I've been lurking about the site for a while now, and I have a few questions for you guys who seem to have already built up your rigs.
I currently have a 1985 FJ-60, bone stock. Which I'm going to sell, so I can buy a new FJ Cruiser. I considered an FJ-80, but I want something newer and extremely reliable for some future trips. The gas mileage and offroad capabilities of the FJC, plus the fact that I can get one new for just a little more than the cost of one of the latest 80's and difinitively less than the cost of an even newer 100, I'll chose an FJC.
I'm thinking of adding an aftermarket front bumper, but for reliabilty and simplicity I only carry an ARB Magnum hand winch. Do you guys think you really NEED an aftermarket bumper or do they just look cool and expeditiony. The other question I have is Aluminum Vs. Steel rims? I like the idea of steel, so I can hammer them out on the trail, but Aluminum is lighter and stronger in some ways. What do you all say? I'm also torn between good old Wedco or Scepter jerry cans or a Man-a-fre auxilliary fuel tank. What would you guys recommend? Do any of you prefer wedco over scepter or vice versa?
I drove the James Bay Road back in the summer of 1998 in my old FJ-60 before it was paved and I'd like to go up and do the trans-taiga road next summer in my new FJC. So I'm not new to vehicular expedition travel, but it's been more of a way to get to cool places. I'd like to plan a couple of trips that include some more challenging off-road terrain. Let me know what you all think. Thanks for your replies and any other MUST HAVES you might recommend would be great.