Latest update: 19 February 2008
Table of Contents
In this post:
In the second post:
- Gallery1. Ancient History
- The Build-up Section
- Motivation for Build
- Who Did all the Work on my FJC?
In the third post:
- ARB Front Bumper (Bull Bar)3. Suspension and Related
- D-ring shackles
- All-Pro Rear Bumper
- Old Man Emu (OME) Heavy Front and Rear (3") Suspension "Lift"
- What is a Coil-Over?
- Flex with the OME Heavies - What's the RTI?
- Man-A-Fre Extended Brake-lines
- Total Chaos front Upper Control Arms (UCA)
- Man-A-Fre/4+ Rear Lower Control Arms
- All-Pro Rear Upper Control Arms
- Shaking Mounting Bolts Loose
- (Anti-)Sway-bar (and removal thereof)
- Jounce Shocks (AKA "chubbies")
4. Skids and Sliders
In the fourth post:
- The Stock Skid (AKA "Bling") Tray and Stock Rock Rails5. Exhaust
- Man-A-Fre/4+ Skid Trays
- Making the MAF/4+ Plates work with the Inchworm Lefty+Crawler
- Man-A-Fre/4+ Rock Rails (Sliders)
- Total Chaos Front Lower Control Arm Skids
- Total Chaos Spindle Gussets
- Rear Differential Cover / Skid (AllPro and AllPhase)
- TLC Trailing Arm / Rear Lower Control Arm Mount Skid
- All-Pro Rear Lower Suspension Mount Skid
- Inchworm E-Locker Guard / Skid
- Manik TailLight Guard
- FlowMaster Offroad Muffler
- Custom High Clearance Exhaust
6. Roof Rack
In the fifth post:
- Gobi Ladder7. Lights
- Demello HiLift Jack Clamps
- FourTreks Shovel and Axe Mounts
- Jerry Cans and Roof Mounting
- What Would I Do Differently if I Were Starting From Scratch?
- Garvin Basket for Roof Rack
- Bumper-Mounted Driving and Fog Lights8. On Board Air
- Manik Front Roof Light Bar with Hella Driving Lights
- Daytime Running Headlights Switch
- Compressor or CO2? Why not both?
- QuickAir 3 Compressor - For Tires and Front Diff Locker
- Heat Problems with Under-the-Hood Compressors
- The CO2 Ultimate Air 15 Lb "Multiforce" System
- Where do You Fill CO2 Tanks?
9. Gearing, Diffs, and Lockers
In the sixth post:
- Stock Setup and Thoughts There Upon10. Battery
- Manual or Automatic Transmission?
- The ATRAC / Rear Diff Hack
- Front Diff Locker
- Differential Regearing
- Inchworm Lefty and Crawler Box / 4 Speed Transfer Case
- Crawl Ratio and Components
- Dual Battery Setup by MAF11. Recovery Gear and Storage Thereof
- HiLift Jack
- Spare Parts and Tools (including X-Jack)
- First Aid Kit
- Jerry Cans
- Max Axe and Shovel
- Sand Ladders
- Warn Winch and Accessories
- Fire Extinguisher
12. Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
In the seventh post:
- The Problem with Stock Bridgestone Duelers
- The MasterPlan: All-Terrains and Full-On Rock Crawlers
- BF Goodrich All Terrains
- ProComp "Street Lock" Wheels
- SpiderTrax Wheel Spacers
- Body Mount Chop and "Plastic Surgery"
- Pitbull Rocker Tires
- Stazworks Dual Beadlock Wheels
- What Size Tires Will Fit an FJC and What Does "Fit" Actually Mean?
