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My main objective is to get some BFG A/T 285/70R17 tires on my FJ with no rub at all. (using the stock steelies)  I assume I will need the following to allow this:

a 3" lift kit (I want a suspension lift)
possible body chop

(extras I require)
fixing the speedo for the larger tires

Currently I will be offroading a lot at Stoddard Valley which is mainly desert, some soft sand and some mountain climbing with smaller type rocks.  I hope to go to Azusa OHV and other places with some beginner offroading for now.

I've been looking into OME, Icon and Camburg.  I need to find a place close to Huntington Beach mainly for convience and in case it takes over a day for the install I can get a rental car close by.

I was originally looking at Demillo Offroad and getting the Icon stage 1 but the main problem is just getting to Corona and leaving my car out there and needing to stay out there for a few hours or getting a rental out there and making multiple trips. (and I hate driving to Corona, especially if it's M-F)

My next choice was Camburg which is located in HB and if it could be done same day I could just get a ride from someone at work, yet this is the most expensive option costing over $4000 for the full performance system, 5xBFG tires (if they sell tires) and labor.  I don't know how much it costs to fix the speedo for the larger tires and body chop if necessary yet all their other pricing with labor is listed on their website.  Also, I don't know if I even need the Uni Ball Upper A-Arms for my type of driving?  If I drop the a-arms thats $750 cheaper yet if I will use them later I'd rather just get them now.

An OME package looks like it would be aprox $800 + labor with no a-arms, yet I don't know of a place in OC that stocks them and can do all the work.  I also wouldn't want to buy OME if I later realized I needed something better for the type of offroading I might do after getting more comfortable with the FJ.

My other option would be if anyone here wanted to do the work, I'd be happy to pay for all labor etc.  I'd rather get it done by someone who knows what their doing vs someone who might be working on an FJ for the first time.  After seeing posts of people getting their OME lifts installed incorrectly I want to make sure it's done right.

I think Camburg is probably overkill yet it might be the most convient and Icon seems to be my best choice for my budget yet with no convient place to get them and have them installed.

Lastly I'd assume I would need an alignment to finish it all up.

If I could get this all done on a budget of around $3000-$3500 then that would be great.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT:  If I did all this work and a 305/70R17 BFG A/T tire fit then I would consider this but possibly needing wheel spacers just started to complicate things more which is why I picked the 285 as well as thinking about gas mileage and wear and tear on existing parts.
 

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First, if you only go to 285's on the stock wheels, you should not need to adjust speedo nor do the body mount chop. I have a 2.5" OME lift with 285's Pro Comp A/T's on stock rim's and have not made any adjustments. My speedometer reads 100% accurate to GPS.

Second, you have a wide range of cost choices on the lift. They depend a little on where you are driving, how hard/fast, and how much you want to pay. If you're just cruising, and not trying to jump every bump of dirt, then the OME would be a good basic, reliable, inexpensive choice. After that, the sky is the limit.

Demello and ICON are a GOOD combination, and if you can afford the cost, they are well worth the extra effort it might take.

Another option might be RadFlo. Saw them at the Pomona show. Their shop is in Fountain Valley. They might be worth a call at least, to see what they can offer. They've been on the Blue forum, with fairly decent feedback.

FYI - If I remember correctly, I got my 5 tires, plus OME lift, all installed, for about $2500 at the 4WheelParts in Laguna Hills. If you do choose them, make sure to bring in a printout of the lowest priced listing you can find for the tires and the lift parts. They will match it.
 

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I was reading about Demello on the "Blue Book" and it looks like they have $200 off any product when buying a full Icon setup so I could get some Hybrid sliders or a bumper. I'm going to call them Monday morning to see when I can get an install date setup.

Hopefully they sell and install the BFG tires so I can get everything done in one place.

Thanks for the info guys, Demello really looks like they know FJ's.
 

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socals said:
I was reading about Demello on the "Blue Book" and it looks like they have $200 off any product when buying a full Icon setup so I could get some Hybrid sliders or a bumper. I'm going to call them Monday morning to see when I can get an install date setup.

Hopefully they sell and install the BFG tires so I can get everything done in one place.

Thanks for the info guys, Demello really looks like they know FJ's.
I got my TRD wheels and BFG tires through them... and my Icons.
 

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I can't wait, just made my appointment for Wed this week to get the Icon Stage 1, 5xBFG A/T 285/70R17 tires and Hybrid Sliders powercoated black. They did recommend that I get the body mount chop to make sure there is no rubbing.

I will post some pictures after I get it all done.

Thanks again for the advice.
 

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Just got back from my Corona excursion and I must say, the drive was worth it as I'm totally happy with the work Demello did.

I got the Icon Stage 1 Lift Kit, 285/70R17 BFG A/T's on the stock steelies and hybrid sliders powercoated black. Before I saw the FJ I was hoping the tires would be large enough that I would even notice a difference from stock and wow, I can easily tell the difference as well as the extra height from the lift kit. I now have to lift myself into my FJ vs just sliding in. Demello also put some cardboard in the back of my FJ so my old tires didn't rub up against anything!

Here is my FJ totally stock for reference:



I'll snap some more pics soon, but here are 2 for now.





The sticker didn't like coming off that one tire...
 

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Dang, that looks real nice, can't wait to get my lift finished and tires put on!!!
 

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I forget to mention, I asked what size tire I could fit on my FJ now with the lift and body mount chop and they said a 35"! Wow... Whenever I watch the FJ/Saggin' Wagon Xtreme 4x4 episode with that FJ with 35" tires... damn. Theirs was a 6" lift though if I remember.
 

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WOW! What a difference!! Man, that looks great! Now you gotta get rid of that sheet metal under there and get the Demello skid plates for the ultimate protection.
 

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socals said:
the FJ/Saggin' Wagon Xtreme 4x4 episode with that FJ with 35" tires... damn...
I saw the guy that is on that show at the Pomona Expo, which was kinda cool. I guess I'll have to setup the DVR to record again, and try to catch the FJ show.
 

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I saw the guy that is on that show at the Pomona Expo, which was kinda cool. I guess I'll have to setup the DVR to record again, and try to catch the FJ show.
I ended up going to Amazon Unbox and buying the episode for $1.99. Part 2 is the best since you finally get to see it in action for a few minutes... It's episode 5 from the 2007 season. I watch that and Two Roads to Baja all the time to get my FJ fix. If anyone hasn't seen Two Roads to Baja, it's about the Team Millen FJ and Team Necessary FJ (privateer?) racing the Baja 1000 in the stock class.

Amazon Link: FJ Cruiser II Payoff Episode

The girl that co-stars with him wasn't there? :'(
 

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Didn't see her. He was just hanging out it seemed, chatting up with a guy in the booth across from the SB Mountain park staff.

Tony volunteered to take a picture of me standing next to him, but, without her, no biggie. ;D
 

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WOW! What a difference!! Man, that looks great! Now you gotta get rid of that sheet metal under there and get the Demello skid plates for the ultimate protection.
I can't believe I totally forgot to ask about the skid plate... Demello recommeded that I torque some stuff after 500 miles and after I said I didn't feel comfortable doing it, they said just to come back and they will do it for me. When I make that next trip I will have to get the front skid plate and the transfer case skid if they are ready by then. Do they have any other skids?
 

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Excellent choice in lift and tires. Icons are #1. I've been running Donahoe Racing (now Icon) shocks for over a year now and very happy with their performance.
 
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