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cruiseroutfit

Moderator & Supporting Member
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Thanks for the intros everybody :cool:

I know there are quite a few more than still need to introduce themselves, don't be shy :p
 

Moody

Supporting Member
Supporter
Trying to not be shy...

I have long owned Toyotas, beginning my Toy life with a standard cab, 4x4, 4 cylinder powered pickup. Its only modification was a nice Leer shell and a tape deck by Pioneer. I really enjoyed owning the truck, and I was able to rack up quite the number of miles on the ticker before it was sold and its life became delivery of pharmaceuticals rather than delivery of my wife and I to the next camping location.


We found a 2nd generation 4 runner sitting at a local Kmart for sale. For fun, we stopped to look at it, and seeing it had relatively low miles, was in excellent shape, and had the v6, we took it for a test drive. Less than a week later, it was ours. That runner served us well in its stock form with ‘oversized’ 30” tires being its first mod. We found ourselves happy with the 4Runner, but as it was showing its age, and since my wife was driving a new car and I wasn’t, we went to a local dealer and threw our pennies on the table for a new body styled 2001 Tacoma. It was the x-cab, 4x4. It even had a CD player in it. It was my first new car ever.


I hated it. I was overly concerned with keeping it clean all the time. I was afraid to wheel it. I parked way out away from everyone to avoid door dings. I sold it. For whatever reason, I found a 1995 J@@p Cherokee for sale. It was cheap, 4 wheel drive, and had about 90k on the clock. After 2 years or so of owning it, and fixing something every month, to and including and entire crate motor, off it went to ebay after my first trip with the local Wasatch Cruiser club to Moab. Not only did I feel out of place, since I was one of the two guys on the trail out of about 10 Toyotas, but I quickly remembered how much I had liked the ruggedness and reliability of the Toyotas I had owned in the past.



As it turned out, a gentleman in the Cruiser Club was selling his FJ62 that was already moderately built. Once the Cherokee was gone, I went and picked up the 62. It was quickly transformed from its original state after I added a new OME suspension, ARB Bull Bar, and then the 4.88’s in the diffs. It was a great truck, extremely reliable for its age, but I wanted an 80 series.

I blame it on Dave H. really, as on the same run to Moab, we ran a section of Poison Spider Mesa at night in his 80. I was hooked. Although I didn’t initially seek out an 80, I knew one would be in my future. Even after putting a few thousand dollars into the 62, I knew it just wasn’t going to do so well pulling double duty as a dd/kid hauler/camping and wheeler rig, especially with child #2 on the way.

We began looking off and on for months. At first, just locally, but then we started looking out of state. Few 80’s could offer any sort of maintenance history, some had some glaring issues, and some were outright overpriced. I planned on finding the ‘right’ 80, and had decided the right one would come along when the time was right. I had even started looking at the few used100 series that were around.

Finally, I was browsing around Autotrader, and found a nice and clean LX450 in San Diego. The pictures were detailed, I received the Carfax, checked on the switch being there, negotiated the price, and then secured the plane ticket. He assured me that if it was not up to par, he would pay for a ticket home for me. I took a cashiers check along with me, and picked it up. I immediately drove from the airport to drop him off and headed on the highway towards Salt Lake City.


I have owned this truck for about a year now. Initially, I planned on driving it stock, and just simply getting used to its stock capabilities. I put on the roof rack from my 62, and called it good, for about a month. Knowing I was going to be in Moab soon, I couldn’t resist and put a set of 285/75/16’s on there. Some family friends own a Big O Tires, so I tried out their new XT treads. I even found a relatively new xt for a spare, and ditched all of the stock Michelins.

Of course, when you get new tires, you try out their capabilities in some mud and rocks. I made a quick trip down to the San Rafael Swell. I loaded it full of my gear, and had a 3.5-hour trip to get even more familiar with the rig. Once in the Swell, I drove up a wide sandy wash to engage the lockers and give them a little exercise. I was in love. It was great, except I was afraid to take on anything too rocky for fear I would damage something underneath, or tear off those flimsy running boards.

