Body-Chop Your FJ Cruiser to Fit Bigger Tires

    Where the Tire Meets the Toyota

    Wes AllisonPhotographerEvan PerkinsWriter

    Bigger rocks, ruts, and ridges inevitably require bigger rubber. So in pursuit of ground clearance and more off-road performance than the factory configuration could offer, we stuffed a 34-inch 285/75/17 Toyo Open Country M/T tire under the fenders of our otherwise stock FJ Cruiser project. Surprise! They didn’t clear.

    OK, it wasn’t much of a surprise. We knew that some massaging would be necessary to make the tire and Toyota play well together. Below is what is commonly referred to in the FJ community as a body mount chop, or BMC. It involves modifying the forward-most mount that links the frame to the body of the vehicle by trimming and rewelding.

    Is this a job for the faint of heart? Definitely not. A body mount is a load-bearing unit, so welding proficiency is an absolute requirement. That said, the job is fairly simple and the reward is more rubber, without the cringe-inducing grinding of mud-terrains on metal in the middle of a turn.

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