Scored a set of factory half doors on Craigslist in Light Khaki Metallic to match my Jeep for $350. Guy gave me 2 sets of uppers and a pair of factory mirrors to go with them. Except for a small ding on the bottom of the drivers door (that's been touched up), their in showroom condition inside and out.
I picked my TJ up about a month ago but I think it was a good find. I worked at a dealership and we go it really cheap. I paid 1567.47 for it. It's a 1998 Sahara did not have a hardtop I bought one for 600 on Craigslist. Has 215,000 on it.
Today... Continued sewing up some of the plastic retainers on my soft top. It's an ongoing effort. 13 year old original soft top! Gonna try to make it one more season before I buy a new one. Little did I know when I bought a jeep, I'd be learning how to sew by hand on it.
Tomorrow... Replace original radiator and "band-aid" my driveline issues with some washers on the skid plate.
Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine
Before answering this I really hope it doesn't sound like bragging - trying to keep it educational.
We're going WAY overkill with this project... so do not use mine as an example of "what does it cost to get a Brute done". I really want to challenge the idea that "Jeeps are uncomfortable" and make one that I can comfortably drive on a 3,000 km on / off road trip.
For example, the end result is going to include MetalCloak 6-pak suspension, custom made long arms, King bump stops, GenRight fuel tanks, Macs Tie Down tracks, Electronic Hand Throttle, Electric Mirrors, Electric tonnau cover, Electric windows, Electric sunroof, Electric sliding rear window borrowed from a Ranger, Recaro seats, high-end heat and sound insulation, Carbon Fibre Roof top tent, custom cargo rack, awnings, you name it. Also - we're doing all this to a 0-miles brand new chassis from spare parts as my old one has seen better days.
The Brute conversion alone will set you back $9k + maybe $1k shipping and whatever your bodyshop will charge. If your resulting Brute is in all other ways identical to your donor Jeep - you won't be spending that much really.
So far though, I'm at $34k and still going. There's another $5k in parts I've yet to order and a lot more labour still to go, and of course paint. And that doesn't include the small fortune I've spent on it getting it to this stage when we started:
This is my 12th year with this Jeep though... it's taken a long time to get it to this stage. I don't ever plan to part with it so resale isn't a concern
I think "how much does a Brute cost" isn't an easy question to answer... it's more like start at maybe $12-14k and from then on - "how much do you want to spend" - there's just so many things that fall into the "if we're going to do it, might as well do it now category" that it really can snowball out of control. The sky is the limit.
It's crazy to think that all this is still with the stock motor and stock axles and relatively normal wheels. Future engine swap / Dana 44 / Dana 60 swap, Hutchinson beadlock wheels, AiRock air suspension - it never ends!
Just Empty Every Pocket.
Anyone know what bumper that is?
-"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." - Frank Sinatra
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Choose the latter. On the Dubai plated red Wrangler, it's interesting how the AEV highline fenders don't line up with anything. They almost look bent in the middle. That stupid bumper only highlights the poor installation.