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    Thumbs up V8 FJ40 Restoration Project | www.4x4MeanMachines.com

    A parallel project which was long awaited and finally comes to its startup point. I was able to get hold of a nice piece during my restro search of 4x4s.
    The reborn of this FJ would be entirely for offroad purpose so we have planned to put all stuff accordingly. Since so many minds are working on this so I expect to have a masterpiece ready in the end & all types of suggestions are welcomed.

    Initially we have planned to take a start from suspension includes, new diffs, 4 wheel disc, front hub locks, front and rear e-lockers, new shackles and some refurbishment to kamanies.
    Then we will move on engine 1UZ with 5 forward gearbox, upper model power steering, brakes, new shafts, double silencers and misc. and then the tire department
    After having test rides paint job, interior and exterior decorations will be started, a wonderful and powerful winch is also anxiously waiting to sit on this FJ first.

    Rest pics will say all… stay tuned!

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    And yes - Following this thread daily so keep posting maximum pictures of every step

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    New shackels were installed last week, but could not update.
    Old shackels looks similar to Rickshaw Shackels.
    We have increased the leght to gain hight.

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    Some more pics after fixing them.

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    Fouad, perhaps early to say but shackles look cool but are just too big for my taste and experience if you are planning ever to gun the car on the road.... You are underestimating what stress 260HP would put on the car suspension and what the caster angle is gonna be like after these.... The stock "rickshaw" shackles work best in controlling body sway and you could possibly go with the slightly longer shackles but things can get scary quite easily. Just sharing my experience having played around a bit here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Fouad, perhaps early to say but shackles look cool but are just too big for my taste and experience if you are planning ever to gun the car on the road.... You are underestimating what stress 260HP would put on the car suspension and what the caster angle is gonna be like after these.... The stock "rickshaw" shackles work best in controlling body sway and you could possibly go with the slightly longer shackles but things can get scary quite easily. Just sharing my experience having played around a bit here!
    SK, your comments are always welcomed and they mean a lot for me. Actually before setting up the engine and the gear to their final position we wanted to adjust the height by installing the longer shackels on the front and rear, we do understand the risk of which you are talking about, but we have increased only 2 inches from the stock.
    The shackels themselves are made and seems bigger in the size but infact only 2 inches have been increased to gain elevation and ground clearance. My purpose is offroad and no high speeding around town. Aur boss try kernay mein kiya jata hai on top of that I have plans to install 35s or 37s in this so it was mandatory to increase shackle height.
    Also I have plans to uplift body from the frame. Pls comment…..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadar View Post
    SK, your comments are always welcomed and they mean a lot for me. Actually before setting up the engine and the gear to their final position we wanted to adjust the height by installing the longer shackels on the front and rear, we do understand the risk of which you are talking about, but we have increased only 2 inches from the stock.
    The shackels themselves are made and seems bigger in the size but infact only 2 inches have been increased to gain elevation and ground clearance. My purpose is offroad and no high speeding around town. Aur boss try kernay mein kiya jata hai on top of that I have plans to install 35s or 37s in this so it was mandatory to increase shackle height.
    Also I have plans to uplift body from the frame. Pls comment…..
    You are right try karney mein koi harj nahin. Stock shackles dont cost too much and are rather quick to replace. Nevertheless, I am not a fan of shackle lifts / body lifts and I am not sure what real benefits ground clearance brings in our sort of offroading. You say now that you will not speed around town, but once all the work is done and you finally get the car on the road ..... Its just quite impossible to resist gunning the V8 driving down a straight empty road and these shackles (even with aftermarket polyurethane bushes) will make it difficult to keep the car going in a straight line mainly because the caster angle is thown out of the window as you lift the FJ. Caster correction shims will help but only upto a certain height, these shackles seem way too high at the moment.... Anyways all the best for the future and its best to learn by trying it once as long as you are aware of whats going on!

    BTW the rear shackles you can possibly get away with but its the front that is the problem owing to steering caster and body sway!
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    FOr the front, 33s can fit with stock shackles on stock leafs (never had an issue), 35s perhaps with the slightly longer shackles and stock leafs. If you want a higher left you something you can look into is having longer leafs at the front with slightly shorter shackles to maintain stability. You still need to do your research as its not without issues.... Nevertheless would suggest you should decide on the tire size first and think things out accordingly. Best of Luck again, BTW its all looking good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    FOr the front, 33s can fit with stock shackles on stock leafs (never had an issue), 35s perhaps with the slightly longer shackles and stock leafs. If you want a higher left you something you can look into is having longer leafs at the front with slightly shorter shackles to maintain stability. You still need to do your research as its not without issues.... Nevertheless would suggest you should decide on the tire size first and think things out accordingly. Best of Luck again, BTW its all looking good!
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    @fouadar i was there on the workshop so took few pics for you, while your ustaad ji was installing power steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    The 1UZ has two primary versions the more common pre 95 OBD I:
    V8 FJ40 Restoration Project | www.4x4MeanMachines.com - 1870203145 1UZ FE

    .....and post 95 OBDII VVTI one which looks more like the 2UZ:

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    The newer VVTI has an electronic accelerator pedal (drive by wire) which can be a pain to match up unless you have a matching accelerator assembly, nevertheless its doable albeit will cost 20k extra. Most of these engines also have a immobilizer which needs to be unlocked for another 15k or something. The con of the older engine is that its slightly difficult to find a clean one in Pakistan, nevertheless the part availability is there to a large extent....

    Whichever version you get make sure that you get a deal with the kabaria in the sense that he will guarantee to replace/provide any parts that you may need even if you have to pay more upfront. Some parts which can be problematic on older engines are Air Flow Sensor (AFM), wiring connectors, ECU, AC compressor and power steering pump.....

    Most importantly make sure that the wiring for any engine you get is as much "there" as possible. On older models there are a number of variants and you should please make sure that (i) Wiring (ii) AFM and (iii) ECU are from the same engine model otherwise it can be a major issue.....

    All the best for the build! Let us know if you need any help!
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    @fouadar from many days no more updates ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetigerzzz View Post
    @fouadar from many days no more updates ????
    will update this thread later today.
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    Final position.

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    P/S all set.

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    Final touching to be done!

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    Came across this and thought this would be of interest here :

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    I know the final welding is to be completed, but the engine mounting bracket looks slightly weak,should ideally be boxed. Do look into strengthening these a bit further (maybe triangulate the L shape into a D or something) as they come under serious stress....
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