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Which type of FJ build do you prefer?

  • Stock rocks! Keeping it factory built.

    Votes: 15 11.8%
  • Overland build, home is where you park it.

    Votes: 27 21.3%
  • Weekend warrior build. Still a daily driver but 33s and a 3" lift will take you far!

    Votes: 73 57.5%
  • Crawler build, long travel and 35s with beadlocks reign here!

    Votes: 9 7.1%
  • Solid Axle Swap Build, where we're going we don't need roads!

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • Mall Crawler Build. 6" lift with 22" wheels and never touched dirt. We're still talking FJs right?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Baja Build. Wide long travel, fiberglass fenders, 80 mph through the desert!

    Votes: 2 1.6%

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Here's this month's question for ya'll, what style of FJ Cruiser build do you prefer? Feel free to explain your reasoning below!

And for further clarification on the selections here is how I see builds...

Stock build - loving how it drives from the factory and not wanting to mess that up.

Overland Build - typically many mods for overland style off-roading such as roof top tents, dual batteries, fridges, rear cargo boxes, and usually bull bar-style bumpers and OME suspension.

Weekend Warrior build - this is the most standard type of build. Still very modded for offroad but not too extreme since this is a daily driver. 33s and 3" lifts common with this as well as bumpers, sliders, etc.

Crawler build - for those looking for more of an off-road dedicated rig and are willing to sacrifice serious ride quality in some cases. Long travel and no sway bars with 35s are common here. Full protection from bumpers to skid plates are a must.

Solid Axle Swap Build - speaks for itself. Will be an absolute beast running 37"+ tires and having crazy articulation for maximum off-road potential. Covered with mods like bumpers and sliders. Don't be surprised to see roll cages with these too.

Mall Crawler Build - for FJs looking to just show off mods but not looking for off-road practicality. Large wheels often found here along with "over-the-top" mods that are just flashy. Not saying 6" lifts aren't for real off-roading but there is a reason 3" lifts are more common.

Baja Build - 3.5" wide travel with fiberglass fenders to accommodate the extra width and wheel travel. Roll cages are usually found as well as lots of engine/performance mods. Maybe even a V8 swap!
 

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I voted weekend warrior. Nothing like wheeling your daily to make you feel like your living life on the edge! :D Plus I think in some ways it's harder to build a good weekend warrior than it is a dedicated wheeling rig. You're constantly battling a compromise between road worthiness and offroad capability. How much are you willing to put up with?
 

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Yap weekender here. Still working for a living. My FJ's my daily driver. Our 4Runner is the wife's daily driver. It is nice knowing that whatever the weather throws at us we can always make it to work. On our off time our toyota's can get us to some great fishing and camping spots here in the Pacific Northwest.
 

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Weekend Warrior with scratches & dents.
Front bumper held on with zip ties.
 

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I voted weekend warrior. Nothing like wheeling your daily to make you feel like your living life on the edge! :D Plus I think in some ways it's harder to build a good weekend warrior than it is a dedicated wheeling rig. You're constantly battling a compromise between road worthiness and offroad capability. How much are you willing to put up with?
I'm with Iconic on this one. Battling the compromise, most of us can't afford a Daily driver and a heavily built up FJ
A lot of mod's have an affect on the drivability of an FJ, just put on Copper STT Pro's and wow the noise and gas milage difference.
 

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I'm going for a hybrid build of sorts. Taking a little from each area to build mine.

I wanted Overland features for added comfort and extended trips/ adventures.

Weekend warrior traits with a splash of crawler. It's hard to turn down a challenging run so I added the some LT bits to conquer some of the harder stuff.

The truck will never be a mall crawler. Didn't buy it new and scratches are nothing more than a good story and a bit of character IMO.

Fortunately it isn't a DD or I'd probably dial it back some but I'm currently happy with the blend that's on there and wouldn't hesitate to take it on a several hundred mile trek, wheel it and drive home in "FJ comfort".
FJ Comfort= drives like a dog house, aerodynamics of a brick, awesome gas mileage . But the smiles per mile are always there every time I get behind the wheel!
 

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Question, what about running high speed at desert/sand dune with long travel, but not racing (excuse for my lack of terms).

Don't think that's a weekend warrior, but that's what I'd like to do it to mine.
 

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The closest option was the weekend warrior with a 3" lift but my reality is 2". Ideally as near stock as feasible to get 33.6" tall tires in the wheel wells. So many other things are more important.
 

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Question, what about running high speed at desert/sand dune with long travel, but not racing (excuse for my lack of terms).

Don't think that's a weekend warrior, but that's what I'd like to do it to mine.
Prerunner! Might add that to the list for our desert friends if possible FJX.
 

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O, but doesn't prerunner mean 4x2 only?
For Tacoma's yes. But IMO prerunner doesn't necessarily mean a 2WD vehicle. At it's most basic description it is a vehicle race teams use to practice courses with, typically Baja/KOH type events. So yeah the description is a little subjective but I would say its anything that is built to go fast in the desert.
 

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I'm going for a hybrid build of sorts. Taking a little from each area to build mine.

I wanted Overland features for added comfort and extended trips/ adventures.

Weekend warrior traits with a splash of crawler. It's hard to turn down a challenging run so I added the some LT bits to conquer some of the harder stuff.

The truck will never be a mall crawler. Didn't buy it new and scratches are nothing more than a good story and a bit of character IMO.

Fortunately it isn't a DD or I'd probably dial it back some but I'm currently happy with the blend that's on there and wouldn't hesitate to take it on a several hundred mile trek, wheel it and drive home in "FJ comfort".
FJ Comfort= drives like a dog house, aerodynamics of a brick, awesome gas mileage . But the smiles per mile are always there every time I get behind the wheel!
Pretty much what he said.... But I voted rock crawler because I keep modding in that direction and can't stop, so it's only a matter of time :lol: And I seriously LOVE rock crawling!! Recently swapped rear axle to acquire an 8.2 third, regeared to 4.56, did BMC to get 35s, ditched rear SB and shopping rear LT setup, swapped to 2.5" front coilovers, and have disconnects on front SB. Also adding an awning up top. So as usual, I don't fit into the categories...hybrid! :clap:
 

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Question, what about running high speed at desert/sand dune with long travel, but not racing (excuse for my lack of terms).

Don't think that's a weekend warrior, but that's what I'd like to do it to mine.
Prerunner! Might add that to the list for our desert friends if possible FJX.
Added! Baja Build!
 
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