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Jacket
06-08-2010, 01:52 PM
The desire to get back into a wagon got the best of me, and thus I've joined the hoards of RS members cruisin' the trails with on-board latte machines (although mine does not seem to have that option....).

Took a ride down to Santa Fe a couple weekends ago, and came home with some two-toned goodness. It's a 96 FZJ80, one owner New Mexico truck. 115,000 miles, lockers, and a few nicks and scratches.

While the PO didn't do much other than drive this around town, he was lax in tracking service and maintenance, so I'll start by baselining as much as I can and then start driving it.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/lc1.JPG

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 01:55 PM
The desire to get back into a wagon got the best of me, and thus I've joined the hoards of RS members cruisin' the trails with on-board latte machines (although mine does not seem to have that option....).

Took a ride down to Santa Fe a couple weekends ago, and came home with some two-toned goodness. It's a 96 FZJ80, one owner New Mexico truck. 115,000 miles, lockers, and a few nicks and scratches.

While the PO didn't do much other than drive this around town, he was lax in tracking service and maintenance, so I'll start by baselining as much as I can and then start driving it.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/lc1.JPG

Not you too :doh:

Congrats :beer:

rover67
06-08-2010, 02:00 PM
Congrats!!!!

First run Father's day... Spring creek :)

simps80
06-08-2010, 02:05 PM
very nice!

looks real clean

congrats

nakman
06-08-2010, 02:11 PM
Wow, awesome! So how extensively do we get to modify it?

AxleIke
06-08-2010, 02:12 PM
Awesome Matt!!!

Nemo
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
Great stuff Matt. I think Colorado has to be one of if not the top one's holding 80 series in the US. :D

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
Wow, awesome! So how extensively do we get to modify it?

I would say sick Slee on it, bout 15K later it will be the schiz.

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 02:17 PM
Schaweet! Just realized that even though we give the Matt's grief it's because we are jealous over their superior intellect. Every Matt in the club now owns an 80! Or at least has access to one! Congrats.....it's a beauty!

wesintl
06-08-2010, 02:28 PM
sweet!

who still doesn't have an 80 in the club?

MDH33
06-08-2010, 02:31 PM
Very nice Matt. :thumb:

Maybe people won't confuse us now since I'll never drive an 80. ;)

corsair23
06-08-2010, 02:32 PM
:woot:

Matt, you might want to hold on to the tools I loaned you and tackle the front and rear axle service on the new to you 80 :) - If the PO was lax in maintenance chances are they've never been touched

Congrats on the new latte machine :thumb:

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 02:33 PM
who still doesn't have an 80 in the club?

I don't Wes.

wesintl
06-08-2010, 02:34 PM
you moved up to a 40... it'll only be a matter of time before you're in an 80 seat :p:

corsair23
06-08-2010, 02:34 PM
I'll never drive an 80. ;)

Famous last words :hill: - Never is a VERY long time Martin...Some day when you bring the wife and kiddo (maybe kiddos one day) wheeling you'll see that an 80 really isn't all that bad :D

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 02:36 PM
you moved up to a 40... it'll only be a matter of time before you're in an 80 seat :p:

Truth is I was trying last year to get Michele to sell her Honda Pilot and buy a built 80.

simps80
06-08-2010, 02:43 PM
Famous last words :hill: - Never is a VERY long time Martin...Some day when you bring the wife and kiddo (maybe kiddos one day) wheeling you'll see that an 80 really isn't all that bad :D

That's exactly the reason I bought an 80 first. I would so love to have a nice 40, but the reality of 3 kids and a wife adventures dictated the wagon first.

wesintl
06-08-2010, 03:01 PM
forgot you were in the club ;) I thought you were just here for the political section ;) :D :eek:


when's the next 80 run :woot:

MDH33
06-08-2010, 03:02 PM
I don't have anything against 80's. They're just not my style. Plus I'm poor, and my 40 and 60 combined cost a lot less than just the mods on the typical built 80 in this club. :hill:

wesintl
06-08-2010, 03:06 PM
i've never understood the 80 haters. It has great viewing like 60's do. mods cost a fortune less than anything with leaf springs. it's got straight 6, solid axles, heater under the passenger seat and when you drive one you definitely feel the lineage to the 40.

only 4,579 to go... :o

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 03:57 PM
Very nice Matt. :thumb:

Maybe people won't confuse us now since I'll never be able to get to 80. ;)

Fixed it for ya...

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 04:02 PM
I do not own:

25, 40-anything, 60-anything, 70-anything, 80, 100, 200


Also do not own:

solid front axles, 'V' engines, automatic trannys, power windows


Cruisers don't scratch any itch I apparently have.


