The wife needed a new SUV. She was visiting family in Japan and my job was to find a suitable vehicle we could test drive when she came back. Searching and checking out all the latest SUVs on the market I came across the FJ Cruiser. When I first saw them on the street, I thought they were interesting, bright colors... cool suicide doors and that was it. During my research I stumbled upon the FJCruiserforums (Blue room) and saw pictures of all sorts of modified FJ. Wow, now they are starting to look really cool. What sold me on the FJ was pictures from the Summit in Ouray, couple this with a large group of enthusiast and I knew this was the vehicle for me... now to convince the wife that it was the vehicle for her too.
When she arrived back to the States we did some test driving of various SUVs. I saved the FJ for last because she wasn't convinced she wanted a large truck, she was thinking along the lines of a small RAV4. I showed her pictures of the FJ, all the different modded rigs, and photos from the Summit and all the cool places we could go. "See...we can go here this summer." That got her interest! She then started looking more seriously at the FJ and checking out the pictures on the forums. Before long she was convinced getting the FJ was her idea.
I searched online for an Iceberg FJ. There weren't very many in the LA/OC area. I found one in Anaheim with the very basics, a blank canvas that I could build upon. Contacted their fleet dept and drove down the next day. Now this was a few weeks after the tsunami in Japan, there was rumor that prices on Toyotas were going to go up, or that supplies would dwindle... there was some urgency to get the FJ asap. We test drove it, struck a deal, and then drove it home later that night.
The FJ was my first 4x4. I had never been off roading before, but it has always been something I wanted to do. I read the forums from morning to night researching mods and various builds. I got great feedback from members here on the SoCal forums. The mods started quickly and kept going through the summer... suspension, armor, tires, interior, recovery gear. I wanted an all around capable rig... and something the wife could use as a daily driver.
So far it has turned out as I had envisioned. I wanted a clean, tasteful, quality build... no short cuts or compromises. We love driving it, both off road and to the supermarket. There are still things I want to do. The pace of the mods have slowed down, but I keep planning, researching, and thinking up ways to convince my wife why she needs the next mod.
As it currently looks:
- Expedition One Diamond front bumper w/ Ricochet filler plate
- Expedition One Rear Bumper with Smooth Motion Tire Carrier
- PIAA 510 ATP front and rear bumpers
- PIAA 520 ATP
- PIAA 1500 - rear rack lights
- PIAA 15224 H4 Style Xtreme White 12V Headlight replacement bulbs
- Half Pint LED Deck Lights - Amber/Amber
- Vision X Tantrum Rock Light Kit w/ Ricochet mounts
- Rigid Industries 40" Combo Beam LED
- Ricochet full skid plate set, black anodized
- Ricochet HD skid upgrade
- Boztec rear differential skid plate
- Bandi mount and firestik (firestik replaced with Wilson 1000)
- DeMello hybrid kick-out sliders w/ mesh inlay
- OEM roof rack replaced with Gobi Stealth Rack
- Black Tundra door handles
- Black TT side mirrors
- Black TT bezel
- Blacked out rear wings and emblems with Plasti Dip spray paint
- 3M Tint - 35% all the way around
- OEM hitch
- FJ Cruiser Forums 2011 Badge
- Body Mount Chop by ojedaxx
- Wilson 1000 CB Antenna w/ 62" Whip
- T10/BA9S/Festoon 2.28W 12V 36-LED Car Ceiling Dome Light Bulb - White (x4)
- Wet Okole front seat covers and rear seat covers
- Garmin Nuvi 3790LMT hard wired
- 10 lbs. Powertank
- Springtail Solutions HD Side MPAC and Model HG250B - Black Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher
- Midland 75-822 40 Channel 2 Way Radio
- Kenwood TM-D710A HAM Radio
- Ellis Precision Shifter Knobs
Under the Hood
- King Bolt-On Replacement Kit with adjustable remote reservoirs for front and rear with 600 lbs. front springs
- Total Chaos UCA
- Old Man Emu rear springs (2-895) / UPDATED: replaced with OME 896 after rear bumper install
- TFR rear trailing arms, upper links, and panhard bar
Wheel and Tire
Recover Gear and Miscellaneous
- ARB X-Jack (ARB 72X10US)
- ARB Complete Recovery Kit (ARB RK9US)
- ARB Tire Repair Kit (ARB 10000010)
- Hi-Lift Extreme
- DIY Dual Tool Rack Mount
- FJ Trail Teams Tool Bag with assorted tools and supplies.
- Restop 1 and 2 & TravelJohn-Disposable Urinals
- Bottled water
- First Aid Kit
- Amateur Radio HAM License Plate and Badge
On the way to 2011 FJ Summit:
Places We Have Been
- 2011 FJ Summit - Ouray, CO
- Black Bear Pass
- Ophir Pass
- Imogene Pass
- Engineer Pass
- Cinnamon Loop
- San Bernadino Mountains
- 2N06X (Lower Larga Flat) - October 2011
- 2N06X (Lower Larga Flat) - June 2011
- 2N06X (Lower Larga Flat) - May 2013
- Anza Borrego
- Seco del Diablo
- Diablo drop-off
- Fish Creek / Split Mountain
- Coyote Creek
- Wild Wes 2012 - Day 1
- Vehicle Recovery in Anza Borrego
- Santiago Peak
- Miller Jeep Trail
- Yuha Desert
- Superstition Mountain
- Lucky Lady
- Poleline Road
- Sand Dam Canyon Trail #66
- Meet n Greets
Coming Soon: no plans yet, nearing the home stretch
Mod Wishlist: winch
Last edited by superheat; 03-17-2018 at 11:26 PM.
Blaa Blaa Blaa
I'm in Garden Grove and I am going to Demello on Friday if you want me to pick up you sliders. No guarantee though that if I like your kickouts better than my round tubes that they won't end up on my truck. Send me a PM if you want to save the trip to Corona.
That would be awesome, but I dont think they'll be ready until next week. I called them today to check on the status since I was sorta in the area. They said that when the sliders came back from powder coat they noticed they had forgotten to add the mesh inlays to the kick outs. So they said next Monday or Tuesday they should be ready.
Thanks for the offer though.
Damn! Looks good
very nice start....i say start bc no FJ owner will ever "be done" modding
tastefully done so far.
Welcome to the club!
CB install has been updated:
for current setup.
CB Antenna Install
With the help of my Ham radio using father, we ran the coax down the door, between the body and bumper, up through a rubber cap to the tire jack cubby, down the inside interior panel, along the inside bottom door sill, under the seat, under center console, and out to the passenger side. Would like to install a cleaner, more permanent plug... just not sure where yet.
and out the passenger side center console:
Last edited by superheat; 08-29-2012 at 06:31 PM.
Great Looking rig!
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