Bought this last November, got sick of daily driving a POS and having a Mustang that was awesome that I never drove, so I switched things up ditched them both for something that I could drive year round / have room for my family / dogs and still have fun with. Plus, being able to tow a trailer was handy. Hello future track slut?
It's 100% stock right now, and will be for awhile until I have time to install some mods I've purchased / can purchase other supporting mods to go with them. The goal is to have something that is tough enough to handle anything I throw at it, without sacrificing daily driving abilities / hurting fuel economy too much. These things suck on gas. Hard core. 20-23 mpg highway if you are lucky, and like 14 or 15mpg in town. It's a damn brick, what do you expect?
Here it is shortly after I bought it.
Yep, it's big and green. And somewhat clean. Damn thing doesn't fit into my garage, so it will probably never be clean again.
Unlike most people that buy 4x4s. I actually USE mine for what they are designed to do. I've towed trailers, I've pulled dumpsters out of the way of my driveway, I beat the living piss out of it offroad.
Speaking of offroad, I took a trip yesterday to one of the most difficult offroad parks around. Washita. Washita's easy trails are like the medium to hard trails at most off-road parks. You don't go to Washita if you don't expect to damage your vehicle somehow. That could mean custom pin striping from tree branches, or full on body damage from rocks / trees / rolling over. I left with both pin stripes and body damage. But I don't care, I had fun.
Here's pics from yesterday.
Required some assistance from a few guys on a rope to help keep from pulling a wheelie.
And then the aftermath / carnage. Lost my drivers front centercap on the wheel. No clue where that went. Pinstriped the hell out of my paint, and caved in the passenger rear 1/4 panel pretty good.
The damage on the passenger side came when I got pissed off at a rock and was determined to make it over without getting assistance from a winch / pull. I made it over. And right into a tree. It's ok though, I only got a few dents, that tree is now firewood. Ripped that little punk right out of the ground.
I doubt getting a winch would have mattered, I had zero clearance on either side thanks to trees. That's the one bad thing about the FJ. A lot of parks are built for jeeps, which are narrower. Washita won't even allow hummers into the park because they are too damn big, and will destroy the trails trying to navigate them. General rule of thumb at offroad parks, don't modify the trail to suit your needs, if you can't make it thru, find another way.
All in all, this thing is a beast off road, even stock. The offroad traction control system (ATRAC) is pretty much the most awesome form of traction control ever. And having a locking rear differential you can pretty much tackle anything within reason. I was literally climbing up boulders 4 feet tall without a problem. Provided I didn't high center myself on them. Water crossings were surprisngly easy too, I was driving thru 2 foot deep mud pits / streams and never once was concerned about hydrolocking or getting water inside the cabin.
I have this much to say about the FJ off road though, you can pretty much kiss any decent fuel economy good bye on that tank. I drove something like 12 miles in 1 - 3rd gear and 4 wheel drive low yesterday, burned up about 10 gallons of gas doing so.