1992 FJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser aka: "ADV80" - Purchased July 18, 2008
Hello fellow 80-Series owners! I purchsed my first ever 4WD and first ever Toyota Land Cruiser on July 18, 2008. I've been an FJ fan from long ago and just never thought that I personally would have the opportunity to own an 80-Series. Thought I would have wound up with a 60 or 70 Series. Love those 50/55's TOO!
But before this FJ80 came a few off-road adventures with a '85 Toyota built full desert pre-runner style with widened A-arms, dual shocks, fiberglass, caged, 4:88 gearing, LockRight locker and DAILY DRIVEN.
Then came the 2WFD rally car with welded/locked front end that was pure AWESOME! I did that for a few years and got my 1st Place in the Wester States Rally Championships in 2003 and going national was not in the cards. While doing the awesome rally stages is when I realized that I did not always needed to go fast, and hoped to some day come back and be more of the overland tourist. Also due to the time and expense I made my way back to roots on two wheels. I sold the rally car operation and purchased a 1997 Honda XR400 and soon after a 22005 KTM 950ADV . It's actually through the ADVrider forum how I found this forum once I started making my way into the 80-Series purchase I asked the ADVrider community a site that was like it for the four wheel types.
During that rally to two-wheel transition time I also built up from salvage a 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon that didn't even make it to license plate status before it got crunched. Per my rally days, I had the right Subaru folks in place to help and got built back to factory specifications and the little fast wagon became the family outing car that we took to the mountains quite a bit! But the family was growing and the inclusion of a dog ment the little Scooby was just getting too small. The wifes vehicle switched from the Subaru WRX wagon to a nice Jeep 2WD Commander and I learned long ago to not mess with the wifes car so no messing with this new Commander!
Before long, it was time to get tires for the wifes rig and while at the Allen Tires in Costa Mesa where I have done all tire work since the rally days, I noticed this FJ80 sitting behind the shop and a FOR SALE sign in the window so I inquired about it. The price - RIDICULIOUS!!! Something must be wrong with it! Well, yea, it has minor issues like front axle leak + no lockers. But, I will get over that as according to the bank, I have plenty of additional spending room before I go over the bank value!!! SWEET! This is going to be a worthwhile ADVENTURE!!! And an adventure it will be as we love to get out and the wife, two kids and dog all do not fit on the KTM 950ADV.
So, I get the RIG and first things - get to get it off the tarmac!
Living in Southern California's OC is a bit dirt deprived but we do have this little spot: Trabuco Creek Rd is the quick escape road that goes up to the Holly Jim Hiking Trail. Nothing major at all, but when you got to touch dirt, you have to touch dirt! The next bit of dirt road is the Santa Ana mountains that includes Saddleback with some nice crusing dirt roads right here in Orange County.
On the first to repair list, this is a big-ticket item to tackle:
With the awesome help of the IH8MUD community, details like this are great to know:
On the Vin# tag, look at the row of text/numbers just below the bar code in the middle and see the K292.
K292 = NO FACTORY LOCKERS
LET THE PM's BEGIN!