Most people estimate $5k to $7k for the parts needed just to pass Ultra4 tech inspection (not race, but tech).
Stock is BY FAR the most economical way to go-
Helmet comm system
Recovery gear, tools
Control arms (suitable for racing)
Mod Class is a lot of the same, but then you get into suspension (C/As), Coilovers, bypasses, transfer cases, engine swaps, etc.
Then budget $6k to $10k just to compete in the KOH EMC if you are East Coast (depending on how big your entourage is
I'd start seeing what you can source and what is worth saving for new. Similar to Art, I sold everything attached to my jeep to help offset the cost of a lot of the new parts. I'm sure I left a ton off of that list, but it's a decent start.
I'd love to see your jeep out there!
I think I had most of that stuff on my list. I would definitely be hitting the pirate classifieds hard for anything I could. Some of the stuff on that list I already have done, cage, I'd probably have to make a few tweaks to meet rules, but nothing major, seats, belts.
Also I would not cut up your current Jeep. Provided you want to race stock mod I would hunt down a salvage frame and partial tub All you want from the frame is from the motor mounts back to where the rear control arms attach. For the tub you want a straight firewall and sides to just past the door opening. Everything else tube work and aluminum sheetmetal for floor, tunnel and what not. Essentially you want to built a mostly tube buggy that resembles a TJ, CJ or whatever. Gives you less built constraints and saves a ton of weight. Less, weight means less power needed to go fast.
This is excellent advice if you are considering Mod class. The builds are getting out of hand in a hurry. To be competitive you would have to cut it up till there is nothing really left except half the frame and a few pieces of sheet metal anyway and you have a nice, clean wheeling Jeep right now.
If I had a shop or garage large enough to set a chassis up & work on it over a year or more, I might go that route. However, I see HurleyGo as the perfect example of what I think the EMC should be, so I'd like to keep most of the frame & tub. A lot of the things I would need to do to race, I want to do to the rig for everyday wheeling anyway, 4 link, 3 link, front axle, 37s.
My only advise is to ask yourself if you have that much extra money. When I factored in my kids expenses for high school, a couple mild vacations we take, normal wheeling trips, and general luxuries we are able to enjoy...... It would all have to go bye bye in order to build the race jeep. That just tells me the timing isn't right.
I hear you. We should have all our debt paid off this fall, so that should free up some cash to work towards this. My plan is within 5 years, so even if it took me 5, that'd be $4-$5 grand per year to get there. That's reasonably doable.
I'll post what I had for a list in a few.