Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Armor


My FJ Cruisers Trail Armor

This starts a series of post where I will discuss protecting your Toyota FJ Cruiser from trail damage using Trail Armor. I will discuss the products that I use as well as point out a few others that I feel are well made.

When you first get you off road vehicle or FJ Cruiser it most likely does not have any of the needed trail armor for off road use. Trail armor is used to protect the vehicle from impact on rocks or other items on the trail.

So what areas of the FJ Cruiser need to be protected?

Take a look under the FJ. The drive train components are mostly made of cast aluminum. When a rock and the aluminum meet it will almost always be the aluminum that looses. Nothing will stop you faster than punching a hole in the bottom of the drive line and losing all the oil. This can ruin your day as well as cost you thousands of dollars to repair.  Loose all the engine oil and seize the engine and you will be out more than $10,000. Trail armor is inexpensive insurance against this type of damage.

So what areas specifically need to be protected?

In the drive line the following items should be a top priority:

·         Engine oil pan, Steering and IFS components

·         Transmission

·         Transfer Case

·         The electric lock actuator on the rear differential

There are some components in the suspension systems that are prone to damage on the FJ:

·         The frame attachment points for the lower links

·         The lower rear shock mounts

·         The Lower A-Arms

My Rock Rails

My Rock Rails

Ever coming off a trail and see someone with trashed running boards? Some of the most common damage is in the area of the rocker panels. While trying to clear a rock or corner in tight situations and there is a high probability of the rocker panel meeting the trail.

·         The Rocker panels

To finish your trail armor add after market bumpers.

·         Front and Rear Bumper Areas.





Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  2 comments for “Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Armor

  1. ian aguirre
    July 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    You have made this old man love reading on the internet again. I was searching your topic on yahoo and you actually gave me something I was looking for. Adios for now, but I will come back later to read the rest of your post!

  2. July 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Thanks for the kind comments.

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