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post #1 of 27 Old 05-14-2016, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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How much has your rig cost you to build?

Just like the title says, how much have you invested in your jeep and what have you done to it?


Just a little background; I just bought a TJ nearly bone stock. Plans are to turn it into a strictly off road machine over the next couple of years (Dana 44/60s, 37s etc) What am I getting myself into cost wise?!


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post #2 of 27 Old 05-14-2016, 11:12 AM
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Better have about 20k laying around to start with.

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Are you doing most of the work - or is a "shop"?

Junkyard axles or something like Dynatrac/Currie/Spider etc?

Inferior slapped together suspension with joke dynamics or something excellent?

Beadlocks?

Hydro assist?
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"Strictly offroad" implies that it will not be street legal and/or it will not be done well enough to be safe on the road. Either way, that sounds awfully boring. Part of the fun is having a Jeep that performs fantastic off the road while performing equally fantastic on the road. Being able to drive to and from the trail confidently instead of relying on a trailer is awesome. With that said, being on that level with 37's will cost you the price of the TJ + about $15k minimum and that's if you do it just right the first time and do all of the work yourself.
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I purchased a 97' TJ in September, did all the work myself, did not go too crazy, and I've spent around $9K, not including the original purchase price. I'll post my mods later if you like.

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post #7 of 27 Old 05-14-2016, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Are you doing most of the work - or is a "shop"?

Junkyard axles or something like Dynatrac/Currie/Spider etc?

Inferior slapped together suspension with joke dynamics or something excellent?

Beadlocks?

Hydro assist?
I'm pretty capable of doing most of the work myself.. and for the tougher stuff I always have JF As far as axles I wouldn't mind rebuilding a junkyard to slim down the pricing, but for other things I feel buying new and from a reputable brand would be much better..(for instance I'm not going to buy rough country suspension from my buddy down the street who just took them off his jeep

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"Strictly offroad" implies that it will not be street legal and/or it will not be done well enough to be safe on the road. Either way, that sounds awfully boring. Part of the fun is having a Jeep that performs fantastic off the road while performing equally fantastic on the road. Being able to drive to and from the trail confidently instead of relying on a trailer is awesome. With that said, being on that level with 37's will cost you the price of the TJ + about $15k minimum and that's if you do it just right the first time and do all of the work yourself.
First off Imped I bow down to you good Sir. I've read about 50% of your build thread by now. Hopefully I can learn as much as you did, and build just as sweet of a rig! I honestly had never thought of that, I just figured that since I would be on wider axles and enormous tires I would be forced to go the "strictly offroad" route. You have planted an idea I may have to tinker with..

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I purchased a 97' TJ in September, did all the work myself, did not go too crazy, and I've spent around $9K, not including the original purchase price. I'll post my mods later if you like.
Nice! Hoping to move at a quick pace as well. Hoping wife doesn't kill me.

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post #10 of 27 Old 05-15-2016, 08:01 AM
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It will cost as much as you as you can spend. You could easily spend 50k on you tow rig. Find a jeep you like and see what it cost to build.

I will agree with Imped today. When I first got my jeep I spent allot on it. I bought a new jeep for about 20k and over the next year or so I probably sunk anther 15 to 20k into it.

Know heading out to the park and driving over the biggest obstacle I can and then racing home to see how I can get over a bigger one just does excite me. Now I would rather figure out how to fit fishing gear, my boys, some food and camping gear.

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Nice! Hoping to move at a quick pace as well. Hoping wife doesn't kill me.
If your wife isn't on board with you spending thousands and thousands and thousands... on your jeep your build will probably cost you your marriage.

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If your wife isn't on board with you spending thousands and thousands and thousands... on your jeep your build will probably cost you your marriage.
Hilarious and true.

My fiancÚ knows and supports my jeep habits. I can't imagine having a wife who doesn't support jeeping. That would probably make spending hundreds of dollars at a time on parts a bit more painful than it has to be.

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First off Imped I bow down to you good Sir. I've read about 50% of your build thread by now. Hopefully I can learn as much as you did, and build just as sweet of a rig! I honestly had never thought of that, I just figured that since I would be on wider axles and enormous tires I would be forced to go the "strictly offroad" route. You have planted an idea I may have to tinker with..
Then that means you're not even to the good stuff yet and have seen the past iterations that I now consider a "waste." But, it also allowed me to gain knowledge on what works, what doesn't and why that is.

Wider axles + enormous tires (37's aren't enormous) doesn't mean your Jeep will drive poorly. My Jeep, which is on 65" JKR axles and 37's, steers better, brakes better, handles better, and accelerates better than it ever has. Do not allow your Jeep's performance suffer....it doesn't have to.

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I bought my YJ 3 1/2 years ago do all the work my self. Paid $1500 for the Jeep and now I am into it at the tune Of $12k +.

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