Cat-Back Exhaust
130A Duralast Alternator (for a Tacoma with Towing Package)
Optima Red Top Battery

Suspension:
Icon 2.5" Front Coilovers
Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
(Gone) Old Man Emu Rear shocks and coils (889)
(Gone) Rough Country Rear Trac Bar
(Gone) Rough Country 6" Lift Rear Swaybar Links
(Gone) Rough Country 6" Lift Upper Control Arm Bump Stops
Metal Tech 4x4 Rear Bumpstop Spacer
Generic Front Sway-bar Relocation Kit
Energy Suspension Red Front Sway Bar Bushings
Moog Lower Control Arms (One)
RESZ Fab full rear link set + Panhard Bar (Duroflex joints)
(Gone) Bazross Custom Rear Sway-bar Quick Disconnect Links
Moog Front Sway Bar Links
(Gone) Icon 2.0 VS Series long travel shocks
Body Mount Chop
FJ Toyman Rear Shock Skids
Metal Tech Long Travel Rear Springs
Low Range Offroad Rear Extended Brake lines - 20" Stainless Steel
Icon Rear Long Travel Shocks 2.5" w/ Remote Reservoir w/ CDCV

Wheels/Tires:
315/70R17 BFGoodrich KO2s Load Range C
TRD Pro 17" wheels - Midnight Black
Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers

Wishlist:
Rear Lower Link Armor
 

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Updated! Just added the info about my Icon rear long travel shocks I installed as well as some FJ Toyman skids to keep them looking nice! Check in again soon for updates as this week I complete the long travel with having the rear coils and extended brake lines installed!







 

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Well recently I was able to get some things done in time for the FJ Summit 2019 that I had been meaning to do for a while. These included sanding, wire-brushing, and repainting my faded or rusting rear bumper, rear axle, and front skid plate. Detailed the interior as well for the first time in forever!






I also finally removed my rear sway bar so I can take full advantage of the rear long travel kit I have installed! No more binding or bent sway bar links!

But here is how she looks today!




 

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What is the reference of Icon 2.0 VS Series long travel shocks ?
On the website Icon I see nothing for rear long travel that series 2.0 and 2.5 classic (I have 2.0)
At the front there is but rear I can not find ?
 

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What is the reference of Icon 2.0 VS Series long travel shocks ?
On the website Icon I see nothing for rear long travel that series 2.0 and 2.5 classic (I have 2.0)
At the front there is but rear I can not find ?
Check MetalTech's website. They have kits and components for rear LT suspensions from Icon and Radflo.
 

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Fantastic build thread!:smile Thanks. Just curious what did you end up doing with your factory TT wheels???:|
I ended up selling them to a Tacoma owner in Utah! He sent me this picture
 

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Well today I got in a little accident. Luckily no one was hurt but it will be a while before I'm able to drive Icy again.

Essentially I was driving straight through an intersection and the people on the right side of my car (for some absurd reason) thought they were in a left hand turn lane (though they were in the right-most lane of traffic) and decided to start turning with no regard for who may or may not be in the way. Well guess what, I was in the way. And when you mess with the business end of the FJ, you GET it. Their driver's side doors got the full brute force of my front passenger corner as they veered into me, rendering their doors unusable and shattering the windows. From analyzing the damage I think my front bumper went into their front driver door and my fender/front tire hit the rear driver side door. Oof.

My FJ fared much better than their car did, however it looks like I have a broken Bushwacker fender flare, dented front fender, bent front Demello bumper (hopefully no frame damage), and a cracked lower control arm, among other small things. If it wasn't for the cracked LCA I could have driven away, but it was the tow truck for old Icy today. At least the Demello bumper did a stellar job at protecting my front corner! So glad I have the 3 hoop model as that hoop defected the roof and pillar of their car directly.

The girl driving was from out of state and was just not paying attention to what was going on, and to top it all off she didn't have insurance... so her car got towed and impounded while my deductible is what is taking care of me. A crummy situation but thank goodness for insurance. And thank goodness everyone was okay.

Hopefully this is one of those situations where I can get some upgrades out of the deal, perhaps a new Demello front bumper or even some Total Chaos lower control arms (which I'm sure wouldn't have cracked if they were installed in the first place). So we will see and keep our fingers crossed.
 

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