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Felicity Jane

What modifications would you add?
« on: 16-Jun-17, 15:11 »
Hi all,

Pick up my FJ next week, 2015, white. Pretty standard except it already has a towbar, roof rack, nudge bar and side steps.
We are looking at going off on a few camping trips. Also some off  road and beach use but nothing hard core.

What would you change or add on to the vehicle?
      

Miles fj

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #1 on: 16-Jun-17, 15:42 »
Shelving or drawer at the back....
      

Daunted

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #2 on: 16-Jun-17, 16:30 »
Air compressor so you can re-inflate after driving on the sand
      

Neil Watts

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #3 on: 16-Jun-17, 18:40 »
New suspension, improves ride/handling and braking.
      

Crackles

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #4 on: 17-Jun-17, 00:02 »
Initially nothing as the FJ is very capable stock.
Get out & do a few simple camping trips, see what others are doing & read the archives.
Once you get an idea of what you want to do with the car modify to suit. Everyone's needs & wants are different, some setting up touring rigs others mall crawlers.
If you intend to get off the beaten track camping then some of the first mods are often decent tyres, a suspension upgrade, basic recovery gear, storage, a fridge & a 2nd battery.
      

Lunchietey

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #5 on: 17-Jun-17, 00:08 »
Recovery points(you can't recover very hard without them, a good bog on the beach and you'll be in trouble)

A good recovery kit. A decent compressor.

Good tyres if you do ANYTHING harder than beach sand. decent rocks or any mud at all will leave you wishing you had better tyres. They SIGNIFICANTLY improve offroad grip. The factory AT22's are ok but are effectively glorified car tyres. Many people say they are surprisingly good offroad, but that has more to do with the FJ being a great package standard than the tyres. The rubber is by far the biggest restriction on a stock FJ if ground clearance isn't an issue.

Good lighting, a simple lightbar on the nudge bar will help.

Transmission cooler. An absolute MUST for beach work. When you use an ELM327 or similar OBDii tool and see factory gearbox temps on beach sand, you'll understand why.
      


FJ Fuz

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #7 on: 18-Jun-17, 13:41 »
Snorkel, diff breathers, uhf cb radio, tyres suspension with 2inch lift ,2nd battery.Air compressor, tyre deflator and a set of maxx trax for beach time.
      

TassiFJ

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #8 on: 19-Jun-17, 13:04 »
I'm with Crackles on this subject. My car has been built over time and need! every trip we do we have come back and modified somehow and now have an awesome Build going on!

At the end of the day it has got to suit you and your use!  Rated recovery points are a good start though...
      

GazLaz

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #9 on: 19-Jun-17, 19:45 »
The stock recovery points are fine if using a bridle/ tree trunk protector.
      

Off Grid

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #10 on: 20-Jun-17, 19:12 »
I would suggest a decent jacking system and/or puncture repair kit also.
Tyre punctures/roll offs are inevitable off road.
The OEM bottle jack is ok - but only in a supermarket car park environment.
Failing that, a short skirt, a well-turned leg and a thumb are equally as good...
      

BirdmanFJ

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #11 on: 21-Jun-17, 08:49 »
Don't forget the fuzzy dice  :goodone:
      

Felicity Jane

Re: What modifications would you add?
« Reply #12 on: 25-Jun-17, 15:39 »
Thanks for all the feedback everyone! Picked the FJ up yesterday and looking forward to getting off on our travels soon!