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2001 Toyota Land Cruiser UZJ100 in River Rock Green Mica





Factory specs and features:
  • 2UZ-FE V8 engine (230hp and 320ft/lbs)
  • Torsion Bar IFS
  • 4-Link with Panhard rod semi-floating rear axle
  • A-TRAC and VSC equipped
  • 6500lbs tow rating
Tires and axles:
  • 315/75r16 Goodyear MTRs on OEM 16" wheels
  • ARB air lockers front and rear (ARB high output compressor)
  • Nitro 4.88 gears
Suspension:
  • OME torsion bars and 860 rear springs
  • Radflo 2.5" emulsions shocks
  • Hardline Fabrication Services rear upper and lower links
  • 80 series extended rear sway bar links
  • Bump-It Offroad differential drop bracket
  • Custom frame link mount armor
  • Custom 1" body lift
Armor:
  • ARB front bumper (03+)
  • BIOR rear bumper with tire carrier and can carrier
  • BIOR engine skid
  • White Knuckle Offroad rock rails
  • Rear lower shock armor
  • Spressofab V.2 recovery brackets
Electrical:
  • Diehard Platinum primary battery and Yellow Top Optima auxiliary battery
  • Titan 12K winch with synthetic line
  • Rigid Industries 30" LED light bar
  • ARB fog lights
  • CREE LED reverse lights
  • George's LED dome lights
  • 5000K DDM HID low beams
  • JVC 840 headunit
  • Cobra 75 CB
Engine:
  • Doug Thorley ceramic coated headers
  • Safari Snorkel
  • DT catback (ordered)
Miscellaneous:
  • Ellis Precision transfer case knob and optima battery clamp
  • Source C02 tank

I would like to give a big thanks to a few companies that have great customer service and have helped me get my 100 to where it is:
Trdparts4u
Hardline Fabrication Services
Ellisprecision
Metaltech4x4


Two previous build threads, both sold.

2007 FJ Cruiser:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/member-build-ups/57388-layonnns-voodoo-build.html

1997 Land Cruiser (FZJ80)
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/member-build-ups/111649-layonnns-locked-fzj-80-a.html



A lot of folks have asked why i switched from the 80, so here it goes.
I was looking to get new tires, 35" MTRs to be exact. If i was going to go to that size, i'd need to regear to 4.88s, if i was going to regear and have to pull the axles, i need to repack and replace the bearings, WHILE i am doing that, i might as well replaced the rotors and bads, and the rear calipers look like they could use some replacing sometime in the near future, so might as well get to that too. All of this in total, would still have left me with a truck that i wouldn't feel comfortable towing more than ~3K lbs or so with IMO from having towed light loads with it. So, later on, when i finally have enough money saved to get a boat that weighed closed to 5Klbs, i'd have to get a second vehicle just to tow it with.
This towing issue coupled with the price of new 35s, regearing, repacking bearings, new brakes, was going to be a lot of money as well.


On the drive home from Georgia:





Day1:
295/75/r16 BFG All Terrains installed.
Remove running boards.
Remove sun roof wind visor.
Pressure wash and scrub floor mats, vacuum.
Grease the 6 zerks on the drive train.
Un-plug blown subwoofer (need to get speaker to replace, as it sounded great before it blew :) )
Get new Rain-X rear wiper, fix "saggy wiper syndrome"








Running boards on.


Running boards off.



 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Just ordered up the following today 8.17.11:
Rad-Flo 2.5" for frontdone
ARB bumper 03+ done
OME torsion bars and rear coils done
Bump it offroad diff drop kit done
And Safari Snorkeldone

White Knuckle Offroad rock rails were ordered a few days ago. They are being built right now, takes about 2-3 weeks?done

Also, removed hood bug deflector and cleaned/reconditioned all leather seats.

Here are some before and after pics from the bumper and OME install:





Parts laid out


Tear down, in retrospect, removing the grill was not necessary








Done!


