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corsair23
09-19-2006, 12:40 PM
Timing is wrong for me...But started looking around at FJ80s and came across this one on eBay. They seem to be pretty rare...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=320027987787&ih=011&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT

Starting bid was $4K which seemed REAL cheap...Checked with the seller and it does not have lockers.

I know NOTHING about FJ80s so I don't know if this is a good year to look for, if no lockers is a big issue (seller stated you can put an ARB in it), etc. Seller stated this would be a good base vehicle to start with and build on and that the early years are mechanically less "complicated" than the later years.

As I said, timing for me just isn't right even if this is (as of now) the deal of the century. But, I would appreciate comments so I can build a list of what to look for in a future FJ80 purchase...

Thanks! :cheers:

nakman
09-19-2006, 12:44 PM
No, no, no, no, no. keep looking! Let me know if you need further elaboration.. :)

wesintl
09-19-2006, 12:47 PM
The N00B guide to 80's :D

http://sleeoffroad.com/newbie/newbie100.htm

corsair23
09-19-2006, 12:49 PM
Thanks guys!!

FJBen
09-19-2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks guys!!


There is a locked 93 with 136K for 6,500 on craiglist...I would be ALL OVER THAT!

corsair23
09-19-2006, 02:13 PM
There is a locked 93 with 136K for 6,500 on craiglist...I would be ALL OVER THAT!

Hmmm...Don't see that one. See a couple '91s and a LX450.

Ok, I read the noob write up on Slee which was helpful. Now, is a FJ80 the early years and a FZJ80 the later years? The noob guide didn't really state the designation differences and really didn't state what years they thought were best. As rare as these buggers seem to be, if I choose to get one I better start looking now :)

I really need to get the 40 out on the trail a few times first though :(

Groucho
09-19-2006, 02:21 PM
1991-1992 FJ80-3FE engine, same engine as in the 1988-1990 FJ62's, no factory locker available in US (IIRC)

1993-1997 FZJ80-1FZ Engine, Collectors edition in 1997, Factory Lockers available

Split year between 1994 and 1995 for notable differences in production.

corsair23
09-19-2006, 02:56 PM
Thanks Groucho!

That explains it. I saw the switch in engines and figured that was where the model designation changed but it wasn't specifcally mentioned unless I just plum missed it...

Looks like my search will be for a '93-'97 w/ factory lockers.

FJBen
09-19-2006, 03:40 PM
Hmmm...Don't see that one. See a couple '91s and a LX450.

Ok, I read the noob write up on Slee which was helpful. Now, is a FJ80 the early years and a FZJ80 the later years? The noob guide didn't really state the designation differences and really didn't state what years they thought were best. As rare as these buggers seem to be, if I choose to get one I better start looking now :)

I really need to get the 40 out on the trail a few times first though :(

Ask and ye shall recieve...

http://denver.craigslist.org/car/207203572.html

corsair23
09-19-2006, 04:56 PM
Thank 'ye kindly :)

farnhamstj
09-19-2006, 08:36 PM
I did a bunch of research and foud. 97 40th an. realy only gains you 2 tone leather. so don't worry obout that. I decided on a 1998 uzj100 with factory rear locker. Say what they may about ifs, for for slightly above mild wheeling and family camping adventures with 2 kids under age 3. I like the 100 series(98-0n) better. I don't want to turn this into 80 vs 100 tread, but you might look at 98-99 land cruisers also. Lets face it much of the US is paved.

Uncle Ben
09-19-2006, 09:03 PM
I did a bunch of research and foud. 97 40th an. realy only gains you 2 tone leather. so don't worry obout that. <snip>
....and JDM door mouldings and climate control and unique color....oh and lets not forget the painted inset on the wheels! :rolleyes: :Princess: :blah: :kevin: :thumb:

FJBen
09-20-2006, 08:27 AM
....and JDM door mouldings and climate control and unique color....oh and lets not forget the painted inset on the wheels! :rolleyes: :Princess: :blah: :kevin: :thumb:


and really cool panties!!! :D along with a special parking spot at starbucks...

Uncle Ben
09-20-2006, 09:12 AM
and really cool panties!!! :D along with a special parking spot at starbucks...


Good point! See....40ths are not your average 80 series Cruiser! :Princess: :hill: :lmao:

El Jefe
09-20-2006, 10:25 AM
Or, just buy mine!
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=2051

Chris

corsair23
09-20-2006, 11:36 AM
Or, just buy mine!
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=2051

Chris

Had me all hot and flustered right up to the "No lockers" point...DANG

Trying to convince the wife that adding a FZJ80 to our stable of vehicles without selling one of the others first would be a GOOD thing...:)

So far not so good...:(

wesintl
09-20-2006, 11:40 AM
Isn't the saying "Easier to ask for forgivness than to ask for permission?"

just bring one home :lmao:

corsair23
09-20-2006, 11:46 AM
Isn't the saying "Easier to ask for forgivness than to ask for permission?"

just bring one home :lmao:

Did that with the second FJ40 :eek:

Trying that again might be the end of me :o

She likes the Cruisers and my 'dreams', but would prefer I stop doing everything backwards like buying $1000s worth of parts only to let them age like fine wine on the shelf :( and then having a second FJ40 show up...My plan now is to convince her that replacing her heep (Liberty) with a FZJ80 would be just the ticket. Heck, it would be a step UP in gas mileage alone believe it or not...:thumb: