I figured I might as well start my build thread after my first major mod so here goes . So this was the starting point of my build. This was picture taken on the first time off road a few weeks after I bought the truck.
It has lots of scratches and a few dents as expected from a used truck. 90% of the scratches polished out easily but I'm planning on getting the fenders and front bumper repainted to fix the worst of the damage. At least the flare which has the bad damage is thankfully on the passenger side so I don't have to look at it every day .
In the back I have 2 Rockford-Fosgate 12" subs in the back with a 500 amp Alpine amp. Super Ghetto set up for now. Just a box that sits on the back "seats" wrapped in a blanket so it doesn't slide around while the Amp is mounted underneath the passenger seat.
I got my Bilstein Adjustable 3" lift kit on Tuesday so I had to be tortured looking at them sitting in my garage until Saturday. My dad and I got to the shop this morning at around 7:30 and had the kit fully installed by 11. Having a proper lift and tools really makes life easy.
Before the lift the front was sitting at 35" from the bottom of the tire to the flare and the back was at 37". After everything was installed it now sits at 38" in the front and back. Here's how it sits now. I definently need bigger tires
I had the mechanic coming in at 12 to do the alignment for me so I had some time to kill. I ran across the street to Canadian tire and bought a can of Tremclad. I did a nice layer of paint on the frame to try to protect it from rust and it looks way better than before. I painted the frame from the skid plates all the way to the rear axle and diff.
The brownish part was where the lift was while the truck was in the air and the rest is painted. I'm sure it will be caked in mud by next weekend but hopefully it will slow down the rusting. Once the mechanic got there the alignment was already super close and it just needed a slight tweak to be in spec.
The mods I have planned in a vague chronological order are:
Toyo M/Ts or Duratracs (can't decide) I would like to keep the stock rims.
A proper alarm system.
New Stereo Deck/All new stereo system/subs
Wet Okole Seat covers.
I'm leaning towards a LED lightbar for my front end in the lower gap of the bumper. I'm thinking about possibly doing a Satoshi Grill with the Toyota emblem from the FJ's in Red with General Grabber wheels with the red lettering with lights behind the grill. That might be too cheesey/ricey though.
I don't plan on doing any super crazy off roading but thankfully I now have weekends free to go do some wheeling with buddies so I should have some nice action shots to update with in the near future