I started this to catalog the progress I've made, and will continue to make, with my FJ cruiser.
I purchased my 2007 FJ in September of 2017, with the settlement I received from the Volkswagen Diesel-gate buyback. My FJ came with an extended warranty which really helped in the beginning, with some TLC for the truck. (New OEM: CV joints, Lower Control Arms, etc)
I’ve decided take it slow with regards to mods, for a couple reasons. First, is always budget. Second, the truck is surprisingly capable in stock form. I also want to do research and see what mods others love, and which ones they regret, before I really jump in. Lastly, it is my daily driver so I don't want to have it down for days at a time.
The first mod was the Console Vault 1040. It solves a major problem with the FJ... lockable storage. This does the job very well. It is a simple drop in installation using longer bolts that are included. It does not have steel on all 4 sides but there is more than enough meat surrounding it to stop smash and grabs.
The second mod I decided on, was the scuba mod. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive mod. I don’t plan on any deep water crossings or getting caught in any floods, but it’s cheap insurance nonetheless. The stock breather, on the pumpkin, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence either.
I went up through the body seals into the jack compartment. I have not had any gear oil smell in the cabin ever.
The other half of the scuba mod came some time later when I had an extra set of hands available. Trust me, you will need them. The transfer case and transmission breathers are a PITA to get to. They sit right on top of the transmission. There's a clamp attached to the transmission that holds them on top. You will need a ratchet with several extensions to reach it. I tied the front differential breathers into this as well to a single point under the hood. I capped it with a two way breather like in the rear.
The following mod, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites, is the Orange Boxx Fabrication Max PSD. It is a mix of basket and molle/quickfist rack. I had entered an instagram contest held by Orange Boxx back on April 28, and ended up winning a 35% discount. That was a great incentive to check out their stuff. I highly recommend them.
The Springtail Solutions M-PAC Gen2 cargo/pet barrier came courtesy of the previous owner. It works very well with my German Shepherd, he loves going for rides. It keeps him and his shedding in the cargo area.
After 11 years and 120k miles, the stock engine splash guards gave up the ghost. They began tearing and eventually falling completely off. Rad Rubber sells a set that is cheaper than OEM and of much higher quality. They even give you all new fasteners. These should last much longer.
The stock dome lights are next to useless, and I only ever use them at night/early in the morning. I despise white light on the inside when it's dark outside. I decided to try Diode Dynamic's HP6 Red LEDs. They are plug and play. The LEDs are bright enough to see everything and don't kill my night vision.
Finally, I decided to attempt installation of an onboard air compressor. As of this posting on 9/24/18, Home Depot sells the Viair 400H, online only, for $144.03. I couldn't pass up a deal like that. Unfortunately the first unit they shipped me was defective. It came with a blown fuse and a bad check valve. It kept blowing fuses when turned on. I returned the first unit and received a working 2nd unit.
I decided to use the wide open space above the passenger side wheel well. The firewall passthrough makes it easy to remote the air filter into the cabin. Measuring twice and drilling once is critical here. You will need some sort of spacers, and longer bolts, to lift the back end up level with the front. I recommend securing everything with lock nuts, you don't want this coming loose on the road/trail. The unit comes with just the right mount of wire to run around the back of the engine bay to the battery. 1/4" screw protectors work great for keeping junk out of your leader hose.
Hard to believe I've had the FJ for a year already. It is by far my favorite vehicle I have ever owned.
Here's proof that an FJ can go 400miles on a single take of gas.
Shocking Right? (That tank did include putting a little extra in after the click.) 70miles of it was on the low fuel light! (The light comes on with about 4 gallons remaining.) The secret is cruise control, cruise control, cruise control. Everywhere, always, even on city streets. On the highway keep the RPMs at a max of 2k and speed at 70mph or lower for best MPG.