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Well, its time I put a build thread together, so here goes.

I bought my 08 FJ with 5 miles on the odometer in October of 2008. I got railroaded on the deal, but thats a story for another thread. Came with every option, including rear locker, A-TRAC, Sub, etc.

Why Wandering Annie? 3 reasons.

1) I'm a military history buff, and Wandering Annie was an unofficial nickname given to the first homing torpedo developed by the Navy. I was probably reading a story about it or something when I thought up the name, and...

2) My wife and I are prone to wandering about the country wherever we are, so the name kind of fit there to. Annie takes us wherever we want to go, and...

3) When I first installed my OME 886's, I didn't add aftermarket UCA's. Thus, a lot of the time I tended to wander all over the road while driving. Thats when the name kind of came into its own.

4) Also, as I've gone through several iterations of my build, my mind wanders from project to project. Thus, Wandering Annie kind of works for me too

Part List:

Lift/Rims/Tires

Rough Country Deluxe Lift Kit - Sold
OME Nitrocharger 886's/895's - Sold
Icon Stage 1 (extended travel) - Current

Light Racing UCAs
Toytec diff drop

OEM Factory Alloys - Sold
OEM Steelies - Sold
OEM Alloys - Sold
Pro Comp 17x9 Alloys - Sold
OEM TRD Rims - Sold
Pro Comp 52's, 16x8 - Old
Method NV's, 16x8 - Current

Factory Dunlops - Sold
BFG AT's, 265 75 17 - Sold
Hankook MT03's, 285 70 17 - Sold
GT Adventuro 285 75 16's - Sold
BFG KM2's 305 70 16's - For sale
Hankook MT03's 295 75 16 - Current

Spidertrax
Gorilla lugnuts


Armor

ARB Bumper (Painted Silver) - Sold
ARB Bumper - Sold
OEM Bumper - Traded
Custom Tube bumper w/ winch mount - Sold
Demello Single Hoop Front Bumper - Current

ARB Rear Bumper w/ high clearance hitch - Sold
AllPro Rear Bumper w/ high clearance hitch - Sold
OEM Rear Bumper - Sold
Demello Rear Bumper - For Sale
Expedition1 w/ STC - Current

OEM Predator steps - Sold
OEM Sliders - Sold
Rocktek Sliders
MetalTech 2 stage sliders - Current

Bling Plate - Sold
Ricochet Skids w/ HD Bash/Engine Plate

Man-A-Fre Shock skids
RCI Front Lower Link Mount Skids
Rocktek Rear Lower Link Mount Skids
Rokmen Offroad 7075 Aluminum Upper, Lower and Panhard links
Budbuilt Dif Skid


Recovery

Smittybilt XRC8 - Sold
Engo E9000 w/ Synthetic line
ARB snatch strap
ARB winch strap
ARB winch extension
ARB pulley
ARB winch line damper (2)
ARB 9k shackles (3)
Smittybilt receiver shackle
Smittybilt tow straps (3)
MV 50 Air Compressor w/ Kobalt 25ft hose and regulator
TheSource CO2 Tank
Hi-Lift jack w/ base plate
Rocktek hi-lift adapter
Shovel & Axe
Demello Hi-Lift Jack Clamps


Roof rack

OEM Rack - Sold
Bald
Bajarack w/ Lightbar - Sold
Bald
OEM Rack w/ Ricochet Airdam and custom folding lightbar - Sold
Bajarack Utility Rack - Sold
Bald
OEM Rack


Storage

Tuffy Security Console
MPAC Drivers Side Cargo Rack w/ 1 Large Bag
Diabolical aluminum rear drawer


Lighting

Hella 500's - Sold
Hella 700's - Sold
IPF Fog lights - Sold
Lightforce 140's - Sold
ExtremeLED 22" LED Lightbar - Current

Vision X Tantrum Rock lights


Electrical

Added 5 extra 12v outlets
Blue Sea Fuse Block
Blue Sea battery switch for winch cutoff
Diehard Platinum battery


Comms & Nav

Cobra CB - Blown
Bandi Mount - Sold
RadioShack CB - Removed
COBRA 29NW XST

Boztec Mount w/ Firestik - Current
Acer Laptop running FoxtrotGPS w/ RAM mount


Engine

TRD Cold Air Intake
Hi tuck custom exhaust pipe
FJ Newb's Scuba Mod


Misc

Lucrum Swingout - Sold
Norma Hose clamps (Thanks for the tip, Bandi)
Bones Offroad Dead Pedal
Mombasa RTT
Bushwacker Pocket style fender flares
Thule T2 bike rack
Trasharoo
Custom lightbar - Sold
Custom table
TT Mirrors and handles
Painted Bezel - Black
Painted Bezel - White
Metal Tech tube doors - sold
Metal Tech tube doors w/ nets
5 additional OEM rack crossbars
Bandi 1/2" body lift - waiting on installation
Engo Winch Cover
Wireless Winch Remote - waiting in installation
Ironman 50l Fridge/Freezer
Ellis Precision Shift and Transfer Case Knobs
Raingler ceiling/barrier net


Coming Soon

TRD / Magnaflow exhaust
Amzoil remote bypass filtration system
35's and a regear (maybe)
Custom swingout setup (depends on the 35's)
Snorkel (maybe)
 

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Probably one of the only pics I have of my FJ when it was stock. Oddly enough, I was parked at a trail head right in front of another that had a 6" RC lift, Body Armor front bumper and a complete blackout.



After the Rough Country lift and steelies & added the Bling Plate



Switched back over to Alloys



Lot of work had been done at this point. OEM Sliders, back to OEM Alloys, Silver Bajarack and Lightbar, Silver ARB front bumper and winch



The silvered look just wasn't getting it done, so I started blacking everything out. Rolled around with the silver ARB for a while.



Decided later that I wanted a full blackout. I actually came across another forum member (JoeUser) who was selling his old ARB. It was cheaper for me to buy his and sell mine than it would've been for me to paint it, so thats what I did. I also had a warranty issue with my old Bajarack, and chose to keep the replacement black.



Around this time, I bought Annie a playmate. Then I sold the playmate when I moved to Cali with my wife



Went rackless for a while, again



I'd always wanted to build an articulating light bar. When I came across someone selling a Ricochet airdam for a steal, I decided to give it a shot. It worked really well, and I might do it again if the need ever arises.





My wife surprised me and bought me a Mombasa RTT for my birthday. The only catch was we needed to drive to TX to pick it up. While in Dallas, I went ahead and bought a Bajarack Utility rack to mount it on. Other than the powdercoating, which I feel is a bit thin, I can't say enough good things about the rack.



Later on I decided to change things up again. I was getting tired of the ARB look front and back, and really wanted a new suspension. I sold my front ARB to help finance an Icon stage 1 kit. So, I went back to a stock bumper for a few months. Sold my OME lift, and later sold my ARB rear bumper. I like Demello plate bumpers, but love his tube bumpers. Ever since I saw Air 2 Air's rig, I've been hooked. I inquired about ordering one, but was told the FJ had to be at Demello's facility to create it. Lo and behold, here comes TallTodd sporting a custom tube bumper that looks a lot like Demello's, so when he decided to part out his rig, I jumped at the chance to buy it. I love the fact it's got an integrated winch mount, behind the bash plate. Best of both worlds. He also sold me his first gen AllPro rear bumper. I'm pretty happy with both, and think I'll keep them for a while

This leads me to my current build, except I just sold my Bajarack. I recently came across an opportunity to buy my M101 back from the guy I sold it to in TX, so I sold the rack to finance it. I would've kept the rack and just bought the trailer outright, but I've been out of work for a couple months and just couldn't swing both.

 

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I've taken Annie from coast to coast to coast, and been wheeling a time or two. Now that we're in Colorado, I'll be wheeling a lot more.

Wolf Creek, CO



Marble Falls, TX





Bridgeport, TX







Hollister Hills SVRA, CA

Poser rock








Redwood National Forest, CA





Colorado





Overland Expo 2015 - Flagstaff, AZ



Moab, UT


 

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Looking forward to pictures. :cheers:
 

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Holy crap you have a hard time making decisions. The build looks good though, look forward to seeing more.
 

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Looks nice! :bigthumb:
 

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Shack - I assume the box on top of the ARB bumper had something to do with the winch? I have never seen anything like that mounted on top of the bumper. You have got me to thinking. I used to have a cabin cruiser and a number of my friends mounted a joystick controlled spotlight on the bow of their boats. On top of the bumper would be the perfect location for one of the marine spotlights. I know I could never use it on the road but offroad you could light up a huge area.
 

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Yeah, that was the control box for the winch.

Shack - I assume the box on top of the ARB bumper had something to do with the winch? I have never seen anything like that mounted on top of the bumper. You have got me to thinking. I used to have a cabin cruiser and a number of my friends mounted a joystick controlled spotlight on the bow of their boats. On top of the bumper would be the perfect location for one of the marine spotlights. I know I could never use it on the road but offroad you could light up a huge area.
 

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I thought I was all over the map on my build. The many ways your truck has been, the only way I didn't like it was when you had all the silver stuff going on.
You have a really nice build. I'm looking forward the the next chapters :cheers:
 

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I can hardly wait to see it next week..;)
Great build and thanks for the pics.
Oh yeah love the name.
 
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