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I decided on The Bulldog after narrowing it down to that and 'The Cookie Monster'..I think the front looks like a bulldog's face. Maybe it's only me, but I really can see the resemblence.


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Billet Door Inserts
Hitch
TRD Exhaust

The Mods
PIAA headlights/domes/backups
Wicked CAS Subwoofer Enclosure
2 10w1 JL Audio Subwoofers
2 channel 800 watt Amp. -sub toggle switch in place of stock switch.
TRD CAI
TRD Exhaust
All Pro Sliders
Full BudBuilt Skids (some RC for now but will be getting the new 6" Buds)
Painted Engine Cover
Expedition One Bumper
PIAA Foglights
Superwinch Epi-9000
Yellow Synthetic Winchline
Added 12v Outlet
Garmin Nuvi 350
Wet Okole Seat Covers
Bandi Mount
Cobra 75wxst CB Radio
17" Dick Cepek Polished Wheels
35" Dick Cepek Mud Country Tires
Rough Country 6" Suspension Lift Kit
Hitch Mounted Rear Reciever Shackle
Rack Mounted Hi-Lift
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
Chopped Body Mounts


The Story
I originally wanted an Infiniti G35, but after driving the FJ, fell in love with it. The people on this forum are the most friendly and helpful you could ever find, and I appreciate everything everyone has contributed. I would specifically like to thank Matt for everything he has done for me and my FJ. Without him my FJ would be nothing like it is now, and for that I owe him a lot. He spent 10 hours helping me put my 3" lift on, and over the course of a week we spent 31 hours putting my 6" lift on (Yes, time isn't on our side, and we ran into some major time killers). You can't find anyone better than Matt, who will help you in any way he can. Thanks Matt. I would also like to specially thank Terry, Scott, Josh, Bo, and the rest of the crew from the LLJ last year that really helped me my first time offroading, and got me as interested in it and my FJ as I am now.
Until a few weeks ago I had the 3" RC kit with 285 BFG's, but I switched to the RC 6" Kit with 35's and it's made a huge difference in the appearance of the FJ.

I can't find a completely stock picture right now, but everyone knows what that looks like anyway.


Protection
All Pro Sliders - Couldn't do without them. Have saved a lot of damage.
Expedition One Bumper - Great Design, Strong, fits the curves of the FJ great
Full BudBuilt Skids - Also a must. Thick, strong, and covers up everything.
I'm running the 2 front RCX skids with the lift right now, but will be adding the new Buds soon.



Noise
Wicked CAS Sub Box - 2 10's. Looks great, functions flawlessly.
2 JL Audio 10w1's - Not the loudest, but certainly loud enough.
800 Watt 2 Channel Amp - Powers the Subs
FJammer Headunit
Really wanting to change out the front speakers for components


Recovery
Superwinch Epi9000 - does what it's supposed to.
Yellow Synthetic Winchline- something like 19600 lb. strength. Safe.
Rear Receiver Shackle - custom red:)
2 Front Bumper Mounted Shackles
Hi-Lift Extreme - mounted on the rack
really need to get some tree savers/tow straps/etc.


Engine
TRD CAI - really love this one.
TRD Exhaust - great w/ the CAI.
Custom Engine Cover - Did alright for a few hours with spray paint.
Might add the URD Y-Pipe in the future.


Lights
PIAA Headlights
PIAA Backups
PIAA Domes
PIAA 580 Fog Lights
always room for extra lights


Electronics
Garmin Nuvi 350 - great touchscreen easy to use navigation.
Cobra 75wxst CB Radio - About 3 Miles of reception
Added the 12v outlet in the center console
Wired Aux cable from the port through the center peice, out the emergency brake cover for my iPod.






Suspension
Rough Country Complete 6" Lift Kit
--new knuckles, front/rear diff brackets, front spacer, sway bar relocators, rear sway bars, rear upper control arms, track bar (red):) , rear coils, and rear shocks.

lots of thought went into changing from a 3" to a 6". I'm confident in the stability and safety of this kit after installing it and driving it for the past 2 weeks. It handles great and looks killer. I couldn't be happier going with the 6" kit.






Tires
35" Dick Cepek Mud Country - look mean, quiet on the road.
17" Dick Cepek Polished Wheels - I love the contrast with the black.
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers - Easy to install, huge difference in offset.
Body Mount Chop -(thanks Chris)- needs a little more, still barely rubbing at full lock
need to put the spare on, but have to find a cheap wheel spacer first so it fits


Other
Wet Okole Front Seat Covers - Red piping with 'FJ Cruiser' & Map Pockets
Various Sweat Bands
Gatorade and Red Bull At all times.










Like all buildups, this one is a work in progress. There's no real pattern, or finish line I'm after. I enjoy modding and changing the truck in anyway that I can, and I have learned valued information about all aspects of automobiles from working on the FJ and the posts on this forum.

I will add to this thread as anything changes, and look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.
 

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Great build up post Rich! Rig looks great...

How do you like the Rouch Country 6" lift? What's your ride's total height including rack?
 

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Seeing this truck in person vs. Seeing it in pictures....there's no comparison...it looks even better in person.

Nice build!
 

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Welcome to THE RC6 Club :)


Nice write up Rich, do you have pics of your The Bulldog with your special lady friends?
 

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Thanks Guys.

I'm not sure about the total height, but I've been meaning to measure it and I probably will do that tomorrow. I'm eventually going to have to know when I find a low clearance garage or something. But the ride isn't much different than stock. It drives more like a "truck" but its still pretty smooth.
 

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hahahaha thanks Terry


I will have to get a picture of the FJ with all the lady friends for you, but in the mean time this poster of Amanda that I have permanently photoshopped into my wall should work haha. :pinklove:

I'm not sure..but I think I might could take the English Bulldog in a cage match.
 

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hahahaha thanks Terry

I'm not sure..but I think I might could take the English Bulldog in a cage match.
I would hope so, he died from years of steroid abuse.
 

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Nice pics and build up man. I am so diggin on that Rough County red bar in the back. That thing looks mean. Is that welded on mounts and how does it work. thanks.
 

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Terry- I went to walmart and got some of those like 2x2 inch peices of velcro and then cut them out in circles to fit the shape of the garmin windshield mount. Then I superglued one to the mount, and the other to the bottom of the colored insert peice that fits around the radio and all the controls and everything. It's worked pretty good, but sometimes it kinda slumps down and I have to press it up. I've considered drilling a bolt or 2 through the colored peice but I haven't made up my mind. I wanted it down there to keep it hidden and still easy to see. And with the velcro I can still take it out in 2 seconds.


Ace- Thanks. I thought the track bar was cool and wanted to make it stand out more, so I hit it with some red. It's not welded in, it bolts in right where the factory track bar did, it's just a lot beefier than the stock one (and looks much better too haha).
 

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Awesome FJ! Great pics. Not much more you can do to it or can you?
 

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Great look...

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