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Unread 10-09-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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cheap hunting rig ideas

Been hunting the last couple weeks in my shiny f150 and decided that leather seats and 12mpg isn't nec. the best rig to drag tree branches down the side of. I have access to a quad, but 4am travel at -10 isn't a ton of fun either. Jeep is a ways out from being done, so looking for a cheap, small, good mpg hunting rig I can beat the living **** out of until the jeep is done. Sammie size for tight trails preferred. I've been looking for a sam. but everyone is asking 2k or more regardless of condition, so maybe something else. It doesn't have to be super good at wheeling, just 4wd.

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Unread 10-09-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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Been hunting the last couple weeks in my shiny f150 and decided that leather seats and 12mpg isn't nec. the best rig to drag tree branches down the side of. I have access to a quad, but 4am travel at -10 isn't a ton of fun either. Jeep is a ways out from being done, so looking for a cheap, small, good mpg hunting rig I can beat the living **** out of until the jeep is done. Sammie size for tight trails preferred. I've been looking for a sam. but everyone is asking 2k or more regardless of condition, so maybe something else. It doesn't have to be super good at wheeling, just 4wd.

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Have you looked at the Geo versions of teh Samurai and such? Tracker I think its called? Even uglier than a Sammy (esp. with the bow tie on front!) not sure if 4x4 or not but it'd work!
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Unread 10-09-2007, 08:47 PM   #3
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Old Toyota pickup.

Does anybody sell heated coveralls that can plug into your ATV? They make heated gloves. It would be cheaper than another vehicle.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 08:51 PM   #4
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You can find 93-95 ZJs for pretty cheap now.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 08:53 PM   #5
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Try "cajunminitrucks.com".Hope that might be of help.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 10:03 PM   #6
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Dood, I have just what you need cheap 4wd PU or XJ, to bad your in WY. Dollar for dollar I dont think you can beat a Cherokee, cheap, plentiful and roomy enough up top to haul king size road kill.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 11:47 PM   #7
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Is an early to mid nineties 4wd ford ranger out of the question? I had one for a work truck years ago and it was indestructible. Those pos's can be found for well under 2k around here...
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Unread 10-09-2007, 11:50 PM   #8
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just buy a K5 blazer for like 2 grand and call it done.

it'll make the trees move.
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just buy a K5 blazer for like 2 grand and call it done.

it'll make the trees move.
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Unread 10-10-2007, 09:58 AM   #11
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Thanks for the ideas so far. The full size blazers and similar are out, they're just too big for some of the places I need to run to. Many of the trails are so thick with trees you can't see 18" into the tree line, and even a cj5 would come back with paint free fenders.

I thought about an old cherokee for a while. 6 months ago I had no need and found runners everywhere for 500. Now they're all 2k+ for the same condition.

I found a guy selling a 4 door hardtop sidekick for $700, but not a ton of info as far as how usable they are off road. They seem to lack any kind of ground clearance.
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Unread 10-10-2007, 10:12 AM   #12
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Unread 10-10-2007, 12:22 PM   #13
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I agree,

old Toyota pick up

Geo Tracker with 4x4

I think the side Kick would do fine

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Unread 10-10-2007, 02:24 PM   #14
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i'd say a XJ or a 97+ S-10 Blazer. the 6cyl in the blazer is awesome and the blazer is small enough to fit anywhere a jeep can. they are a dime a dozen.
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Unread 10-10-2007, 02:59 PM   #15
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I used a 2 door Kia Sportage, real cheap and same 93 inch wheel base as wrangler, great gas mileage too

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