Cool. Where to in Costa Rica?
I shipped my Jeep to Guatemala back in 2005 (way cheaper and easier than driving). Dropped a rebuilt engine in it before sending it down. The old one still ran fine, but had over 200K miles on it. Road tripped all over Guatemala & Honduras and then a couple of years ago made a 6 week road trip from Guate to Panama...and ended up importing the Jeep into Panama.
We've driven it all over Panama west of the Canal. Have trips palnned to the Darien and other places east of the canal. After that can't drive any further east...no roads thru the Darien, but there is a ferry now...still a little hesistant to do much driving in Colombia though...maybe in a few years if the peace negotiations work out.
My Jeep is stock, but I plan to do some major projects this year. Still plan to keep it basically stock in appearance, but make some upgrades and improvements.
Good to get yours well prep'ed before coming down. Plenty of good mechanics in Central America at reasonable rates (only place I've ever tipped a mechanic!) so a good place to get projects done, but parts, at least for my old '89, are scarce and must be imported or found in salvage. Mechanics in Costa Rica I assume are more expensive than elsewhere in CA, like everything else there.
Bienvenidos a Centro America! ;-)