the second Toyota FJ Cruiser on Modified so far which is actually quite
surprising. This build has experienced many big changes by Shaun and is now at
a point where Shaun is happy with his build.
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Looking through the build it’s pretty easy
to see why... it’s layout is better than most builds out there and take a
minute to appreciate the space he is working with and weight restrictions he
has put on his build. It may look like your standard rear setup but it’s far
The main feature of Shaun’s FJ Cruiser is the rear and interior but let’s not
take anything away from the rest of the vehicle which is kitted out in some
Drive train: Automatic, Two or Four wheel Drive with high/low
Suspension: Independent Front Suspension, Coil Sprung Solid Rear Axle
Shaun’s mod list for his
Toyota FJ Cruiser:
TJM Airtec snorkel with airbox mod
Diff and E-locker breathers
BA Mufflers (Dirty deeds) cat back
Projecta DCDC 25A charger
2*CTEK Battery sense monitors
87Ah AGM second battery
Triple sockets to rear
Thumper 15Ah AGM mobile battery
Outback Accessories centre roof console
with LED interior lighting
I-drive Throttle controller
ARB single compressor mounted in engine
Chilliman 2.1A USB Sockets in switch
Blackvue dash cam with power magic pro
Hella Hightone dual horns
Phillips ultra-vision in the headlights
Factory LED DRL’s in roo bar
Kaymar rear work light
1.5" Ram mount for ipad mini 2
running Hema Maps, Explorer and Mud maps 2.
1" Ram mount with X grip for my
phone (also running the above map apps)
Uniden 2 way housed in roof console
(wired to aux battery), Uniden 2w hand held spare (Rechargeable), Uniden 0.5w
6.6dbi antenna on rear door bandi mount
Camberg Racing Upper Control Arms
Roll bar relocation plates
Roadsafe heavy duty rear lower control
Airbag man rear bags with high pressure
Method race wheels, NV 17” Rims
Mickey Thompson MTZ P3
Bar work and exterior
Opposite lock steel bar
Ironman 12,000lb winch (IP65 with
4mm plate alloy Radiator guard
Bushskinz full UVP
SC-FAB HD rock sliders
Kaymar rear bar with wheel carrier and
dual jerry can holder
Outback Accessories 120l tank
Rhinorack backbone with pioneer
Various Yakima/Rhino accessories
Drifta 270deg rapid wing awning
Quick pitch campers En-suite
Back of the wagon:
·Drifta drawers, made to order with
2*300mm deep stacked drawers on the pass side, and a low mounted fridge slide.
These are made to suit the ARB 47l fridge North/South in the back of the FJ.
Integrated table as per all drifta drawers.
·Power to rear
·Kaon barrier to the top of the drawers
·Boab net above back seats for the soft
Ironman 12,000lb “Monster” Winch with
Track this year finally – Easy track but great camping with mates.
Unstoppable moment in
the FJ Cruiser:
Never been recovered
by another car!
Most scary situation
in the Toyota FJ Cruiser:
On a trip with Quad
drive 4wd club in Toodyay, I was the first car to tackle an alge covered
granite boulder about 4m tall, I got half way up and the car started to slide
backwards. Slid down and hit the rear bumper and pancaked the exhaust. I tried
go forward/back but the car was trying to slide onto its side.
Luckily I had
the winch and was able to stabilise the car and get up and over.
Shop around, Do your
research and call into shops to chat to blokes in there to feel them out on
pricing and if they know what you want. If you want something wait a few weeks before
you buy and don’t rush into anything or you could end up doing it twice.
Top 3 tips:
1.With your lift kit do
your research, there is a lot of lifts out there that have shocks that are
either too short or too long which will lead to issues down the track. Some are
valved for prados etc so wont ride well.
2. Protect your vehicle, Get your bar work sorted early. A lot of people
leave off a rear bar or sliders until last, opting for the lift kit and
tires first. Replacing stock bumpers or having panel work done is a lot more
expensive in the long run. (See most scary moment above – Rear bar replaced
3. If you have an IFS
vehicle look into upgrading the upper control arms to correct your wheel
Things to look out
for if buying one:
Tail shafts and rear main seals, Steering
racks are robust but can still cause issues. Buy a 2013 or newer with the
larger fuel capacity.
Best 3 mod/s you have done
Rear tank, 400km between fills
when all your mates can do 900-1000km is a pain.
HTX, Just a brilliant light I
went to them from 240 blitz and I am properly impressed with the performance.
We do a lot of Friday night departures when going away and drive into the night
so these are brilliant. Get one set of good lights over multiple bars/lights
etc and your onto a winner (Can always move them from vehicle to vehicle if you
Pioneer platform, factory rack is
as useful as a chocolate teapot.
What made you decide to
choose this vehicle?
They are fugly, a bit different and I’ve
always been a fan. The 150 Prado or Hilux were the others on the list but they
just don’t have the character.
Best thing about the FJ Cruiser:
I can happily follow my mates with much bigger cars running 35’s and
twin lockers down tracks and come out the other side damage free (Mostly)
Worst thing about the FJ Cruiser:
It's size, this is a good and a bad thing
though. Because it’s so small I’ve had to really refine my camping gear and
make use of every bit of space with light weight kit. I can’t buy anything for
it without knowing its dimensions and weight. I will already know where it’s going
to live before I purchase.
Top reason to buy a Toyota
FJ Cruiser (in your opinion):
They are a great all-rounder, for camping, day to day driving,
around town etc.
Top reason NOT to buy a Toyota
FJ Cruiser (in your opinion):