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Old 11-05-2007, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wife wants one and I want to see what people have done for bumpers. etc. Mild lift, 33's or so Black on black with a roof rack is what she wants.
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Honestly, the best fj cruiserr specifc source for stuff like that is fjcruiserforums.com. Or mud. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of FJC owners that are of the "pirate" mindset.

Be warned -- The fjcforum is loaded with mall crawlers. about 20% wheel. Mud has a good following, but not nearly as FJC specific.

There are 3 SAS modded FJC that I know of, and one bad ass desert racer/mall crawler.
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There are a number of manufactures making bumpers, sliders, roof racks, etc. I went with the Demello bumper and sliders.

Here is a few threads that might be helpful. There are lots of pics in those threads. I think there are slider and lift comparison threads as well.

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Mr Bechtold has a VERY nice SAS rig on there
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Mr Bechtold has a VERY nice SAS rig on there

LOL! Thanks. Here's my bumper BTW. To the OP, you might see it cruising through Magalia every now and then.

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Oh, and wilson, if she wants black on black she has two options:

#1 - buy one of the 3200 07 TRD's that came that way fromt he factory

#2 - spend $500 - $1500 on getting the roof painted.

I may be selling my TRD, as I really like the new sand storm
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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All-Pro bumper offers the best approach angle and i also think it is the lightest. I am very happy with mine.

Also the all-pro fits the best. My opinion
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Oh, lemme tell ya... I'm a wife and mom... have your wife check out MY FJ!!


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i have the "3 toytec lift, demello sliders, moto wheels with 285/17 bfg allterrain

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Oh, lemme tell ya... I'm a wife and mom... have your wife check out MY FJ!!


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That looks real nice! This rig won't be built with pirate mentality, we've got a slightly modded Fj40 that I was given free reign on for things like that. We saw a ton of the FJC's at SnT last weekend and she decided she wants one. Won't be for another year or so (most likely). What's this sandstorm you speak of? We will likely get the TRD package from the factory, just don't see a reason not to. Maybe I'll SAS it by the time the kids can drive it
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What's this sandstorm you speak of?
New color for 08. It looks good!
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New color for 08. It looks good!
Ahh, thought it was a special edition or something. She's standing her ground on Black. I like silver or yellow, personally but...she's the boss. I just emailed her a link to your build
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tell her this...


The best thing about driving my FJ is the approval ratings from onlookers. I went to the car wash a couple of weeks ago and happened to pull in right behind another FJ. Problem is the other FJ was sporting 20" chrome wheels, was slightly lowered, and had the bass thumpin'. What a poser! When I pulled up behind him, the car wash attendants all looked at my FJ and simultaneously did a "thumbs up" to my modifications! That felt pretty cool, if I do say so myself!
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The best thing about driving my FJ is the approval ratings from onlookers. I went to the car wash a couple of weeks ago and happened to pull in right behind another FJ. Problem is the other FJ was sporting 20" chrome wheels, was slightly lowered, and had the bass thumpin'. What a poser! When I pulled up behind him, the car wash attendants all looked at my FJ and simultaneously did a "thumbs up" to my modifications! That felt pretty cool, if I do say so myself!
I'm sure, she's looking forward to getting groceries in this right now though (It's all OD and flat black now)
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I have the Expidition One front bumper with bullbar. You can find a good comparison of FJC bumpers here:http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...omparison.html
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That looks real nice! This rig won't be built with pirate mentality, we've got a slightly modded Fj40 that I was given free reign on for things like that. We saw a ton of the FJC's at SnT last weekend and she decided she wants one. Won't be for another year or so (most likely). What's this sandstorm you speak of? We will likely get the TRD package from the factory, just don't see a reason not to. Maybe I'll SAS it by the time the kids can drive it
So that you know -- in 07, the "Special Edition" was a TRD package, with the black on black. That is not offered in 08. For 08, the "special edition" has a "Trail Teams" badging, and is all white. Next year, who knows what they will offer. If your wife has her heart set on all black, you'll either need to buy an 07 TRD, or budget some coin to paint the roof black.
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Thank you for the heads up, let me know if you do decide to sell yours
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your going to have to get some cheap labor to keep it clean if its black!
Have had a few vehicles that were black.... they looked dirt brown living on a dirt road for years. too lazy to keep up on them.

light color most better, for you anyways, because I doubt the wifey will wash it.
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Yes, the black shows dirt easily. It also is the purtiest clean.

Since it's actually a metallic, it has a clear on top, which means if you get brush marks, the marks turn white. But they rub out very well.
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your going to have to get some cheap labor to keep it clean if its black!
Have had a few vehicles that were black.... they looked dirt brown living on a dirt road for years. too lazy to keep up on them.

light color most better, for you anyways, because I doubt the wifey will wash it.
Believe me I've tried to convince her we don't want a black car. Once upona time she ahd a black jeep and loved it until she realized it was a turd. Now that she's playing for the right team she wants a sproty black rig again. I would not let her put a nice paint job on the 40 because it's going to get messed up and hard to blend rattle can into good paint.
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Hey Wilson.....Black is going to be hot as hell with all that sun out there ya know eh.

I drove one for a few 100 miles and for myself I didnt like it overall, to cramped inside for me & those side pillars....everytime I looked over my shoulder I wanted to get a sawsall and cut an opening so I could see better....hahahah. It drove fairly well though........no chance to wheel it on that trip with a friend.

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Hey Wilson.....Black is going to be hot as hell with all that sun out there ya know eh.

I drove one for a few 100 miles and for myself I didnt like it overall, to cramped inside for me & those side pillars....everytime I looked over my shoulder I wanted to get a sawsall and cut an opening so I could see better....hahahah. It drove fairly well though........no chance to wheel it on that trip with a friend.
The blindspots have me concerned as well. We'll likely hit the dealer the week of turkey day to check one out and see if she's still seriously interested. With '07 being the only model year with black on black we may end up getting one sooner than I would like. But, I guarantee it will be black on black.
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The Thing with the blind spots is not that big of a deal, really. Just think of when you pack for the trail. I always have myself packed so full, I can only see out of the mirrors anyway.

Once you get used to the mirrors (and get the blind spot stick ons), and use the back up sensors, it's fine. On tight trails a spotter is really nice.
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The blindspots have me concerned as well. We'll likely hit the dealer the week of turkey day to check one out and see if she's still seriously interested. With '07 being the only model year with black on black we may end up getting one sooner than I would like. But, I guarantee it will be black on black.

that TRD package is pretty$$$ and probably doenst have anything youd want anyhow(except a black roof) id look at getting the top painted and buying the cheaper version?...i really like these things with a mild lift and 33 MT's, really considering gettting one myself, wish there was a pickup version!!!
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LOL! Thanks. Here's my bumper BTW. To the OP, you might see it cruising through Magalia every now and then.

is there a buiild thread on this one? NICE!
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