That boost is provided to the 1FZE motor by a TRD supercharger. Although the '93-'94 FZJ80s are less receptive than the '95-'97 models due to the use of a flapper door-type airflow meter instead of a mass airflow meter with a heated wire, Jankovsky had his heart set on more power. "How many vehicles can you add forced induction to after 100,000 miles?" Jankovsky asked rhetorically. These motors contain seven main bearings and are world renowned for their durability, as are the transmissions and transfer case. The A442F four-speed automatic is a huge component, and the H2FAV transfer case features a center differential and 2.488 low range. A fuel pump from a turbocharged Supra and a rising-rate fuel regulator were added to feed the motor, and exhaust gases are expelled through a custom after-cat system.
On the trail, the combination performed flawlessly. The snow we encountered was shallow enough to allow the heavy Land Cruiser to plow through it, and the supple coil suspension and torquey inline six gobbled up any rocks in our path. The wheelbase and size provide a good compromise between stability and maneuverability. Our only complaint was the relative lack of ground clearance, but the ARB and Slee body armor provide plenty of protection when the rocks get too big to scale.
Jankovsky also owns a later-model UZJ100 Land Cruiser, but normally lets his daughter drive the newer and more docile Cruiser. (Sorry, Jankovsky is not adopting-we already asked.) "There just aren't as many parts available for the newer rigs," he explained. Slee is working hard to change that, though; despite the change to independent front suspension, he feels the UJ100 is a capable platform. "Pretty soon I'll have two Cruisers that don't fit in the garage," Jankovsky joked. Two built luxury vehicles-couldn't we all use problems like that?
Owner: Lynn Jankovsky, Denver, Colorado
Vehicle/Model: '93 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
Estimated Value: N/A
Engine: 1FZE 4.5L I-6
Horsepower (est.): 300
Torque (est.: N/A
Aspiration: TRD supercharger, custom exhaust
Transmission: A442F four-speed auto
Transfer case: HF2AV two-speed
Front: Two-link with Panhard rod, 6-inch Slee coil springs, control arms
Rear: Four-link with Panhard rod, 6-inch Slee coil springs, adjustable rear upper arms
Front: Toyota 8-inch, ARB Air Locker
Rear: Toyota 8-inch, ARB Air LockerRing-and-pinion: 4.88:1
Wheels: Stock 16x8 aluminum
Tires: 315/75R16 Goodyear MT/R