- Mounting the PitBulls
- Tire and Wheel Weights
- Extended Brake Lines
- DBA Brake Disks
- Green Stuff Brake Pads
In the eighth post:
- Arm Rest14. Navigation, Communications, and Electronics
- Overhead Dome Light
- Extra Power Outlets
- Side Sun Visors
- MPAC Rear Door Storage System
- Life Hammers
- CB Radio
- On Board Computer with RAM Mount
- Garmin 376c GPS
- Scan-Gauge II
- iPod Adapter
15. Camping Modifications and Extras
- The ARB Fridge16. Engine
- Rear Door Lock and Latch
- Snorkel17. Auxiliary Fuel Tank
- Hood Louvers
Image are interspersed within the text - click on them for larger versions.
Disclaimer: Since some people have asked me: I am not affiliated with MAF in any way other than I really like working with them and my rig has served as a test article for some of their products. Opinions expressed here are from my own honest evaluation.
Pomona Offroad Show
Odessa and Bismark Canyons, Calico
Red Rock Canyon
My non-daily-driver Black MT 2007 FJC is the focus of this thread. I've got this page organized with a little introduction on how the FJC was setup when I bought it
and following that, is organized by the type of modification. The only section with labeled subsections is the Introduction. In every other section, the individual mods are listed in the prose (too hard to breakout - but they're location within the Sections is given in the Table of Contents). Since the write-up is too long, it is split over multiple pages (for part two click here
, part three click here
, part four click here
, and part five click here
or click on the link at the bottom of this post.)
- Motivation for Build
Although I did not know what I wanted when I started, my objective for the vehicle is now to be a non-daily-driver, "expedition"-style machine. It's not going to be a rock buggy (so no SAS..., yet..., maybe next year) and it's not going to be a desert-racer (so no long-travel suspension). Yet, I wanted it to be capable of reasonable rock traverse-ability and moderate-to-long range desert and mountain trail drives. Ask me tomorrow and my objective will have changed
- Before and After Photos
- Who Did all of the Work on my FJC?
Almost all of the work on this truck has been undertaken by Man-a-Fre
. This is "largely the truck that Man-a-Fre built." I've had a great time building up this truck with these guys - all in coordination with Steve Hayes at MAF. For more stuff on latest MAF developments / products, also check out their section on this forum.
The only major piece of work not done at MAF was done at Inchworm Gear
, in coordination with Jim Christiansen. This involved replacing my stock transfer case with a new "lefty" transfer case plus a crawler box, regearing of front and rear diffs, and addition of an ARB front air locker.
In addition, I have had some repair work (and the installation of new front upper control arms) done at Toyota Land Cruisers (TLC)
in Van Nuys; and I have bought bits from most vendors that have bits you can buy for an FJC.
I did this write-up partly to keep track for myself of what we've done to the truck, but also to be interesting and useful. There's a lot of material and organization is a challenge. If you read this and have any thoughts on how I could improve navigation or things you'd like to see me write-up or areas where more information / detail would be useful, let me know (post up a reply or send me a PM).
1. Ancient History
I bought my black FJC in June 2006
. I got it with the full upgrade/convenience/whatever package in order to get the ATRAC, locking rear diff, but also largely out of shear ignorance. This is the first offroad vehicle I have ever owned, and aside from some occasional wheeling (but sometimes challenging: Red Rock and Death Valley / Panamint) in my buddies stock Taco
, I had not known much about offroading before I owned my FJC. The first photo is my "fresh from the dealer" version of the truck. Although I bought the stock sliders, roof rack, and skid tray with the truck, they took a few weeks to get fitted. In the mean time, I wheeled the truck in Red Rock Canyon, Panamint
and Death Valleys (all CA), Hurricane, Canyon Lands
, and Moab, Utah
. With the stock slider and skids, I did several more trips to the CA areas, above, plus a few areas in the San Gabriel and San Bernadino mountains, CA. I didn't modify anything until October 2006. Once I started, I found I couldn't stop...
IMAGE-> The Bone Stock FJC.
IMAGE-> Stock FJC on Trail in Utah (I).
IMAGE-> Stock FJC on Trail in Utah (II).