I did the chop

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  1. Dragon

    Dragon

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    It needed to be done sooner or later. ...so I just did it.

    2-1/2 hours total, some of that was just getting stuff together and figuring it out.

    I did it ala Angry Andy style as shown here http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...ody-mount-chop.html?highlight=body+mount+chop

    Thanks for the write up, Andy :)

    Sorry, no pics during, but here is after. Yes, I know I need to paint it black, but my shop was out of black, so it's primer colored until I break out the rattle can again. :)

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    I did the cutting, Juan in our shop did the welding, I did the grinding. It's a pretty easy deal to do. If you're deliberating about it, just do it. You'll be glad for the peace of mind. I used a grinder with a cutting wheel and the cut took about a minute in a half.
     
  2. Corey

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    Looks good.

    Living in an apt complex, and not having a sawzall, grinder, or a welder, I need to find a local shop to do this.
     
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    I do as well. Fortunately I work at a place that has a fab shop for sheet metal (up to 3/8") and structural steel.
     
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    We actually have all that stuff too at the Boeing complex where I work, just can not do it on company time, or free time due to insurance reasons.

    I have a few places that could do it, including Central 4WD by me.
    Will have to get an estimate.
     
  5. 2badfjs

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    just wondering, is that so bigger tires can be put on without hitting/rubbing there?

    nice clean work.
    i may have to offer that at the new shop ;)

    jim
     
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    Yes sir.
     
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    Thats what I need. My tires sound terrible
     
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    thanx for the info FJD,
    i was'nt sure if it was to clean it up a bit.

    jim
     
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    I have been thinking to do the chop myself. However I was wondering if Warranty is affected by this modification?? Anybody asked Toyota?
     
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    If anyone is going to do this, remember to disconnect the battery before welding. ... just in case :)
     
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    I am running 33's and I haven't had any rubbing issues yet. Is this more of an issue in terrian? I have played a little, but I have mostly been fishing since I picked up my FJ.
     
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    My 33's are also 12" wide. That may be part of it.
     
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    Yup I am running 33x12.5RTx17LT with a 3" lift....It looks close when I crank all the way over but I still have about 2 inches. I have made some sharp u turns and played a little off the pavement and haven't had any rubbing. I have a friend with a shop and was wondering if I still needed to do this.
     
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