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TiVo FJ OEM+ Build



6/20/20

MODS

Suspension
Front (Coming soon)
- 2.5 Fox Extended-Travel Coilovers
- True Travel Dynamics Uniball UCAs
- DirtKing LCAs
- Fox swaybar relocation spacers

Rear
- Dobinsons C59-677V TRD Red springs
- Cornfed 0.5" spacer on driver bumpstop
- Fox 2.0 resi DSC
- 2nd Gen Rear PROFORGED Swaybar Links
- long travel rear control arms (coming soon)

Shoes
- Volk TE37 18x8 0 Offset
- Nitto Ridge Grappler 295/70/18 (34" - soon)
- Stoptech ST60 BBK (being rebuilt - 7/2020)
- Low-Range Off-Road 20" extended axle/drop stainless steel brake lines (soon)
- StopTech front / rear caliper stainless steel brake lines (soon)
- 5th gen rear brake calipers with Hawk LTS pads and StopTech slotted rotors (soon)
- Spidertrax 1.25" spacers

Engine
- aFe intake (Future)
- coupe aFe TRD metal cover (acquired)
- Group 31 AGM Battery (Future)

Electrics
- JDM Toyota Hilux Surf Lamps (Potential)
- Kenwood DDX917WS (RHD Unit)
- OEM Audio Plus sound system upgrade (Future)

Misc
- IS300 aluminum brake pedal cover
- chitown4x4 power rear window (Future)

Due to the untimely demise of my 4th gen, I decided to go to the dark side and get an FJ. It's kind of bittersweet because I never got to finish my 4th gen build, if there is such a thing as finishing builds. I plan to follow the same philosophy for my FJ build like my 4Runner build was. The only thing is, the FJ did have the trail teams edition but I'll follow the OEM+ route. Maybe what it could have been if they offered the FJ in a TRD Pro trim.
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Timeline

06/28/20 - interior work / TRD Pro shift knob
07/03/20 - Kenwood DDX917WS
07/03/20 - Nitto Ridge Grappler - 295/70/18
07/07/20 - rear suspension install
07/09/20 - AJT keyfob / turn signal stalk comparison with 4runner
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6/19/20 - backstory & car pick up

Here's a short backstory to the decision process. I debated on finding another V8 white 4wd 4Runner, but my friend sort of talked me into the FJ since it was previously on my radar for a bit. Then was the decision to either go with an older one with slightly more miles or a newer 2013-2014 with crawl control. Ended up axing that idea since it wasn't worth the upcharge to go to a later model year.

I contacted over a dozen dealers and almost all of them wanted to talk over the phone instead of answer my one question via email. I wanted to get under carriage photos. After dealing with the rust on my 4Runner and FD, I didn't want a repeat with the FJ. I was willing to pass on an FJ with 50k less miles for one with virtually no rust. I ended up finding a 2011 in Tennessee a week later, put down a deposit based on these pictures he sent me. The car hadn't even been on the lot for a day.





I went ahead and rented a car to drive up to Nashville and drive her back in the span of two days. Unlike the 4Runner road trip, I have much less pictures with the FJ on the road home. With the whole situation the world has been in, there wasn't really much time to stop and take in the sights. A lot of the trip was just eating in the car and some of the gas stations didn't even have open restrooms for the public.


Here was our rental, which surprisingly had more leg room than the FJ.


The small town dealer I ended up picking her up at.


One of our stops in Memphis for BBQ.

Made it back to Houston around 1:30 AM on Saturday after leaving for Tennessee on Thursday at 7:30 AM. Overall I think I ended up with a decent base vehicle to build on. The stealership replaced the tires with some Travelstar Ecopaths but missed the whole warped passenger rotor. At least alignment was done but that pretty much was the extent of what the dealer did as far as maintenance along with the oil change / cabin air filter. Previous owner painted all the silver parts black, which are showing some wear from when they were first painted. They also left what looked like a daystar spacer lift. I could tell the suspension was pretty tired and it felt like riding on stilts if that makes any sense. There are a couple of non-PDR dings on the driver side along with paint rubbed off on the door sil / door edge. The previous owner also did not tighten the spare on at all, I was lucky it didn't fall off on the 800 mile road trip. Just a couple issues with buying sight unseen. I would have bought one locally for a bit more but I found accident history on that one so I passed on it. Luckily most of my aftermarket parts from my 4th gen will swap over and some of my 5th gen components won't need to be modified to fit. DT shorties and Y pipe will end up going to the classifieds though.
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6/14 - 6/28/20 - parts breakdown

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6/28/20 - interior work

I spent several days working on the interior. Started with removing this phone mount the previous owner had installed. I pulled the radio bezel and was relieved that it was only mounted with double sided tape and not with a screw. Would have been more work to repair / replace the radio bezel.




I also installed the TRD pro knob that did not really go well with the 4th gen interior but it still looks a bit out of place here. I'll probably end up giving it to one of my friends that owns a 5th gen. It really only looks right in that interior.



The dealership really did not do a good job cleaning the car up at all. I'm sure the only thing they did was do a light exterior wash. The car still had previous owners stuff in the pictures the sales guy sent me over the phone prior to me buying it. The clean under carriage really was the only thing I was looking for.





Found some old wrappers, earring, and some legos.

Also pulled the back seat pieces to see if I could swap the rear seat since the 4Runner has a center armrest with cup holders, while the FJ doesn't have the armrest and just cup holders on the rear "doors".



Ultimately, found out what others probably knew that they changes the bottoms ever so slightly so they won't sit flat when you install them. My friend did suggest to just swap the seat covers over, which I would have done but the back panels also do not line up.




Seat backs will bolt in but you would have to use the 4Runner rear panels which are carpeted, while the FJ panels are hard plastic. Swapping the panels wouldn't have worked either since the openings don't line up. Kind of weird that Toyota would recycle the platform but change up minor parts like that. So much for swapping over my seats. I also passed on the front seats even though I find them more comfortable. Mainly because the FJ seats have airbags while the 4th gen seats do not. I didn't want to mess with the SRS system yet. Another wasted 4 hours.
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7/3/20 - DDX917ws install

Not much to note here. Any details on the headunit itself can be found on my original install. Pretty much plug and play. I'm still working on the steering wheel harness. I never got it to work with the 4Runner but I got new plugs from fasmoto so I'll try to make them work on the FJ.



Also got a head start on making the RCA female plug for the reverse camera tap. I found a thread on which wires to splice into to get the factory reverse camera to work on my head unit.




Hoping to get some time to work on this soon. I haven't been able to drive the car much yet because I've been trying to work on the old rig and then getting this one up to speed for inspection. I did get in a covercraft vehicle specific windshield cover because it's the first car I've had where the windshield was so small none of my current covers would work.

Parts Installed / Acquired:
- DDX917ws
- Covercraft vehicle specific windshield cover
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07/02/20 - brakes and 34s

Decided that I would tackle the warped passenger front rotor today. To my surprise this set of wheels and tires showed up on my FB feed.



I was able to pick up this combo of wheels and Nitto Ridge Grapplers (295/70/18) for a decent deal. Person claimed they only drove on it 700 miles. The measurement isn't much off of my brand new single tire in my garage so it might be the truth. I bought these knowing that I wasn't going to keep the wheels. Once I get my front lift installed in place of the spacers and get a BMC done I'm going to swap over my Terra Grappler G2s and either my friend can take them or I'll just resell them.

Some people might criticize the way I removed the rotor but I definitely wasn't going to reuse / resurface the old rotors. Second, the brake job will only be temporary while my Stoptech calipers get rebuilt, I just kind of have a lot of my plate to work on side projects right now. I just want to get the rig inspected and registered.

Rust welded rotor removal with a MFH - disclaimer - don't do this to your rotors if you're planning to keep / reuse them


Added anti-seize to prevent the rust from welding the new rotor back onto the hub again.


I bought a pad / rotor kit on amazon. It was nice that they included new pins / clips. The clips did not fit so I had to reuse some of the stock ones.



I did foolishly try to run the 34s up front but could not even leave the drive way. So 34s in the back...31s in the front

Parts Installed / Acquired:
- XD 18x9 wheels / Nitto Ridge Grapplers 295/70/18
- stock front brake maintenance
- Spidertrax 1.25" spacers
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07/07/20 - rear suspension install

Initially I was going to pay a shop to do the whole suspension. Ended up deciding to do the rear since it wasn't too hard. I went ahead and bought some new tools for the occasion. Made the endlinks and shocks infinitely easier to work with. Also replaced a 1/2" socket wrench that some how got lost in the past 2 years.


