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Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by SOCALFJ, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. SOCALFJ

    SOCALFJ

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    NOTE: I've updated this thread a bit on page 5.

    Project "1 year buildup" has been completed (yeah right!!)

    I have owned Jeeps and Toyotas my entire life. Some of you may know me as SOCALXJ. I really loved camping and enjoyed getting away from the city and that sort of thing for quite some time.. but I was really getting burned out with the whole rock crawling scene. I had enough 42" swampers on dana 60's for one lifetime, if you know what i mean. So i decided i wanted to build a expedition rig. I wanted to build something that would be extremely reliable, wouldn't get too far away from stock if we needed parts and something that was super comfy for long hauls. That's where it started. After researching between various makes and models.. we bought the cruiser last year on July 16th. We drove up from SoCal to Sacramento to get it. It was well worth the drive. The PO was off the mud board here and the rig had been well maintained and never been in the dirt. It pretty much lived a pampered lifestyle. I advised the PO that this will change immediately! I was buying the rig strictly for a expedition/overland rig. So the rig (needless to say) made the 600 mile trip home without a problem, just like we knew it would. After all, if what we were buying it for.. if it didn't make it home then it wouldn't make a very good platform now would it? Shortly after getting it home, the mods started taking place. And of course, yep the running boards were off in a matter of days. Here's what we did in 12 months to our rig along with some pics. All along the build process we have been out on trips each month, sometimes even twice. Our first year with the cruiser has been a absolute dream and we can't say enough about how well this board has influenced that. There's a huge wealth of knowledge here and we want to thank everyone for that. Ok, off with the specs and pics, enough talking.

    1993 Factory E-locked front and rear FZJ80

    Specs:

    ARB Bullbar Winch Bumper
    Kaymar Rear bumper w/dual swingouts
    (tire carrier,gerry can holder and c02 tank mount, telescoping worklamp, hi-lift mount)
    "Landcruisercrap.com" Bottle opener
    INTI roof rack with ladder and 35 gallons of NATO can storage
    Mombasa Expedition Roof Top Tent with Changing Room
    Hankook Dynapro 295/75R16 MT R103
    Cobra 18 WX ST II CB Radio
    Panasonic Head Unit
    Wilson 1000 Antenna
    Wildyoats Limb Riser cables
    HELLA lighting
    Old Man EMU 2" Super Heavy lift 850's upfront and 864's outback
    Old Man EMU caster correction bushings
    Pro Comp ES4000 shocks
    Warn M12000 Winch
    Safari Snorkel
    Dual Batteries
    ARB Fridge
    PowerTank
    Slee Offroad Sliders
    12 volt cigarette outlets front/rear
    Blue Seas Distribution Center
    OEM Hand Throttle
    OEM Center Diff Lock Switch
    African Outback drawer system
    Cruisecam Video Camera Mount
    Georges LED Dome Lights
    Georges LED Map Light
    VisionX 6500 HID lighting
    HELLA FF Ultra worklamp
    ARB Fender Brush Bars
    Small Inverter for laptop/cellphones
    Fiamma Awning
    HELLA super tone horns
    Long Range Automotive 24 gal. Aux Fuel Tank
    MAF Rear Coil Spacers
    Slee Offroad Coil Spacers
    Lowrance 540c GPS
    Yaesu 2800M 2 meter
    Diamond SG2000HD Antenna 5.2GB

    And of course 2 drawers full of recovery gear and tools.

    How it started. Stock.
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    After working many many weekends on the rig, here's how it ended a year later.
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  11. airlaird

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    You forgot to mention what lift your running!
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  12. SOCALFJ

    SOCALFJ

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    Alright, last ones.

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  13. SOCALFJ

    SOCALFJ

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    No i didn't says, Old Man Emu 2" Super Heavy.

    I added the spring combo though just in case anyone cares.
  14. CaliCruiser

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    I smell a smoking credit card. . .


    Dude, nice rig for sure!!!



    Dylan
  15. j_rawks

    j_rawks

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    great set up and awesome pics.

    cheers.
  16. Ruadhrigh

    Ruadhrigh

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    dayum boy!

    you have an awesome truck!
  17. cc93cruiser

    cc93cruiser CRUZAHEAD

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    That cruiser is one of my favs on this board after seeing all those cool pics... One question, would you happen to know if it is legal to mount your front license plate up there in the roof rack...? Looks cool up there... I would like to place it up there too. :cheers:
  18. concretejungle

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    No doubt! but it has resulted in a smokin' rick too. :cool:
  19. DanKunz

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    Holy gadget-whore batman!!

    Nice rig! Get some slee extra heavy 4" and 35s :)
  20. SPDSHFT

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    Very clean. One of the nicest Ive ever seen!

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