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PostSubject: Merfal's Rig   Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:25 pm

I am taking my FJ from stock to lightly modded and I am going to use this thread to post pics as I go.

I just put my new Demello Offroad Evil Eyes bumper on today, as well as a bandi mount and CB antenna a few days ago. The bumper was very easy to install and took me about an hour to do by myself.

I have Demello Offroad sliders on the way that will be going as well.

Pics of the sliders and a cb install will be posted up soon.

My plans for the very near future include a winch, 3" lift, 33's, a body mount chop, and Bud Built skids.



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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:05 pm

A good start!
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:36 pm

If/when you do all those mods you mentioned, you will exceed the level of "lightly Modded" I think. I would say that light mods don't include replacing major body parts like the front bumper. BTW, that is an awesome looking new bumper! I need to do that to mine. Great pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:08 am

FJerYuri wrote:
If/when you do all those mods you mentioned, you will exceed the level of "lightly Modded" I think. I would say that light mods don't include replacing major body parts like the front bumper. BTW, that is an awesome looking new bumper! I need to do that to mine. Great pics.

Thanks! So let's call it "moderately modified". I decided yesterday that since I already have an Odyssey battery that I run as my only battery right now, I am going to throw the stocker back in and use the Odyssey as an aux battery. I want to run my ham and cb radios, bumper lights, winch, etc. on a separate battery. Since my PCMJ 1700 is bigger than most run as an aux battery I am not going to put it in the front of the engine compartment like many do. I am going to use the open area against the firewall on the passenger side.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:22 pm

I have added Demello sliders, a bandi mount and cb, and a ham radio mobile rig. I will be ordering my lift and wheels and tires this week Smile I will post up pics of the wiring and install of the CB in the next week or so when I get time.



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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:23 pm

nice rig....!!
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:47 am

Man, if your FJ gets those kinds of presents for Thanksgiving, what does it get for X-mas?
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:52 pm

Lol. Well my thinking was to order all the big stuff first, then let it nickel and dime me for all the little stuff I would like to do. I ordered the Radflo kit from Toytec with Icon UCA's and 33x12.50 tires and 17" steelies. I should have all that by Wednesday; if I do I'll go out to URE on Sat the 1st.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:54 pm

bigdogdewey2 wrote:
nice rig....!!

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:58 pm

Can't wait to see the christmas presents installed
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:35 pm

I received my suspension stuff today, the wheels and tires I should have Wednesday. I plan on installing it all Wednesday and heading out to URE on Sat to play.

I also ordered a Dirty Parts dual battery kit today along with a fuse panel, power inverter, and an extra 12V socket. I already have the PC1700MJT battery that I'll be using as the second battery. That will be all it gets for a while.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:37 pm

Wow, well you know the drill. We are gonna need pitchures
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:41 pm

Yes yes. I will take many.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:50 pm

Good, good
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:54 pm

Lol
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:05 pm

I put my lift on today in anticipation of my wheels and tires coming tomorrow, only to find out that I'm only getting two of them tomorrow. How does that happen? Whatever, I'll just have a somewhat goofy looking FJ till then.

And here she is:





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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:06 pm

The pooch in the pic isn't mine BTW.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:08 pm

The front took me 2 hours on the first side and about 30 minutes on the other.

The back was only about an hour.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:38 am

Very nice, man! Those tires don't look TOO bad with the lift, but I'm sure the new ones will look much better!
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:43 pm

How much lift did the Radflos give you in the front?
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:16 pm

I saw the jack handle in the rear picture and wondered for a second "what in the heck is that extra link doing in his rear suspension?" and then I looked more closely...
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:17 pm

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I saw the jack handle in the rear picture and wondered for a second "what in the heck is that extra link doing in his rear suspension?" and then I looked more closely...

I did the exact same thing
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:15 pm

They advertised 0-3.5" on the lift, and I'd say the lift gave me 2.5 -3 out of the box. I was stupid and didn't measure before and after...although my front had sagged a touch from the bumper. Overall so far I am very satisfied with the quality of what I received as well as the ride quality that I have. It looks a little low in the front in the pic but it is slightly downhill. On level ground the front and back are even. I wish I could have used the stock wheels, I really like the TRD wheels, but I wanted to go with a 33x12.50 and so I ordered a 9" wheel.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:26 pm

I did have to buy heavy duty jack stands in order to get stands that were tall enough to do the back. It was either pay $60 for the stands or $60 to have someone do the rear for me. At least with buying the stands and doing it myself I have stands to show for my $60.
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PostSubject: Re: Merfal's Rig   Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:47 pm

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I did have to buy heavy duty jack stands in order to get stands that were tall enough to do the back. It was either pay $60 for the stands or $60 to have someone do the rear for me. At least with buying the stands and doing it myself I have stands to show for my $60.

This is the same rationale that I use to get most of my tools. Be careful, it's a slippery slope...
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