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I was a wanna-be 4X4 owner. So I bought one, a late 80’s Bronco, bone stock except for nerf bars. Now I’m a wanna-be off “built truck” owner and I’m discovering that it’s very expensive to be one without taking major shortcuts. Every time I see a “done” truck now all I wonder is how much did that guy spend. Noting is as simple as it seems when doing up a truck. For example, I’m considering installing a suspension lift, (2+ K) my mechanic informs me that my drive shafts will now be the end or close to the end of there travel and to do the lift right I should change the drive shafts and that custom ones may be needed. ($$$$$$) (Please, I don’t want to debate my mechanics views on suspension lifts, it’s only meant as an example, everyone can tell stories about how a seeming simple mod turned out to be a major expense) What I’m curious about is how much coin are some of you pumping into your trucks? Especially those of you driving the really sweet rigs like totally done CJ’s, early Bronco’s and such. I could drive a rusted piece of crap with a huge body lift, bald 38’s and a worn out drive train, but I’d never trust it 40 miles in the bush, and that’s why I want a truck, to go off road, a long way off road. I can’t figure out how some of you guy’s drive the rigs that you do, what’s up?
 

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$1000 rusty piece of crap

2500 front axle

1800 rear axle

1000 for tires and rims

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Like most of us(I think) it is a slow time/money intensive project. All of our modifications don't take place in a week or two it actually takes years to get to the point that some of us are at, building up our trucks instages and when the cash flow (and or the wife/girlfriend)allows us. And last but not least you have to do alot of reading and dealing to find the best ways to improve your truck and learning how to do the modifications yourself. A helpful example would be you might not need custom drive shafts for your truck($$$$). There are lots of used ones that came off the same years of ford trucks and come in many different lengths and should fairly easy to find at a wrecker or even cheaper from someone wrecking there own truck, you just have to know what to look for. As for how much money is in mine, I don't want to know, but I did just spend 2000$ for tires and wheels.

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Well one thing leads to another and another and another and so on....
So far i've spent about $2000 on mods.
 

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5500 for truck...
500 for tires
200 for horn
200 for exhaust
lift, brakes, tailgate, parts truck, etc...
you better have steady income or you are Falked!
 

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Dan, what kinda funkiness do you have lurking in that front axle of yours that cost 2500?
me, well lets see, rusty piece of **** with some cool attachments, couple grand. couple years driving with maybe a grand or so of truck expenses, then 8 grand building myself a new cruiser the way I wanted one. pretty much anyways. more expensive stuff to add, and probably to fix in the future. but so what.
keeling over with money in the bank is a sad , sad thing.:D
cheers.
 

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I satrted with a $4000 CJ
I have dumped about 25000 more into it. and still have about 10000 more untill its done. then I'll want to go bigger.
 

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It would have made a nice down-payment on a house. My wife hates my truck.
 

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Haven't even been able to put to many mods on my truck b/c I have been putting too many parts into it to keep it on the road.
Last night i started on a job to replace the 2 u-joints in the front axle and now know that I need upper and lower ball joints, brakes soon, and a lot of other parts b/c some jackass likes to beat things with a hammer.:mad:
 

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well that 10K includes everything. BUT! I bought the truck already finished for 7K and have put around 3K into it(tires, maintanence stuff etc.)
 

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5500 for the troop
1500 tires and wheels
250 lights
250 body lift
50 cb
1500 basic repairs and whatnot
all within the last year, and im a starving student....i guess i know why now
 

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$0 for the Jeep (It's not mine)
$1500 for leafs and 8 shocks over two years
$1000 in body accs.
$2000+ in Oil, gaskets, u-joints, brake lines, seals, plugs, dist cap, assorted wires/lines/hoses, and more oil
$1000 in tools
$400 in wheels/tires (garage sales)
$Priceless - being the only guy fishing on the best lakes
 

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Seatater,

400 axle (fj60)
300 soa
300 arm
300 locker
100 diff
240 rebuild kit
new brakes

ok I guess around 2000
 

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Yes It can add up very fast.

I am up to about $15,000 now and the cost is goin up. That includes buying the truck for $1200

And It's still not driveable.

As you can see from other peoples posts. It is possible to build a capable truck at a decent price. It all depends on what you modify, and how custom the work is that is being done, and how much of it you do your self.
 

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Pavement Hater said:
I’m considering installing a suspension lift, (2+ K) my mechanic informs me that my drive shafts will now be the end or close to the end of there travel and to do the lift right I should change the drive shafts and that custom ones may be needed.
I dunno. I called Drive Products and Pat's Driveline. Both are sponsors of this board link one of them said that they could hook me up with a new front driveshaft for +/-$350 and the other quoted me +/-$150 for fixing my current one(the dust/grease boot fitting is fawked and I'm getting too much play in the splines) Look around. Obviously a susp. lift is better than a body lift, so you're in the right track, but like someone else allready told you, do it in spurts. I wouldn't do the front and rear susp. at different times, but in terms of steering, etc. As long as everything 'fits' or is 'drivable', I'm sure you can fight the bumpsteer for two weeks before another paycheque comes along. Oh yah, I lucked out on wheels and tires. Start saving now, because you could very easily drop $2000 on new beefs all the way around.
 
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