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ksfrogman's magma build: Orange Crush---A TURTLE

My inspiration ("Speedy" the desert tortoise):


Orange Crush: A TURTLE = All Terrain Upclimb Recovery Transport for Light Equipment



Current Configuration (recent) to older photos . . .

9/04/2014


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2013 FJ Cruiser
Purchased Tuesday morning, 8-20-13 from Toyota Vallejo
Convenience Package
Offroad Package


Suspension:
Metal Tech Offset Lower Link (rear LCA)
ICON STAGE 2 to be installed 9-4-14
58647 (QTY 1)- Extended Travel Adjustable Coil-over Shock Kit
58551 (QTY 1)- Billet Uniball Upper Control Arm Kit
52700 (QTY 1)- 2' Lift rear Coil-spring Kit
56505 (QTY 2)- ICON VS 2.0 Aluminum Series Rear Mono-tube Shocks w/ Internal Reservoir

Engine Bay
Expedition One FJC 2013-14 Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Kit. 1.8 Gallon Plastic ***INCLUDES PARTS TO RELOCATE AIR PUMP*** en route
sPod System - TBI

Exterior:
Bi-Xenon Projector headlights w/ 35W Morimoto Ballasts and Orange LED Halos
BajaRack drop-in basket now replaced by...
Baja Spylight System Rack with SFA modification for satellite radio - TBI
Trail Teams black-out grille with Plasti-Dipped Toyota Emblem
Dupli-Color black bumper coating on front lower valance/bezel
Trail Teams black rear center valance
Trail Teams black-out mirrors
Tacoma black handles
PRO COMP, Series 7036 Wheels, 17x9, Flat Black
OEM Bridgestone Dueler H/T P265/70R-17
Body Mount Chop (Anatomy of a Body Mount Chop and Carrot Juice)
Class III Hidden Hitch and OEM wiring harness
Pure FJ branded All Pro standard sliders powder coated and accented.
Relocated aftermarket rear sensors
ARB Safari Snorkel Install
HELLA Supertone Twin Horn Kit
BudBuilt 5-piece combo - stainless steel, powder coated black
RockTek rear LCA armor - to be installed
Custom painted Thule Atlantis 1600 Roof Box
Boztec rear differential skid plate

Interior
Tuffy Security Console with secure floor bolt sealed in silicone
Passenger armrest delete and cover
Rugged Ridge Floor Liners (F and R)
Covercraft UVS100 Heat Shield
Springtail FJ side rack combo with large 1st Aid Pouch (orange)
Ellis Precision Shift Knobs (BlackIce Automatic)
Expedition One Trail Series Rear Bumper with Smooth Motion Tire Carrier - en route.
Back-up Camera Mount Bracket for FJ Cruiser

Future plans/wish list

FJNewb Scuba Mod - received; to be installed
Trasharoo Spare Tire Trash Bag
Initial thoughts about suspension:
Radflo (or King equivalent) Front 2.5" Coil-Over Shock w/ IFP (0-2" lift) - 600 or 650 lb springs
Radflo (or King equivalent) Rear 2.5 Non-Coil Shock w/ IFP (0-2" lift)
LED Light Bars
Man-O-Fre auxiliary fuel tank
2nd battery with Kar Tek battery box

Notes (Stock vs OME):
Front:
STOCK 16mm x 100mm/115mm x 345mm - 7.75 coils - 3.7kg - 580lb/in
FJ 16mm x 100mm/115mm x 351mm - 8.75 coils - ...kg - ...lb/in (+0.24" +...%)
883 17mm x 100mm/115mm x 375mm - 10.6 coils - 5.7kg - 590lb/in (+1.18" +2%)
884 17mm x 100mm/115mm x 385mm - 10.6 coils - 5.7kg - 590lb/in (+1.58" +2%)
885 17mm x 100mm/115mm x 395mm - 10.6 coils - 5.7kg - 590lb/in (+1.97" +2%)
886 18mm x 100mm/115mm x 402mm - 12.5 coils - x.xkg - 660lb/in (+2.25" +14%)

Rear:
STOCK 15mm x 160mm/115mm x 360mm - 6 coils - 2.7kg - 180lb/in
FJ 15mm x 100mm/115mm x 375mm - 6.5 coils - ...kg - ...lb/in (+0.6" +...%)
895 17mm x 160mm/115mm x 390mm - 6.75 coils - 5.6kg - 260lb/in (+1.18" +45%)
896 18mm x 160mm/115mm x 390mm - 6.75 coils - 6.4kg - 318lb/in (+1.18" +75%)
897 19mm x 160mm/115mm x 390mm - 6.75 coils - 7.2kg - 387lb/in (+1.18" +115%)
How I decided on the magma FJ: here

My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to have a conservative FJ build.

The Beginning . . .

I decided to start a story/build thread for (1) documentation, (2) fun, (3) because wife is out of town and this will keep me out of trouble (until she sees this thread).

