Chris’s Toyota FJ Cruiser


Chris Tardif 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Written by: Ben Duen
Photo by: Chris Tardif

We got some pretty fast beasts in the Jade stables. If you had to guess, what do you think is the fastest from point A to B? Our RWB tuned Porsche 911? How bout our Top Secret 1000hp Widebody Supra Turbo? The Kazama LS V8 swapped Widebody RX7? Or our tuned Varis AWD EVO X w big turbo upgrade?

It’s a trick question…it depends on what’s in between Point A and Point B. If it’s anything other than perfectly paved roads, our money is on Chris Tardif and his FJ. While the other Jade cars get stuck at the first dirt ditch, the FJ manages practically any terrain with ease.

Yall know Chris. He’s been a made man in Jade since 05 and he ‘Mic Dropped’ on the Mitsu world with his award winning, traffic stopping, mag featured Lambo Arancio 3000GT HERE.
He’s grown and matured since those days and his lifestyle has changed w his Misses and a couple of rowdy dogs in tow–so it made sense his new project would be something a bit more capable and roomy. His lifestyle may have changed, but when you’re Jade, you’re Jade 4 Life and as you see, his penchant for modding is stronger than ever.

Introducing the first Jade Off Road Project. Check out the pics and the mods, it’s the first time a Jade car has been halfway submerged in mud and the owner was smiling.



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  • Name: Chris Tardif
  • Member Since 2006


  • 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser – Off Road Package


  • 4×4 with rear locker and A-Trac stability control
  • 4.0L 6 cylinder engine with 240HP and 280TQ
  • Off Road Package
  • K&N Air filter
  • Ironman snorkel


  • OME (ARB) heavy 3.5 inch suspension kit


  • KMC XD Addict rims 17×9.5 rims
  • Nitto Terra Grappler tires 285x75x17


  • TRD Pads


  • ARB front bumper
  • Smittybilt 8.5K pound winch
  • Lightforce 170 lights with orange filters.
  • PIAA Xtreme white headlights
  • ARB front skid plate
  • RCI engine/transmission skid
  • All-Pro rock sliders
  • Warn rear bumper
  • Toyota factory tow package
  • Bandi mount
  • Cobra CB
  • Firestik 4 foot antenna
  • Rigid industries D2 diffused for rear facing light
  • Domello Offroad HiLift clamps on rear of factory rack
  • HiLift vehicle jack
  • Amber LED mirror lights
  • Thule Atlantis 1800 roof top carrier color matched
  • Shackles on left and right of rear bumper
  • Shackle for hitch carrier


  • Springtail Solutions pet barrier
  • 2 pairs of quickfists mounted to the above with shovel and ax mounted
  • Springtail Solutions orange first aid molle bag
  • Full recovery kit including parts from Smittybilt, ARB, Warn,ProComp and others
  • Blue Sea 12V plug added to center consol
  • Blue Sea 2xUSB plug added to the center consol
  • Heated seats with factory looking switches added to the center consol
  • Convenience Package


  • Pioneer touch screen head unit with Bluetooth and steering controls
  • Factory subwoofer enclose and sub button added with upgraded subwoofer
  • JL Audio 2 way tweeters in dash pods
  • Infinity Reference 6×9’s in the front doors
  • JL Audio 2 way tweeters in the rear pillars
  • Dynamat added throughout the vehicle