New guy on the trails.

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Hello all, new here to the forum . I've been driving a 1994 landcruiser for sometime now pushing 200k plus! I have just purchased a 2wd 2007 FJ cruiser with 160k miles and wanted to know your thoughts and opinions about driving a higher mileage 2wd FJ! So far so great as far the commuting. I am digging the Rwd switch up from our older cruiser but am afraid I will find myself stuck somewhere down the road without a lift or at least all terrain tires! None the less I am well looking forward to starting a nice build on these two gals over the years...
Thx for the read!

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For a 2wd rig I'd concern yourself with a good tire choice, air compressor, and recovery boards perhaps.

Staying lightweight will help you more than anything. I don't think an aftermarket suspension would be of much use.
 
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For a 2wd rig I'd concern yourself with a good tire choice, air compressor, and recovery boards perhaps.

Staying lightweight will help you more than anything. I don't think an aftermarket suspension would be of much use.
Thx for the input Matt. Right now im happy with the stock clearance. Would a leveling kit do any good ? Not quite sure how much tire I will be able to fit. I'm looking into some all terrain nittos
 
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I'd stick with stock suspension height and just go with stock tire size ATs.

spend the cash you saved on camping gear and creature comfort mods.

CBs are a nice addition.
 
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Welcome and yes, as you can see it takes a lot to need 4 wheel drive on dry fire roads . You may consider airing down and carrying a compressor or CO2 tank to air-up. That makes a lot of difference in comfort on those roads. Plus you get extra grip. Several brands of deflators around, I use Staun solid brass deflators set at 14lbs. I now use CO2 to air-up since it is much faster than a compressor and cheap to reload the tanks. Enjoy that FJ.
 
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Welcome and yes, as you can see it takes a lot to need 4 wheel drive on dry fire roads . You may consider airing down and carrying a compressor or CO2 tank to air-up. That makes a lot of difference in comfort on those roads. Plus you get extra grip. Several brands of deflators around, I use Staun solid brass deflators set at 14lbs. I now use CO2 to air-up since it is much faster than a compressor and cheap to reload the tanks. Enjoy that FJ.
I live in San Diego and will be taking frequent trips up to San Bernardino especially during the winter which is about a 2 hour drive up the freeway until I reach the trails. I like the CO2 option and may give that a go. Im guessing the only con would be storing the tank and packing less cargo. But if I really need the space I wouldn't mind saving some chips and getting my hands on a decent compressor. Can't wait to throw on some AT tires.Thx for the tips steel!
 
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You aren't going to want to air down too far on street tires. That risks side wall punctures. I would not bother with CO2. Just get a decent compressor. Without oversize tires CO2 is pretty over kill. Just pack something like a vaiair 400 and call it good. You can have a heck of a lot of fun without needing 4wd. The stock clearance is pretty decent too.
 
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