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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Sandman14: INFO, MOD & BUILD Thread

October 2017

March 2014 - stock...

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser 5A 4WD in Quicksand (Color Code 02KP), Urban Package

Vehicle was factory ordered through Exeter Toyota, Ontario, CANADA.

Production Timeline:
November 13, 2013 – wife ‘allows’ husband to buy an FJ, after years of dreaming!!!
November 20, 2013 – agreement to purchase.
December 16, 2013 – FJ shows up in dealer online inventory.
January 2014 – Production Month of vehicle in Japan.
January 23, 2014 – FJ is on the Pacific in a freighter enroute to Vancouver.
February 8, 2014 – in Vancouver compound.
February 12, 2014 – on freight train from Vancouver to Toronto.
February 24, 2014 – vehicle arrives at dealership in Exeter, Ontario
February 27, 2014 – FJ picked up (12 km/7.5 mi on Odometer) & driven home in a snowstorm...

Mod List:


ARB Old Man Emu BP-51 Shock Absorbers, rear medium springs 2017-05
Camburg UCA's, performance balljoint upper arm kit 2017-05
Body Mount Chop 2017-05


Ellis Precision Black Aluminum Door Sills - 2014-05
MetalTech 4x4 Step Slider w/ 2 Stage Rub Rail - 2015-01
FJToyman Rear Shock Skids, powder coated Orange, c/w SS Bolt Bumpers - 2015-04
Boztec Rear Differential Skid
Ricochet 9-Piece Complete Aluminum Armor Kit, Anodized Orange - 2015-05-09
- fuel tank skid plate, natural brushed aluminum
- front lower control arm guards, powder coated 2017-05 RAL 2000 to match new BudBuilts
- Heavy duty front bash plate & engine skid, SOLD
- transmission skid plate, SOLD
- transfer case skid plate, SOLD
- supporting crossmember, SOLD
- rock block cat tube mount protectors.SOLD
BudBuilt Steel Armor Plates - 4-piece combo with SS hardware - custom powder coated orange [RAL2000] 2017-05
- Front Skid
- Mid Skid
- Transfer Case Skid
- Crossmember
Trailworx - Lower Link Armor (rear trailing arms) 2017-06
Demello Evil Eye Front Bumper, Steel 2017-05
- Expedition One Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Kit
- Expedition One Air Pump Relocation Kit
Expedition One Trail Series Rear Bumper with Smooth Motion Tire Carrier 2017-05
- Geri mount bracket for Rotopax
- Back up camera mount bracket


Goodyear Duratracs, LT285/70R17 D-Rated | 2017-06
Stealth Custom Series, RAY10s, Matte Jet Black, 17x8.5, 2017-06
Goodyear Duratracs, LT265/70R17 C-Rated | picked up 2014-01-27 | installed 2014-04-04 SOLD
Powder coat alloys matte black | 2014-04-04 SOLD[/B ]
Custom FJ Wheel Centre Caps | 2014-04-18 | SOLD


WARN ZEON 12S Platinum winch 2017-05
- ZEON Platinum Control Pack Relocation Kit (long)
Factor55 Hawse Fairlead 1.5 2017-07
Factor55 FlatLink E Winch Line Shackle Mount - Limited Edition Orange - 2017-07
TRED [Total Recovery & Extraction Device], Desert Tan with leashes and carrying bag | 2014-09
Rocktek Hi-Lift adapter from Red Dirt Offroad - 2015-04
Hi-Lift X-treme XT-485 Jack - 2015-03
Hi-Lift Handle Keeper - 2015-03
Hi-Lift Off-Road Base - 2015-03
BubbaRope Kinetic Recovery Rope - Renegade 3/4" x 20', 19,000lb breaking strength - 2015-03
MasterPull Kinetic Recovery Rope - Super Yanker 7/8 x 20', 28,500lb breaking strength - 2015-03
Recovery Hook for Receiver Hitch, 10,000lb rating - 2015-03
Four VanBeest 3/4" Green Pin Shackles - 2015-03
Viair 440P Portable Air Compressor - 2015-03
ARB Speedy Seal Tire Puncture Repair Kit - 2015-03
ARB E-Z Tire Deflator Kit - 2015-03
Fiskar 30" Axe
Yardman Mini D-Handle Shovel
Heavy Duty Booster Cables, 2-ga, 20' long


Switch-Pro SP-8100 Bezel Style 8-switch panel power system 2017-05
Blue Sea Systems 10-gang Common 150-Amp Busbar with cover (model 2300)
BajaDesign 2017-05
- Squadron-R Sport, Pair, Work/Scene LED - rear bumper
- Squadron-R Pro, Pair, Wide Cornering, Amber - front fogs
- XL80, Pair, Driving/Combo, front bumper (outer)
- XL Racer Edition, Pair, High Speed Spot, front bumper (inner)


Cargo Platform & Partition | Summer 2014 Link to thread...


Trail Team Full Blackout Kit | April 2014
Toyota Trailer Hitch Class III with Black TT Valance
OEM Wiring Harness | 2014-03-28 | Royal South Toyota - eBay
TOYOTA on front grille painted Orange 2017-10
Ontario Personalized Licence Plate | $251
Tinted Plate Covers, Canadian Tire
Debadged Toyota logo from rear door | 2014-03-01 |
Black PlastiDip'd rear badges | 2014-03-01 |
2014 Forum Badge - Limited Edition Quicksand #003 added to front grill | 2014-03-02 |
Hella Supertones installed (painted black), OEM horn removed | 2014-03-02 |
FatMat'd rear licence plate | 2014-03-02 |
Blind Spot Mirrors, CIPA 49404, 2"x2" | May 2014 (Old: CIPA 49701, 2.5”x3.75” | 2014-03-08)
Krown rustproofing (every September)
FJ Fender Flaps


Rugged Ridge front floor liners | 2014-02-27 |
FatMat Mega Mat Sound Deadening, 70mil, 25 sq.ft. | installed 2014-04-18 |
Pinnacle Ceramic Window Tint (Fronts) 15%, SunTek Paint Protection Film Hood and Fender | 2014-03-14
Disable Seatbelt Chimes with Techstream Software | 2014-06-08


Cobra 75 CB Radio
4' Firestik Firefly Antenna
SS Boztec mount
Firestik HD Spring
Firestik Quick Disconnect | 2014-09


Raw Mind Engineering Full Breather Kit ("Scuba Mod") - 2015-05
TMR Customs Rapid Release Fire Extinguisher Mount c/w 5lb BC Class Extinguisher
Interstate Battery - Mega-Tron Plus, MTP-24F (800 CCA) - 2017-12


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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Dealer Pics:

2014 FJ Cruiser 5A, Urban Package, MSRP = $39,540.00 CDN


- 4.0L, V6, DOHC, 24-Valve, Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i)
- Sequential Multiport Electronic Fuel Injection
- Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
- Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS)
- 260 hp @ 5600 rpm
- 271 lb.ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

- 5-Speed Automatic, Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT), Overdrive, Gate-Type Shifter, Lock-up Torque Convertor
- Part-Time 4WD, Automatic Disconnecting Differential
- Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- Rear Differential Lock (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- 2-Speed Transfer Case
- Engine, Fuel Tank, and Transfer Case Protector Plates

- Front: Double-Wishbone with Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers, Coil Springs, Stabilizer Bar
- Rear: 4-Link Suspension with Lateral Rod with Coil Springs & Stabilizer Bar
- Power Assisted, Ventilated Front Discs, Solid Rear Discs
- Rack & Pinion with Variable Power Assist, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
Wheels & Tires
- 17" Aluminum Alloys (Part of US Upgrade Package) with Wheel Locks (Listed as a US Accessory)
- P265/70R17, All-Season Radials, Full Size Spare with Alloy Wheel

- STAR Safety System:
Vehicle Stability Control (VCS)
Traction Control (TRAC)
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist (BA)
Smart Stop Technology (SST)

- Dual-Stage Driver & Front Passenger Airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
- Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags (SRS)
- Roll-Sensing Front & Rear Head/Side Curtain Airbags (SRS)
- Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection
- Front Seatbelt Pre-Tensioners & Force Limiters
- All-Position 3-Point Lap & Shoulder Belts
- Front Seatbelt Anchor Height Adjusters
- Anchor Points for Child Restraint Seats
- Engine Immobilizer
- Side-Impact Protection Door Beams
- Front Tow Hook
- Low Coolant Level, Low Washer Fluid, Door Ajar, Driver & Front Passenger Seatbelt Warning Indicators
- Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Daytime Running Lights (required by CDN Law, listed at US Standard, not even listed as a feature in CDN literature)

