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2007 FJ Cruiser - Lifted and locked - 410Fortune wifes rig build thread

Discussion in 'Toyota / Lexus / Scion' started by 410Fortune, October 8, 2007.


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    1. 410Fortune

      410Fortune ELITE BRONCO2ERER Moderator Emeritus

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      OKay so my GF/future wife Julee (love her) has a 2007 FJ cruiser 4x4, 4.0L Auto
      The truck has been dubbed (by me) as her "Fun Julee"

      She loves this truck, she loves fourwheeling, she loves Toyota so it was a perfect fit...

      Last weekend (yesterday) I/we installed a lift kit on her truck.
      The kit is sold by Toytec, which basically is a set of 3" Old Man Emu lift coils (884, softer coil) with a custom machined aluminum spacer that mounts on top of the strut to gain a true 3" of lift in the front.

      The Toytec kit also goes one step further and replaces the factory rear coils with some custom medium duty coils. Many OME lift owners on these vehicles complained the OME coils were too soft and saged a bit, so Toytec had some custom coils made, again for a true 3" of lift

      I also picked up a 1" front differential drop kit, to help with the new CV angles. I have not installed this kit yet, we will likely wait a bit until we go with even more lift in the front.

      On to the pictures:

      truck in the garage before lift:
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      front to fender masures 34-1/4":
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      Toytec lift kit, including OME 884 coils, aluminum strut spacer, diff drop kit, and new rear coils:
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      tire off:
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      disconnect the front sway bar:
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      front lower ball joint (knuckle from lower control arm):
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      Factory Strut removed:
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      factory coil compared to OME 884 lift coil:
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      New OME lift coil installed on Harbor Freight strut compressor:
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      (slow going here)

      front put back together with strut and Toytec spacer:
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      Front done, measured 37.5" to fender before settling:
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      The front took us about 5 hours total, the springs are a bitch to compress and the hooks on the HF spring compressor are large so with the tight winds of the OME coil it was hard to get the strut back out of the compressor.
      The first side took us twice as long as the second.....
      The next day we tackled the rear, the total install on the rear was about 1 hour

      Rear tire off:
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      remove rear sway bar:
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      remove rear shock:
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      we also unbolted the trac bar to help get the new coils in.
      Here are the factory rear coils compared to the Toytec rear coils:
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      rear springs installed with factory rubber bump stop:
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      rear done
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      The truck out of the garage:
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      We will be getting new longer rear shocks shortly, the factory units will limit rear travel.
      I will also be making some sway bar disconnects.

      The truck goes in for alignment Friday after the new coils have been allowed to settle

      Julee is shopping for tires and wheels...Looking at Pro Comp Xtreme MT 33x12.50x17 and 17x9" black chrome rims :)

      This lift kit rides AWESOME, seriously in JUlee's own words "It took the car out of my truck".

      I too am very impressed with this truck and this lift...I wish Gen II Explorer's rode on struts instead of t bars!!!
       
      Last edited: October 12, 2007
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      I saw a lift kit install on Extreme4x4 where the cut a factory crossmember to allow the driveshaft room after the diff was lowered :eek: I'd be interested to see how the front diff drop kit goes in. Looks good, watch for ripped firewalls!

      Its a shame the Explorer never saw aftermarket support like what is available for this.
       
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      Nice, Jamie! Did Julee help? Pic? :D

      Any plans for front and rear bumpers, etc?
       
    5. 410Fortune

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      plans for bumpers, winch, lockers, tires, roll protection some more skid plating and the list will go on and on.

      Have been watching the inner fenders for the FJ cruiser cracking problem, her truck does have a slight buldge on the pass side, we will keep our eye on it...apparently the lift kit will help reduce the risk of further cracking!

      Aside from being visability challenged the wheel base and track width of the FJ is awesome on the CO trails...even stock!

      Big time future plans include Total Chaos, this OME lift is temporary :)
       
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      I was waiting to read, "Next it's getting 33s, because I happen to have some lying around". :p:

      Looks great Jamie, and congrats Julee!
       
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      410Fortune ELITE BRONCO2ERER Moderator Emeritus

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      the ones I have laying around fit 15" wheels LOL hahahaha don't worry we'll use em on something!
       
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      Looking forward to seeing it wheel on Saturday!

