Howdy from East Texas.
Got the jeep bug looking for a capable ATV for the deer lease. Down in Texas, ATVs hold their value pretty welll. And they get REALLY abused. Not uncommon to see a snorkel and radiator mods on them cuz they bury the thing and mud will cake the radiator. But, they don't have heaters, passenger seats or any other creature comforts that a jeep provides. Plus getting wet and muddy is fun but I'd much rather wheel around in something with doors and have room for the girl or a few friends. Particularly if I can get a decent jeep for the same (or less) than a capable beat-to-**** ATV.
So! I'm looking to spend about 3-5000 and there are tons of great jeeps for sale locally, some even have mild lifts and tires already on them. A few even have steel bumpers and skid plates.
Cherokee vs TJ/YJ? I'm thinking cherokee because it will be warmer than a TJ type for Nov/Dec/Jan hunting. Most also have 4 seats which would be good for riding around the lease.
What gets around in the mud and hill climbs fairly well? I think long wheel base is better for this? No rocks to speak of or any real rock terain around here, so having 4' of articulation isn't ever gonna be in the plans. But I'd like it to be capable around the mud/ATV park and obviously be more than capable around the deer lease. I now realize this is an addiction like anything else, but current target plans are for max 4" of lift and bigger mud grips. Locking diff. other than that, I'm wet behind the ears. I'd consider myself mechanically inclined having rebuilt the top end of a 351W for my boat so I'll be doing all mods myself.
Got a blank slate here, so point me in the right direction!
thx in advance