Originally Posted by lonewolf210
I think my days of serious off-roading are on hold for now but I do need something that can handle mild terrain so I am ruling out sedans.
Yea....and you posted pics of wheeling in this thread, and you go out to Moab, and that's not easy to get out of your blood. Are you really going to buy another truck and leave it alone?
Here's some perspective. Jeeps are not easy to lift while keeping all the geometry points where you want them, and even if you get it dialed in, you've got small bearings in the wrong places, etc., and the little wobbles and other stuff just gets really old running bigger tires over a lot of miles. It's a half ton platform and that always shows in the end.
If a FJ Cruiser is really on your list, consider a used 100 series LandCruiser. They drive much smaller than their size, and you get one-ton drivetrain and chassis beef in a smaller package with LC refinement. A 2" lift with 295 tires and you have a rig that will eat road and trail miles without any if those nagging wobbles and other stuff, and you can count on this for hundreds of thousands of miles.
I am running up on 200K on my 1995 80 series with 37" tires and the damn thing is bombproof. I've had it for 9 years and it is still just like when I bought it at 105K miles, with the exception of adding 2 more inches of lift and 4 more inches of tire.
I'm not sure there is anything else out there that gives you such overbuilt components across the entire rig without going huge in size and weight, and that overbuilding means buying used is still a better long term bet than most new vehicles. Yes, there is a weight and fuel economy penalty, but you don't feel the weight driving it and it's a truck.
Just a thought, because what is on your list isn't going to solve your Rubicon problems when that bug bites again....