this weekend i plan on getting the bed off, trimming the front fenders, bobbing the frame in the back, putting my 39.5x13.5 iroks on, and possibly sliding the front end forward a little. but long run goal for it is exo cage, winch, coil over springs, ect.
Local guy I know is mocking up toploaders under his rig right now...full link suspension, all that...will be his first design as well, can't wait to see how it works He just borrowed a pair of 14" SAW's from me to mock up the front.
do NOT budget tight on link materials. I get all my tabs from http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/, my heims will be from there too. Nothing worse than getting it all done and having a little 1/4" thick tab shear off the first time out (been there, done that...)
I just separated the tub/frame on my FJ40 project...hope to start the write up on that in mid-February...first design on that rig was in 1997, so it's WAY past due for new parts!
Thanks i will check them out, and yes this will be my first full build i have worked on several, my original plan was to buy one close to or all the way completed but my wife said i couldnt spent that much money up front lol, and i would rather build it myself that way i know whats been done and if something breaks all i can do is blame myself and learn from my mistakes, but there will definatly be alot of pictures and questions posted