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BrentMG
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I've never made a (good) build thread before,
but i want to document the progress of this FJ!

i've been a toyota guy for a long time (got a tacoma when i was 16).
past three vehicles were a 03' Celica GTS (hopped up a little),
then a 99' 4Runner SR5 (supercharged), now this FJ - i plan on keeping it...forever..? Wink



ok so, i bought it in April 2013.
then took it on an 8 hour trek through
the Sierra Anchas (Cherry Creek road) in May!









this past weekend (07-27-2013) i had the FJ lifted.
after a lot of indecisive stress, i went with the Toytec "Ulitimate" lift with
Light Racing upper control arms, & front diff drop.
*also did BF Goodrich M/T 285/75R16s*
buddy's shop installed it for me (UMS Racing in Mesa).

boxes smelled like Colorado.






here is what she looks like today. no other "real" mods yet.
K&N replacement filter, AZFJ sticker...



ordered a TRD stainless exhaust & a River Raider expedition snorkel. Smile
next is a warn wench built into the stock bumper... www.usoffroad.us/store/mount
...then equip the rack proper with some gear.

stayed tuned & i welcome all comments!
good or bad - im new to the FJ game
thanks for looking - BG

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Bolts
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

That's a great looking FJ. I love that color. I can't wait to see the snorkel on it. I'm going to google that route you took. Nice pics
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I did the upper portion of cherry creek road a couple of years ago, and some of the lower portion. I have come across several cabins in the Anchas, but not this one. What area is it in?
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BrentMG
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

@bolts: thanks man! should i have posted links??

@nimrag: PM'd you Wink

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okiefj
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

There's a cat on those boxes! Meow!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I know it's really tempting to do the cat mod, but it doesn't work out nearly as good as you'd think.

It turns out to be quite difficult to find a set of 4 matched cats.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I have looked at the river raider snorkel online and am curious to learn more about the install. It seems it would need an extension though to help with dust.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I'd check with our resident glass expert before I'd go with the River Raider snorkel.

It looks to be a PITA to remove when replacing the windshield. Install looks to be questionable as well.

I spoke to the owner of FJC Magazine at the Overland Expo and he was less than impressed with his install...

HTH.

Good looking truck!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

C-Fish wrote:
I'd check with our resident glass expert before I'd go with the River Raider snorkel.

It looks to be a PITA to remove when replacing the windshield. Install looks to be questionable as well.

I spoke to the owner of FJC Magazine at the Overland Expo and he was less than impressed with his install...

HTH.

Good looking truck!

Good info Mark! I kinda thought it looked a little sketchy on the install, but I was only looking at pics on the intertube. I like that it's different, but if it doesn't function well then it's not worth it. I will be following Brent's build thread to see what he has to say. I really dig these cement colored FJ's.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

the river raider has the option of having the extension for an extra $31.50.
and you're only supposed to use it off-road (when you need it).
which made me think it was relatively easy to put on/off.
im hoping the bell comes off easy for windshield replacements & extension swaps.
the 4runner needed 2 windshields a year, the FJ looks like its gunna be worse. Sad

y'all have me thinking i should give them a ring before they ship it!
i will report back with any/all info i get! thx guys!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

Any updates on that River Raider?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

I have seen this and yes it looks like a pita to replace the w/s with those installed but hell im up for the challenge if you get one

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

EDIT:
i just saw on the forum recently
that the record for newest FJ on the trail was 3,500 miles..
i wish i had documented it, but i hit the Sierra Anchas (Cherry Creek road) in May 2013 with only 2,200 miles! Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had the river raider snorkel sitting in my garage for over a year, because i became hesitant to install it.
i wasn't sure about the install; what it would take, how much of the FJ i would really have to cut,
how long it would take to complete (day, weekend?) also, the issue with installing new windshields and body clips.
so, one day when brian and jen were installing my windshield, i told brian about the snorkel debacle.
he offered his knowledge on clips for the body pieces, and how i would have to take it apart to install it. i took note.
recently, i got a bug to just get it done! and i was tired of looking at the box in the garage. (and i needed another windshield).
i gave brian a call. he was all for tearing my truck apart! Smile
so this past weekend, we tackled this weird little snorkel. we had to disassemble quite a bit to get to where we needed to be.
overall, i love the way it turned out. im sure the snorkel design works better on the jeeps. i think they stretched the imagination a bit
making their snorkel work for the FJ. i have drove the FJ for a few days now, and haven't noticed anything (wrong) with the truck.
so thats good. now for some pictures! (wish i would have taken more)

gutted. hood hinge and all! Shocked


marking/drilling holes



getting this in... too many tight turns!



getting the air box sealed up and rerouted.


all buttoned up.





can't thank brian enough!
he was a huge help in the tool department,
and knowing everything about those damn clips and body pieces!
good guy to wrench with for sure! Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: BrentMG builds a baTTleship Reply with quote

that is a good looking piece and will minimal changes to the FJ. Fuel MPG difference?

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