- Two-Tone Colour-Keyed Body with White Roof
- High Solar Energy Absorbing Window Glass
- Flip-Up Rear Hatch Glass
- Electronic Rear Window Defroster
- Fender Flares
- Rear Step Bumper
- Styled Splash Guards
- Blacked-Out Side Window Frames
- Dual, Manual, Adjustable Folding Side View Mirrors
- Rear Window Wiper/Washer (Part of US Convenience Package)
- Variable Intermittent Front Wipers
- Halogen Headlamps
- Auto Headlamp Cancel Function



- AM/FM/CD Audio System with MP3/WMA Playback
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- USB Input Port, Auxiliary Input Jack
- Bluetooth Hand-Free Phone Connectivity & Wireless Audio Streaming
- 6 Speakers (upgraded in Urban Package)
- Steering Wheel Bluetooth & Audio Controls

- Air Conditioning
- Cabin Air Filter, Rear Seat Heater Ducts
- Power Door Locks
- Power Windows with Driver Side Auto Down
- Black-on-White Gauges, Tachometer, Voltmeter, Water Temp
- Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror with Integrated Backup Camera (Part of US Convenience Package)
- Dual Vanity Mirrors
- 3-Spoke Tilt Steering Wheel
- Fabric Headliner
- Exterior Colour-Keyed Centre Instrument Panel Trim
- Metallic Dash Accents
- Rubber Type Flooring & Deck
- All-Season Floor Mats
- Digital Clock
- Door Map Pockets
- Front Passenger Seat Back Pocket
- Front & Rear Cup Holders
- Cargo Area Side Storage Compartments
- Cargo Area Tie-Down Rings
- Shopping Bag Hooks, Coat Hooks
- Map Lamps, Cargo Lamp
- Accessory Power Outlet (12 V)
- Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Key

- Front Bucket Seats
- Water Repellent Fabric Seat Material, Dark Charcoal
- Driver Seat with Recline, Vertical, Cushion Height Adjustments, Foldable Driver Armrest
- Front Passenger Seat Recline Adjustments
- 60/40 Split Rear Bench Seat with Fold-Down Seat Back
- All-Position Vertically Adjustable Headrests

- front and rear performance dampers; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- 10-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system with subwoofer; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- back-up sensors; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- running boards; (Listed as a US Accessory)
- leather wrapped steering wheel; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- colour-keyed interior trim; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- metallic shift knob; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- passenger seat foldable armrest; (Listed as a US Accessory)
- rear privacy glass; (US Convenience Pkg)
- cruise control; (US Convenience Pkg)
- keyless entry; (US Convenience Pkg)
- floating ball-type multi-information display with compass, outside temperature gauge, inclinometer; (Part of US Upgrade Package)
- power-adjustable exterior mirrors with image lamps; (US Standard)
- cargo area mat; (Listed as a US Accessory)
- integrated garage door opener;
- 120V/400W power outlet; (Part of US Upgrade Package)

US Differences:
- Spare Tire Cover (part of US Convenience Pkg) not available. Come with Silver Painted rim cover only.

Here was my Contract Pricing (Out the Door):
MSRP = $39,540 CDN

Vehicle Sale Price (5.85% off of MSRP).......$37,226.00
Air Conditioning Tax.....................................$100.00
Environmental/OMVIC Fee...............................$35.20
Harmonized Sales Tax (13%).......................$5,069.51
License..................................................... $22.00
TOTAL (CDN)......................................$44,087.71

VIN & Analysis:


Pos Meaning
1......J = JAPAN (Country of Origin)
2......T = TOYOTA (Manufacturer)
3......E = Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle SUV (Vehicle Category/Type)
4......B = 5-door Wagon 4x4 (Body Type)
5......U = V-6 4.0L (Engine) 1GR-FE
6......4 = Manual Belt – all seats, Dual Air Bag, Seat Belts,
Side Air Bag-1st Row, Curtain Shield Air Bag-All Rows (Restraint)
7......B = GSJ10 or GSJ15 (Series) Fuel Type?
8......F = FJ Cruiser (Model/Platform)
9......3 = (Check Digit)
10......E = 2014 (Model Year)
11......K = Hamura, Japan (Plant)
12-17...189### = Production or Sequential Number


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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Rugged Ridge Floor Liners, Model 82904.35

Driver’s Side:

