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For years I have always wanted to start a build thread to document my journey with my FJ. And here I am today:smile

The Name
I like the character of a craftsman, someone who is humble, dedicated and good at creating and making things. I enjoy modifying my FJ equally, if not more than wheeling it. Hence I called myself a Tinkerer. My avatar is the Chinese character in an ancient font for tinkerer if you were wondering.
I work as a mechanical engineer. At least where i work, when we design a new part (injection molded, sheet metal, extrusions and etc), we call the first article samples T-1 (Trial-1). These are always the most exciting parts to receive because they are the first time you touch the real incarnation of your designs. For the first fully functional product we assemble, we call it the Alpha build. Whenever I can, I love to design and fabricate some unique parts for my FJ. Therefore, my FJ is my alpha build with T-1 parts.

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May 2019
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December 2018
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August 2018
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July 2018
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June 2018
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Baby Pic
This is within 1 months I got my FJ new. As you can see, it was covered in plasti-dip :rofl:
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Data Sheet
2013 AT with off-road stuff

Front Suspension:
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Rear Suspension:
  • Toytec Superflex Medium + Bilstein 5100s (SOLD)
  • OME60071L (in my garage)
  • MetalTech 1st Gen Medium Long Travel Springs
  • Modified Bilstein 5160s for Long Arm JK (25-187632)
  • MetalTech Offset Lower Links
  • Icon Double Adjust Panhard
  • Timbren Active Off-road Bump Stops
  • ADDCO 2301 Swaybar + Skyjacker Links
  • eimKeith Panhard Correction Bracket
Bumpers:
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Armors:
  • TRD TTUE Front Skid
  • RCI Integration Plate
  • Ricochet Transmission Skid
  • Trail Gear T-Case Skid
  • Icon Stainless Steel Rear Shock Skids
  • RCI Lower Link Mount Skids
  • Boztec Rear Diff Skid
  • Pure FJ Sliders
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Wheels and Tires
  • Walker Evans 17" True Beadlock Wheels
  • 35-12.50R17 General Grabber X3 Red Letter
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Drive Train
  • RCV +3.5" Extended Axles (D60 Outter/Plunging 930 Inner)
  • 4.56 Nitro Gears
  • ARB RD121 Front Air Locker
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Other Notable Accessories
  • Lifetime LED Amber/White Flush Mount Fog Light
  • Superwinch Tigershark 9500SR
  • ARB High Output Air Compressor CKMA12
  • RhinoRack 49" Pioneer Platform + ARB Rack Fit Kit (Instant $150 Saving!!)
  • Smittybilt Overlander RTT
  • Auxbeam Aux-trend series 21" Light Bar
  • Baja Designs LP9 Pro
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Nice rig! Great job on that bumper! :cheers:
 

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Great build. I too love your front bumper design. Can’t wait to see the rear one. (I wish I could weld,sigh)
You Can . There is not a Welder in this world that was born with a welding rod i his hand . Just takes Practice . You are such a creative person and your attention to detail is top notch . You will be great
 

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Great build. I too love your front bumper design. Can’t wait to see the rear one. (I wish I could weld,sigh)
Thanks! Putting down MIG weld beads is pretty easy. But one needs experience to plan the welds and have good judgement to make sure the parts doesn't warp and turn out upright. I'm not quite there yet 😄
 

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Took me a long time but finally wired up the ARB air compressor. Fit nicely between the rear seat and my Springtail M-PAC basket. Tested out the front air locker in the back yard. It engages and disengages much faster than the factory E-locker. Gotta hit some rock crawling obstacles to try it out!
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Front Locker

Today I did some trail run at Rausch Creek Offroad Park in PA. It was the first offroad run after installing 35 MTs, regear and front air locker. All these 3 mods were huge improvement in offroad performance. Here is a demo of a boulder climb with front and rear locker engaged. The incline was quite high so the front suspension was almost constantly at full droop. Mud was wet and the boulder climb was sharp. Wouldn't have made it up with this speed and control without the added front locker. I would recommend getting a front locker to any one who wants to improve rock crawling performance. It also engages and disengages much faster than the factory E-locker.
 

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An exciting project this weekend. 49" RhinoRack Pioneer Platform installed with a twist. Instead of using RhinoRack's own backbone ($369 MSRP), I used the ARB rack fit kit 3720100 ($196 MSRP). Depending on where you buy them, you can realistically save about $100 - $150 dollars buying everything new! Only thing you lose is the marginal weight saving from speed holes on the RhinoRack. And I actually like the no hole look better.

 

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Rhino Rack and Smittybilt Roof Top Tent

I have been enjoying every bit of my new Rhino Rack. This past weekend I mounted my Smittybilt RTT and took it out for a test camp. Really stepped up my camping game.

I also picked up a set of Maxtrax for a friend so i threw them on just to take a look. Man they looked OVERLAND AF!!!:rofl: I like the look so much but maxtrax is just too expensive for me to use comfortably. So I ordered a pair of X-Bull and a pair of OFFROAD BOAR from Amazon (i guess the Chinese really like to use animal for names lol). I'm doing a overland trip in VT this weekend so I'll see how they hold up against the test!

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I like the fender notches and ARB mounting solution. I was going to mix and match similar to your selection but couldn't sell my current rack. Glad to see yours worked and is a good fit. The Baja rack parts look like scrap metal compared the arb/rhino mount kits.

OVEEEEERRRRRLAAANDING.
 

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Vermont Offroad Trip

Went to Vermont joining a few friends for some camping and wheeling this weekend. Hit some awesome trails and had great camping food. It was my first time doing serious off camber wheeling with the tall and heavy RTT but fortunately i did not flip over :laugh

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You’re setup looks . I like where you mounted the Maxtrax on the rack. I’m in love with that front bumper. Glad to see you out there enjoying the hard work you put into your FJ.


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Did you do that to the fenders?! Do they stuff that much? Might just need bump-stops no?
 
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