      ProComp has their buy 3 get one free deal going on right now. Of course they jacked the prices of the tires in the last month to accommodate it :rolleyes:

      I hear ya on that one!
       
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      Julee is looking for 5 rims and 5 tires, 4wheel parts even withthe buy 3 get 1 free is still a bit higher then the local competition......if you can believe that!

      I have 4wheel parts, national wheel and tire, and our local boys at Performance wheel and tire all trying to beat each others price...we will see who comes through, so far its the local guys

      we are looking forward to Saturday for sure, the Aspens are changing big time so it should be gorgeous!!
       
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      Oh baby the truck looks so sick!
      She ended up with Dick Cepek DC1 rims, 16x8 with 4" offset.
      33x12.5 Goodyear MTR's
      5ea

      The truck looks amazing...pics coming as soon as she gets home!
       
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      Out or curiosity, why'd she go with the MT/R's? Sick deal?
       
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      Cauz the MTRs pwns the rocks :)
       
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      Where are the pics? Anyways we should all seriously consider changing the name of ef, to the DC-1 forum.:D
       
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      Great wheel at a great price, I wouldnt mind having a set of the DC-1's on my Bii either....who cares if there's more then one set on your driveway of the same stuff hahaha Hey maybe MT will give us a sponsorship??? hehehehe

      I took some pictures last night but they didnt come out, I am off to the tire store to grab the 5th wheel for the spare, I will get some pics of the truck when I get back...it looks great! It needs alignment, but its not too far off....

      We went with teh MTR's because after pricing wheels and tires with the guys at Performance I pointed out to them that they were pricing me on the MT ATX, not the MTX like we wanted from day one...the MTX is out of stock...so after being there for 4 hours they found a set of MTR's and reduced the price on them dramatically, we were not even looking for MTR's because they are typically $20-30 more per tire....

      Here's a teaser pic from my cell phone:
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      I hate to say it but I really like those trucks, that was my original direction before I got my mounty. I just couldn't justify the expense of the brand new vehicle. And the whole super unleaded thing kinda sucks....


      Let's see some pictures!!! Looks sweet so far :thumbsup:
       
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      we run 85 in the truck, in Denver you can get away with this with no detonation. Julee drives for her business so she needs reliable, she traded in her 99 4runner for the FJ....it was a great move! It's trail ability is just a huge added bonus...the 4.0L still has plenty of gusto even with the 33's!!
       
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      Sweet looking truck :thumbsup: man those 33's really set that thing off.

      you beat me by a few seconds on the post with the picture.

      Here in the east with the mountains, humidity, and heat, I would have ended up running high test through the summer for towing, and I just couldn't get over that in my head.


      BTW.. that is a great advertisement for Performance Wheel and Tire :D
       
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      the 5th tire and wheel was not ready yet so no matching spare yet :)
       
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      Nice!!!
       
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      Sirius, GPS, and Kenwood install teaser pics, I really like working on the FJ :)

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      Two lockers and 4.56 gears in the mail this week along with the ARB mini compressor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Heck yeah!!!! I saved for a while to get these for my wife
      We shopped and shopped for ARB's when I came across a super Toyota package deal, seriously this guy will build the complete diffs (FJ cruiser has 3rd members front and rear) with the lockers, gears, etc for almost cheaper then I could buy all the parts myself!

      Chase Perry at East Coast Gear Supply is the MAN:
      http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1468877#post1468877
      I only wish our Fords had removable 3rd members for the 8.8, makes things so much easier!

      FJ cruiser = monster
      So the BII and the FJ will both be fully locked
      I will get some updated pics of the FJ and the installation of the diffs/compressor/switches, when it all gets here!
       
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      do u got pics of ur fj.

      nvm i saw them on page 1 it looks nice r going to do an exhaust or hids or anything else to it or what. I like that color fj that is my favorite color.
       
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      Sam I will get sum recent pix
      alot has changd since we 1st tuk thos pix

      yes HID's and yes a cat back exaust built by my buddy Chuck here in Denver are in the works.....
       
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      how many k hids r u going to put it on the fj
       
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      I am not sure! Julee is light shopping right now, we will likely put 4 on the roof and 2 up front :)
      once we have two of the lights she wants here, we will look at location and mounting options

      Plan is to make the roof bar remove-able (so it fits in the garage)
       

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