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Old 09-15-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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So I'm still driving a stock 2010 Jeep wrangler and like any Jeep lover I have a list. (Things that I've just gotta get to put on my Jeep). I've noticed on WF that there are alot of people that have alot of stuff, high dollar stuff that they have put on there rigs. Bumpers, lifts, winches, wheels, tires, roof racks, like 6 $150 lights you name they got it. With all that stuff on their rigs its like a combined total of 6, 7, or 8 thousand dollars! It just might be because I'm young and dumb but how in the world do y'all afford all this bad *** crap!? What do y'all do for a living and how in the world can I get a job there?

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Old 09-15-2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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Getting older does have some advantages.

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Getting older does have some advantages.
I got the advantage of arthritis in both knees...

But yeah, that whole budget thing seems to get a whole lot easier the older you get
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Im pretty sure its all relative as well. Some people like to take a vacation somewhere tropical (like I do every year), or buy their wife something extravagant at anniversary time, have a bad ass theater system in their home, etc, etc... Some people LOVE to put money in their Jeep. Maybe the serious modders dont have any children or they're already out of the house. Some people just have money to burn!

I could mod the heck out of my rig but then wouldnt have any money to travel, which is alot more important to my wife and I, where as some people hate to travel and find it a huge waste of money. Peoples money goes to many sorts of different places.
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Getting older does have some advantages.
Agreed. Im lucky to have a real decent paying job and I am single w/o kids. The way I look at it everyone has their addictions. Some people spend a ton of money on drugs, some on video games, cigs ect. I have a Jeep addiction... though I am still trying to decide if a drug addiction would be cheaper and less stressful.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:55 AM   #6
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Man. I can't wait to get old. I'm 23 how more years do I have to before I'm "old". I'm actually looking forward to the whole Dixie coveralls and the gray Walmart brand Velcro shoes! Sounds comfy.
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Droelle,

I feel the same way. I make good money and still can't convince my wife to let me buy all the stuff I want. But like they said get rid of the wide an kids and further your career and you'll be golden. I look forward to the day I can sink another 10k into a Jeep I just paid 30k for.
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Man. I can't wait to get old. I'm 23 how more years do I have to before I'm "old". I'm actually looking forward to the whole Dixie coveralls and the gray Walmart brand Velcro shoes! Sounds comfy.
Dont forget the crisp ironed wrangler blue jeans!
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If you got a stock wrangler rather than a sahara or rubi, (which are from 6k to 9k more) you have alot of room for the extras you really want. I'm on my 5th wrangler, and I have always done it this way. More people seem in awe of my rigs, than the rubi's or sahara's, as am I. You can get better extra's and more important, exactly what you want at a discount by not taking any factory options.
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So I'm still driving a stock 2010 Jeep wrangler and like any Jeep lover I have a list. (Things that I've just gotta get to put on my Jeep). I've noticed on WF that there are alot of people that have alot of stuff, high dollar stuff that they have put on there rigs. Bumpers, lifts, winches, wheels, tires, roof racks, like 6 $150 lights you name they got it. With all that stuff on their rigs its like a combined total of 6, 7, or 8 thousand dollars! It just might be because I'm young and dumb but how in the world do y'all afford all this bad *** crap!? What do y'all do for a living and how in the world can I get a job there?
I ask myself the same question about ferrari, aston martin and lamborghini drivers... AhahahA

But seriously who spends 400K on those cars when with that amount you can buy 10 jeeps
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I agree. The only options I PAID for were the power group and the hard top. My wife wouldn't let me not get a hard top. I got everything else free since I didn't need it anyways. Start from scratch and build your dream jeep. That's what I do with everything I can. There is no use paying for extra crap you're just going to replace. I wish they would sell me the jeep without rims, tires, stereo and speakers.
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i agree. The only options i paid for were the power group and the hard top. My wife wouldn't let me not get a hard top. I got everything else free since i didn't need it anyways. Start from scratch and build your dream jeep. That's what i do with everything i can. There is no use paying for extra crap you're just going to replace. I wish they would sell me the jeep without rims, tires, stereo and speakers.
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i have the advantage of a solid job and no kids.
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I get that question all the time from people who show up at my shop. The answer is, I'm 37, never married, no kids, bachelors degree, good day job, and tons of side work for cash
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:49 AM   #16
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No one really answered what they do so I'll start it off. I'm an X-ray technician. I'm 31 today actually and I have a steady girlfriend but no kids. I have 2 full-time jobs. Ballpark salary for me is $100k-$120k depending on how much I bust my a$$ at one of my gigs. It's also relatively easy to become a tech as well. I don't think anyone will say that they are happy with their salary. You'll always want more money to do more stuff. I've been able to get all the stuff that I've wanted thus far and I'm grateful for it. Also it's where you focus your money. If modding is all you care about and are single and still living at home making a decent salary then that's the perfect recipe for a dream Jeep. For the rest of us who have wives/girlfriends that require attention, mortgages, kids, and whatever debts out there, it starts to cut into your modding. My M3 and my Ducati between payments and insurance combined costs me $1700 a month. That is some serious money that could mod a Jeep very nicely. The car is going in a year because it's a lease. That's $1200 I'll get back a month. Bottom line is mod at your own pace with what you have. Yes some are more fortunate than others but the satisfaction is still the same when you put down your hard earned cash on a mod that you saved for and put on your rig.
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Money is tight for me, so I made a list of what I want to do and buy. Everything is in chronological order and I put back a little each paycheck for the next thing. I have also found that selling some of the stuff that you take off of your Jeep can help expedite the funding for your next project. The only problem is that everytime I accomplish something on my list, I find something new to add to it.

