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Old 08-05-14, 12:21 PM   #16
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Nice! I'll be watching this closely. Looks great so far. This might be the motivation I needed to pull my running boards. I've just been lazy.
The running boards isnt too bad of a job, just those stupid plastic clips mostly, the rest is a peace of cake
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Old 08-05-14, 01:50 PM   #17
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Added Lamin-X yellow fog light vinyls, then took her camping for a week in Zion Canyon, Utah



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Old 08-13-14, 02:00 PM   #18
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Finally got a chance to devirginize the build and did a quick run to test out her flexiness offroad. Ended up playing around and scratching the hell out of the bottom left corner of the rear bumper, whoops oh well lift needs to get back on pronto! Went up to Santiago Peak with a FJ buddy of mine, enjoy the pics!









Shot a couple of videos of some minor flex, uploading now, will post later:

Quick pshop of my custom tube bumper design, sorry Adventure Driven for using your rig as a base needed a rig with a bumper already.

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Old 08-17-14, 05:12 PM   #19
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Good riddance to those ugly running boards.....
I think you purchased the wrong vehicle buddy You should've bought a jeep I love the grill thumbup:ill
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Old 08-18-14, 10:51 AM   #20
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UpStarr, thank you for your valuable contribution, however the GX is basically a Toyota Prado, which they use to offroad all over the world besides the US, so basically the GX is a 4wd v8 4runner with some dressed up interior items. Coming from a FJ, all the suspension and frame is the same, just longer. The FJ with all the suspension was very very capable and the GX will be too when I'm done with it. I picked it because of the comfortable interior and creature comforts for the future long trips on the road to my offroad adventures.
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Old 08-18-14, 11:34 AM   #21
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Little minor interior mods:

Lexus CF F sport auto shift ****:



Junction Produce rear seat neck pads for *****s & giggles:



Also installed a full LED interior light package, it is like daylight!

Kit includes:

(2) 20 SMD Panels - Front personal map lights.

(2) 48 SMD Panels - Center and rear dome lights.

(4) 10 SMD wedge base bulbs - Door courtesy lights.

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Old 08-18-14, 11:44 AM   #22
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The factory resonator is a straight through resonator, no baffle or anything inside, the exhaust guy said it won't do much of anything, truck feels better without it and it got a lot louder and picked up 1 MPG lol (maybe due to the long magnaflow muffler). All the resonator does is control a bit of exhaust drone, but not much at all.
1) muffler guy dont know what he's talking about. the resonator as designed kills noise.
2) a 1MPG gain simply by changing muffler? hmmm, i will be the skeptic on this one, thats a +5.5% increase, but i dont believe this relatively low-powered v8 is that restricted.
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Old 08-18-14, 12:00 PM   #23
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I meant the resonator is still straight through (if you take it off and look at it, you can see straight through with no baffling or anything in the middle, its not a big change at all, just sounds better to me, YMMV

it's not really that big of a deal to me anyway, I did it for the sound, the FJ was getting 12 mpg so I'm happy with anything above that, its actually been a relief driving the GX around even with having to fill up with 91
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Little minor interior mods:

Lexus CF F sport auto shift ****:

Junction Produce rear seat neck pads for *****s & giggles:
RICE!!! to each their own. Keep the pics coming.

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Hoping to do some of what I like best soon with this build

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Finally got a chance to devirginize the build and did a quick run to test out her flexiness offroad. Ended up playing around and scratching the hell out of the bottom left corner of the rear bumper, whoops oh well lift needs to get back on pronto! Went up to Santiago Peak with a FJ buddy of mine, enjoy the pics!









Shot a couple of videos of some minor flex, uploading now, will post later:

Quick pshop of my custom tube bumper design, sorry Adventure Driven for using your rig as a base needed a rig with a bumper already.


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awesome build! keep it coming.
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.... but mainly it was for the V8: 280 hp, 330 lb/tq.
?? does it have 3uzfe engine? if its stock then its a 2uzfe and its not getting 280/330.
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Nitpicky are we, sorry the correct numbers are 263 HP/323 lb of tq for the 06 GX470 w 2UZFE, but it's a good thing its easy to pull HP out of a V8. Coming from the 4.0L V6 with 239 HP/278 lb of tq. in the FJ, this GX feels fast as hell to me, loving it so far
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Mini mod: added WeatherTech window visors to front & rear windows. I like these better than the AVS ones I had on my FJ because the front ones don't require any double stick tape in the channel and the rears are very minimal. I remember reading that people had problems with the auto roll up function with these, and when you first install them, the auto roll up will not function properly and roll back down. You have to gently put pressure outwards on the visors and try the auto roll up. It's a slow process but once you can get the auto roll up to work 5 times in a row, you are set and don't have to worry about it anymore. I love em!
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