ROTW Red Sox Cruser

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Red Sox Cruiser, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Red Sox Cruiser

    Red Sox Cruiser

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    Red Sox Cruiser ROTW #1

    Well to start I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all their help and wisdom over the past month since I joined the cruiser family.

    My name is Jerry, I am 26 years old and live in Portland, OR. I own a 1994 FZJ-80 (more about that later).

    I wanted to begin with how I got to the decision to buy my 80. I have to give a ton of credit to CreeperSleeper(CS), he and I have been good friends for over ten years and is the reason I ever made it off road. My dads are less than outdoors-men and until i was a sophomore in high school I had never seen much of what the real NW Great Outdoors is all about. That is when CS took me on my first trip in his 1989 Chevy on super swampers. We were on trail for all of about 10 min. before we became detained for almost half the day and I loved every second of it. I must mention that the rest of the trip was much better. So I was hooked and now became one of CS's copilots on a regular basis in a barrage of different vehicles and every now and again I would take out my parents 94' Ford Explorer.

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    Christmas of 2000 and with over 200,000 miles on it my parents decided that I should continue to drive the Explorer into the ground (so I did... CS and I went wheeling the very next day). Bare with me I will be getting to the good stuff soon.

    On one of our trips when CS was home visiting from college he showed up with a stock 85' Runner so we went wheeling and camping with the Explorer and Runner. This was pretty much the worst trip of my life and the reason we don't go wheeling in Yamhill anymore (and the reason why I now own a 80). CS gets two flat tires and I managed to back my Explorer on top of a stump in the middle of the night. So almost 24 hours later, a phone call to CS's dad to come rescue us/me and we are now on our way home with me very pissed off.

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    Fast forward a few years and that 85' Runner is now lifted, rear locker, gears, bumpers and a winch with 33" BFG's and it's mine. I got in a bad way financially and had to sell it :-(.

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    Fast forward a few more years and now CS has his 80 and is slowly building it and making it awesome and still dragging my miserable you know what into the woods, bugging me to get my own damn rig. Well, after a few more Toyota's and J**P's the stars align: I wake up and I have my 80 :).


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    My 80: I bought my 1994 with factory lockers on January 19, 2008.

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    Here are the current mods:
    Metal Tech Sliders
    Custom Front Bumper
    CDL switch
    pin 7 mod
    removed flares (holes plugged)
    trailer hitch receiver gone
    spare tire gone
    spare tire carrier gone
    OME J springs
    OME L shocks
    35" Super Swamper TrXus MT's
    Factory Toyota 16x7 black. steelies
    Sway bars gone
    Man-a-Free extrended brake lines
    CS custom front bumper ;)
    Angle iron welded on my control arms
    Alpine Head Unit
    iPod interface
    MB Quart 8" sub
    Rockford Fosgate Amp
    Midland CB

    That's not too bad for one month. (Girlfriend slightly irritated that I spend more time with CS & my 80 than I do with her. She's adjusting well though :)


    Future mods:
    Rear Bumper (CS & RSC Built)
    wheel spacers
    5.29 gears
    37" Tires
    Beadlocks
    Fender Trimming
    Rear Cargo Storage Box
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  2. CreeperSleeper

    CreeperSleeper Cascade Cruisers Prez. SILVER Star

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    Is that a dent I see? :flipoff2:

    Truck looks great and goes amazing! I'm glad you finally got an 80...
  3. Red Sox Cruiser

    Red Sox Cruiser

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    Yep a little one from yesterday. Don't have any idea where or when I got that but oh well.
  4. 4x4CPOSEADOG

    4x4CPOSEADOG SILVER Star

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    Nice looking rig. Really built for tough terrain. Offroad scenery in Oregon is great! You got a very capable truck to conquer any terrain. Have fun!
  5. Red Sox Cruiser

    Red Sox Cruiser

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    Thank you! I can't wait for the snow to melt. ih8snw
  6. AKcruiserfreak

    AKcruiserfreak SILVER Star

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    Wow, looks like you've been busy. How do you like those J's? Any CC?

    TK
  7. CreeperSleeper

    CreeperSleeper Cascade Cruisers Prez. SILVER Star

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    ih8icysnw... iheartpowder! :steer: However, my exhaust h8s it all. :doh:
  8. Red Sox Cruiser

    Red Sox Cruiser

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    I love the J springs they are pretty stiff right now but Creeper Sleeper assures me that they will break in. They feel great with a lot of weight. No caster correction.
  9. PKP80

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    Hanging w/ CS. bring on the body damage and sawzall. NIce to see more guys my age doing the 80 thing.
  10. CreeperSleeper

    CreeperSleeper Cascade Cruisers Prez. SILVER Star

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    At least I've never been on my lid! :flipoff2:
  11. CreeperSleeper

    CreeperSleeper Cascade Cruisers Prez. SILVER Star

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  12. cc93cruiser

    cc93cruiser

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    Those truxus mt's are nice, they have a 37x12.5r16 size I might get next....
  13. 4dmalamute

    4dmalamute

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    Nice write up and nice rig. I like those tires on your cruiser........looks good!:beer:
  14. Walking Eagle

    Walking Eagle

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    ya' know, the stories are the best part of ROTW...
  15. CreeperSleeper

    CreeperSleeper Cascade Cruisers Prez. SILVER Star

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    Here is some more pics for ya Jer:

    Jerry (RedSoxCruiser) is on left and Steve (C6H1206) is on right, me in middle
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  16. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6

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    Beat me to the pics. Nice. Still can't get over what a great day that was.

    Very cool ROTW. I love the back story and a very cool cruiser ~ no port-installed roof wreck, um rack, and no running boards. Sweet. If only it was Emerald Pearl Metallic.
  17. Nice rig! I also like seeing more guys my age getting these incredibly capable vehicles and doing them justice.:clap:
  18. reffug

    reffug

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    nice rig.

    nice write up.

    as always thanks for contributing.
  19. cruiser80

    cruiser80

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    very nice rig! nice write up too. white is the best color!:D i like the pics on the beach. thanks for the write up!:cheers:
  20. Atoyot1031

    Atoyot1031

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    Nice writeup and story! i'm in the middle of parting with my beloved minitruck and am experiencing some separation issues...

    I think I still count as one of the "young" guys with an 80 (I'm 30, but MTC) and my buddies with 80s are about the same.

    I love it all, but GO REDBIRDS!!!:flipoff2:

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