See....thats what happens when you forget to wear your foil hat when messing with those shortwaves!

treerootCO
06-08-2010, 04:03 PM
Very nice!

Now you need to get the Q springs and swap them out for J springs or something a week later. That seems to be the norm :D

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 04:07 PM
when's the next 80 run :woot:


Good question! Where should we drive our luxo trail rigs this time.....Tellico, Dusy/Ershem, Gilmore, Alaska? Hope I have enough refrigerator space! :D :bowdown::kevin:

wesintl
06-08-2010, 04:11 PM
I just brought up last night to the :Princess: about next summer taking the camper to alaska and driving the Dalton :D probably won't happen but you gotta plant the seed.

corsair23
06-08-2010, 04:21 PM
Cruisers don't scratch any itch I apparently have.

I loved my '82 SR5 Pickup...Wish I still had it vs. selling it to support my addiction to my college edumacation :o

But, I couldn't fit 3 + me in the pickup so I'd still have to have something else to wheel with the familiy in...You need to scratch that "family" itch Dave :hill:

rover67
06-08-2010, 04:23 PM
I just brought up last night to the :Princess: about next summer taking the camper to alaska and driving the Dalton :D probably won't happen but you gotta plant the seed.

I'll go witcha

treerootCO
06-08-2010, 04:24 PM
I do not own:

25, 40-anything, 60-anything, 70-anything, 80, 100, 200


Also do not own:

solid front axles, 'V' engines, automatic trannys, power windows


Cruisers don't scratch any itch I apparently have.

I bought my 40 from Dave....:p:

84cruzer
06-08-2010, 04:47 PM
Yuppie!! ........:rolleyes:

sleeoffroad
06-08-2010, 04:50 PM
Must be 80 buying season. Just bought me a one owner, wheeled slightly, comes with large sunroof and a trash can full of parts :D

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 04:52 PM
Nice hijack....that's awesome!!!

fubuki
06-08-2010, 04:53 PM
Must be 80 buying season. Just bought me a one owner, wheeled slightly, comes with large sunroof.

Why does this remind me of the Beverly Hillbillies.

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 04:53 PM
Must be 80 buying season. Just bought me a one owner, wheeled slightly, comes with large sunroof.

Ohhhh....are you selling the removable door kits? I goota have one! :thumb::thumb:

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 04:55 PM
Put lambo doors on it!

Caribou Sandstorm
06-08-2010, 04:59 PM
Ralston, what are you going to do with the Taco?????

wesintl
06-08-2010, 05:08 PM
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive

Jacket
06-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Wow, awesome! So how extensively do we get to modify it?

Lots - it has to at least go where my Tacoma would go, and with the same luxuries and safety features. My spreadsheet grows every day. I think there's at least a couple of gamviti items on there.

Jacket
06-08-2010, 05:52 PM
Very nice Matt. :thumb:

Maybe people won't confuse us now since I'll never drive an 80. ;)

Thanks Martin. Careful with that "never" stuff. How is your baby now?

Jacket
06-08-2010, 06:01 PM
But, I couldn't fit 3 + me in the pickup so I'd still have to have something else to wheel with the familiy in...You need to scratch that "family" itch Dave :hill:

That's about right. Becky was tired of crawling around in the bed trying to find stuff. The kids were getting a bit cramped in the cab, with no options to take a friend, and I don't really haul motorcycle any more, so.....

Plus it's a new project: new stuff to learn and a new toy to build up.

Jacket
06-08-2010, 06:04 PM
Ralston, what are you going to do with the Taco?????

http://forum.ih8mud.com/vehicles-trailers-sale-wanted/389812-2006-toyota-tacoma-4wd-double-cab-trd-37k-miles-built-ready-adventure.html


If craigslist didn't suck so much these days, I might actually have an ad there too...

timmbuck2
06-08-2010, 06:14 PM
Must be 80 buying season. Just bought me a one owner, wheeled slightly, comes with large sunroof and a trash can full of parts :D

perfect plow truck!!

wesintl
06-08-2010, 06:18 PM
http://forum.ih8mud.com/vehicles-trailers-sale-wanted/389812-2006-toyota-tacoma-4wd-double-cab-trd-37k-miles-built-ready-adventure.html


If craigslist didn't suck so much these days, I might actually have an ad there too...

your our hero!:D sellin a taco for a cruiser :thumb::beer:
sorry, I know you liked that rig



whadid you do with the 33x10.5's

Jacket
06-08-2010, 06:30 PM
It's a great truck - I'll miss it. Lot's of great family memories in that truck, and too many great trips to mention. Sam wants to take it every time we leave the house "cause I'm really going to miss it Dad."

