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Old 11-22-2006, 08:08 AM
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Yeah, I really did not want that 7' pole swinging back and forth.
This will be perfect Bob.
His setup is very high quality.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:44 PM
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ARB bumper, OME lift, IPF fogs, and Warn XD9000 Installed 12-05-2006

Was to tired to post pics yesternight, got home late and it was dark.
Only got two pics yesternight anyways.

Took some more at work today, but it was very overcast, so they did not turn out the best.
Plus the rig is downright filthy from last weeks snow/ice storm.

Finally got all the goodies installed Tuesday at the shop.
ARB, (A Real Bumper) OME 3" lift, IPF fog lights in the ARB and Toyota switch in the dash, and my old Warn XD 9000 winch from the '91 4Runner.

Why did I go with the ARB bumper when there are others out there too?
ARB has been in the business a long time, and their products are air bag compatible, and I really liked the quality of my old ARB on the 4Runner.
The bumper is top notch material.

The Old Man Emu is a proven lift, and from all the FJ Cruiser owners I have conversed with, they are extremely happy with the setup.
I got the 886 coils up front to handle the extra weight of the bumper and winch, and the 895 regular coils back aft.

I plan on adding an ARB rear bumper later (when available) and I may have to upgrade to the 896 coils, not 100% sure yet.

The Warn XD9000 winch is a workhorse, and perfectly suited for the FJ and other Toyotas.
It is well enough to handle any situation.

The IPF fog lights are installed into the lower part of the ARB bumper and look factory.
A factory Toyota switch in the dash controls them.

I want to thank Phil and company at TRD Parts 4U, they are an ARB dealer, and great to work with.
I have ordered quite a few things in the past for the FJ from them, and the pricing is very good.

I will wait until next week to get the rig into Toyota to get my front end aligned.
I want to let the springs settle a bit.

The drive into work and home was great.
It is stiffer than stock, that is to be expected.
It will lighten up a bit I am told after the springs break in a tad.
But it feels a lot better on the highway, and already corners better.
That was my main concern that it take corners better and faster without understeer or oversteer, I get the two mixed up.

Hopefully I can find some time with my Christmas break coming up to get the rig up to the mountains and test it all out.

OK, on with a few pictures.





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Old 12-06-2006, 03:13 PM
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Looking mighty slick. I see you got the "good" parking place too.

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Old 12-06-2006, 03:40 PM
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Thanks Brian, it sure feels and rides great.
Hard to get in though, and when I get out, the sliderz totally go down the side of my pants depositing anything that is on them.
I can not whip my leg out far enough to avoid the tubes.
I use to hit it before when getting out, but just so ever slightly.
Now it really rubs.

It is almost the best parking space at my work.

Just two spots in that section, and that is my boss's Lexus parked next to me.
He gives me a wide berth.
Actually he use to park where I am, but I stole his space, and now he parks next to it

He has a 4th gen 4Runner too with the 4.7 V8.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:41 PM
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Looks great Corey!
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He has a 4th gen 4Runner too with the 5.7 V8.
I thought the runners had a 2UZ, 4.7 V8?

Looks great by the way!
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looks Awesome Corey. Now its time for a snow run
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Looking amazing! Congrats, your deserve this rig!
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by 91_4x4runner View Post
I thought the runners had a 2UZ, 4.7 V8?
Ooooops, typo

Thanks guy's.
Having a ton of fun with this rig.
It took me years to mod the 4Runner, I am going at a faster pace on this rig.

Wieb, I agree.
I have to get an alignment first next week, then the rig goes back to the shop in ten days to inspect all the bolts to make sure they are tight.

I think I will be ready for a quick run come Christmas.
I may not do a big run, I just want to get it out and test it, and get some good snow pics.

Might have to play with the winch too.
Reminds me, I should try and get my Ramsey Remote hooked up to it too.
Had that on the old rig.
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Top notch gear and installation Corey, congrats! It looks Rubicon ready! No excuses for not getting to work in any conditions now. Well, maybe if Rainier blows, but that's about it. Have fun, looking forward to the snow pics.
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Old 12-06-2006, 05:19 PM
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Thanks Bob.

If Rainier blows, I am going with it
The mud flows very well could run down this way.

I bet you are counting the days now when you take delivery of your new FJ.
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Corey,

There is no more ass left to kick cuz you've kicked it all!!!!

AWESOME!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Corey View Post
I bet you are counting the days now when you take delivery of your new FJ.
Double-edged sword there. I want to delay it until the new roof lights, wind deflector and bumper lights become available in the PPO system, but also understand they won't keep it in the port just for that. Hopefully by mid-January and before the typical price increase around then.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:52 PM
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Corey the FJ looks great. Glad we could help. You can let the cat out of the bag about the install if you want. I am sure others will be anxious to read about it.
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WOW. Man Corey your FJ looks great. nice work, showed my wife the pictures and asked her if she had any last minute ideas for christmas, she replyed with ya right we just made the first payment. ha ha....
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I have to stop looking at this thread. Your gonna get me in trouble, i want one!!!
I will swing by today and check it out.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:04 AM
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Corey the FJ looks great. Glad we could help. You can let the cat out of the bag about the install if you want. I am sure others will be anxious to read about it.
OK
I was asked to use my FJ for some real world testing by TRDParts4U and they arranged the install with ARB.
They also arranged with a certain Toyota magazine owner to photo document the entire install for an upcoming issue.

I gotta tell you, that is one of the best shops I have been too, and the techs there of course really know what they are doing.
Great operation.

And seeing wall upon wall of ARB bumpers, Air Lockers, snorkels, ect, is enough to make a grown man cry.

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WOW. Man Corey your FJ looks great. nice work, showed my wife the pictures and asked her if she had any last minute ideas for christmas, she replyed with ya right we just made the first payment. ha ha....
Ya gotta have the jolly fat man in the red suit bring you a few things.
Christmas mods are fun to install over the holidays.

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I have to stop looking at this thread. Your gonna get me in trouble, i want one!!!
I will swing by today and check it out.
Sounds good Todd, and I have a few stickers for you.
I will be back to my main job site in about 30 minutes or so.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:07 PM
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Panavice dash mount/grip installed 12-13-2006

You can use this mount for your iPod, cell phone, or a GPS.
I already have a very nice iPod mount, but it is kind of in the way of my A Trac and E Locker buttons.

I may move the iPod up above now, or use this for a GPS mount depending if I can get a signal there or not.

Very easy to install.
1. Take off the plastic wing with one screw at the bottom of your stereo dash and pull it off.

2. Take the small metal piece and put it under the screw by the stereo, and mount it.

3. Put the dash plastic wing back on again.

4. Use the two small acorn nuts to put the rest of the Panavice mount to the smaller piece.

5. You can pre-mount the PortaGrip to the backing plate first like I did.

Here are some links:
FJ Cruiser Panavice mount
Model # 751372007

Panavice PortaGrip mount to put your toys in
Mode #l 702 PortaGrip


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corey whats the price range for the panavice and the portagrip , i emailed the northwest saleman and havent heard back yet.

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Old 12-14-2006, 07:08 AM
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They were each around $19 to $20.
I set my iPod in it this morning to test it out, I forgot my GPS at home
I wanted to test to see if it get get a lock on the network way up in the sky or not.

Actually I kind of like having iPod up there.
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