Nick purchased his beloved Fzj80 from a local, neighborhood friend who was looking to move to a newer rig and hoped the truck would find a good new home. The prior owner chose well as it has been in good hands ever since. With just over 220,000 miles on the clock, the Land Cruiser is just hitting its teenage years (so long as the head gasket stays strong). Luckily, the previous owner had done the necessary maintenance as well as installed an ARB front bumper. Nick’s truck is easily one of the most capable rigs in stock form and the Land Cruiser is a crowd pleaser and a classic to see on the trails. Nick’s truck has proven its capabilities and has completed parts of the Naches trail, Gallagher and a few other local spots in Washington.
The truck is powered by the venerable Toyota 4.5L 1FZ-FE straight 6 cylinder producing about 200HP and about 250ft-lbs of torque. Nick’s truck has full time 4wd with high and low range and a center diff lock. Nick has left the truck mostly stock, but has done the necessary diff breather extension and routine maintenance.
The Cruiser has seen a few light modifications to the exterior of the vehicle. Everything Nick has done has been very purposeful and to based on personal experiences. Aside from the ARB bar, the most noticeable upgrade is the snorkel. Installed after watching one of our friends hydrolock his jeep, Nick felt it was cheap insurance.
Like the rest of us, Nick has been through a few lighting iterations. He currently has a simple set of Hella 500’s mounted on the ARB bumper, as well as a set of rigid SAE fog lights. At the back, a CB antenna and reverse light are cleanly mounted.
To polish it off, the cruiser’s shoes are some snazzy BFG KO2 in the 265/75/16 size on stock wheels.
Nick’s attention to detail shines brightly throughout the interior of the vehicle. In the cockpit a CB radio is neatly mounted on the transmission tunnel for easy access and a Ultragauge is cleanly mounted near the A pillar. The front seats have nice, color matched neoprene seat covers and the trucks sound system has been mildly upgraded.
In the rear of the truck, Nick has built a storage management system consisting of an elevated platform with cubbies underneath for gear storage. The platform is built in such a way that when the rear seats are folded down, the entire section is flat for interior sleeping. The entire car has LED interior lighting to save the batteries while at camp.
Nick has been eyeing e-lockers and a small suspension upgrade for some time. He doesn’t want to go big as the rig is plenty capable as is, but the added clearance would be nice. He also would like to run a dual battery setup, modify the bumper to accept a winch, and come up with a few armor protection items.
Model: 1996 Toyota FJ80 Landcruiser
4.5 L 1FZ-FE 6 cylinder 212HP
4×4 full time 4wd w/ hi/lo
Locking center Diff
4 Speed Auto Trans
Red Exterior, Tan Interior
Purchased with just shy of 180,000 miles
Hella 500FF Driving Lights
Rear LED bumper mounted light pod
ARB Front Bumper
Painted Front and Rear Recovery Points
Custom Shovel/hilift mounts
Custom rear organizer
Cobra 19ULTRAIII 40 Channel Compact CB Radio with Illuminated Display Canadian Compliant
LED dome lighting
Front/Rear diff breather extension
Suspension and Tires:
265/75/16 BFG KO2’s
30,000lb Recovery Strap
Two 5 ton Shackles
First Aid Kit
Rear Hitch Recovery
Hi Lift Jack
5 gallon Water/Fuel jugs
Battery Jump Starter
Dual Battery Setup
Custom Roof awning
Clear bra heavy hit areas (DIY project)