I'll say it right now, if you've got a budget, buy something already or as built as you can afford. It's cheaper that way. Also, an older I-beam style ranger is pretty much your cheapest platform to build from. With that said though, toss the word "cheap" out of your vocabulary if you're thinking about getting into this end of the offroad hobby. If you're like me, I've already put this bug in Andy's ear, a 4WD older TTB style ranger can be built for really not that much more money then a 2WD ranger ($2000 more probably total) and it'll work equally as well and you have the luxury of 4wd for silt or rock crawling even. 14" of travel is pretty easy to pull out of a 4wd ranger these days and some are pushing upwards of 20".