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When the FJ came out, i thought it looked cool, but didn't really know about it's offroad ability.
I had an H3 brocure at my house and was seriously looking at buying. Test drove it. I can accelerate on my road bike faster than that thing. Decided to look around. Found this forum. Realized it could not only do some serious offroading, but do it in style.
So after about 3 test drives, I went in and bought it. I stayed up all night reading through the manuals and going look at it in the driveway, just oogling. I don't remember what packages i got. It has the FJammer, A-TRAC, locker, and keyless entry. That is all i cared about really.
At the beginning i just wanted lift and tires. Man, it's like pringles, once you pop, you can't stop.
The stock FJ and Beau the dog.

The work in progress
 

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Armor
ARB Bull Bar
ARB rock sliders w/ skids




Suspension
Old Man Emu 886 and 895 springs with OME shocks

Tires
BFGoodrich A/T's in 285/70/r17 on stock alloys painted black (street and mild wheeling set)

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/wheels-tires/51197-blacked-out-alloys.html


Super Swamper LTB's in 34x10.50r16 mounted on ProComp 87 series in 16x8 w/3.75" BS and Gorilla black lugs (wheeling set)

I decided to go with these tires for a couple of reasons.
The trails down here are mostly ran in jeeps. Therefore, they are just wide enough for jeeps. Most of the time the trails are slick mud and this is the worst enemy of the BFG A/T. To get through some sections, i would have to use a good bit of throttle and have some speed.
Speed + not much traction + tight trails = the very likely chance of banged up body panels.
So, i went with a very aggressive bias ply tire as a wheeling only tire. Tall and narrow to reach down into the ruts that most of these trails have. They are no fun to drive on the highway. The FJ felt like a sports car when i put the A/T's back on.
Another reason, 126 a tire!!!

Engine
TRD cold air intake
Doug Thorley y-pipe
JBA cat-back exhaust (tip re-routed out to the side)

Lighting
PIAA extreme white H4 bulbs
IPF 900XS series driving lights
 

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Recovery gear
Warn M8000 winch
Hi-Lift Xtreme 48"
Warn bow shackles and receiver hitch shackle
ARB 11,000 kg recovery strap
TomTom GO 720
Heavy duty leather gloves

Misc. mods
The Source 10lb CO2 tank
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/59758-how-install-co2-tank-rear.html

Body mount chop (done by Searchers 4x4)
Tundra handles
Blacked out mirrors and White bezel
Demello Hi-Lift mounts
Scuba mod (transfer, trans, rear axle, locker)
Cut rear mud flaps
Installed extra 12volt outlets (one in rear and one in center console)
First Aid kit
New addition: safety hammer mounted to drivers door
 

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My number one trail guide, Beaumont
Maybe more so that going out on the trails, his number one passion is to just sit in the backyard and watch the squirrels and birds play around. He will also sometimes try to climb the tree to get squirrels. You can tell he has duck hunting in his genes.




 

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Trail Shots
At the LA 4x4 expo

In St. Francisville, a very fun/technical place to wheel.




Thought i was gonna hit this tree.


Lastly, me recovering a Jeep :p
 

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More trail shots.
These first few are from a trail ride at Big easley a couple weeks ago.





notice no dent on the side :)




These are a few from the ride at Sicily Island. These trails (as jason and i have discussed) are WAY too tight to run a full size without taking damage. I don't believe there was even a single jeep that didn't get damage out there.




 

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Looks great Layton! The picture with ARB sliders has skids on them. Are they modded or does ARB ship them like that? I've never noticed those.

They are sold separate. I picked the skids up from trdparts4u for cheap and the sliders from torasport.
The sliders have little square holes built for adding them via carriage nuts. Helps keep things from getting lodged in between the arms of the sliders. Also, if/when i pick up an air jack, hopefully from the group buy, these will make the point the jack lifts from a little wider and safer to use. Still waiting on the titan 4ton air jack group buy.
 

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Alright i talked to my brother today, and tomorrow i am going over to my family's shop and picking out what leather set-up i want in the FJ. I am thinking solid black with the middle insert being black, perforated leather.
 

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Very nice looking rig!

Do you have any idea how the swampers do in snow?
Hmm, i have never seen snow. So, nope :lol:
They are not siped (could be easily i assume) So, on ice they would probably be slippery. I am guessing they would do pretty good in deep snow due to their very open lug design, but just a guess.
 

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Yeah Steve, he did those mirrors at my house!!!! The man does beautiful work!!!!

