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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Back when Toyota was still selling Toyota FJ Cruisers, I didn't even know it existed nor did I have the funds to buy it even if I knew about it. But after spotting it on the streets and doing a bit of research I found out that they don't even produce them anymore and it'd be nice if I can get something similar like the TJ Cruiser. Don't need all those modular features, just something that looks rustic, sits high, and drives well both on and off road.

Hopefully, toyota gives the TJ a thumbs up for production.
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Welcome to the forum!

There's always the option to get a used FJ unless you want to be the first owner, in which case you'll have to scour a lot of dealerships hoping they have one left over or wait for the TJ Cruiser.
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buying used is a great idea since often when a car has been on the market for 7+ years like the FJ, buying one of the last production years gives you the best of it. if modifying matters to you then FJ is even more of a reason to get one, TJ's aftermarket will take time to grow.

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I'm hoping we can get the TJ to squat like this!!! Might have to disconnect the sway bars though.


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Is that your FJ Cruiser? That looks extremely fun, but also concerning if I were to take a corner too fast without sway bars.
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Is that your FJ Cruiser? That looks extremely fun, but also concerning if I were to take a corner too fast without sway bars.
Lol!!! That's when things get interesting for sure, but you won't get a taste of the danger zone any other way!!!

I figure it's not a race car and I don't drive it like one, the adjustable dampening shocks let me compensate for the body roll with the sway bars removed.

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I'm more likely to drive a vehicle as is from factory than make my own adjustments, at least until after the warranty has run out. It's going to take some adjusting driving around in a taller vehicle when I'm more used to making quick turns in a short sedan.

But sitting so high up does have its benefits and just the sheer versatility of something like the FJ and TJ has me sold.
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I'm more likely to drive a vehicle as is from factory than make my own adjustments, at least until after the warranty has run out. It's going to take some adjusting driving around in a taller vehicle when I'm more used to making quick turns in a short sedan.

But sitting so high up does have its benefits and just the sheer versatility of something like the FJ and TJ has me sold.
You can always consider sticking to the type of modifications and accessories that when undone, show no sign that changes were made.
Seen some of this take place and its amazing how far people get and still not void warranty. In our case wheels and suspension will be doable.

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I'm more likely to drive a vehicle as is from factory than make my own adjustments, at least until after the warranty has run out. It's going to take some adjusting driving around in a taller vehicle when I'm more used to making quick turns in a short sedan.

But sitting so high up does have its benefits and just the sheer versatility of something like the FJ and TJ has me sold.


I don't think the TJ will get too tall without some serious modifications, with it being a unibody there will be a limit.
Not sure what the sill hight is but you won't need steps to get into it, and it may feel closer to your sedan than you think. The TJ should be pretty responsive during cornering even with a mild hight adjustment, the center of mass looks well balanced and appears to be well grounded. I would love to see this thing get tested, that would answer a lot of questions.
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I'd like to see the TJ concept in action as well, with how much Toyota touted it as the perfect on and off road vehicle, just revealing it on a stage doesn't seem to do it much justice. Just to see how it'll handle corners, turn radius, etc would be nice. I actually wouldn't mind getting more ground clearance compared to a sedan, doesn't have to be exactly what I see on Wranglers, but a substantial difference.
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