Finally, about a week or so before Moab, my wife said she would pay for the cruiser to be lifted. (yes, she has ALL the money) She said, “It just doesn’t look right.” I sure got lucky. I went with the OME J’s up front, and then the 863 rears. ( I just recently swapped out the 863’s for the 864’s as I get a bit of sag when loaded with gear) It sat just a hair taller in the rear than the front, as it does now with the 864’s. Now, I felt a little more comfortable driving it off road. When we made it down to Moab, we immediately ran Fins n Things to get comfortable on the slickrock again. I was pleasantly surprised to find the tires stuck quite well on the rock, and the suspension was very compliant on the rough terrain.

We were camping in Arches National Park during our trip, and I noticed a decent 4x4 road within the park that I had never been down. I found only one spot that I engaged the lockers. It certainly didn’t need it, but I was so anxious to utilize them, I threw in the rear, and easily walked up the minor obstacle that had moments before caused my tires to spin, halting forward progress. We made it out to the arch, and hiked over to it, and enjoyed lunch.


Since then, I have taken the truck on multiple trips, one of which took me over 1300 miles in 5 days. Since February, I have completed, or have added the following:
OME Suspension, J Springs with 864 rears
OME Caster Correction bushings
Slee swaybar drop brackets, f/r
Slee extended brakelines
285/75/16 Big O XT’s
ARB Front Bumper
3/4 Length ARB Roof Rack
IPF Lights
Slee Step Sliders
National Luna Dual Battery setup
Extended differential breathers
Engel 35 quart fridge
Cargo area 12v plugs
Safari Snorkel
Glove box full of Strawberry Little Tree Air Fresheners



The following preventative and baseline maintenance has also been completed:

Blue Silicon Pesky Heater Hose
New plugs/wires/distributor/rotor
Air filter
Brakes
Throttle body cleaning
Front axle rebuild
Brake fluid flush
Transmission Flush
Switched oil to Mobil 1
Transfer case service
Rear differential service
Cooling system flush
Fuel Filter

All parts used were OEM Toyota, in order to maintain the reliability of the vehicle. It runs exceptionally well, and even with a roof top tent or large Yakima basket on top, I pull a fairly consistent 12-14 mpg with a light foot.
I have a friend who is employed by the Local Lexus dealer. I had read somewhere that any Lexus dealer will print a maintenance history for the vehicle, outlining any dealer-performed services. As the carfax report showed regular dealer maintenance, I was hoping to get a more detailed picture of what had been done to my truck. I went in to see Roger, (we happen to share the same name) and he printed out a fairly detailed list of what had been completed at Bob Baker Lexus in California.

Amazingly it was serviced at the dealer for every oil change, every brake job, detail, etc. All of the common things that appear to go out on a regular basis had been replaced. It listed that at 62k, the head gasket had been replaced. I was told that sometimes things are entered in the computer incorrectly, but I figure if it was done, great, and if not, I will deal with that when or if a problem arises.

Future modifications to this vehicle include a rear Hannah dual swing-out bumper, Slee skid plates (both ac dryer and t-case), rear cargo storage system, and a winch.

Overall, my build is pretty basic as far as off-the-shelf products, and kept mostly simple, without modifying the super reliability of the Toyota drive train. I really enjoy driving it, and do so on a daily basis, on my way to my teaching job. It gets regular use on back roads and continually amazes me what it is able to do off-road. I am constantly asked, “What is that black thing coming off your truck, an exhaust?”
I also really enjoy people asking, “Do you really wheel a Lexus?” as well as people who like to take pictures of it because “They have to get a picture of a Lexus off-roading.”
 

LiveRust

Member
I've owned scouts and broncos and rangers and suburbans. I've been converted over to Toyota finally. I had a 1972 FJ40 named LiveRust. That was the first time I ventured into the world of forums and lacking any creativity I used the vehicles name for my log in. Still can't think of anything else so I've stayed with it. Even though I sold the FJ40 a couple years back.

so, Currently I drive a Lexus LX450. (it's a land cruiser) I'm running J springs and have an ARB locker in the rear. I love it! I picked it up pretty cheap, but had to rebuild the engine a couple years ago. DMV issued me a license plate with 666 on it. Between that and the fact that with my red hi lift mounted on the ARB bumper at night looks like two red horns has given it the name "El Diablo".

My other vehicle is a 95 4runner which my daughter drives most of the time.
 

