1992 FJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser aka: "ADV80" - Purchased July 18, 2008
Hello fellow FJ owners! I finally got my own! I've been an FJ fan from long ago and just never thought that I personally would have the opportunity to own an 80-Series. Thought I would have wound up with a 60-Series. Love those 50/55's TOO but not as practical and or not funded to take on such a project as this vehicle will be my DAILY DRIVER!
But before this FJ80 came a few off-road adventures with a '85 Toyota Pickup built desert pre-runner style with widened A-arms, fiberglass, caged, 4:88 gearing, LockRight locker and DAILY DRIVEN.
Then came the 2WFD rally car with welded/locked front end - AWESOME! Not daily driven but consumed massive amounts of time and money.
For the family I built from salvage a 2002 Subaru WRX Fam'Wagon and that became the family outing car that we took it to the mountains quite a bit! After the rally car I found myself on a KTM 950ADV and then the real adventure's began! But, I have family and my selfish adventures needed to included the family as we love to get out but the wife, two kids and dog all do not fit on the KTM 950ADV.
As my kids got older we literally outgrew the Subaru WRX Wagon. The wifes vehicle switched from the Subaru WRX wagon to a nice slightly used Jeep 2WD Commander. I learned long ago to not mess with the wife's vehicle from long ago, so no messing with this new to the family Commander!
While getting new tires some time later for the Jeep Commander, I noticed this Toyota Land Cruiser sitting behind the shop with a FOR SALE sign in the window so I inquired about it. The price - RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP!!! Something must be wrong with it, I stated! They handed me the keys to go drive it and I did and called the wife. While it did have minor issues like front axle leak + no lockers, I bought it! This is going to be a worthwhile ADVENTURE!!!
So, I get the RIG and first things - get to get it off the tarmac for a little dirt test drive!
Living in Southern California's Orange County is a bit dirt deprived but we do have this little spot: Trabuco Creek Rd is the quick escape road that goes up to the Holly Jim Hiking Trail. Nothing major at all, but when you got to touch dirt, you have to touch dirt! And it is also the quick alternative to the larger Saddleback road that is currently closed!!!
On the first to repair list, this is a big-ticket item to tackle:
With the awesome help of the mud community, details like this are great to know:
On the Vin# tag, look at the row of text/numbers just below the bar code in the middle and see the K292.
K292 = NO FACTORY LOCKERS
I found this info on this thread:
Lockers or no-lockers / Buying an 80 warning / advice – Post #8 tells the story:
I will be spending a lot of time in this section:
FAQ for 80/LX450 -Mar 2011 - Added concretejungle's 1FZE overhaul: