So seeing as I can't leave well enough alone... I started with a 2000 TJ sport towards the end of high school, loved it, build it up til it was on 34's with detroits and perfect for me. Then graduation from college and time to get serious in life (didn't work). Sold it.
Got a job, got a wife, missed a jeep. Decided to buy a pre-built 95 YJ, on 35's and beautiful. Loved it. Wife hated it. Wanted something more road worthy as a DD, so I bought a 97 XJ. Built it up to 3." on 31's and fun, but wasn't the same. Wasn't any easier on gas, either.
Got divorced (best investment yet) and sold the YJ. Remarried sometime later to a woman I actually like and things are good. She says I always missed my wranglers. Sold the XJ. End up snagging a 2004 LJ with some mods, but enough to do I can enjoy building it.
Bought her as:
2004 White LJ - Auto 94k
Sunrider Soft top w/ tinted windows
Half doors w/ new uppers
3.5" Rubicon springs
Rubi monotube shocks
Rubi superflex front lowers.
Big Daddy Offroad rear bumper
Manik grill guard
35" BFG AT's on factory ravines w/ wheel spacers
Professionally regeared 4.56 (Yukon's) with Yukon alloy shafts in the D44
All for just under $10k, well below KBB, esp. with all the tops and doors.
Isn't a DD, but I love it so much it gets driven a good bit more than my gas budget would like.
More to come!