I still have the steel wheels and other tires. Not sure what I'll do with them at this point.

FJBRADY
06-08-2010, 06:34 PM
It's a great truck - I'll miss it. Lot's of great family memories in that truck, and too many great trips to mention. Sam wants to take it every time we leave the house "cause I'm really going to miss it Dad."

I still have the steel wheels and other tires. Not sure what I'll do with them at this point.

Matt,

I know the feeling my son was like "Dad don't get rid of the FJ it's the coolest rig in the neighborhood" I said I know but the 40 is way cooler...he agreed!

MDH33
06-08-2010, 06:50 PM
---Originally Posted by MDH33:
Maybe people won't confuse us now since I'll never be able to get to 80.


Fixed it for ya...

So you're suggesting only 80 year olds should drive 80's?? :)

DEE ROCKS
06-08-2010, 07:00 PM
We don't have an 80 either, though we had a pig for about 2 days.

Uncle Ben
06-08-2010, 07:35 PM
So you're suggesting only 80 year olds should drive 80's?? :)

I want what your drinking! :rolleyes::hill:

wesintl
06-08-2010, 07:40 PM
It's a great truck - I'll miss it. Lot's of great family memories in that truck, and too many great trips to mention. Sam wants to take it every time we leave the house "cause I'm really going to miss it Dad."

I still have the steel wheels and other tires. Not sure what I'll do with them at this point.

hopefully the cruiser will be just as reliable and be able to provide more memories :thumb:

Hulk
06-08-2010, 07:41 PM
Love the two-tone paint scheme. I had a 97 Collector's Edition 80 with that paint for a short while. Oleg may still own it. Congrats, Matt!

Nay
06-08-2010, 08:57 PM
Everybody should have an 80. You can run 37's as easily as other people run tow rigs :D

Nice find at 115K with lockers :beer:

Jacket
06-08-2010, 10:02 PM
Thanks everyone. So far I've taken off the running boards, removed the 3rd row seats and stripped the old funk off the paint and put a fresh coat of Epic (http://www.primacarcare.com/Prima_Products.html) on it. Very slick...

I took out all the plastic panels in the back to look around. What's this water hose on the passenger side near the tail light and trailer plug wiring? Should it be connected to something?

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/80%20parts/taco1%20001.jpg

And how about this wiring harness in the same location?

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/80%20parts/taco1%20003.jpg

And there was another 4 pin plug under the driver side rocker just in front of the back tire?

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/80%20parts/taco1%20004.jpg

treerootCO
06-08-2010, 10:42 PM
Don't you worry about any of those JDM goodies we didn't get in the states.

Water squirters for barn doors is correct plus a wiper for each door.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/80-series-tech/96731-why-here-picture.html

I think the other plug is the aux fuel tank sender but not sure about that one yet.

Jacket
06-08-2010, 11:17 PM
And the other would seem to be for the sub-tank...

RicardoJM
06-08-2010, 11:22 PM
Very cool truck Matt:thumb:. You are going to be putting it to very good use, I'm sure.:D

Rock Dog
06-08-2010, 11:52 PM
Awsome Matt!! Love the color... Can't wait to watch the build up progress

Jacket
11-19-2010, 03:28 PM
Haven't submitted any updates in a while.


Added some bling under the truck.....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/lift/001.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/lift/005.JPG

Bumper, Toyota JDM fogs, and a lift too big for the stock tires....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/lift/003.JPG

MDH33
11-19-2010, 03:50 PM
Looks great Matt! Now put some LTB's on it. :cool:

simps80
11-19-2010, 04:11 PM
I really like the two-tone on your truck.

Looks nice!

Uncle Ben
11-19-2010, 04:42 PM
I swapped my Trxus MT's back on my Wagon....wanna use my KM2's for a little while? They are not on rims. I know the lack of gearing will be annoying but at least the look will be right!

Jacket
11-20-2010, 10:24 AM
Thanks for the offer! But I'll probably just stick with the stockers for a bit longer while I work on a few other upgrades. But I'd be happy to be anyone's "swap out partner" for a few days if you need emissions tires.....

Jacket
11-20-2010, 10:26 AM
Looks great Matt! Now put some LTB's on it. :cool:

I really like the two-tone on your truck.

Looks nice!

