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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    please share a pic of the steelmate installation

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    Quick answers:

    1. std radio is garbage, I fitted a Kenwood ddx919wsw, wireless CarPlay. Works brilliantly. I fitted it myself and still have the details for fitment. No cutting required.

    I did not lift it. not needed in my opinion unless you going to rock crawl often which you may do.

    for towing, rather lock in 4th otherwise it will look for 3rd gear on uphills. I do not enjoy towing with it on hilly roads due to the gear hunting.

    Fit rear airbags for towing, it will sag with your trailer. I fitted dual battery system and arb in engine compartment with fitting at rear for hose connection.

    Toyota towbar is detachable. No issues with it.

    I also fitted steelmate tpms oem in roof console, easy to fit.

    pm me if you need details.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    I have this thing about a FJ`s. Never have owned one but did drive them off-road on a few occasions as close family and friends owns them. Very impressive 4x4`s have done numerous trips with them. They are super good off-road.

    Read a post in the Jeep section where a poster threw his toys out the cot and challenge other stock 4x4`s. If the JL Jeep is better than a FJ off-road it will be by such a small margin that it can be ignored. I have seen FJ vs Jeep`s in sand. I have seen them in serious rock climbing. The FJ were always on par with the Wranglers when they are in stock or close to stock configuration.

    Add slightly bigger and wider tyres with a front locker and the FJ becomes almost unstoppable.

    Sorry Hedge if I did not contribute to your thread.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    I have this thing about a FJ`s. Never have owned one but did drive them off-road on a few occasions as close family and friends owns them. Very impressive 4x4`s have done numerous trips with them. They are super good off-road.

    Read a post in the Jeep section where a poster threw his toys out the cot and challenge other stock 4x4`s. If the JL Jeep is better than a FJ off-road it will be by such a small margin that it can be ignored. I have seen FJ vs Jeep`s in sand. I have seen them in serious rock climbing. The FJ were always on par with the Wranglers when they are in stock or close to stock configuration.

    Add slightly bigger and wider tyres with a front locker and the FJ becomes almost unstoppable.

    Sorry Hedge if I did not contribute to your thread.
    The poster you are referring to drives a swb, undoubtedly better than FJ on serious trails ....when it come to the Unlimited the FJ is mostly better - stock vs stock.
    Proven it a few times.......its all about geometry
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    The poser you are referring to drives a swb, undoubtedly better than FJ on serious trails ....when it come to the Unlimited the FJ is mostly better - stock vs stock.
    Proven it a few times.......its all about geometry
    Not to ruin Andrew`s thread. I agree on the wheelbase but from what I have seen it does not pose that big drawback for the FJ.
    Modified Wranglers with 35`s and huge lifts are serious trail machines stock ones not that good.

    Mike Nel took his FJ sailing up Road to Hell that was really impressive. With our last Whoopa there were several Wranglers. None made it to the finals in the Dune competition. FJ with front locker put everyone to shame. To mention a few trips.
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    There is a another question I would like to add as I could also not clarify it even though I did a comprehensive search on the internet.
    Is the FJ limited to 4th gear in Low Range , or is it supposed to be able to shift to 5th?
    The FJ Cruiser is based on the Toyota 4Runner, more than on the Prado 120, I believe.
    Anyway, the 4Runner uses the same V6 engine and Aisin A750F automatic transmission. Even though there was a V8 available, it still used the same transmission.
    I found this post on the 4Runner forum:
    https://www.toyota-4runner.org/2547248-post12.html?

    I would think same applies to the FJ Cruiser. The above post seems to be the most informed and detailed answer in the thread.
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    The FJ Cruiser is based on the Toyota 4Runner, more than on the Prado 120, I believe.
    Anyway, the 4Runner uses the same V6 engine and Aisin A750F automatic transmission. Even though there was a V8 available, it still used the same transmission.
    I found this post on the 4Runner forum:
    https://www.toyota-4runner.org/2547248-post12.html?

    I would think same applies to the FJ Cruiser. The above post seems to be the most informed and detailed answer in the thread.
    Thanks
    The evidence is certainly piling up. I would just think that somewhere in Toyota's literature it would be mentioned, but I could find nothing.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Thanks
    The evidence is certainly piling up. I would just think that somewhere in Toyota's literature it would be mentioned, but I could find nothing.
    The next question should be: How do you override this?
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    The poser you are referring to drives a swb, undoubtedly better than FJ on serious trails ....when it come to the Unlimited the FJ is mostly better - stock vs stock.
    Proven it a few times.......its all about geometry
    Grips referred to a poster, not a poser.

    Big difference...
    Last edited by Rainier Vermaak; 2021/05/07 at 08:45 AM.


    A WK, XJ and a Ducati...

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    The next question should be: How do you override this?

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    The next question should be: How do you override this?
    Buy a JL.


    A WK, XJ and a Ducati...

    "Stil, broers,daar gaan ‘n man verby, hy groet, en dis verlaas.
    Daar’s nog maar een soos hy; bekyk hom goed."

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    Buy a JL.
    I find this post slightly disrespectful.










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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    There was certainly times in the Namib that I wish it would go into 5 th, but not for power.

    We were doing a bunch of slip faces and small climbs where 4L just worked better , but in between was 500m stretches of smooth hard sand where you wanted another gear just to move faster without having to change between High an Low range every time.

    The vehicles that could go to 5th and the Amarok's opened big gaps at those times until I just changed into 4H and stayed there. Power was not a problem , 4L was just nicer to do the technical bits in.
    I could techinically keep up with the Amaroks, but driving at 3500 RPM on such smooth surfaces just sounded wrong.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I find this post slightly disrespectful.
    But I am not wrong.


    A WK, XJ and a Ducati...

    "Stil, broers,daar gaan ‘n man verby, hy groet, en dis verlaas.
    Daar’s nog maar een soos hy; bekyk hom goed."

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    But I am not wrong.
    I think you are. A JL costs more than 200k more than the FJ.. That is a very expensive override program
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    You will have a hard time getting me out of the FJ for even just a test drive in the Jeep, that is how much I like the FJ.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Went onto Autorader to help a friend look for and FJ, and there are a bunch more available now than Des - Feb.
    There are still 10 x more Jeeps available though, I did not know they were so popular, I see more FJ's than Jeeps in the Northen Cape.

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I think you are. A JL costs more than 200k more than the FJ.. That is a very expensive override program
    The Sport has a similar spec level to a FJ and starts at R750k. Thats a small difference.


    A WK, XJ and a Ducati...

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    The Sport has a similar spec level to a FJ and starts at R750k. Thats a small difference.
    And half the ability

    The SPORT is designed for those kind of Jeepers that buy a Jeep to pose with it.. There is another thread about the exact same.

    This thread, is about the FJ
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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    And half the ability
    Thats fighting talk.


    A WK, XJ and a Ducati...

    "Stil, broers,daar gaan ‘n man verby, hy groet, en dis verlaas.
    Daar’s nog maar een soos hy; bekyk hom goed."

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    Default Re: Clarifying Questions about an FJ Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    The Sport has a similar spec level to a FJ and starts at R750k. Thats a small difference.
    Unlimited?
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