I will continue to add to this thread over time. The FJ will be a daily driver, so there will be some practical compromises. This is my 16th vehicle including 2 crotch rockets and a JetSki, and I've lived through the joy of modifying each and every one. My mod requirements are, and not necessarily in order:

a) has to be practical (consider safety, drive-ability, mpg (to an extent), inside cargo capacity)
b) has to be fun
c) wife has to like it
d) has to fit in garage
e) has to look good (like a fat, orange frog)
f) should not compromise longevity or ergonomics
g) must keep me safe from zombies
h) approaches should be technically eloquent

The day after purchase, it's home next to the SUV it will replace. Bye Exploder!


Here come the toys...
 

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In goes the Baja Rack (Drop-in Basket). I love it!
Install thread: http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/interior-exterior-visual-tech/185569-baja-rackness-drop-basket.html



On 9-1-2013, I installed the Tuffy Security Console. Some pointers on how I did this can be found here:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/tuffy-security-products/186321-tuffy-security-console-installation-many-photos.html







Today, I decided to install the OEM black grille after "Plasti Dipping" the TOYOTA emblem.


Next, comes the FJC Forums Emblem. The studs were a bit long, so I trimmed them.


Once you go black, you won't go back------->


I had these Pure FJ Sliders (standard) powder coated.

This oil-based paint was a virtually a perfect match.

I scuffed up the paint, applied primer, Rust-Oleum enamel paint, then a few coats of clear enamel.





Role reversal: The BMW is collecting more dust sitting inside the garage than the FJ is parked outside.


Springtail/M-PAC side rack combo w/ Molle First-aid bag and LED Maglite.
 

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Looks great so far...

I believe my vehicle would not meet any of your criterion... except fitting in the garage. :D
 

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Looks good Doc. Are you saving the Botox license plate off the Exploder?

I thought that you might like this logo. I'm sure that you can alter the color a bit.
I love it. Thanks!

Yes, I'm saving the license plate. Just waiting for the DMV papers.
 

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Re: Orange Crush

Akona is great gear, I have quite a few pieces. Remove their name, tweak the color in photoshop and go over to Cafe' Press and have a few stickers made. I did it w/ the NSSE from a few years ago.

R.E.M. - Orange Crush with lyrics - YouTube
That's terrific; I'll do that. I even like the song. Is your FJ army green or some other custom color?

Here, I made you a custom color animated GIF to match your sig FJ color...
 

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Army Green. The 2011 NSSE's (Not So Special Edition) were factory mistakes. Destined to be TTSE's (Trail Team Special Editions), but they were missing a few items like the 3 gauge dash cluster, the Bilstein shocks and the rear power inverter. So they were sold as UPGRADE PKG #3.

G'night Doc :cheers:
 

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Great start. :cheers:
 

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Looking good. It'll be nice to see a Magma build, especially when you finish the blackout and an aftermarket bumper (hint, hint).

The name is pretty awesome too. :clap:
 

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In goes the Class III Hidden Hitch. Started this install after work. I just slid the rear exhaust of the hanger, and balanced the tow hitch on the jack. Bolts were torqued to 75 lb-ft. The installation kit came with two ingenious bolt guide wires to help fish the bolts through the holes from inside the frames.

We all know this sits lower than the OEM hitch. I chose this route so this can be my rear bumper protector. The Draw-Tite I had on my Exploder protected me from a Pontiac Sunfire, Lexus LS400, and BMW 535i, all of which kissed my butt in a not so gentle way.
 

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So I just relocated the dealer installed aftermarket sensors that were mounted too low. I also changed out the valance/diffuser since I'm slowly blacking out certain parts.

The sensors utilize tiny coaxial-type cable, which was difficult to splice. The hitch ball no longer sets off the sensors while backing up.
 

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wow, the blackout looks great and so it should with that colour truck ... your primary purpose for that style of hitch was protection, then? ...
:cheers:
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07 FJ Cruiser – Voodoo Blue - C Pckge – AT
Toytec Ultimate 3” Lift / Total Chaos UCA
285/70R/17 Michelin LTX A/T
ECGS 3rd/front diff 4.56 gears / ARB Front Locker / ARB mini compressor
DeMello Hybrid Sliders / Scuba Mod / AT Cooler
Clazzio Seat Covers / Industrial Forming Roll Top Console Cover
 

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wow, the blackout looks great and so it should with that colour truck ... your primary purpose for that style of hitch was protection, then? ...
:cheers:
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07 FJ Cruiser – Voodoo Blue - C Pckge – AT
Toytec Ultimate 3” Lift / Total Chaos UCA
285/70R/17 Michelin LTX A/T
ECGS 3rd/front diff 4.56 gears / ARB Front Locker / ARB mini compressor
DeMello Hybrid Sliders / Scuba Mod / AT Cooler
Clazzio Seat Covers / Industrial Forming Roll Top Console Cover
Yes, protection mainly, and occasionally to pull my storage trailer. I had a similar hitch on the Explorer, and it spared me from any damage whatsoever after being rear-ended thrice.
 
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