I saved for the soft top. Now I will sell the hard top and finish my element half doors. Then I will sell my full hard doors to help with the lift. Sometimes you just have to be creative.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #18
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I'm an engineer looking at getting a jeep. The trick really is to be in your 30s and to have friends with Benz obsessions. Then anything you do to your jeep feels positively cheap.
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Let's not forget, there are a ton of mods you can do that are free or take very little money. Just look around the forums. Much of it just involves your time. Also, try scrounging your local paper or Craiglist for parts, do the installation labor yourself, etc. I'm fortunate enough to be old and well-off, but that doesn't make me mad at money. I'm as frugal as the Scrooge. Of course I've now bought 3 of these damn things (mine, wife's, and 1st son's) so it is somewhat of an addiction.
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I sell Jeeps!! And for most of us it's one part at a time. Hell I spend $400 a month at the gas station in smokes and red bull,,,least I can do is put a little cash into my Jeep too.
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Well Money is a relative term,,,, and some have credit cards maxxed out up the wahzooo.

Some are also never married, no kids,, no divorce,, no child support.

Also,, you only live once........and you never know your experation date.
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I'm 33 and just bought my first Jeep earlier this year. It's an '10 Rubi that I use as my daily driver. My only other vehicle is a motorcycle. From a purely financial standpoint the Jeep and motorcycle are toys that cost a lot of money to own. I probably should have bought a cheap fuel efficient car to get me around. That would have been the logical thing to do. But that would be no fun would it? And life is short.

As far as income, I had a six figure + job in finance for several years until the market collapsed along with my group. I'm now trying to grow a small business and my income is significantly less than six figures for now. Fortunately I am single with no kids to support.

I'm not planning on spending any money on mods as I'm totally happy with my Rubi the way it is. I went down the mod route with my motorcycle and easily spent $5-6k modifying a $12k motorcycle. It's pretty badass but I just don't feel the need to do that with my Jeep.

Bottom line - enjoy what you can afford and be grateful for what you have. There will always be a desire to have more, spend more, get more but that won't always make you happy.
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I help run a retail electronics company with 7 stores. We do everything from cellular, 2-way radio, ems outfitters, tower contruction, car audio, to basic 12v wiring. I make pretty decent money but I also part out jeeps on the side...the brand new house mortgage is pretty ugly lol
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i just had my second kid and im 29. im scrounging to find the money to get my YJ working properly for a ride in mid november! HAH! my JK gets only free mods currentlyor extremely cheap mods... i dont make half of a 6figure salary so i struggle with everything that i own but i have the important stuff taken care of and that lets me sleep at night... i dont have a car payment on anything (3 vehicles) and i have had to narrow all my hobbies into a very few and even those dont get as much attention as my jeeps sigh*
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Agreed. Im lucky to have a real decent paying job and I am single w/o kids. The way I look at it everyone has their addictions. Some people spend a ton of money on drugs, some on video games, cigs ect. I have a Jeep addiction... though I am still trying to decide if a drug addiction would be cheaper and less stressful.
your job would be more difficult to keep
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I work in the financial services industry and make over 6 figures, but why does it always feel like I'm broke??? Oh ya, wife and 3 daughters. My Jeep mod money is spent on diapers, school tuition, piano lessons, violin lessons, etc, etc. Maybe one day when my wife goes back to work I can start to buy some more toys, but right now I'm having a blast in my bone stock '10 Sahara.
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I'm engaged with one son also was born on September 15 lol! He's 2 today. Lil shit. He's so damn cute I just wanna pinch lil f'en head off. Jk. Love him to death. Anyways I work at LeTourneau as cam operator running a burny 10 program cutting out parts for the worlds largest front end loader and the worlds largest offshore drilling rig. Starting out cam operators should be making $18.50. That's just knowing how to run a cam. I can run a cam, drive any fork lift from 1500lb to a 55,000lb witch a big fork lift, I can drive a LeTourneau staker witch is about 3 stories tall 8ft tall tires and a lift rating of 60 tons, I run a 30 ton overhead with a cab, I can bevel parts, run a 700,000 ton press, and run a blasting machine for a hole whopping $12.35 an hour!
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Oh and the cams are plasma and torch so I can run both. Cut everything from 20g to 15" thick steel.
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I'm engaged with one son also was born on September 15 lol! He's 2 today. Lil shit. He's so damn cute I just wanna pinch lil f'en head off. Jk. Love him to death. Anyways I work at LeTourneau as cam operator running a burny 10 program cutting out parts for the worlds largest front end loader and the worlds largest offshore drilling rig. Starting out cam operators should be making $18.50. That's just knowing how to run a cam. I can run a cam, drive any fork lift from 1500lb to a 55,000lb witch a big fork lift, I can drive a LeTourneau staker witch is about 3 stories tall 8ft tall tires and a lift rating of 60 tons, I run a 30 ton overhead with a cab, I can bevel parts, run a 700,000 ton press, and run a blasting machine for a hole whopping $12.35 an hour!
Seems like you're well qualified and underpaid. I know the market probably won't favor it but maybe taking your talents elsewhere might work out better for you. I know I know easier said than done but you got to be a persistent bastard sometimes lol. Do you have all the licensing to run that heavy machinery? If not that could be a reason why they're underpaying you perhaps?
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Oh and the cams are plasma and torch so I can run both. Cut everything from 20g to 15" thick steel.
Either way always do what you love doing. The best scenario would be doing what you love and making a lot of money doing it. More times than not we settle for a job that we don't want to do and for money that we don't want to make and then get comfortable and stressed the hell out. Trust me you're ahead of many people out there. Some can't afford a car at all. Hell you're ahead of me as I don't own a Jeep either lol.

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