The White Knight Lifted

I chose to lift our new Toyota FJ Cruiser using All Pro Off Roads suspension components. Our last FJC had the OME lift installed. For the price the OME lift is a very good lift, however I found the rear to be a little soft and the performance during long runs on ruff roads to leave a desire for better performance. While installing the lift I added other key suspension upgrades.

The front lift includes a set of Walker Evans Coil-overs and All Pro upper A-Arms. With a lift installed the geometry of the front suspension is changed and the A-Arms bring the geometry back into spec so the alignment can be set correctly.

Factory Suspension

The rear lift includes Walker Evans shocks and custom wound coils from All Pro. As a part of the rear suspension upgrade I installed All Pros lower links, lower link skids and shock mount skids. The factory lower links are a weak link in the suspension system due to their being prone to bending if they contact a rock.

Stock components removed

New suspension installed

The installation of the front lift was relatively easy with the complete replacement of the coil-overs. I found the install to be facilitated by removing the sway-bar. Once completed the sway-bar spacers were installed and the sway bar re-installed.

Rear with stock components removed

The rear install took a little more time. I removed the rear shocks and lower links. The rear sway bar needs to be disconnected so the axle can be dropped far enough to pull the springs out. I also disconnect the brackets for the brake lines so they did not get stretched to tight during the install.

Front lifted

Rear with lift installed

Cost:

  • Walker Evans 2.5 Front Coil Over: $999.00
  • All Pro Upper A-arms:  $649.00
  • Rear Shock: $518.00
  • All Pro rear coil springs: $179.00
  • All Pro Ultimate Lower Links:  $259.00
  • All Pro Lower Link Skids: $89.00
  • All Pro Rear Lower Shock mount skid: $59.00
  • Extended Rear Brake Lines: $60.00

Total Cost $2812.00

Time: 7 Hours

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tomas

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. 

  3 comments for “The White Knight Lifted

  1. dale durham
    September 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Looking good!

  2. Don Newman
    September 17, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    What was the total distance lifted, front and rear.

    Thanks

    • September 17, 2010 at 10:06 AM

      It is a 3″ lift.

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