Project Toyota FJ Cruiser
The number of years that I have been going offroad can be
counted in decades. My offroad vehicles over the years have varied
from mild such as my
1992 Toyota 4x4 Pickup Truck to my highly modified
CJ-7. I've enjoyed them all and still own my CJ-7. But my
desire for "less
work" to get onto the trail has increased over the past few years thanks
to the the work load involved in getting prepared to haul that custom built
Jeep across the state on a trailer behind my F-150. Bottom line is it
was becoming more work than fun and I missed the days of jumping in my old
Toyota 4x4 Pickup with minimal gear and hitting the trails. On top of
that, I also became a dad in the last 7 years and my kids are at about that
age where they want to go have fun with me on the trails. So when it
came time to buy something I could drive as a daily driver and hit the
weekend trails, I was deciding between two vehicles, the Toyota FJ or the
Jeep JK. 90% of my trail riding is not extreme. In fact, most
are mountain logging trails. Occasionally we hit Rausch Creek for some
rock crawling. My rock crawler is the
CJ-7 and I love that old beast, it's an incredible classic machine.
It has it's days on the rocks. But it's great to have options.
JK's are nice and very workable as base for a great 4x4, however I wheel
with a group of
and most own FJ's. So it was time.
I wanted new, not used. I was eager for those 19
more horses in the 2010 model as well as a very specific color, the
fusion yellow, and specific packages. After months of watching
the Toyota's website looking for signs of the 2010 models, they
finally posted info on the 2010. Several calls and emails to
dealerships finally landed me with Ardmore Toyota and the FJ I wanted.
Christmas Eve of 2009 I was
driving off the lot with my brand new FJ.
Another great platform for a build up. While it may lack the
solid front axle that hardcore 4 wheelers rail about, the reality is
you have to think about purpose. Where do you wheel? What
kind of trails do you encounter. Like I said, I spend most of my
wheeling on logging trails exploring the Pennsylvania wilderness.
When I want rocks, I'll take the Jeep. And the FJ will certainly
be my daily driver.
If you've peeked at my
Jeep Project you'll know that I probably can not leave well enough
alone. I have to make it better, more capable, more me. So
the project begins. Project Toyota FJ Cruiser. The
following pages are my approach to modifying my FJ Cruiser to my
liking. I have lots of ideas, lots of plans but limited money
and limited time. I'm not looking for radical, rather a capable
weekend 4x4 for the mountain logging trails and a unique daily
|So enjoy. If you have any
questions or comments, give me a shout:
Projects Completed to Date:
I'm working on the documentation of these
projects including reviews and lots of photos.