Thanks guys. LTB's? Hmmmm.

xXJasonXx
11-21-2010, 03:51 PM
Nice buy. I love 80's. Bullet proof blocks.

Woodsman
11-21-2010, 04:00 PM
Looking at post #56 is making me start to walk funny. Still trying to talk myself out of buying an LX450 . . . and you're not helping.

Lars
11-21-2010, 05:32 PM
Very nice!!!

bh4rnnr
11-21-2010, 08:49 PM
Looking good buddy. Gonna be honest though that it's gonna be hard to reconize you during the pre run this coming year:eek::bowdown:

:beer:

Jacket
04-05-2011, 11:22 PM
It's been a while again.....final stages of preparation to take the 80 out to Utah for a week in the desert.

Note to self: Torque spec on the panhard rod should not be guesstimated, and certainly not under-torqued. My kids did not enjoy the death wobble cruisin' down the road at 35 mph - twice. Ugghhh. :o

The good: I've been really happy with the ride of the Slee 4" springs. The on-road driving characteristics have improved, and even though I'm quite a bit taller than stock the stability feels the same or better. Other than the snow run, I haven't wheeled it hard yet though....

The bad: I do have the "clunking" issue that others have reported when turning and hitting a bump, which I think is the tie rod making contact with the control arms. The clearance is tight, and worse with the larger diameter tie rod. I ground the arms down a bit to improve clearance but it's still something to continue to monitor and fix.

A few other functional features have been added.

Warn 9.5 xp with 3/8" synthetic rope.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/warn.JPG

New door speakers, subwoofer, inverter, and 115 v and 12 v outlets and dash switch. Still need to upgrade the head unit.


http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/elec.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/plugs.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/plugs2.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/switch.JPG

Jacket
04-05-2011, 11:29 PM
New tranny cross member and skid plate from Bump It Off Road. Beefy 3/8 steel, recessed mounting bolts, and with an extra brace welded to the back of the plate to help with stability in the case of a belly flop near the Tcase.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/skid11.JPG

High clearance rear bumper also from Bump It Off Road. I like Mike's design for this bumper, with the improved departure angle and solid construction. I had him change the wing design a bit and plate the tubes to finish it off where the quarter panel and fender flare terminate.

To mount the new bumper, I had to cut out the rear cross member and braces, and cut a small section of the frame horns to fit the new bumper. Deleted the spare tire carrier as well.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/rear%20bumper/001.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/rear%20bumper/003.JPG

Finished install, and with some Cooper STT 315/75's I picked up a couple months ago.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/rear%20bumper/008.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/fzj80/rear%20bumper/009.JPG

In addition, I regeared the diffs to 4.88s (thanks Robbie!), and added the Slee tie rod and drag link with new OEM TREs to strengthen up the steering.

So I just need to install my CB and tie up a few other odds and ends, and the truck will be ready to go!

Rock Dog
04-05-2011, 11:35 PM
Looks Great!! kinda makes me want to beef up my 80... Can't wait to see how you like it on the trails now! it will be awsome...

Uncle Ben
04-05-2011, 11:39 PM
Very sweet setup Matt! I really like the rear bumper and skid plate.....A LOT!

Caribou Sandstorm
04-05-2011, 11:52 PM
Need a pan out shot of the front bumper.... Your rig looks awesome and ready!!

nakman
04-06-2011, 12:08 AM
Daaaaaaaaaaaammn. (http://www.moviesounds.com/friday/damn.wav)



nice. :beer:

rover67
04-06-2011, 12:08 AM
looks great matt! :)

great work on the setup.

I really like the rear bumper, and the sub :D

Jacket
04-06-2011, 02:01 PM
Thanks all. My first time trying to weld 3/8" thick steel - that's some beefy, heavy plate. I think my Lincoln MIG was a bit under-powered, but it seems like I got decent penetration?

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/misc/weld1.JPG

That sub-woofer doesn't do much with stock wiring and the stock head unit. It needs some more power before I start pumpin' out the Beastie Boys.....

rover67
04-06-2011, 02:27 PM
What are you welding?

Jacket
04-06-2011, 03:10 PM
Welding a brace onto the back of the skid plate. One side of the brace bolts to the frame, and the other I welded to the skid plate just behind the Tcase drain plug. The brace will help keep the skid from flexing up into the Tcase in the event of a hard belly flop.

You can see the brace in the previously posted picture of the full skid plate. It's on the left side of the picture bolted to the frame near the exhaust.

Tch2fly
04-06-2011, 04:30 PM
Very nice Matt, looks awesome :thumb:

That subwoofer setup looks very familiar ;)