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wheelin62

New Member
1989 FJ62
~240K and still going strong
Mods include:
3" OME/Dakar heavy lift, 305/70/R17 ProComp Xtreme Muds on ProComp 17" rims, ARB front bumper with Warn M8000 winch, SOR nerf bars with custom integrated body armor bumper to bumper, Hitch-gate rear tire carrier with dual jerry can holder, Confer rack lengthened 2 feet, Hi-lift, riser cables, 6 ProComp 8" off-road lights, dual Optima batteries, Lock-Rites front and rear, K&N air filter, rear storage compartment, snorkel, Powertank CO2 bottle, trail welder, and 4Runner third brake light and a few dents :(

In the Navy and stationed in Washington right now. From Utah and hoping to get back soon.

A few pics...


 
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iceaxe

Unregistered Guest
1993 XJ sport



Purchased in 98 this was my first 4wd, was my daily driver for years, and is currently only pulling "weekend" duties. It's nearly complete as to my original build plan from 1999, winch - headers - maybe a snorkel and done!



3.5" lift, 31" MTR's
Front:
acos & stock springs
RRO adj track bar
ZJ tie rod & drag link
D30 w/4:10's and ARB
Bull Bar

Rear:
CS034RB springs and OME AAL's
RRO 1.5" Shackles
Bullet Proof MFG bumper w/ carrier
Chryco 8.25 29 spl upgrade 4:10's and ARB
speaker/storage box
32 gallon fuel tank

Other:
Yakima roof rack (bike & snowboard mnts)
RRO rockrails, & diff guards
Uniden 520XL CB
anti sways removed
fresh body damage (Not shown ;) )

My $500 MJ will be next and I want to build it for Expedition type wheeling and that next level of difficulty the XJ isn't quite able to do.


Now that the snow has melted it's time to get started.
 

targa88

New Member
2007 FJC
Building to become full fledged expedition rig. Rear seats removed for storage and sleeping platform.
Metaltech front tube bumper with winch mount
Lightforce 170s
16in steel wheels with Hankook Dynapro MT RT03 265/75r16 (will move to something easier to find and narrower 255/85r16)
OME 885/895 suspension (to be installed)



 

sinuhexavier

New Member

Glen Canyon Dam Reservoir 2008


Booby's Hole 2008


Salt Creek 2008

I have a 1996 Land Rover Discovery that gets me into places where few people roam. Not that I have a problem with people, I just like them a whole lot more when they are not around.

Mods include:

ARB Front Bumper
Old Man Emu Springs
Rovertym Rear Links
OME HD Shocks
6 IPF 900xs Aux Lights
Warn 9000 Winch
Olivares Spring retainers
Olivares Sliders
Olivares Steering Dampener reloc kit
Olivares Rear Door Table
Tom Woods Drive Shafts
ARB 45qt fridge
Safety Devices Low Profile Rack
Optima Yellow top battery
Custom drawer unit in the back
Rovers North Diff Guards (Thanks Rob)
10lb. power tank
 

CanuckMariner

New Member

Glen Canyon Dam Reservoir 2008


Booby's Hole 2008


Salt Creek 2008

I have a 1996 Land Rover Discovery that gets me into places where few people roam. Not that I have a problem with people, I just like them a whole lot more when they are not around.

Mods include:

ARB Front Bumper
Old Man Emu Springs
Rovertym Rear Links
OME HD Shocks
6 IPF 900xs Aux Lights
Warn 9000 Winch
Olivares Spring retainers
Olivares Sliders
Olivares Steering Dampener reloc kit
Olivares Rear Door Table
Tom Woods Drive Shafts
ARB 45qt fridge
Safety Devices Low Profile Rack
Optima Yellow top battery
Custom drawer unit in the back
Rovers North Diff Guards (Thanks Rob)
10lb. power tank

Nice Disco! Hope we see you on the trail one day!
 

CanuckMariner

New Member
Nice 80 series Greg, this will do fine on Koko...can hardly wait! Eventully you will have one of the finest rigs out there as you are starting from a mighty fine platform.
 

DOSS

Member
2001 Xj

Basically it is a exploration vehicle that I have done every bit of work to :) Here are some stats
• 5.5 inches of overall lift
• 32x11.50 R15 Tires Maxis Bighorns
• Trimmed Fenders
• Quick Disconnect Front Sway bar Joints
• Fire Extinguisher
• CB & Antana
• Front Skid Plate
• Dana 44 rear with ARB Custom SYE and Driveline
• Safari Rack
• Custom Rock Rails
• Custom rear bumper and Tire Carrier
• Custom front bumper
• Winch and other fun stuff





 
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