I left the jack there in case of emergency but the jack stands are pretty solid.



Original OEM shocks with over 150k on them.


Dobinson 677 springs tower over the stock ones with the spacers on them. I found some dog food inside the bump stop...that was kind of weird.


I installed this 1/2" cornfed spacer onto the bump stop since I had issues with driver lean on the 4Runner. Dobinsons sells a 10mm spacer and Wheelers sells 5mm trim packers to help with this too. I just decided 1/2" was the way to go.


Now it should sit without any lean. Stock springs should be setup where the driver side is slightly taller or firmer to account for the weight of the gas tank. The Dobinson's rep said their springs do not have a driver / passenger side.


I don't really like the use of spring compressors but it was the only way to get the spring onto the axle with the spacer plus the driver side being harder to install on. This was my issue anyway. I would recommend getting a portable hydraulic equipment kit from Harbor Freight for doing this instead of using the jack like I did. I did have the jack slip once from the passenger side but it didn't fly off like I thought it would.



Passenger side went in with less issues partly because there was no gas tank in the way. I was at the 2 and half hour mark by now. Pretty hot down here and took several water breaks and a couple of sitting / staring off into the distance breaks.


Fox 2.0 DSC resi shocks


I have to thank @rickashay for mentioning the use of 2nd gen 4Runner endlinks on his 4th gen build. I bought these Proforged 2nd gen endlinks from rockauto from before I installed the suspension on my 4th gen but never had the chance to. Partly because of all the rust and out of sheer laziness.



I really like that they have an allen key to lock the endlink while you tighten it onto the sway bar.



I forgot an after picture but I did have the endlink backwards earlier.


Driver side rear before measurement to ground.


Passenger side rear before measurement to the ground.


Measurement after install of springs / 34s to the rear. Both sides are within mm of each other so I only had to post one measurement.


So if it were questionable whether I would fit in the garage or not when I first got my rig, it definitely won't fit now. Even if I were to delete the roof rack, the skin would still scrap the garage going in and that's with my door maxed out. The install did not go without any hiccups though. I ended up cross threading the panhard axle bolt. No worries because I'll have to install the eimkeith PCK next week so I'll have my rig towed out to the shop. It'll be the same shop that'll install my front setup anyway. Ordered some new hardware that should be here by then. I'm just glad to start making headway on the rig and reaping some rewards. Have a trip planned next month to Austin already too.

Parts Installed:
- Dobinsons C59-677V rear springs
- Cornfed 0.5" spacer on driver bumpstop
- Fox 2.0 reservoir DSC shocks
- 2nd gen 4Runner Proforged Swaybar endlinks
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07/09/20 - AJT keyfob case / turn signal switch compare

One of the parts I ordered before I even got the car here. An AJT keyfob case in cement grey. I would have done black but I wanted it a bit different, the only problem is that it blends in with my counter top.





Pretty straight forward process as explained by the video. I couldn't really use a knife to cut off the plastic so I resorted to a dremel tool. My key ended up needing two shims to properly seat without any wiggling. I bought two sets of buttons just so I could have the red panic button. Only thing I missed out on was the TRD etching in the back and that was probably an issue with Toyota. They used to have TRD engraved in the back but not anymore. The case also fits my IS300 keyfob but I thought it would look out of place on that so I will not be getting another case. I need a second keyfob so I'll probably buy the same 2-in-1 flip key I had for my 4th gen.

My next project at some point will be to wire up auxiliary / fog lamps and use a turn signal stalk that has the built in fog lamp switch like both my 4runners did. The FJ is the black harness, which is missing pins 10/11/12 and 17.


I circled the ones present on the 4Runner harness. I was able to figure from the constant on fog light mod page that pin 17 grounds 11 which ends up bridging to 10. In theory, this means all I have to do is wire up pins 10 / 11 with an aftermarket wire kit and should be able to use the fog switch on the turn stalk. I know the FJ has the 5 blanks available under the radio but I like the option of operating it from the turn stalk. I'm not sure if this is really known in the FJ world but thats the benefit from owning multiple types of cars. Can combine different worlds and make them all work together.





As you can see, they're pretty much identical. I found other hits online that point to similar ones that can be used from other Toyota cars too. I won't list them since I can't guarantee what will work. Just what I've encountered in my build so far. 5th gen parts from the steering column won't work here because of the different harness connection.

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