Kim
Ah, thanks Kim,
Okay, so my Dad and brothers business had a grandopening event at their new location they moved to today. Figured it was a good time to go buy check out the new shop (which is ridiculously bigger than the last), play with my dog, and eat some great jambalya.
While i was there, the Katzkin rep was there as well. I talked to my brother about getting some Black leather seats with memory foam and extra lumbar padding put in. Also, to get the FJ cruiser logo in dark grey on the seats. Oh, and i am i getting this at dealer cost, yay:clap:. I know some of you fringe and say "ugh, leather in a 4x4?" . I find these seats to be quite uncomfortable. It was the only thing i didn't like in the test drive. Maybe it's because i am a skinny guy (6'1" 180).

I have a scanguageII coming from Dirty Parts. (thanks Larry)

On the way home, stopped by Pepboys and picked up a safety hammer. Lot's of rivers, lakes, and streams near here. Don't wanna be stuck inside my vehicle under water with no working power windows and pressure too great to open the door.
 

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The ScanguageII is installed. Will get some pics up, whenever i get something else added that is worth taking the time to upload the pics. I mounted it on the bottom of the silver panel to the drivers left via velcro. I didn't like the way it looked sitting on top of the steering column.
 

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Thanks string. The skids come as an option to the ARB rails. The bracket arms have square holes that captive nuts sit in. Then you just bolt up from the bottom. If you have rock rails that have round arms, you could probably fab up something with u-bolts maybe. I like that these have ribs in them to give them strength. I don't know my thickness of steel very well, but i think these are 1/8" maybe. The are pretty solid.
I wish skid for the rest of the vehicle would have ribs in them for added strength, may be able to keep weight down by using thinner steel if this was done.
 

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that is also my thought, when i saw those. i am not really into adding another 180 pounds to the fj right now. i am looking at other options and a smart skid mod that is friendly to it yet gives me protection i need. it does pay to get up early..thanks
Oh my, they are not near that heavy for the skids. Im thinking maybe 10-15lbs each??? I easily held it up with one hand while i started to thread the bolts in.

Unless you are referring to full skids (not slider skids). I am still looking for somewhere to buy HDPE or UHMWV (or whatever those letters are) and someone that wants to split a 4x8 sheet. I have a few tools including a torch to heat this stuff up and bend it with. If someone around here wants to take a saturday and make these, i would be willing to put the time in and split the cost of the sheet.
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys. I just scored 4 hella 500's from a fellow member.

I already have bull bar mounted IPF's so these will go on the roof. There are a couple light bar options, the naik and like, which are basically a straight bar connect each side of the roof rack that the lights mount to. There is also the type that usmsgt ( i think) uses, the defender light bar or something. This is what i would rather have for the protection of the lights. A lot of the trails we run here are tight, and have vines or branches overhead that could easily damage the lights, so a bar over the lights is preferred to keep everything safe. However, this light bar is WAY too big.

My solution is roughly pictured below. I sent this to a local 4x4 fab shop and he said he could do it. It would still have a bar over top, but be much lower to the roof rack.
 

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Trail picture section updated with some damage shots
 

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It sure looks better than it did at first ,the "damage" that is
Just think it could look like mine

I have talked to "my people" and we will be going out maybe mid June to adjust the main trails to allow an FJ fit with ease as we WANT to see FJ's out on these trails
Ive cleaned it up a lot. I still need to go by that dent repair place. Probably tomorrow.
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys.

Okay, so after i removed the interior door panel on the suicide door, i could pop out the dent some. It is now just wavy in that section, which is better to me than two large dimples. I just waxed it and cleaned it very well the other day.

I bought 4 Hella 500's from a forum member for 100. I am kind of debating wiring them up and buying/getting a light bar made or selling them because i don't have a whole lot of need for them. They would be about 90% for looks. And i don't need any more wind resistance as is.

I am kind of a simplistic/better to be prepared kind of guy and i guess that shows by what i buy for the FJ.
 

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Puulboy, I am still in the process of getting the leather. My dad told me that this new kit has just come out for the FJ and he wants me to come look at a sample before i order the black with perforated black center. My dads shop is on the other side of town though so i have just been putting it off and been busy.

FJammin, at 15 psi the LTB's run well. The only spots i have gotten stuck many other rubicons and such were getting stuck with even bigger tires. In the mud, they almost don't even spin, they just walk through everything. I am not that great of a driver though.

Summer time for me is wakeboarding time. So i will be not as active in going out on trail rides. Especially since i learned 3 new flips this past weekend!
 

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Doug Thorley y-pipe (aka the "i can't afford the URD y-pipe" y-pipe) is on order and should arrive Wednesday.
 

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Hey Layton,

Very nice rig!

What kind of basket do you have attached to the front of the stock roof rack? At first I thought it was a Wilderness Systems/Garvin rack but kinda looks like a Yakima......

Thanks
PB
I think i sent you a pm back but it was the Coleman roof basket that has since been removed and sold.

Two new updates coming to the FJ that will have pics as soon as they are installed:
Safari Snorkel and Katzkin black leather :clap: oh and two steel jerry cans
 
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