OME before and after:
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After







Saturday night we spent up at my dad's shop. I installed my diff drop and rear lower shock armor, Hodges installed his snorkel.

Bump it offroad diff drop
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Looks good. I don't know why you sold your 80 series. I guess I'm partial, I like them more than the 100's.
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Looks great Layton. I can't wait to see it on Labor Day weekend because I know it won't look anything like it does right now. :bigthumb:
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Layonnn, This is exactly my future build! Good luck, I've subscribed and will be watching. Did you ever see the 100 build with the SAS (by Slee Off-Road) in Overland Journal? There is a PDF of the article online. Here is a link for the build at Slee with a link for the PDF from Overland Journal!

http://www.sleeoffroad.com/project_vehicles/100SAS-PAUL/100sas_paul.htm

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Aw, Layton. I hated to see the 80 go, man. There was just something old-school about it.

Good looking 100, though. One thing to watch out for: Looks like from the photos that the front lower link mounts may need some armoring, like what Digger makes for the FJ rear links. They look like they hang down a wee bit. Future mod!

Congrats on the new rig! Oh, just noticed, new BFG's! (still has blue whitewall protector on the inner sides :)).
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

Layonnn, This is exactly my future build! Good luck, I've subscribed and will be watching. Did you ever see the 100 build with the SAS (by Slee Off-Road) in Overland Journal? There is a PDF of the article online. Here is a link for the build at Slee with a link for the PDF from Overland Journal!

Slee - Project Trucks

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I actually saw that rig in person at the Lonestar Jamboree. I think he had just gotten it back from Slee.

He destroyed the drivetrain on it the first day of the Jamboree. He was attempting a large ledge (with a little too much throttle from the sounds of it). Apparently the truck bounced (all 4 wheels in the air) and landed with all 4 wheels spinning fast. I can't recall everything that broke, but it was a lot: transfer case, one or two of the front axles, one or two of the rear axles, and something else.

I think he got it all fixed pretty soon after that and has been taking it on some pretty long expedition trips.
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

its looks even better in person. can't wait to help make this thing the beast it deserves to be. im sure you'll be pulling me out of some **** soon enough...
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

its looks even better in person. can't wait to help make this thing the beast it deserves to be. im sure you'll be pulling me out of some **** soon enough...
We need to make a trip to the "secret spot" ;)

I am going to go crank up the torsion bars later today, i got a 30mm socket.
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

I have a question...on the 100 series I have noticed after market torsion bars for sale.
Are the stock ones lighter than the after market ones?
By lifting the front with the stock ones, is there more stress put on them vs. buying the heavier after market ones?
Nice rig you got there...my brother in law just bought a 2001 a while back. His 80 was no wimp so it will be interesting to see what he does to his 100.
 

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Re: Layonnn's 100 Series 2001 Land Cruiser

I have a question...on the 100 series I have noticed after market torsion bars for sale.
Are the stock ones lighter than the after market ones?
By lifting the front with the stock ones, is there more stress put on them vs. buying the heavier after market ones?
Nice rig you got there...my brother in law just bought a 2001 a while back. His 80 was no wimp so it will be interesting to see what he does to his 100.
For a torsion bar, the thicker it is, the higher the spring rate. Aftermarket T-bars are usually thicker in diameter (by only a couple of millimeters), to handle heavier loads from steel bumpers, winch, dual batteries.

By cranking the torsion bars, you are not putting more stress on them, you are just changing the equilibrium (static) resting height. Adjusting the torsion bars is very analogous to changing the adjusting collar on adjustable coilovers.

Thanks.
The 80 is a great vehicle and extremely capable offroad even in stock form. I will go into more detail in the first post as to why i made the switch to a 100 series as most think i am a little crazy :)
 

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I remember way back when. Cranking torsion bars can make them snap. Maybe it's with older technology , but I remember being warned about it
Hmm, i haven't read anything about that on Mud. I think that would be more of an issue if you cranked the torsion bar up with the tires still on the ground. You are supposed to raise the vehicle before you do any adjusting to the bar to take load off of it.
 
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