Lift and flex for Toyota FJ60 Land Cruisers
In many unpaved regions of the world, Toyota Land Cruisers remain unarguably the vehicle of choice. Overseas, Land Cruisers have served as the standard platform for national police forces, forestry and utility agencies, and as farm implements for ranchers. Stateside, however, Land Cruisers are driven more on pavement than anywhere else. With the exclusion of a few well-known Land Cruiser-specific associations and clubs, these venerable trail machines spend the majority of their service life meandering through the paved confines of suburbia. That's why we decided to identify one popular version of the Land Cruiser, in this case the FJ-62, and showcase a few products that help emphasize the vehicle's pavement performance while improving trailability at the same time.
If there's one place where Land Cruisers spend more time in four-wheel drive than anywhere else, it's Australia, so it's no wonder that Australia-based companies develop some of the best aftermarket parts and accessories for Land Cruisers. Old Man Emu of Australia is well-known for its replacement leaf springs, suspension lifts, shocks, and steering stabilizers for Toyotas and other four-wheel drives. OME's philosophy is quality and sensibility without complications. As such, OME sizes its lift kits so that there are no problems with, or modifications required to, the steering, braking, or drivetrain.
We decided to test out one of OME's kits on a '90 FJ-62. Besides installing better leaf springs and shocks, we decided to correct the unnatural forward-moving front spring setup with a shackle reversal from Toyota specialists Man-A-Fre. Once we spoke with the experts about the products we wanted to fit on our donor vehicle, we decided a bigger tire would fit and (ideally) balance out the vehicle's boxy proportions.