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I managed to get my FJ offroad a couple of times this weekend :)

It was awesome, but now I'd like to go through and make sure everything is still where it's supposed to be.

I'm used to doing this after mountain biking (especially races), because I know bouncing around on rocks tends to loosen bolts or worse...

That's about as far as my knowledge goes.. I know there are bolts I should check, but I'm really just not sure where to start. That's why I'm here....

What are the key areas I should go over? What do you typically check after off-roading (besides your underwear :lol:)?


*edit* I should add that I have downloaded the factory service manual (including torque specs for everything)
 

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Re: List of things to check after Off-roading?

if there are no obvious sounds and such after wheeling,
then the biggest thing i to keep an eye out for leaks...

mud can easilly get at seals at times, luck of the draw
really, and you just want to keep an eye out for wet
areas...

If you every burry yourself in mud, it is not uncommon to
have the e-brake unadjust itself too, so make sure your
ebrake still feels the same...

if you have stock rear lower trailing arms, look to see if
they are still straight and not bent upward from impact
and such...

if you did water crossing and/or mud, get the grease gun
out and hit the ujoints and slip joints on the drive shafts...

also, of you have not done a breather relocation yet and
have been in water, then oyu want to make sure none
got into the rear axle, look for milky looking fluid, by pulling
the rear plug (not bottom) and puting you finger or using a
screw drive as a dipstick and check it....

I usally crawl under my fj and look all around it for anything
out of wack... I do this before had too, this was I can easily
spot something not quite right, getting to know your truck
is never a bad thing...

make sure all mud is off you brakes and rims inside and
out too... and you radiator is clear too !...

there are tons of things to look for... just neeed to keep an
eye and ear tuned to it !...




OHHhhh, and congrats on the link set from BIRDMAN ! :bigthumb:
 

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Re: List of things to check after Off-roading?

Thanks bandi! Good post! I'll be checking on that stuff asap, and my scuba kit from fjnewb is on the way :)

I'm pretty meticulous about all of my machines (bicycles and vehicles alike). I currently have an annoying chirp from the rear when I hit bumps. Pretty sure it's a rear link bushing... Fortunately that will be fixed soon. :)

I'm definitely stoked for those links from birdman!
 

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Re: List of things to check after Off-roading?

I usally crawl under my fj and look all around it for anything
out of wack... I do this before had too, this was I can easily
spot something not quite right, getting to know your truck
is never a bad thing...

make sure all mud is off you brakes and rims inside and
out too... and you radiator is clear too !...
Very good advice. This is exactly what I do. I will lay under there for several minutes just looking around. This is a good way to see where you might need more underbody protection.

I also remove my tires after I get in mud(I hate mud). Here in Texas our mud has small rocks mixed in with it. This can cause some problems if it gets into your brakes. This also allows you to look at your suspension / brake pads / brake lines / and inside of your tires to check for anything out of the ordinary. I also clean my wheels / tires and rotate them if it is that time.
 
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