Four years. Four long years I’ve been thinking about this. Back in 2010 I was in the market for a new 4×4. After 7 years since putting my CJ-7 Project onto the trails I had decided it was time to retire my 1978 Jeep CJ-7 and keep it clean and have some local fun with it but no more hard wheeling and rock crawling for the CJ-7. So in 2010 I thought long and hard about what I wanted.
I used to own a Toyota Pickup 4×4 and I beat the crap out of it for years. The Toyota Truck took every bit of the abuse without complaint. In 2010 I was wheeling with 4 other guys who owned Toyota FJ Cruisers. At the time the Jeep Wranglers had the anemic 202 horsepower 3.8 L EGH V6, while the FJ Cruiser used the 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 putting out 285 horses. Most of my wheeling would be on mountain trails so an IFS didn’t sound too bad for my purpose.
So I got an FJ Cruiser. For the most part, the FJ was fine. Until I started upgrading suspension and soon found out how difficult it was to get a enough lift while maintaining a good ride. I kept the FJ for 4 years. Drive it daily. It was a gas hog getting my better than 12 mpg and the ride was stiff, seats uncomfortable, and it didn’t want to track straight thanks to non-stock lift and tires 1 inch taller than stock. So every day, I thought about trading it in.
For the next couple of months, the state of PA got dumped on by about 70 inches of snow, delaying any upgrades to the Rubicon X that I might have in mind. So as the weather improves, the upgrades will happen.
This is my new project. I’ll document anything I do to this Jeep here on these pages.