Retro, beefy and ready to get dirty – those are the words that best describe the Toyota FJ Cruiser. It has been almost two decades since Toyota had the idea of remaking the FJ40 in a modern setting, designed to attract a younger set of car buyers. The result, as we know it, was history.
But the FJ Cruiser was designed with the all-terrain in mind, which brings us to this modified example of the Toyota SUV. Built in the Philippines by Atoy Customs, this slammed FJ Cruiser is an obvious antithesis to what most people would do to customize a vehicle for exploring less traveled roads.
Atoy Customs is known for customizing vehicles in outrageous proportions in my home country – from the humble Manila-tested people carriers to the manufacturing of high-performance all-terrain vehicles. Ton Llave, the person who manages Atoy’s off-road customs division, decided it wouldn’t be jAnother day at the office. He took a different route with his own FJ Cruiser.
According to Rue63, this Toyota SUV was lowered by mixing and adapting the Tein Endura Pro + shock absorbers to 40 mm KYB Xtage lowering springs. But obviously, it doesn’t stop there. This construction was supposed to go fast, so weight reduction was necessary. Do you see the non-existent spare tire at the rear?
Other than that, lightweight F5 Custom Stealth Custom wrapped in highway tires were used, plus engine tuning combined with improvements in intake, head and exhaust resulted in good power at 238 horsepower on wheels and 253 pound-feet (343 Newton-meters) of torque – more than enough for a highway cruiser.
Some (if not most) purists would likely cringe at the idea of lowering an FJ Cruiser to the ground. But then again, this is just one example of things you can do when you think outside the box. To each his own, as they say.
See more details on the construction in the Press Release section below, courtesy of Street63.
ECU adjustment by DTM Motorsport (238 WHP / 343 Nm of torque @ 95 RON gas pump)
AC long tube bases
AC Y-pipe with 2 bale resonators
Catback exhaust system using Borla Atak Crate muffler and Borla Black chrome tips
AFE GT Momentum intake kit
AFE throttle body spacer
Cusco cooling plate
Wide carbon fiber flares with OEM style FRP mud flaps
Custom carbon fiber rear spoiler
Carstyle spare tire with CF accents removed
JAOS hood ornament
Custom front chin with brake duct vents
Custom rear diffuser
PIAA LP570 grille support
PIAA LP270 Fog Lights
PIAA 6000k Led headlight
Detailed by Clean Habit Detailers
Rear seat conversion with armrests Atoy Customs
Steering wheel Greddy
Basic sound configured by Jetcar Audio:
– Firland separates
– Blaupunkt amplified sub
– Firland amplifier
CAG OBD information display
Wheels, tires, suspension and braking
Tein Endura Pro + shocks
Lowering springs Kyb Xtage 40 mm
Maxspeed 355 mm bug brake kit 6 pots
Falken STZ 275/65/17
Flowform custom series Stealth F5 17×9 – 38
Wheel spacers centered on D1 Spec hub