Passenger Side:

Back with logo pins clipped and cavity filled with black Automotive “Goop”:

Rear Logo that I have never liked:

Rear Logo removed with dental floss and mild heat from a heat gun:

Residue removed with GooGone:

Black Out in progress:



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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
Fire Extinguisher on TMR Quick-Release Mount:

Blind Spot Mirrors:


Installed on driver’s side (notice how much more is visible in the field of view). Slightly away from the inside edge to allow mirrors to be folded in:

Passenger Side:

Hella Horns:

Spray Paint:

After 5 coats on each side:

Driver’s Side horn, grounded to factory horn location, used existing acorn nut for attachment:

Passenger side horn location bolted through existing hole:

Fully wrapped wiring for a professional looking install:

Wiring terminations for Relay:

Final Relay mount:

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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
Well I did my hitch install yesterday and the key is patience...I must thank all :cheers: for advising me to chase all of the holes...made a world of difference. I also had to dremel the two slotted holes on the hitch and the alignment was out by about 1/16"...took some time, repainted the raw steel and afterwards the bolts all tightened up to 80ft/lbs with no stripping or weld nuts giving way. Used Loctite on all threads and reinstalled with the TT valance. Took a good 4 hours... I can't imagine how the dealer would have done this...I am sure it would have been a disaster... First time using a tap and it was pretty easy but was cautious not to strip out the existing thread!

Here are some pics...

Chasing with my M12x1.25 tap purchased from Merlin Tools on Amazon (took about three weeks to get from China)

Metal shavings:

Dremelled slotted holes:

Paint touch up:


New valance on a dirty bumper:


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coming along nicely :)

how do you like the horns? are you a wiring guru? a buddy has the hellas in his Subaru and I like the volume, but I would like a little less Euro sound (if that makes sense)

I've got roof lights and a backup light in "The Plans" but don't know the first thing about wiring...

I like the write up and the break down of the info to me, nice trivia to know


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Discussion Starter #9
Thanks F Joy. My blackout kit is on its way and I am in the midst of the rear cargo transformation. I am having a blast transforming the rig...

Wiring - yes I am pretty good at it. Always need to research the heck outta it but doing it isn't a problem. I have done a lot with my VW building custom wiring harnesses and the like. I wouldn't say I am a master but I am not afraid to tackle a job.

I do like the horns...not loud at all in the cabin but standing in front of the rig they're piercing!

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Thanks F Joy. My blackout kit is on its way and I am in the midst of the rear cargo transformation. I am having a blast transforming the rig...

Wiring - yes I am pretty good at it. Always need to research the heck outta it but doing it isn't a problem. I have done a lot with my VW building custom wiring harnesses and the like. I wouldn't say I am a master but I am not afraid to tackle a job.

I do like the horns...not loud at all in the cabin but standing in front of the rig they're piercing!

are you planning any lights too?

my buddy wanted to show off his hellas ... I found what you said to be very true... we went to gas up and he hit the horns and from inside it was meh ... I stood out in front while he was filling the gas tank and he hit them ... my ears rang the whole way home lol

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Eventually..... Would like to do a couple of PIAA's or an LED bar on the front bumper. A brighter back up light and a rear fog light would also be on the agenda but too many other things I 'need' to do first.

lol ... ya I don't know about NEED but I've got plenty of WANTS :)

the only thing holding me back from getting them all done is the skills to wrench and run wire....

and the time.....

and the cash....

lol ... besides those simple little things I'm all set :rofl:

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Nice build! :cheers:

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Nice build man! Can you post some more pics of the wheels with your FJ in view. I'm really liking those in black.

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Discussion Starter #17
Nice build man! Can you post some more pics of the wheels with your FJ in view. I'm really liking those in black.
Thanks! Will do, once I get rid of all the exterior silver and install my TT blackout kit. I can't stand the silver on the 'military' FJ colors. Kit should arrive this week and hopefully next weekend I'll get it done. Still need to dump or paint the spare tire disc. Haven't quite decided on that yet but I have bought the paint for it.

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Like you choice of "Sandman" for a Sandst***....., whoops, it's a Quicksand FJC! Oh well, close enough.

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Good build, great dog... Lol... Ridgebacks are awesome dogs! Keep up the good work!

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any luck getting rid of those stock dunlops? I've got a set sitting around myself... wasn't sure if there was much of a market for them????
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