June 26, 2011

Toyota FJ Cruiser: the underbelly

Large and reasonably strong protective plating provides a smooth approach. Like so many 4WDs these days, fitting rated recovery hooks to the front may be a mission, without going to a replacement bumper like ARB's. It's not an issue at the back.
Looking towards the nose. The vulnerable stuff has been packed out of the way. Front suspension is double wishbone with coils and a stabiliser bar. Some American FJ Cruiser forums report that the swaybar links are prone to bending and breaking. Steering's speed-sensitive rack and pinion and although the turning circle is a lazy 12.4, it's only 2.7 turns lock to lock.
Exhaust is protected by a chassis crossmember where it takes a 90-deg turn.
Rear suspension is four-link with a lateral control rod and another stabiliser bar. Toyota says the front and rear suspension settings were calibrated for "Oceania" conditions, whatever they are.

1 comment:

  1. Good on you. This is good stuff; can't wait for the off-road post. I like this site.